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09
February

The province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, which is located at the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, has rich tourism potential, ranging from natural, educational, cultural tourism  and ancestral wealth to culinary tourism that can be found all in Aceh. Anoi Itam Beach is one of the mainstay natural tourism destinations in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. Precisely, it is located in Gampong Anoi Itam, Sukajaya District, Sabang City, Weh Island, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province  Anoi Itam Beach, which is 13 km from Sabang City, is the only black sand beach on the island.Anoi Itam itself means 'black sand'. Based on the assessment of Garuda Indonesia magazine, the exotic beauty of this beach has led it to achieve the title as one of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia. Anoi Itam beach sand is said to have a different density from the black sand compared with other beaches.It weighs approximately three times the weight of black sand in general. This is due to the high nickel content in its constituent mineral composition. The color combination of black sand and white limestone around it looks contrast and gives a sensation of its own beauty.

The blue sea and the sea breeze that blows bring peace that frees someone from fatigue. Please try to walk along the Anoi Itam coastline on barefoot in the afternoon.The warm sand plays on the soles of the feet as it is washed away by the waves, creating a sensation that makes one relax. Witnessing landscapes, green trees, blue skies and views of the towering Mount Seulawah in mainland Aceh is an unforgettable experience.

To go to Anoi Itam Beach in Sabang, first we have to go to Banda Aceh, to be precise to Ulee Lhue Harbor to take a ferry or speed boat to Balohan Harbor on Weh Island. After arriving at Balohan Harbor or Sabang City, the journey can be continued by renting a car or motorbike to go to Anoi Itam Beach.To enjoy the beauty of this beach, you should explore by motorbike from Sabang City, along the eastern route, across Sumur Tiga beach with a travel time of about 30 minutes. Along the way uphill and downhill, our eyes are spoiled with beautiful beach scenery while taking photos.

08
February

When traveling to Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, there are many tourism attractions that you can visit. One of them is Kerandangan Nature Tourism Park. The park is surrounded by hills with a variety of plants and birds. Some of the attractions found in Kerandangan Nature Tourism Park are Putri Kembar Waterfall, Walet Cave, and Eat Ber'aik spring. This tourism park is located in Senggigi Persiapan village, Batu Layar district, West Lombok regency. From Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara, this tourism attraction can be accessed by using land transportation for 25 minutes.

When entering the Kerandangan Nature Tourism Park, you will immediately feel the cool air and see the beautiful scenery. Here, you can do jungle tracking, explore rivers, go camping, apply environmental education, and observe plants and animals, especially birds. In Kerandangan, there are 59 bird species that have been identified by a joint team from the University of Mataram and the Center for Conservation and Natural Resources. These birds include rare and endemic species that are only found in a few locations in the world. One of them is the Celepuk Rinjani bird. This bird is rare because it is endemic to the island of Lombok. Path access that has been arranged neatly and beautifully make it easier for you to get around enjoying the fresh air in this Nature Tourism Park as well as observing plants and birds. In addition, at some points there are also park benches for you to rest and take photos.

In addition to natural tourism and educational tours, you can also enjoy the beauty of waterfalls and natural caves that are very beautiful in this tourism park. To get to the Putri Kembar waterfall and Walet cave, you need to take about 60 to 90 minutes or about 2 kilometers from the main door of the Kerandangan Nature Tourism Park. At this location, there is also an area of 20 hectares for a camping ground. Up to 30 tents can be set up for camping. Camping locations have also been equipped with toilet facilities and other supporting facilities.

07
February

Gresik City located in East Java Province is well-known not only for its industrial city, but also its attractive tourism destination as many other regions have across Indonesia. Moreover, in Gresik, there is also a natural tourism spot. Visitors can enjoy the coolness of the day. The tourism spot is called Sendang Banyu Biru or in English it means a lake which has bluish water.

Sendang Banyu Biru is one of the tourism attractions in Lowayu Village, Dukun District, Gresik. This place is very beautiful and someone can spoil themselves from daily activities. Sendang Banyu Biru Lowayu Gresik is charming and interesting to visit. If you do not visit Gresik City, please pay a visit to this extremely tourism spot.

