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17
February

Bogor Tourism is not only Puncak. There is also tourism of beautiful rice fields, such as in Mulyaharja Thematic Village. Enjoying weekends with your partner or family is appropriate to visit Mulyaharja Organic Tourism Agro Education (AEWO) or also known as Mulyaharja Thematic Village. There, you will be greeted by a stretch of rice fields that refresh your eyes.

This tourism of rice fields is unique compared to similar tourism in Tegalalang, Ubud or Suargabumi in Magelang because these rice fields are located in an organic farming area which is managed directly by the local people. According to Head of the Tourism Driving Group, Mulyaharja Oji or known as Kang Ojos, this rice field area has been developed by the Adult Farmer Group since 1987. Then in 2013, the rice fields were planted with organic rice and in 2017 it was developed into a location for agricultural education tourism.

For 3 years, AEWO Mulyaharja was developed into an integrated organic agricultural tourism area. Until the end of 2020, the Mulyaharja group was given a grant worth Rp 2.8 billion from the Bogor City Government to further strengthen this tourism. A number of facilities are available there, ranging from instagrammable photo spots, huts to relax, cafes and MSME kiosks, as well as educational facilities such as sheep sheds, making biogas from cow dung, to catfish ponds.

Mulyaharja Tourism Driving Group has a target of creating the Mulyaharja golden triangle which combines educational tourism, culinary delights, and modern hangout location. Currently, to enjoy tourism at AEWO Mulyaharja, you only need to pay Rp10 thousand. You can come from 07.00 am to 05.30 pm. There are many exciting activities that you can do at Mulyaharja Thematic Village, from enjoying the rice fields to staying overnight at residents' houses.

AEWO Mulyaharja has an area of 23 hectares of organic rice fields. But until now, only 5 hectares have been equipped with tourism facilities. For those of you who like to take pictures, you do not need to worry because the Mulyaharja thematic village also provides several instagrammable photo spots. Organic farming education is an advantage of this Thematic Village compared to other villages. For those of you who want to try this activity package, you can make a reservation in advance. The price is Rp 2.5 million for 30 people. The package includes planting facilities, instructors, and snacks.

It is not complete if you visit this Mulyaharja thematic village without enjoying its traditional culinary delights. You can enjoy savory rice with additional dishes of grilled or fried chicken, fried tofu and Tempeh, Karedok, and Jengkol stews and you only pay Rp 30 thousand per portion. Meanwhile, for drinks, one cup of Bajigur is available at a price of Rp 50,000. In addition, there are also other drinks such as coffee, tea and chocolate at a price of Rp 15 thousand/glass at the Saungkopi Cafe. One more fun activity that you can enjoy is to stay with the local residents who work as farmers.

At AEWO Mulyaharja, there are 20 houses that will welcome your arrival. For a package that costs Rp 300,000 per person to stay for 3 days 2 nights, you can enjoy life at the village with the local residents and get 3 meals a day. Usually, each house can accommodate 5 tourists. Holidays with family will certainly be more exciting if you still apply health protocols.

15
February

Malalak is a sub-district in Agam Regency, West Sumatra Province, which is directly adjacent to Padang Pariaman. Malalak can be an alternative location for a vacation because it has a variety of amazing natural charms, one of which is Langkuik Tinggi Waterfall. This waterfall is often a stopover for local residents after activities in the fields to refresh themselves. Because, the flow of the waterfall and the cool air feels very refreshing to the body.

The Langkuik Tinggi waterfall is in the Nyiur area, South Malalak. It takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes from Bukittinggi or about 3 hours from Padang by motor vehicles. It's easy to find the location of this waterfall, because the post is on the side of the road. Arriving at the Langkuik Tinggi tourism object, you can park your car in the available parking lot. The parking ticket price is Rp 5,000. Then, you also have to pay an entrance ticket of Rp 5,000 per person. Before entering, you must first register yourself at the post. Here, you will be offered tour guide services. There is no special tariff for tour guide fees, depending on your willingness to give. From the post to the waterfall location, you have to walk for about 1 hour. You will pass through green rice fields and forests. The terrain is quite extreme because the road will be a bit slippery if it rains. To get to the first waterfall, you have to go along the river.

