Tourist Destinations in West Sumatra

Danau Singkarak
Danau Singkarak or Singkarak Lake is the largest lake in West Sumatra with a length of 21 km, which is located on a side street sport Padang Panjang - Solok.Around the lake there are several places to relax and unwind And there are also various facilities canoe, boat, and hotel. There is also the facility to surround the lake with a beautiful view.  

Singkarak Lake is the 2nd largest lake in Sumatra after Lake Toba. The lake is situated at a height of 36.5 meters above sea level this is the habitat of ornamental fish species that lives only in this lake. Lake water is partly channeled through the tunnel to penetrate Bukit Barisan to Batang Anai to drive hydroelectric generators near Lubuk Alung Batur, Padang Pariaman. Fish bilih (Mystacoleucus padangensis) is a species of fish that are expected to live only in this lake, and became one of the specialties. 

Inevitably, the scenery around the natural attractions are so captivating. So fantastic. Eyes do not get tired of seeing the expanse of clear blue water with small ripples with it. Also, fine sand grains are stretched on the lips of the lake.

Danau Diatas-Danau Dibawah 

 Danau Diatas-Danau Dibawah, or Upper and Lower Lakes is formed from a certain amount of water (fresh or salt) which accumulates in a place that is wide enough, which could occur due to melting glaciers, streams, or because of the springs. Usually the lake can be used as a means of recreation and sport. Both lakes are low as Twin Lakes. Both lakes are located in the village of  Pasar Simpang Lembayang Jaya District, Solok Regency, approximately 47 km from the city of Solok and 56 km from the city of Padang. 


The uniqueness of the twin lakes is to get to the lake at the Top, we have to go through the road which decreases while to get to the lake at the Bottom, we have to go through the road that climb. Around the lake is planted with passion fruit flavor manic, vegetables, and potatoes. One is the twin lakes, namely Lake in Upper-Lake in the Lower.  

Both lakes were located in Gunung Talang, precisely in the area of ​​Bungo Tanjung, Alahan Panjang. The distance between the lakes is only about 300 meter. the journey towards this twin lake is guaranteed not boring. As a mountainous area, the green expanse of trees dominate the landscape. Occasionally seen a row of eye soothing tea plantations.

ISTANA PARAGUYUNG
 
The existence of the palace, located four kilometers from the capital city of Batusangkar Regency can not be separated from the ups and downs of Minang ethnic. In the history, the castle migrated four times. The first location was in Ateh Bukik palace, Batu Patah, Jorong Gudam. Then, moved to Sungai Bunggo, Jorong Gudam, and moved again not far from Sungai Bunggo.

The transfer of the palace was carried out because of fire. In fact, in 1804, the palace built by Rajo Alam was burned down by the Dutch colonial government. The current Istano Basa is actually a replica of the original. The Original Istano Basa located on top of Bukit Batu Patah was burned down in a bloody riot in 1804. In the late 1970s, the palace can be visited to the public.  


Istano Basa rebuilding process is done by laying down tunggak tuo (main mast) on December 27, 1976 by the Governor of West Sumatra (then Haron Zain). Near the Palace, there is a group of stone inscriptions that not only tells the history of Minang, but also a piece of history of the archipelago as a whole. A number of officials and important figures ever in-Lewa-kan (inducted) received honors traditional Minangkabau in the palace.

DANAU MANINJAU

The lake is quite beautiful and attractive, located approximately 36 km from the city of Bukittinggi. Can be reached by passing ja Ian winding premises clikena I n designation winding 44 (winding ampek-ampek). The lake is available facilities for swimming, fishing, and water sepecla pretty exciting and there are also hotels and homestay fairly representative. Around Lake Maninjau there are dozens of tourist facilities such as hotels. This volcanic lake is situated approximately 461 meters above sea level. With a size of approximately 100 meters' with a maximum depth of 500 meters. Maninjau Village is located beside the lake. Buya HAMKA (Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah), one of Indonesia's famous writer, was born here. HAMKA wrote a book entitled Sinking Ship Van Der Wijk phenomenal. Other famous figures who were born here are Rangkayo Rasuna Said, one of the national heroes. This female name immortalized as one of the protocol roads in Jakarta. The lake is listed as the eleventh largest lake in Indonesia. Meanwhile, in West Sumatra, Maninjau is the second largest lake after Lake Batur which has an area of ​​129.69 km 'which are in two districts of Tanah Datar and Solok district. Around Lake Maninjau are tourist facilities, like hotels (Maninjau Indah Hotel and Pasir Panjang Permai) as well as lodging and restaurants.

CLOCK TOWER

Founded by Controleur Rook Maker in 1926, located in the city center. The building was designed by the son of Minangkabau Jazid and Sutan Persistent Ameh. Clock Tower is a symbol of the city of Bukittinggi bungs clikelilingi by gardens and trees pelinclung, which can provide coolness and serves as the town square. From its peak kits can rnenikmati and watch how beautiful slam around Bukittinggi vang decorated Volcano, Mount Singgalang, Mount Sago, and Sianok canyon. One of the unique Clock Tower is the number four - written with the Roman numeral four (1111) - should be written with the Roman numeral four (IV). Moreover around the Clock Tower are Bung Hatta Palace or Tri Arga and there is a plaza that is Plaza Bukittinggi. Clock Tower jugs useful as a guide for the people around to know the time. Clock Tower is engaged in mechanical and consists of four hours / four-face clock facing the four directions of the wind direction with the setup of the clock face diameter 80 cm.

