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29
October

Malioboro

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It is an incomplete vacation to Yogyakarta without visiting Malioboro, which is already very popular with tourists. Malioboro is the name of the main street that divides Yogyakarta City. Located between Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Tugu Pal Putih, Malioboro Street is a paradise for souvenirs, shopping and culinary tourism. At night along, Malioboro Street will be more crowded because many artists express their abilities, such as music, pantomime, painting and others. The pedestrian path equipped with several seats has been prepared by the Yogyakarta City Government so that domestic and foreign tourists are more comfortable and enjoyful with the atmosphere of Malioboro. The Malioboro area is always crowded with tourists, even if you don't shop, Malioboro is indeed very nicely captured using a camera. However, over the last 10 years, the Provincial Government of the Special Region of Yogyakarta has begun to make improvements and structured, and beautified the Malioboro street area.

Malioboro itself comes from the Sanskrit Malyabhara which means bouquet of flowers. There are also some experts who argue that the origin of the name Malioboro comes from the name of a British colonial named Marlborough who lived in Yogyakarta from 1811 until 1816. The Dutch East Indies government built Malioboro as a central area of the economy and government in the early 19th century. It became popular in the colonial era. There is another history about Malioboro Street which became a witness of the struggle for Indonesian independence. There was a great battle between the Indonesian fighters and the Dutch colonial troops, known as the General Offensive on March 1, 1949. The Red and White Troops succeeded in conquering the Dutch and occupying Yogyakarta after six hours of fighting.

Malioboro continues to grow up to date. By retaining the original concept, Malioboro has become the center of life for the people of Yogya. The local government is now continuing to make improvements in a bid to organize Malioboro into a comfortable area to visit. For the convenience of tourists, the street vendors, who have been decorating the shopping corridors along Jalan Malioboro have now been moved to a special place on Teras Malioboro 1 and 2. Besides being famous for culinary and souvenir tours, the Malioboro area is now listed as a Carnival tourism area. This is also inseparable from the successful implementation of the 2022 Jogja Fashion Carnival entitled "Abiwada Arsana" held on October 15, 2022.

 

29
October

Nato hill is located 7 kilometers from Rantepao, the capital city of North Toraja. It takes about 25 minutes by car. The access to Nato Hill is also easy because you can use public transportation, commonly known as pete-pete, or ojek transportation. To get to North Toraja from Makassar City, it can be accessed by land or air transportation. Being on Nato Hill, you will see the beautiful panorama of Toraja from a height.

 

Being satisfied with enjoying the beauty of the natural panorama, you can spend time sitting around while enjoying the fresh hill air. For those who like to take pictures, Nato Hill offers a number of very interesting selfie points. One of the most popular ones is the Hobbit House . You can also enjoy the sensation of taking pictures on a pedicab with a natural background and clouds above an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level, which has been provided by the local management. If you are not satisfied, there are still colorful hammocks as a place to relax or take selfies.

 

To travel to Nato Hill, you will also be provided with educational facilities in the form of a Reading House, a library designed to look like a natural building in the middle of a forest. There are hundreds of titles ready to read while enjoying the scenery and the surrounding atmosphere. For those who want to spend the night in this area, you can set up a tent. Many tourists spend the night in Nato Hill to be able to see the beautiful sunrise from the top of this hill.

22
October

Sekumpul  Waterfall located in Bali is a tourism spot. It is already quite famous to foreign countries. The wonder of the waterfall also has its own interest compared to  the beauty of the beaches in Bali. The beautiful environment adds to the beauty of the waterfall, even many tourists enthrone this Sekumpul waterfall as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali.

The name Sekumpul waterfall was chosen because in that location, there are a number of waterfalls that you can find. It is not just one or two, but there are about 7 waterfalls whose locations are still hidden around the main waterfall. There are also people who mention the name Sekumpul waterfall is taken from the two main waterfalls that are close to each other in one place. The local residents say, this main waterfall is also known as the Ceburan waterfall. In spite of being close together, these two waterfalls come from different springs. The waterfall on the left is the flow of water from the Sekumpul river, while the waterfall on the right comes from natural springs.