Langkuik Tinggi waterfall has 5 waterfalls. From one waterfall to another the distance is quite close. Arriving at the first waterfall, you will be amazed to see the swift falling water. This waterfall is so heavy that the splash of a waterfall on the rocks will wet you if you stand or take pictures around the location of this waterfall. After being satisfied to take pictures at this waterfall, you can rush to the second waterfall by crossing the river which is quite swift. In this second waterfall, you can swim, because the water is not too heavy and the pool is not too deep. Here you can take a short break before heading to the third, fourth and fifth waterfalls. These three places are close to the distance from the second waterfall, approximately 20 minutes. At the third, fourth and fifth waterfalls, you can also swim, take pictures and enjoy the beauty of the three waterfalls. Because there is no restaurant in this tourism area, we recommend that you bring your own food supplies. You can enjoy your food while enjoying the beauty of the Langkuik Tinggi waterfall.

12
February

This tourism attraction offers a beautiful natural environment and cave exploration for you who like adventure. This tourism spot is located in Batu Jonjong village, Bahorok sub- district, Langkat Regency, North Sumatra Province. Therefore, Batu Katak tourism location is indeed not far from Binjai. Even, Binjai is an alternative route that can be used to reach Batu Katak tourism. To reach this tourism spot takes about two to three hours by motor vehicles from Medan City, with the route Medan-Pinang Baris-Binjai-Bahorok. To enter this tourism attraction, you pay an entrance ticket of Rp. 3,000 per person and a parking ticket of Rp. 10,000 for a car and Rp. 5000 for a motorcycle.

Batu Katak tourism destination is included in the Gunung Leuser National Park area. Thus, if you enter this tourism area, you will feel the cool air with views of shady trees and high hills.  You can also walk around to see various kinds of fauna and flora. Some of the flora that can be seen are like the Amorphophallus titanum carcass and various types of orchids. While for fauna, if you are lucky, you can see gibbons, Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran forest goats, up to monkeys and monkeys with long tail.

For you who like adventure, you can trace the cave at Batu Katak. Some of the caves that can be explored are Jodoh , Pupuk Mentar, Air, Batu Rijal , Pintu Angin and Mbeli  Caves. While being in the cave, you can see the magnificent views of stalactites and stalagmites and the river that flows inside the cave.  Apart from tracing the cave, you can also soak in natural baths, do rafting in the river. For you who like adrenaline-pumping activities, the manager also provides a variety of challenging game rides. One of the quite popular rides is flying fox. This ride will make you hang on a rope with a height of 5 meters to 8 meters.

10
February

Lampung has various amazing natural attractions, such as Lampung elephants, a group of beautiful dolphins that often appear in Kiluan Bay. However, apart from the two attractions that you should visit if you are in Lampung, you should also try to visit a charming and exotic beach location. It is Pegadungan Beach or often referred to as Gigi Hiu Beach or Shark Tooth Beach. This beach is quite different from other beaches that are widely spread in Indonesia. The exoticism that lies in the many clusters of rocks arranged towering like cliffs makes this beach quite unique.


These rock clusters are quite high and also large, varying from 1 meter to 10 meters high. The stone arrangement seems to form teeth. It also looks like a boat sailing in the wind.  When visiting this beach, the best view you can see is when the sun rises. At that time, you will see an amazing view. The sun shines on the rocks, with the waves reflecting the light from the sun. To visit this beach, it is recommended when it is dry season. Visiting in the dry season, you will see a clean and clear view. Therefore, those of you who like photography should come at the right time. During the rainy season, usually Gigi Hiu Beach will be shrouded in fog. The beautiful scenery on Gigi Hiu Beach will be obstructed by the fog.


You may not find star or luxury hotels, but you can try to find lodging in local residents' houses, or you can return to Kilauan Bay which is not too far from that location to get lodging.  Located in Klumbayan District, Tanggamus Regency, Lampung, the location of Gigi Hiu Beach itself is an area that is quite far from the population and also the crowd. The location is quite remote and travel access is quite difficult. So, this place is appropriate with those of you who really have a true traveling spirit.  When visiting this beach, it is recommended with a group because this beach is still fairly quiet. So, it would be nice if you bring the necessary equipment and stick to health protocols during the trip or when you get there.

05
February

This tourism destination is appropriate for you to eagerly stimulate your adrenaline. To visit this tourism attraction, you can go along Kali Pusur through river tubing. The tourism of Kali Pusur River Moon is located in the northern area of Klaten downtown, exactly in Karanglo, Polanharjo, Klaten, Central Java. To reach the tourism location is quite easy. It takes only 30 minutes from Klaten downtown by motorcycle.  

