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Pangandaran Beach

Pangandaran Beach is an exotic beach located on the southern coast of Java and is a popular tourist destination, considered to be one of Java's finest beaches. The excellent surfing opportunity offered by this sun kissed beach has made it a favorite holiday spot for surfers from around the globe as well as local tourists.
Pangandaran Beach is actually named after a small fishing village of the same name that nestles near the border of Central Java, 223 km SE of Bandung and a 5-6 hour drive. With the velvet blue waters of the Indian Ocean lapping up the village from al sides, this is a perfect coastal getaway for everyone. The only advice is that for those who love swimming should take great care when swimming especially at the East-beach.
Apart from housing one of the finest beach of Indonesia, Pangandaran is also home to the Pangandaran national Park, home of hundreds "Long-tail Macaque", Wild buffalo, Barking deer and other few species of animal. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will love the countryside tours to see the local people doing their daily activities and the Home Industries and then wrapping up the trip with the final visit to the famous 'Green Canyon'.
Pangandaran Beach is a unique travel destination in Indonesia where you can enjoy the only one of its kind experience of seeing the golden sun set at the West-beach and the silver moon, rise over the ocean simultaneously at Full Moon at the East-beach. The next morning you can again see the sun rise at the Eastern side. Is your heart already beating faster with the thought of such seductive setting?

Though the surf of Pangandaran Beach is rough and sometimes dangerous but the Western side is safe (sheltered by coral reefs) and clean, no seaweed, coral, of jellyfishes, still always take care! The people are very friendly.

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Lore Lindu National Park

The beautiful country Indonesia is the ideal destination for the nature lovers. From thousands of islands to the stunning sea, from the soaring mountains to the stretch of white sandy beaches, from the rainforest to the volcanoes, from the tropical weather to the lap of the snowy mountains! Every menu of the varied nature is served here in Indonesia garnished with the warmth of the locals and their hospitality. The true beauty of the country is rightly reflected in the greenery of Indonesia which is very carefully preserved in the natural reserves. Lore Lindu National Park is one such place ion Indonesia which has endeavored to put up the natural reserves of the country at its best. The Lore Lindu National Park’s main motive stands out as the perseverance of the rain forest along with providing ideal conditions for the flora and fauna of the region to develop.
The Lore Lindu National Park has been active from 1992 with Nature Conservancy and the Directorate General of Protection and Conservation of Nature (PKA) to keep the ecological balance in the ecosystem of the region. For its brilliant infrastructure the park has been declared as a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Located on the beautiful yet complex looking rift valleys and steep folds of the mountains in the central part of Sulawesi, Lore Lindu National Park covers an area of 568,000 acres (217,000 hectares). The park is considered as a safe home to all the endangered mammal species of Sulawesi. Some of the mammals that constitute the family of the animals in the park are:

  • Mountain Anoa, a dwarf buffalo once easily spotted but now rarely viewed.

  • Babirusa, an animal resembling both pig and hippopotamus

  • Three species of tarsier, the world's smallest primate

  • Tonkean Macaque

  • Marsupial CuscusThe park is also home to a huge 227 different species of birds of which 77 are exclusive to Lore Lindu National Park only.

  • Lake Toba

    The dream country of Indonsia is dotted with numerous islands each with its own unique features. Divided into nine provinces Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu, Bangka-Belitung, Lampung and South Sumatra,Sumatra in Indonesia is one such island which attracts tourists from different parts of the globe. Sumatra has got many popular tourist attractions and Lake Toba is only one of them. Sumatra is a haven for tourists who long for a relaxing vacation away from the din and bustle of city life.