According to its name, Sendang Banyu Biru has clear bluish water, which is the main attraction. The water of this lake is blue because of the sulfur content. The local people believe that the existence of Sendang Banyu Biru has been known for a long time, even before the Dutch colonial period. In addition, the lake water is also believed to cure various skin diseases.

The facilities at Sendang Banyu Biru that are currently available include a vehicle parking area, prayer room, and bathroom. If you don't bring food and drink supplies, you don't need to worry because not far from the location, there is a simple food stall owned by the local residents. If in the future, you will visit East Java Province, don't forget to stop by Gresik to visit Sendang Banyu Biru. To go to this tourism spot by any motor vehicles, you may head to Lowayu Village, Dukun District, Gresik, East Java.

04
February

If you travel to Bengkulu, please visit one of the unique tourism villages, namely the Rindu Hati tourism village. Rindu Hati Village is precisely located in Taba Penanjung subdistrict and it takes about 40 minutes from the provincial capital by motor vehicles. Rindu Hati Village has several natural tourism destinations. First, there is Curug Hujan ( Hujan Waterfall ) which is about 15 meters high. To arrive at the waterfall, you have to cross the residents' plantations for approximately 30 minutes. When you arrive at the waterfall, you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and the water is very clear. You can also play in the water there. Then, you can also visit Cuup Jen waterfall and Supit waterfall which are also beautiful. Even, you can also visit the Rindu Hati River, and you can enjoy this clear river flow by bathing in the river. Besides, you can also get relaxed or have a picnic at the bank of the river.

In this Bengkulu Province, there is also Lake Telaga Putri which offers beautiful views with cool air. The atmosphere is still very natural. You can track to head for the lake, then you can go camping at the bank of the lake. In Rindu Hati Village, there is also a stone boat tour, or buteu jung. This stone is identical to the legend of Putri Gading Cempaka who is narrated to ride a boat from the Muara Bangkahulu River to the Rindu Hati River. For those who like challenging activities, they can also try rock climbing at Bukit Endu with a height of about 75 meters. Or you can also choose river tubing by using tires.

For those of you who want to stay overnight, you can try the sensation of glamping or glamor camping such as an inn in the form of a modern tent. There are eight glamping units provided with a size of 3x3 meters. Each tent is equipped with facilities such as mattresses, pillows, blankets, drinking water, and breakfast. The attraction of staying in this glamping area is the location of the tent is directly across from the river so that the view is really beautiful. Moreover, for those of you who love coffee, the tourism village also has a superior commodity, namely red pickled coffee. Robusta type red coffee is grown at an altitude of 200-800 meters above sea level and it produces a delicious cream and a thin layer of foam. This coffee can be appropriately combined with espresso.

03
February

Mojokerto City in East Java province is known to store not only Majapahit heritage sites, such as Trowulan, but also other interesting tourism attractions, such as Bukit Kayoe Putih in Mojokerto. This tourism spot offers a beautiful natural panorama. At sunset, its beauty is presented against the backdrop of three mountains, namely Mt .Penanggungan in Mojokerto, Mt. Welirang in Blitar, and Mt Arjuno. Bukit Kayoe Putih is precisely located in Jetis District, Mojokerto Regency, East Java Province. The distance from the center of Mojokerto Regency to Bukit Kayoe Putih is about 10.5 kilometers and takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes by motor vehicles.

The name, Bukit Kayoe Putih is inspired by the contours of the land, which is filled with eucalyptus plants. To enter this attraction, you have to pay an entrance ticket worth Rp. 5,000 for children and for adults, the fare is Rp. 10,000 per person. Traveling here, you can enjoy all the views of Bukit Kayoe Putih, namely the beauty of three mountains in East Java. In addition, you can also enjoy rides at Bukit Kayoe Putih, such as a swimming pool, selfie spots, and a food court selling East Java specialties. The swimming pool at Bukit Kayoe Putih is specially made for children. So, its depth is only 60 centimeters (cm). Parents who accompany their children can sit and relax in the tent around the swimming pool.

