Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world having world famous islands like Java, Sumatra and Komodo which delivers the best leisure experiences along with adventures. The country isn’t all about Jungles and beaches but there is quite a history and a lot of nature’s miracles to discover as well. Here are some of the best places to visit in Indonesia:
The capital city Jakarta is spread over 750 km sq. making it the largest city of Indonesia. The city will capture your soul with its linguistic, culture, and religious traditions along with modern lifestyle. To explore the entire city, you need quite a lot of time; however you can make the best of your trip by checking out some tourists’ hotspots here. Start with National Monument which is the tallest building in Indonesia, further moving towards the central Jakarta to check out the Arjuna Wijaya chariot statue and fountain in Merdeka Square. Other points of interest in Jakarta are Ancol Dreamland, National Museum, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Dunia Fantasy and many more museums, restaurants and religious places.
The 100km long Lake Toba is located in Sumatra where you will get the see some ancient statues dedicated to the ancestors of Batak community. The lake has pristine blue water which creates a frenetic atmosphere making it a perfect holiday destination. Sipiso-Piso Waterfall is also a prime location near the lake where you can spend some quality time.
As the name predicts, Yogyakarta is an ancient city in Java showcasing Hinduism in Indonesia back in 15th Century. Borobudur and Prambanan are the UNESCO world heritage sites in this region where you will get to praise Buddha and Shiva; one should check out the ancient style of architecture in this religion. There are many heritage buildings and monuments in Yogyakarta: Tugu Monument, Kota Ged, Sultan’s Carriage Museum, Affandi Museum etc. being the popular ones. If you are looking for a little recreation then Progo rafting and Masangin are few must to do adventure activities here.
Bali is perhaps the most famous island in Indonesia where you will find tourists everywhere, especially the honeymooners. The island is tourist friendly and is known from its pristine beaches and has been awarded as Best Island in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Being known as the land of Gods, Bali will enchant you with its culture and colourful festivals. With looming landscapes and terraced rice fields adding to its beauty, you are most likely to have the time of your life. Being under Hindu influence in past Bali is full of temples, some highly rated places to check out here are Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Gunung Lebah Temple etc. Those who wish to enjoy some beach activities can have gala time in Kuta, Tuban and Seminyak whereas wildlife enthusiasts can pay a visit to Bali Safari & Marine Park where you will get to see the endanged Orang-utans.
The legendry Mount Bromo is located just 4 hours from East Java and it covers a massive area of 600 sq. km. This volcano will surprise you with its dramatic landscapes and breath-taking views as it is placed in a geographically sound location. This volcanic region is home to Tengger people who consider it holy and every year they gather for Kasada festival. Here you will also get to know several legends and myths of this region making the journey more interesting. Visitors from different part of the globe come here to picture the sunrise from Mt. Bromo, even you can try your photography skills out here.
Separated from Bali, the Lombok Island covers 4,514 km² of Indonesian landscape; it is known for having historic collections from the past like Pura Meru Temple, Pura Lingsar Temples that offers something different from Bali. Mataram is the biggest city of Lombok Island where West Nusa Tenggara, Mayura Garden, Narmada Park are few must check-ins. The Island is also home to second biggest volcano of Indonesia known as Gunung Rinjani, the natural hot springs and lush green vegetation surrounding the volcano gives a pleasant view. To get sun kissed you can spend some time at the tranquil beaches in Lombok’s southern coastline.
Ubud town in Bali is a perfect place to for food lovers and shoppers, the place gives ultimate exploration for those who want to get soaked in the Balinese lifestyle. The artful, creative and serene atmosphere here made South of Ubud a tourist hotspot in recent times. Hire a motorbike and get steeped in its culture by visiting the beautiful Rice fields with a trove of museums and galleries. Few of the best Asian spa destinations and the very popular Money Forest Park give a respite from the humdrum of busy life.
Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, this landscape is untouched by human interference and all you would hear is the sound of waves. A cruise ride will take you to closer to the nature and her beautiful creations in this part of the world. The Papua Island here offers one of the best underwater marine adventures for the enthusiasts, the coral reef and underwater biota here is simply magnificent. You can also grand your hands on some locally made goods like musical instruments, fancy cloth or maybe a traditional flute.
One of the most pristine amongst 17,508 islands of Indonesia, the Komodo Island is a popular tourist destination where you must check out the romantic pink beach. Clear blue sky with fluffy clouds along with stretch of pink soft sand makes this place extremely soothing yet romantic. Between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores lies the Komodo National Park (world heritage site) which is known to be the only home to world’s largest lizard called Komodo dragon. Apart from unique wildlife, the national park is an ideal place having superb beaches and the unspoilt corals. Bintan Island is another elite place to spend luxury time with family and friends; here you can try hands on authentic Indonesian sea food, and also some photography of localities and silver-leaf monkeys.
Located not so far from Lambok islands, the Gili Islands (3 miniscule desert islands) have gained popularity and are booming like nowhere else in Indonesia. The pin drop silence and blue beaches with pure white sand deliver perfect mix of buzz and languor making it the ideal honeymoon destination. From the pristine beaches you will get some astonishing views of Mount Rinjani, Trawangan Pier and a Cidomo as well.