You can follow a river with clear water for two kilometres at the Kali Pusur tourism attraction.   There are two types of entrance ticket prices for rafting, namely for beginners more or less 300 meters distance is IDR 15,000 to IDR 25,000 per person and for a distance of two kilometres priced at IDR 40,000 per person. In the river which has water directly from the spring on Mount Merapi, you can follow the clarity of the river water using tires and you are guided by professional tour guides. Besides getting security facilities, you will also get drinking water, snacks, and a pick-up car.

In addition to providing Kali Pusur river tubing tour, River Moon Kali Pusur also provides outbound, camping, and fun game facilities.  Even, this tourism location is often used as a venue to hold wedding receptions. It also provides various facilities which consists of a gazebo, an outbound area, a bathroom, a camping area, skill games area, catering as well as top instructors.

27
January

PYRAMID VIEW

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Garut has a lot of tourism potential, such as hot springs, waterfalls, beaches and other natural attractions. One of the most popular natural tourism destinations is Pyramid View of Mount Sadahurip that offers amazing beauty. Even, some people call it the "Dieng" of Garut Regency.  The Pyramid View is located in Sindanggalih Village, Karangtengah District, Garut Regency. The natural beauty of the highlands of Mount Sadahurip which is above an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level is as amazing as Dieng tourism attraction in Wonosobo Regency.

The Pyramid Mount Sadahurip has a shape resembling the Pyramids in Egypt. It is said that this mountain in Cicapar Village, Sukahurip Village, Pangatikan District has a mystery about the existence of a treasure behind it. Apart from its unique shape, the mountain surrounding looks beautiful with a stretch of trees and green plants. Being aware of the potential of the area, the Regional Government of Garut will fully support the local village government program in developing the Pyramid View tourism destination. The local government appreciates the community and local village government officials who have succeeded in exploring the potential of the area, namely the natural scenery of Mount Pyramid.

The regional government of Garut will coordinate with related agencies to rebuild road infrastructure to the tourism area, and add comfortable, safe and attractive facilities at the tourism attractions.  The local government must be present to encourage tourism by repairing the tourism road infrastructure as well as the tourism attraction facilities. It is hoped that each village can explore their respective areas, such as developing tourism potential in order to grow the economy of the surrounding community.

22
January

Traveling to the Dewata  island, Bali, please don't forget to enjoy its various   culinary specialties.  One of them is Pesan Be Pasih culinary. The main raw stuff of this culinary are some kinds of sea fish, such as skipjack, mahi-mahi, tuna, and others. The sea fish is processed in many ways, then it is wrapped in banana leaves.

The process of making  “Pesan Be Pasih" is not  too difficult.  To make seasonings, namely garlic, cayenne pepper, shallot, turmeric, shrimp paste, and salt are crushed. Then, this is added with Salam leaves to make the food taste more fragrant. The fish meat must first be cleaned, then cut it into cubes. After that, the pieces of fish meat can be mixed with the ground spices. The spice mixture that has been mixed with fish meat is wrapped in banana leaves, with an elongated round shape. Then, it is baked until well-cooked.

Pesan Be Pasih culinary is eaten more deliciously with warm rice. But, a long time ago, Balinese people used to eat the Pesan Be Pasih with boiled cassava or Moran rice. It's not difficult to find this culinary. The price is relatively affordable around Rp. 10,000 to Rp. 30,000 per serving.

20
January

Cacalan beach is located in Sukowidi Village, Klatak, Kalipuro, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java. It offers beautiful natural scenery with white sand and blue sea; the unique thing is that the waves on Cacalan Beach are quite small so it is very safe for traveling with family. One of the characteristics of this Cacalan Beach is the stunning panoramic sunrise. Cacalan Beach is no less exotic than other beaches; the facilities are no less complete. Its location, which is also close to the urban center, would be very unfortunate if you do not stop by this Banyuwangi’s leading tourism. Every name of the beach, especially in Java, has its own story and origin. Cacalan comes from a Javanese word which means hoe. In the past, around Bulusan beach, Cinta dock - Cacalan to Ancol beach, there were many Jajang or bamboo trees. To beautify the atmosphere on the Cacalan beach, the community along with village officials then cut and cleaned the trees by means of hoes. From this incident, this beach is known as the Cacalan beach.

The existence of the beautiful Cacalan beach brings a new face to the tourism sector in Banyuwangi. Places in all corners of Cacalan beach are now photo spots for both local and foreign tourists. Especially, this beachside swing spot is well designed to capture moments together. In addition, tourists can see the beautiful panoramic view of the Bali Strait from this Banyuwangi beach. Activities that tourists usually do on Cacalan Beach are swimming, fishing, looking for sea animals, watching the beautiful sunrise panorama, and enjoying culinary delights. For those who like horse riding, they can try this Cacalan beach location. This beach provides horse rental to get around along the beach. There are also canoes or rubber boat rentals to fulfill tourists’ adventure desires. There is no ticket price to enter the Banyuwangi Cacalan Beach, but you have to pay for vehicle parking at an affordable price.