 

Sekumpul waterfall keeps a lot of potential and beauty which has not been  fully explored. Green rock cliffs with 100 meters to 150 meters high, that surround Sekumpul waterfalls add to the beauty of the waterfall. Moreover, because the Sekumpul waterfall is located in the mountainous area of Buleleng Regency, northern Bali, it has cool air and a beautiful atmosphere. Sekumpul waterfall is surrounded by rocky paths decorated with various fresh green plants. The rumbling sound of falling water with splashes of waterfall dew makes the view of this waterfall look very amazing. The pool  formed under the waterfall seems to attract tourists who come to swim in the freshwater. The rocks around the pool are often a tourism photo spot.

To reach the location of the waterfall from the entrance to the tourism area, you have to walk approximately 300 meters through the forest. The path is a concrete staircase that has been prepared by the manager and it has a strong handrail. The number of stairs that must be passed is more than 360. From this staircase, you can already hear the roar of the waterfall which seems to give you the enthusiasm to keep going. It takes about 30 minutes to walk slowly.

What you have to pay attention to is that you have to prepare a change of clothes and waterproof equipment for your camera or handphone. The torrent of a heavy waterfall is sure to wet your entire body and of course, it will provide extraordinary freshness.

17
October

Papuans have traditional religious beliefs integrated into all aspects of life. Their worldviews are related to each other between the material and spiritual, the secular and the sacred. All function simultaneously. Related to its relationship with art, Musyoh Dance is one of the dances found in Papuan culture that most manifests their belief system. Musyoh dance is a type of ritual dance as an effort to expel the spirits of people who died in accidents.

 

When one of the Papuan tribesmen dies due to an accident, the Papuan people generally believe that the spirit is not calm. Through this belief, Musyoh Dance was born as a way to calm the spirits. In practice, this dance is also like most traditional Papuan dances which are generally accompanied by their traditional musical instrument, Tifa. However, this dance does not use spears, but generally the dancers carry arrows and shields as symbols of expulsion. This dance is performed by a group of male dancers with agile and energetic movements. To exorcise the spirits, the dance movements are accompanied by typical Papuan shouts or cheers.

           

By performing this Musyoh dance, it is hoped that it can drive away unnatural spirits. Thus, the spirit will not disturb the living. This dance has long been known by the tribal communities in Papua. Until now, the function of this dance is still the same, namely a sacred dance to ward off spirits, people who died unnaturally, such as accidents and others. Many people think that this dance is to welcome guests. The welcome dance is accompanied by rhythmic music with dynamic dance movement patterns that show the joy of the people's hearts in welcoming respected guests.

12
October

Gedad Waterfall

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Besides being famous for its exotic beaches, Gunungkidul is also famous for having other natural attractions in the form of waterfalls. One of them is Gedad Waterfall which has recently become the new prima donna in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta Special Region Province. The exoticism of the existing scenery and the cool air with views that are still very natural make many people curious and wishing to visit this waterfall. This waterfall is named Gedad according to its location in Gedad Hamlet. The tour arrangement at this waterfall is similar to one of the tours in Kulonprogo, namely Mudal River Park. However, of course, each of these tours has its own characteristics that become an attraction in the eyes of tourists. This waterfall has a height that is not too high, which is about 10-15 meters. The uniqueness of Gedad Waterfall Yogyakarta has walls, which are quite wide and terraced and produce a water flow that looks very artistic.

Gedad waterfall also has a pool, which can be used for bathing and swimming. There is also a special deck, which was made to accommodate tourists to take pictures. Its natural beauty that is still very beautiful is perfect for someone to take nice pictures. The typical rural scenery with shady trees, towering high, becomes another panoramic beauty in this tourism spot. This small waterfall that is behind a limestone cliff presents a charming natural panorama. Bridges made of wood and bamboo complement the existing exotic beauty. This waterfall tour is relatively new and was opened in February 2017 by the local village youth association. Previously, this waterfall was an area where residents of Gedad and surrounding areas dumped their trash. Then, the villagers fix and improve the surrounding waterfall area as an effort to improve the environment and also finance village activities. This hamlet is known as a religious hamlet with strong cultural values, so many religious activities are held more than once a week and require substantial funds. Then the youths also thought of ways so that their citizens would not spend a very large amount of money for these activities so that the idea of opening a tourism attraction in this village emerged.

