Top places to visit in Indonesia

Whenever one talks about  Indonesia, one destination which pops up immediately out of your list is Bali. Undoubtedly, Bali is an incredibly beautiful destination and should be included in your itinerary. However, Indonesia is just not all about Bali. With rich cultural diversity, scenic landscapes, rain forests, volcanic sights, tribal cultures, wildlife to shopping destinations, Indonesia has a lot more to offer. It is World’s largest archipelago with more than 1700 islands. With 300 ethnic groups and 700 languages, Indonesia is unquestionably a culturally rewarding destination. The towering mountains, flourishing wildlife, pristine beaches, architectural wonders and endless green terrace fields can easily transport you to a world which is compelling enough to fall in love with. A paradise for adventure seekers, Indonesia is the perfect destination to soak you into the ocean, only to admire great coral reef and under water creatures as well. Indonesia offers boundless scenic surroundings to do a lot of things to make your trip a memorable one.

Here is a list of the top destinations, which you should not miss visiting in Indonesia.

Borobudur Temple

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One of the most popular tourist attractions of Indonesia, Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple.This ancient site is the magnificent monument of the human civilization. Borobudur is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located on the island of Java, this temple gives you a panoramic view of gorgeous green valleys and the towering hills. This is truly an architectural marvel.

Lake Toba

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Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. This lake was formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption around 70,000 years ago, which is said to be the largest and deepest volcanic crater lake in the world.  Lake Toba is more like a sea considering its size. Therefore, this lake is considered as the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the second largest in the world after Lake Victoria in Africa. This lake has an island called Samosir which is the cultural hub of the Batak tribe. So, if you want to unwind and longing for a relaxing holiday experience, visit to Toba Lake is a must.

Ubud

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Ubud is basically a cultural hub of Bali. A treasure of cultural landmarks, Ubud will surprise you with culture magnetism, those shimmered rice terrace fields, and dotting Hindu temples all around. People started noticing this quiet place after Elizabeth Gilbert’s  famous novel “Eat Pray & Love”  featured it beautifully . From those small boutiques, best restaurants and spas, architectural sites, stunning landscapes to galleries, Ubud can spoil you with choices. If you want to soak into this quiet corner of Indonesia, you have to spend a few days in Ubud.

Mount Bromo

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If you are in Indonesia, do not miss out the majestic Mt Bromo at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The captivating view of sunrise over Mount Bromo is simply breathtaking. Make sure that you are on time. The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park covers around 800 square kilometer area in the centre of East Java.This active volcano sight is the largest volcanic region in the province.

Baliem Valley

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Baliem valley is the most famous and accessible destination in Papua. It was Richard Archbold, the first outsider to discover this valley in 1938. Mr. Richard noticed the valley which was situated between four thousand meter high mountains while leading an expedition team. The valley was dotted with terraced green fields of sweet potatoes. Famously known for Dani tribes, Baliem valley is a land of splendid secrets. Though with time, Dani people have civilized a lot if you compare them to ancient times, but you can still see those unlikely customs, rituals and their authentic tradition there.This indigenous tribe is considered as the most adorning tribe in West Papua. Visiting the Baliem Valley and trekking through High Mountain and Dani villages, takes you far away from modern civilization but it is worth it.

Bandung

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Bandung is the shopping destination of Java. Popularly known as the Paris of Java, Bandung is famous for a number of company outlets. Apart from this, you will be delighted with the spectacular landscapes, the gorgeous tea plantations, volcanoes, and Kawah Putih – the turquoise sulfur lake. Not just that, this is a perfect place for food lovers as well, where you can have the best culinary delights. This is also a great place to enjoy the traditional music of Sunda. If you are in Bandung, you can opt for staying at Villa Istana Bunga.

 Komodo National Park

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You can’t miss the opportunity to visit Komodo National Park when you are in Indonesia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the most fascinating creature on earth: Komodo dragon. This is the largest lizard in the world. Komodo National Park includes three major islands named Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and numerous smaller islands as well. Interestingly,the Komodo dragon is only found on these islands in the world.

From the most fascinating architectural marvels, gorgeous landscapes, largest volcanic lake, longest river, numerous islands to rain forest, Indonesia is a land of surprises. A myriad of cultures, languages, and ethnic groups, Indonesia can leave you speechless with every turn on the road.


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6 Replies to “Top places to visit in Indonesia”

  1. Dipanshu Goyal says:

    Nice article.. full of information.. Indonesia is beautiful..

    1. Thank you Dipanshu.

  2. Such pretty pictures! Bali has been on my bucket list for a long time. Hope to go there someday soon 🙂

    1. Thank You Akansha. Indonesia is a beautiful destination .

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