This year, Bukit Kayoe Putih provides education on the manufacture of eucalyptus oil in collaboration with Perum Perhutani. Next, you can learn directly the process of making eucalyptus oil while enjoying the view. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Bukit Kayoe Putih implements strict health protocols. Those of you who come are required to show a Covid-19 vaccine certificate and scan the PeduliLindung application. The management limits the number of visitors to Bukit Kayoe Putih to around 1,000 people per day.

02
February

YOGYAKARTA

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Along with Surakarta City (Solo), Yogyakarta is the origin of civilization in the Land of Java. This city was once the throne that built the magnificent Borobudur and Prambanan temples in the 8th and 9th centuries when the Mataram kingdom in the 16th and 17th centuries reigned. Yogyakarta was once known for its slogan "Jogja, the Never ending Asia", because of its extraordinary charm. Now, Yogyakarta, which is also one of the provinces in Indonesia, is known as “Jogja Istimewa” or in English means “Jogja is Special” because of its beautiful values. This city is one of several cultural centers in Indonesia. Visitors can explore this city by walking along the Keraton Museum (Sultanate palace), hanging out at the City Square, seeing the firsthand process of making silver jewelry in Kotagede, and shopping at Malioboro.


To enjoy the delicacy of Yogyakarta specialties, don't forget to try Gudeg, a special concoction of traditional Javanese recipes that have become the city's trademark. Don't forget to try Bakpia, a traditional snack with lots of interesting flavors, which is popular as a souvenir. For the health drink, you can try Jamu, a traditional herbal drink that is a mixture of various kinds of nutritious plants that are often used for natural remedies.

In Yogyakarta, there are also many adventures that you can explore, such as Mt. Merapi National Park, the fun of driving a jeep along the hiking trail, and climbing Mt. Nglanggeran, an ancient volcano. Yogyakarta is a city with many impressive attractions to enjoy. This makes Yogyakarta the second most visited destination by tourists after Bali.

31
January

Baubau is a city on the island of Buton, Southeast Sulawesi. Its strategic location makes the city play a major role in the national shipping lanes and has developed as a center of population activity, especially in the trade and service sectors. Baubau City also has a fairly high marine activity with abundant marine products.

With their main livelihood as fishermen, the people of Baubau City depend on the sea. No wonder, the local community has a variety of traditional rituals related to the sea. One of them is Haroana Andala Ritual or the traditional sea party.

This ritual is a thanksgiving event for the fishing community, Bone-Bone village, Baubau City for the abundance of God's blessings that they get from the sea. In addition, this ritual is also a form of prayer to God to increase the abundance of fishermen when they go to sea.

When the Haroana Andala ritual is held, the fishing community gathers on the edge of the sea. The ritual begins with the reading of prayers and mantras, led by local traditional elders.

After reading the prayer, several youths lift a small raft made of several bamboo sticks with a size of about three meters. Inside the raft there are various kinds of food, including sticky rice, several cigarettes, grilled fish, several kinds of traditional cakes, and two chickens, namely a rooster and a hen.

Then, the raft is placed on two small boats and immediately taken to the middle of the ocean which are followed by the community using fishing boats. After arriving in the middle of the ocean, the people float the two rafts.

After the floating event was over, the people of Bone-bone Village visited the old tomb, which is located in Wara Village, Lakudo District, Central Buton Regency. The old tomb is the tomb of Andi Mamuju, a fisherman from Bone Regency, South Sulawesi. He is known as the first person to teach how to fish to the people of Bone-bone village.

After praying at the grave, the community then returned to their respective homes. This ritual that has been going on for hundreds of years is still being held by the people of the Bone-Bone village to preserve local customs and as a place for cultural tourism.

27
January

Kue Pinyaram

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On a culinary tour to the province of West Sumatra, there are lots of delicious traditional foods. One of them is Pinyaram. The shape is simple, flat round 10 centimeters in diameter, and white or brown. In the middle of the Pinyaram meat is a little thick as if there is a buildup of sugar, with a sweet and sticky taste. If one enjoys sweet-tasting culinary delights, they must try Pinyaram, when one day visiting West Sumatra.