    Description of Lake Toba- Lake Toba is popularly referred to as the focus of Northern Sumatra. The picturesque landscape and beautiful scenery surrounding Lake Toba make the place all the more lovable. Lake Toba happens to be the largest lake in South East Asia surrounded by tall mountains .The large island of Samosir in nestled in the middle of the lake. A regular ferry is available from the mainland to Samosir in Lake Toba. The hospitable tribe, Toba Batak resides in the island of Samosir. One can have some interesting revelations about the traditions and culture of the Samosir tribe on visiting the island of Samosir. Lake Toba happens to be the largest lake in South East Asia and measures 100km in length. It is also one of the deepest and highest lakes in the world. A prehistoric volcanic explosion led to the formation of the lake. Today the encircling landscape of Lake Toba is extremely steep and productive. The Lake Toba is so very beautiful that The Dutch writer Rudy Kousbroek dubbed it as 'the most beautiful place on earth' Visitors love staying on the peninsula of Tuk Tuk on Samosir while on a tour to Sumatra and discover the enchanting beauty of the place.
    Ways to reach Lake Toba-
    There are two different ways to reach Lake Toba from Medan. One way is via Brastagi in the Karo highlands and the other way is along plantation route.
    So when on a tour to Indonesia make it a point to visit Lake Toba and have an experience of a lifetime.

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    Bohorok Orangutan Viewing Centre

    Sumatra, in Indonesia, is a natural reserve and forest land with acres and acres of forests, and woods, and a large variety of wildlife, avian life, flora and fauna. And, this aspect of Sumatra is an attractive option for tourists, especially those who love nature, and would like to spend time in the wilderness while on a vacation. One such attractive spot that attracts people is the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre.
    Located just outside Bukit Lawang Gunung Leuser National Park, in Sumatra, the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is about 90 kms from Medan. The Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is a famous rehabilitation centre that was set up in 1973, by two Swiss zoologists, Regina Frey and Monica Boerner, to help primates to get readjusted to the wild after confinement or dislocation.
    The orangutans of Sumatra are an endangered species, with loss of habitat, and poaching pushing them towards extinction. The Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is an effort to preserve and save these animals that are quickly dying out. After it was opened in 1973, with funding coming from the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre has seen almost 200 orangutans released into the wilderness.
    The Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is a center where a visitor can closely watch semi-wild orangutans, where they are being trained to return to their native habitat after being freed from captivity. In 2002, a new quarantine centre was set up outside Medan, as an additional facility with the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre. As this center, named Bukit Lawang Centre became operational, the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre has been restricted to be the home of old and sick orangutans.

    A few details about a visit to the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre are as follows –
    Timings of the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre
    Opening Hours # 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Orangutan feeding # 8:30-9:30 & 15:00-16:00
    Admission to the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre # 20500.00 Rupiah
    Address of the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre
    Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre
    Bukit Lawang Gunung Leuser National Park
    North Sumatra
    Website of the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre – For further information, anyone interested can visit the official website of the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre, which is#

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    Mount Rinjani

    Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia is an active volcano. This majestic mountain rises to a staggering height of 3,726 m (12,224 ft), making it the third-largest volcano in Indonesia.
    The first historical eruption of Mount Rinjani occurred in September of 1847. Most recently, Mount Rinjani spewed its lava on 1 October 2004. The volcano of Mount Rinjani when not ready to culminate is a site of scenic beauty with its spectacular Segara anak Crater Lake, protected by a national park established in 1997. The oval-shaped caldera is 6 km by 8.5 km in dimension and filled partially by a lake known as Segara Anak. The eruptions of 1994, 1995, and 1996 have formed a small cone in the center of the caldera and lava flows from these eruptions have entered the lake.
    Mount Rinjani offers one of the best treks in South East Asia, where the hikers can climb up to its lush forest clad highlands, largely underdeveloped. The lowlands of Mount Rinjani are highly cultivated. Rice, soybeans, coffee, tobacco, cotton, cinnamon, and vanilla are the major crops grown in the fertile soils of the island.
    Fast facts about Mount Rinjani, Indonesia:
    Elevation 3,726 metres (12,224 feet)
    Location Lombok, Indonesia
    Prominence 3,726 m
    Coordinates 8°25?S 116°28?E
    Type Stratovolcano (active)
    Last eruption 2004
    Senaru Traditional Village near Mount Rinjani
    The Senaru Traditional Village is situated adjacent to Rinjani Trek Center, from where the Rinjani trail begins. Do visit the village and take along a local guide to show you around. The benefit of taking a local guide is that you can also experience the villager’s daily life, visit their thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices. The Sasak inhabitants are the cultural guardians of Mount Rinjani and its surrounding forest and safeguard its spiritual values.