People say, this waterfall was discovered by a kyai, named Abu Dardak. Kyai Abu Dardak dug the ground on Mt. Nggrunggung, and opened the flow of groundwater to Gedad Hamlet through mountain cliffs, and one of them, the Gedad Waterfall appeared, then flowed into this village through mountain cliffs. This waterfall has three springs, namely Glunggung, Clenguk, and Karang Kulon water sources. Gedad Waterfall is behind a limestone cliff, until at the location visitors are treated to a beautiful and charming natural panorama. Inside the Gedad Waterfall complex, there are facilities in the form of a bathroom, a place to eat, and a typical Gedad hawker center. For visitors who want to play in the water, rubber tires and buoys are provided so that they can enjoy their time at Gedad Waterfall. For visitors who are interested in more challenging adventures, tour guides are ready to take you to off-road terrain, which can be explored by dirt bike or by off-road car which is located not far from the Waterfall. Around the waterfall there are also decorations of flowers, gazebos, and wooden signposts for taking selfies. You can come to visit Gedad Waterfall every day with opening hours at 6 am – 5 pm local time.

03
October

Terawang Cave is located in Kedung Wungu Village, Todanan District, Blora Regency, Central Java. Located 32 km west of Blora City, this cave is located in the middle of a dense teak forest. The location is hidden, but this cave offers beauty for visitors.

 

The limestone holes, which are found in the ceiling of the cave, can allow sunlight to enter and create a very beautiful silhouette. The right time to visit this cave is during daytime, because the beauty of this cave will be more visible when sunlight begins to enter the cave through small holes in the ceiling. You can hunt for beautiful photos with typical views in this cave. To go to the Terawang Cave, from Blora City, you have to go towards the Ngawen Market T-junction, then turn right across the road to Japah, Padaan, Ngapus, until you arrive at Todanan.

 

Around the Terawang Cave tourism area, which covers 13 hectares, there are 5 other caves that are also beautiful. If you visit this area, take the time to visit one of these 5 instagramable caves.

19
September

Generally, caves in Indonesia consist of limestone and exist on hillsides. Thus, stalactites and stalagmites are often formed. However, there is one cave in Purbalingga, Central Java, namely Gua Lawa, which is a volcanic one formed from active mountain lava that has melted and cooled from thousands to millions of years. This lava cooling process causes the rock to be hard and strong with a black color without causing stalactites or stalagmites. The thickness of the rock can reach 50 meters. So, it is resistant to shocks. Lawa Cave is located at the foot of Mount Slamet, precisely in Siwarak Village, Karangreja District, Purbalingga. This place is called Lawa Cave because there are many bat animals in it. Lawa Cave or also commonly called Golaga by the local people, has a length of about 1.5 km with an altitude of about 900 meters above sea level so that the air feels cool.

 

In addition to the natural beauty of Lawa cave, visitors may also enjoy this more attractive tourism destination, which has been carried out by the Government of Purbalingga Regency. Since operating the day after Eid al-Fitr in 2018, this tourism destination provides a unique coffee shop located in a cave. With the advent of these facilities, the number of tourists visiting has increased drastically. This facility is certainly appropriate for tourists who want to rest for a while after going around the cave. Sipping a cup of warm coffee is enjoyful to see the exotic scenery of the cave decorated with colorful lights, such as red, blue, green, and others that alternately turn on to be an unforgettable experience.

 

Either insideor outside of the Lawa cave area has also begun to be arranged by the local government. The entrance consists of a brick arrangement that resembles a door in the era of the Majapahit Kingdom. To enterthe area, visitors may see a stretch of grass and shady pine trees. This spot is intended for a place to take photos of tourists. Because it is managed by the government,and the access to the Lawa cave is quite easy. If you depart from downtown Purbalingga, the journey reaches 27 km. It is recommended to visit this place from the morning, because Lawa cave is open every day from 08.00 to 17.00 in the afternoon. The entry ticket price is around IDR 20,000 (US$1.33) for Monday to Friday while IDR 25,000 (US$1.67) per person for weekends.

13
September

Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno appreciated the success of Campaga Tourism Village, which was included in the top 50 best tourist villages in the 2022 Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI). This success is expected to encourage the development of tourism potential and creative economy in tourism villages in Tompobulu district, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi, especially in the development of nature-based tourism. Minister Sandiaga, after a visit to Campaga Tourism Village last September 7, said that Campaga Tourism Village has the potential for beautiful natural attractions and must be managed properly so that it can provide great benefits to the community, especially in sustaining economic revival and opening up job opportunities.