Pinyaram is made from fried rice flour and palm sugar. There are two types of Pinyaram known by the Minangkabau people, namely White and Black. The difference between these two types is only in the raw ingredients. The white Pinyaram uses white rice, while the black one is made from black rice. However, another variant, such as green Pinyaram made from Suji or Pandan leaves can often also be found. Regarding taste, Pinyaram can now be varied with various flavors, such as banana, durian, and so on. Currently, Pinyaram also has various sizes; some are small, medium until plate-sized, depending on individual tastes and preferences.

In Minangkabau, Pinyaram is often a special food at traditional ceremonies, such as weddings, religious events, a celebration of Prophet Muhammad, and Eid Al-fitr. Now, the traditional food is intended for not only traditional ceremonies but also snacks. Generally, this traditional Minangkabau cake can be found not only in traditional markets in West Sumatra but also in all regions in Indonesia. In various regions of Indonesia, Pinyaram cake is also known by various other names or designations, such as Kue Cucur in Jakarta, and some areas on the islands of Java and Sulawesi, Kue Dumpi in West Sulawesi, or Kue Kocor on the island of Madura. Pinyaram cakes are sold from Rp1000 to 2000 per piece.

28
January

Pacitan Regency in East Java is famous for its beautiful beaches, such as Klayar, Banyu Tibo, Buyutan and Srau. In addition, Pacitan also has many other wonderful tourism destinations.  One of them is the Maron River. Due to its beauty and authenticity, the river gets the nickname “the Amazon River“ coming from East Java. The distance is about 40 kilometers from the Pacitan square, while it takes approximately one hour by motorcycle.

You have to pay an entrance ticket of Rp 5,000 to enter the Maron River tourism attraction. By walking 20 meters from the entrance, you will arrive at the river bank. Here, you will see a row of boats docking at the side of the river on a small dock. To enjoy the wonder of this tourism area, you have to try the river crossing adventure. You can also rent boats owned by the local residents with a maximum capacity of 6 people. Before going down the river, you are recommended to wear a life jacket. Tour along the river stretches for 4.5 kilometers for 45 minutes.

When you go down this river, you will enter a river that divides the forest area. It is not surprising that the destination is nicknamed the 'Amazon' of Indonesia. It is because the right and left sides of the river are surrounded with shady tropical forests. Along the river, you will enjoy the bluish green water of the Maron River. Coming closer to the end of the riverside tourism route, you will go along the coral hills near the beach. During the trip along the river, you can also enjoy some interesting photo spots. There is one favorite photo spot, namely a swing that is attached to a large tree trunk above the river. You can relax by sitting on the swing with your feet touching the surface of the river. But, of course, the best spot is by sitting at the end of the boat which has a backdrop of lush trees and streams. This walking river tourism trip will end at Ngiroboyo Beach. You can go down for a moment and enjoy the atmosphere of the beach. The boat driver will wait for two hours maximumly before returning to the dock. Besides the river activity, you can also swim and fish in the Maron River. The tourism attraction is equipped with toilets, restaurants, and a large parking lot.

26
January

Ciwidey is famous for its white crater tours and Rancabali tea plantations. But recently, there has been a new favorite tourism spot, namely Curug Tilu Rancabali Ecopark. This place is fairly complete because it provides spots for tours, and gazebos to stay overnight. You will have no trouble finding the location of this Curug Tilu Ecopark because you can find it right next to the entrance gate of the Rancabali Tea Plantation. With an area of about 3.7 hectares, of course, Curug Tilu Ecopark has lots of interesting spots. Some of the things that are always targeted by tourists are in the glamping gazebo area, on Balinese-style net beds, photo spots with the background of the Rancabali Tea Garden, and many others. In addition, there is also a playground for children.


The Curug Tilu Ecopark opens from 07:00 to 21:00. From Monday to Friday, the ticket price is Rp 15,000. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the ticket price is Rp 20,000. Do you want to stay? For one night, the glam camp at the Curug Tilu Ecopark sets a price of Rp 400,000 on weekdays and Rp 500,000 on weekends. Access to get there is fairly easy. From the highway towards the Kawah Putih gate to Situ Patenggang, you just have to pass the turn and the location is on the right. To make it easier, you can search for it directly on the online map application by typing Curug Tilu Ecopark. If you want to visit this tourism spot, don't forget to always comply with the health protocols so that your vacation is safer and more comfortable.

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