The facilities at Cacalan Beach are quite adequate, such as parking areas, bathrooms, dining areas, wooden swings, shelter umbrellas, and places of worship. Food stalls providing a variety of seafood menus and others can be found around this beach. Enjoying East Java culinary above the Gazebo while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Cacalan Beach will certainly make your vacation even more memorable. This beach opens from 05.00 am to 23.00 West Indonesian Time every day. By sticking to the set health protocols, your vacation with your family will be healthier.

18
January

 

Uwi is a kind of edible tuber. It is white and stringy. This plant is so popular in East Nusa Tenggara Province -NTT. Before getting to know rice, farmers throughout Manggarai Raya, NTT have already known the Uwi as a staple food. As a staple food, the local community initially cultivated the Uwi plant that grew in the forest. Now, the farmers have planted the Uwi plants that are scattered throughout the fields at the village of Manggarai Raya. Apart from being used as a staple food, the Uwi is also used as the main ingredient in the Kewur Uwi ritual.

The Kewur Uwi ritual is an annual ritual inherited by the ancestors of all residents of Paua village, Mangarai Raya. It is a sign of the start of the rice harvest which is scattered on the slopes and hills around the village. The rice in the fields cannot be harvested if the Kewur Uwi ritual has not been carried out. All farmers in the South Elar sub-district obey this ritual. The Kewur Uwi ritual is carried out every April in the agricultural calendar of the local residents. This ritual is held massively in all villages in the South Elar sub-district. The local residents hold it for one day only and it is held from house to house.

During the Kewur Uwi ritual, the Uwi is burned to serve. In addition to the Uwi, the local residents also serve Ghan Rupang, a meal  wrapped in young bamboo leaves. Rupang is a traditional meal from some tribes in the South Elar District. It is always served during the Kewur Uwi ritual. Before the Uwi and Rupang are enjoyed, the traditional elders will pray for the meal. When the Kewur Uwi ritual takes place, women are prohibited to eat. In addition, the residents are prohibited from beating drums and gongs at local traditional houses. Drumming and gong beating can be carried out when the ritual has been completed. In addition to the sign of the start of the rice harvest, the Kewur Uwi Ritual is a legacy of the people of South Elar to honor the universe, ancestors and the Creator of life who provided staple food for local residents before getting to know rice. Until now, the ritual has been preserved and has even become a tourism attraction in Manggarai Raya, East Nusa Tenggara.

15
January

Musamus is a nest of a unique type of termite which lives in Merauke, Papua. Its name is Nasutitermes triodiae, a type of blind subterranean termite that only exists in Merauke, Papua and northern Australia. The subterranean termites are 5 millimeters in size which live in groups led by a termite queen and eat plants. In Merauke, the place where these subterranean termites make a home becomes an attractive tourism destination. When visiting the 1000 Musamus  in Merauke, you can see how strong the home made by termites is. The location of this tourism destination is in Kampung Selor 2, Kurik district, Merauke. The location is inside the Wasur National Park area. To arrive there, it takes about 2 hours from Merauke city.

When arriving at this 1000 Musamus tourism attraction, you will feel amazed by what you see. There are various Musamus which reach the height of 5 meters with a diameter of more than 2 meters and the size is various above the ground surface. The termite home has conical shape with the bottom supported by supporting poles which look like sheets or the outer shape of a star fruit. The surface texture of Musamus is squiggly and reddish brown like the color of the ground where it is located. When you look into it, you will find a very complicated room of hallways. These hallways function as a living space and a ventilation cavity which keep the temperature stable inside Musamus in order to keep it warm. It is the existence of these hallways that makes the nest safe for termite colonies because they will be protected from extreme temperature changes, even from forest fire.

Musamus is formed from the basic materials of dry grass, soil and the termite's saliva. These termites build their palace solidly and strongly, even it is able to withstand the weight of an adult human. For Merauke people, Musamus has its own philosophical meaning. Like Musamus termites, they work diligently without talking much and the result is visible in the form of Musamus' palace towering into the sky splendidly. Likewise, what the people of Merauke believe that by keeping working without complaining much and without destroying nature, we will see a magnificent result.