Campaga Tourism Village, which is included in the mountainous region of Bantaeng, is located about 15 kilometers from Bantaeng city, South Sulawesi, or about 20 minutes by two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles. Campaga Tourism Village has a variety of nature-based tourist attractions. One of them is the Campaga Protection Forest which covers an area of approximately 23 hectares.Campaga Protection Forest is one of the protected forests in Bantaeng regency. This forest is still beautiful and untouched by the community. In this forest, there is the Babangtanggaya Site (sacred stone), the Erasa Lego-lego tree which is the oldest banyan tree in the area and the sacred Tombolo Spring. Not far from this protected forest, there are tourist attractions for families, namely Erbol and Ertob Bathing Pools.

Campaga Tourism Village also has a new nature-based tourism spot, namely Simoko Waterfall which is considered to be still hidden. Tourists can see the view of this 30 meter high waterfall, while enjoying the lush atmosphere of the trees in the surroundings. When traveling to Campaga Tourism Village, don't forget to buy souvenirs. Campaga Tourism Village coffee and dodol (a fudge-like sweet made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk) are known for their deliciousness, so you should buy them as souvenirs. Campaga Tourism Village is equipped with various facilities, such as parking lots, restaurants and toilets.

12
September

Ninety percent of the people in East Manggarai work as farmers, both field and rice farmers. They live together with nature. Everything related to planting various types of horticulture is always preceded by traditional rituals to honor the universe and God, the Creator. Therefore, it is not surprising why the people of East Manggarai have various rituals related to agriculture. One of them is the Umbiro ritual, which is carried out on the edge of the field when the rice begins to fill.

The Umbiro ritual is held to ask the universe, ancestors and God the Creator to give abundant results and protect rice from disturbances by spirits. The Umbiro ritual is always held by farmers in East Manggarai, especially at Mbengan in Ranakolong, Gunung, Gunung Baru and other 22 villages. Until now, local people hold the Umbiro ritual on the edge of the field when the rice begins to flower and is usually held in March.           

The Umbiro Ritual is a ritual asking the universe for long and abundant grains of rice. In the local language, "Umbi" is a pull and "Ro" is the name of a rope, which lives and grows in the forest. So, this ritual is like a tug of war competition. Uniquely, those who do Umbiro are women against men by wearing the local traditional “songke”, shawl and headband. When this ritual is performed, songs related to rice also accompany the ritual. Before the Umbiro ritual is carried out on the edge of the field, previously offerings are offered to nature, ancestors and God Almighty in the form of chickens, pigs and goats and other objects.

02
September

Youtefa Bay

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When you travel to Papua, you have to visit Youtefa bay as a tourism destination which has been talked about recently amid the event of National Sports Fair XX Papua 2021. As a venue for rowing sports, Youtefa Bay spoils the athletes with stunning views. Besides offering stunning views, Youtefa Bay has many tourism spots, ranging from bays, headlands, lowland forests, mangroves to beautiful beaches. This tourism attraction can be accessed by motor vehicles from Jayapura City with a distance of about 20 to 30 minutes.

Youtefa Bay is a small bay in the Yos Sudarso Bay area. The area includes several traditional villages, namely Tobati, Enggros, and Nafri villages. The bay has a typical view of coral islands with an expanse of blue waters. One of the mainstay spots in Youtefa Bay is Lake Sentani which is ready to spoil tourists with beautiful views. Youtefa Bay has a 200-meter-long mangrove forest from the coastline. The  mangrove forest and trees can be 7 to 12 meters high, which make Youtefa Bay feel like being lush and cool. Besides, there are  amazing views of the beach, headland, and lowland forest.

Another spot which is also beautiful is Hamadi Beach which is two kilometers long. This beach will spoil tourists with views of the sky, blue sea water and beach waves. Besides the beautiful scenery, Hamadi Beach recorded an important history in the past. During the second World War, this beach became the center of defense of the allied troops in the Jayapura area. Thus, when you come to Hamadi Beach, you will find many objects of war relics, such as the wreckage of tanks to warships. Not far from Hamadi Beach, there is Mount Mher which is very beautiful. Mount Mher holds the legend of the origin of the Tobati and Enggros tribes. Afterwards,  there is Tanjung Kaswari, which is known for its cool and shady beaches with rows of beautiful cypress trees. All the natural beauty of Youtefa Bay is covered by the splendor of the Youtefa Bridge, which curves in red. This bridge crosses from Jayapura City, Hamadi Village to Muara Tami District. It was inaugurated in October 2019. This bridge is one of the icons of Jayapura City.

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