I have never been to Indonesia. But recently a friend of mine Medhavi Davda has inspired me to go there. Off late, I see a trend of many travelers choosing Indonesia for their vacation. I myself dream of going there soon and writing about Indonesia based upon my travel. Her travels educated me that Indonesia is not just about Bali or the Komodo islands. Be sure that in spite of these mega attractions, there are many more places in Indonesia, which can claim equal if not more prominence. The tourist hot spots here, are varied and in numbers, so I have highlighted ten of the best to assist you in planning your next trip to Indonesia. This is a research based list of top places to set foot in when in Indonesia.
This fourth largest city in the country, is the perfect starting point for your holiday. The attractions here including, shopping, volcanoes and craters, dining and the unmissable culture show Saung Angklung Udjo.Lembang is one of the best spots in Bandung and staying at grand hotel lembang is recommended and it is easy to get awesome discounts with Traveloka hotel deals.
A prominent UNESCO world heritage site, the largest 9th century Buddhist monument here occupies the pride of place. It is said that the sunrise view from Borobudur is quite incredible.
This popular weekend destination, is located 25 km north of Yogyakarta, and because of its relative high elevation, enjoys a great climate. The Ullen Sentalu museum here, deserves special praise because of the cultural exhibits depicting the lives of famous women of Java.
The heart of art and culture of Indonesia, Yogyakarta is a major tourist attraction. In spite of the rapid development, the place, the locals are extremely friendly. The city is s good place to camp for visiting the famous temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. I have always fancied finding myself near an active volcano. This looks like a place where I can realize that dream.
5) BROMO TENGGER NATIONAL PARK
This spectacular volcano, though not as high as the other celebrated ones, is certainly the most impressive to look at. Hiking up the slopes to view the sunrise is said to be a magical experience.
6) KOMODO ISLAND
Being a wildlife enthusiast, this place attracts me the most. Who doesn’t want to see a monster which looks like it belongs to pre historic era? Nature at its best is what a trip to Komodo is about. No doubt, these islands are known for their giant lizards, the Komodo dragons, but there are other charms too. The best place to experience the culture of the numerous ethnic groups of Indonesia.
Bali and its beaches draw visitors in hordes like no other place in Indonesia, if not the world. Apart from tje cultural landmarks, the warm sands and blue waters never fail to disappoint. The Kuta beach is an icon of Bali for those who want to mix sunshine with outdoor activities. A friend of mine Jeetendra Sharma and Pooja Sharma showed me pictures of Bali from their trip. No matter, how cliched this destination is, I still want to experience it.
8) TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
No trip to this country could be deemed complete without getting a glimpse of the famous orangutans of Borneo. It is said that the largest population in the world resides in this park, besides other primates and birds.
9) GILI ISLAND
These picturesque islands near Lombok are worthy rivals to the more beaches of Bali, if not better. The turtle hatchery and snorkeling are major draws. As they are less crowded, they provide a great alternative to those who cannot visit Bali. I have trekked only in India and Nepal. It would be exciting to trek here.
The sacred monkey forest here is a place where you can find peace and serenity among hundreds of long- tailed macaques. Situated near Padangtegal, the Hindu temple here is a reminder of stunning natural beauty and artistry. A must visit place when in Bali.
The view from my #SoulWindow looks exciting!
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