FORT DE KOCK

Fortress was founded by Captain Bouer in 1825 at the time of Baron Hendrik Markus De Kock as Der Troepen commander and Deputy Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, which is why this fort known as Fort Fort de Kock. The fortress is located on top of Bukit Jirek used by the Dutch Army as a stronghold of the onslaught of the Minangkabau people, especially since the outbreak of the Padri war in 1821-1837. Around the castle there are still ancient cannons period of the 19th century. Until now, Fort de Kock is still there as a green-white-painted buildings as high as 20 m. Fort de Kock is equipped with a small cannon at the four corners. The area around the castle has been clipugar by the local government into a garden with lots of shade trees and children's toys. From this location we can enjoy a tour of Bukittinggi and the surrounding area. The fort was built in the town of Bukittinggi clalarn pincak in 1825 at the time of the popular resistance led by Tuanku Imam Bonjol and tiger Nan Salapan against the Netherlands. This spacious place has been decorated with the park as a place to watch the height of Sianok canyon and the surrounding hills. 

GUA JEPANG
This cave was built by the Japanese army during World War II to keep food supplies and weapons. This tunnel is 1,400 meters long winding made in the period of 1942, is located in the middle of the park in the canyon panorama Sianok under Bukittinggi, with a width of 2 meters. In the cave there are different purposes for office space,hospitals, food, and weapons.The entrance of the cave are in some places, such as in the canyon Sianok, in Panorama, in addition to the Bung Hatta Palace and London Zoo. The local folk are called Japanese hole. This hole is actually more appropriately called a tunnel (bunker) of Japan. Built in 1942 for defense purposes the Japanese army in World War II and the Greater East Asia War (Dai Tora Senso) on the orders of the military government Japanese Army (Army SecondTwenty-Five) to Sumatra domiciled in Singapore with Defense Army Commander Gen. Watanabe Sumatra. We can get into this hole Japan and the trace we will feel the sensation that is very unique. In it there is a dining room, drink, torture room, kitchen, and space weapons. 


SIANOK CANYON
Sianok or Pendiang canyon valley is a beautiful valley, green and lush. The valley is elongated and meandering as the southern boundary of the city of Canyon Koto Gadang up in the canyon Sianok Six Tribe, and ends up Palupuh. Sianok canyon has beautiful pernandangan and menjacli one of the main attractions of the province. The essentially flowed a tributary of the winding explore the crevices of the cliff with the background of Mount Merapi and Mount Singgalang. Sianok canyon breathtaking natural beauty, Bering be used as the imagination of painters and diabaclikan by tourists to take photographs. Sianok canyon located in downtown New York City with a length of ± 15 km, depth of ± 100 m and a width of about 200 m with a surf trip through the path in the valley canyon is attractive recreation, when the journey continues across the canyon in 45 minutes you will arrive at Koto Gadang as Gorges origin some Indonesian leaders, among others, H. Agus Salim and Emil Salim.


HARAU VALLEY
Who does not know Harau Valley? The location is a haven for sports lovers of rock climbing. Steepness of the cliffs that reach 90 degrees with a height that reaches 100 meters into a challenge for climbers to conquer. Not only the rock-climbing, in Harau Valley, tourists can enjoy a variety of charms ranging stunning natural scenery, to see the cave or grotto thousand were once used as a hiding place from the pursuit of colonialist fighters. There is also a waterfall. The existence Valley Harau for local communities could not be separated from legencla in the past that originally stood on the precipice of an empire. While the bottom of the valley is the ocean floor. Legencla is reinforced by the results of research geologist who discovered breccia masifyang bebatuanjenis commonly found on the seabed .. Here also found five waterfalls are always pour water yangjernih. Also available in camping facilities for teenagers travel and activities surrounding the nature reserve along the path. Planned nature reserve will be the first wildlife park outside of Java.


SIKUAI ISLAND
 Have you ever imagined an amazing place like heaven? White sand, rows of coconut trees, cool atmosphere, blue sea, the beauty of colorful fish and coral reefs, green trees, delicious food and fun creatures joke? All the wonders that exist in one special package on the island paradise Sikuai. One of the 19 islands that are included in the administrative area of ​​the city of Padang, SumatraBarat (West Sumatra), precisely in the District Bungus sackcloth Bay area of ​​38.6 KMI, or approximately 40 acres. Sikuai has now developed into a featured nautical tourism in the city of Padang. On this island, tourists can perform a number of marina activities such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, or just swim in the crystal clear sea on the island Sikuai while enjoying the colorful marine life including coral reefs. The island region where beauty sea and its contents as well as the peaceful island with natural forests still arranged without the touch of the hands of ignorant destructive. Charm Sikuai feel more attractive, of course Baja to enjoy the beautiful red color of golden sun will sink. 

CENTRAL CAMPAGO

Campago Hall is located in a very beautiful hill with the cool air well as social life are safe and secure. Precisely in the Village Campago Cuguak Bulek, Mandiangin Koto Salayan Bukittinggi, 4 km from the city center Bukithnggi. To get to the location can be reached by public transport clarat within 10 minutes from the center of London and 1 hour 45 minutes from Padang. Campago Hall stands on the land area of ​​8038 ml with an area of ​​3,054 m 'consists of 2 VIP building, 1 main building consists of 3 Superior rooms and 17 standard rooms are all equipped with furniture. Existing facilities in Campago Hall is a ballroom with a capacity of 40 people, tennis courts, lobby, lounge terrace, a jogging track, an outdoor coffee shop, viewing deck, tower, praying, and adequate parking. Campago Hall can be seen throughout the city of Bukittinggi, like two mountains that line encircling the city of Bukittinggi and houses that lie beneath aclat Campago Hill.

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