Kelimutu is a volcano, close to the small town of Moni in central Flores island in Indonesia. The volcano is around 50 km to the east of Ende, Indonesia, the capital of Ende regency in East Nusa Tenggara province.The volcano contains three striking summit crater lakes of varying colors. Tiwu Ata Bupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, Tiwu Ko’o Fai Nuwa Muri (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red respectively. The lake colors vary on a periodic basis. Subaqueous fumaroles are the probable cause of active upwelling that occurs at the two eastern lakes.
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Taman Sari also known as Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in mid 18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place.Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement.Since 1995 the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.
A Pura is a Balinese Hindu temple, the place of worship for the adherents of Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia. Puras are built in accordance to rules, style, guidance and rituals found in Balinese architecture. Most of the puras are found on the island of Bali, as Hinduism is the predominant religion in the island; however many puras exist in other parts of Indonesia where there are significant numbers of Balinese people. Mother Temple of Besakih is the most important, the largest and holiest temple in Bali.A large number of puras have been built in Bali, leading it to gain the nickname „the Island of a Thousand Puras”.
The Danau Sentarum National Park is a national park protecting one of the world’s most biodiverse lake systems, located in the heart of Borneo Island, Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. It lies in the upper Kapuas River tectonic basin some 700 kilometres upstream from the delta. The basin is a vast floodplain, consisting of about 20 seasonal lakes, freshwater swamp forest and peat swamp forest. Local people call it as Lebak lebung (floodplain). The National Park is located in the western part of this basin, where three-quarters of the seasonal lakes occur. Approximately half of the park consists of lakes, while the other half consists of freshwater swamp forest.
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Bali is an island and the smallest province of Indonesia, and includes a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, and has its capital of Denpasar at the southern part of the island.Bali was inhabited around 2000 BC by Austronesian people who migrated originally from Southeast Asia and Oceania through Maritime Southeast Asia. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are thus closely related to the people of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time have been found near the village of Cekik in the island’s west.In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Waisnawa, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead.
Citarum is a river in West Java, Indonesia. It has an important role in the life of the people of West Java, as it is used to support agriculture, water supply, fishery, industry, sewerage, electricity etc. There are three hydroelectric powerplant dams installed along this river; Saguling, Cirata, and Ir. H. Djuanda (Jatiluhur) hydroelectric powerplants, all supplying the electricity for Bandung and Greater Jakarta area. The Jatiluhur Dam with a 3 billion cubic meter storage capacity has the largest reservoir in Indonesia. The river makes up around 80 per cent of the surface water available to the people who use it and pollution has affected agriculture so much, that farmers have sold their rice paddies for half their normal price.
The river is heavily polluted by human activity; about five million people live in the basin of the river. Textile factories in Bandung and Cimahi were major toxic waste contributors.More than 2,000 industries contaminate 5,020 sq miles of the river with lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins
In Indonesian history the river is linked with 4th century Tarumanagara kingdom, as the kingdom and the river shared the same etymology, derived from the word „Tarum” (Sundanese for indigo plant). According to stone inscriptions and Chinese sources, also the archaeological sites such as Batujaya and Cibuaya, suggested that the human habitation and civilization has flourished in and around the river estuaries and river valley as early as 4th century and even earlier.On December 5, 2008, the Asian Development Bank approved a $500 million loan for cleaning up the river, calling it the world’s dirtiest.
The Korowai people live in the inaccessible jungle in the southeast of the Indonesian province of Papua, about 150 kilometres inland from the Arafura Sea. They are hunter-gatherers in a small society of traditional family ties who need to share all they have in order to survive. Like the Kombai, the Korowai are known for being great architects of tree houses high up in the tree. Until about 1975 the Korowai had hardly any contact with the outside world. Only the clans living close to a village, have given up their traditional customs and they receive tourists when requested.
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa.Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region. It also depicts the gupta style from India and shows influence of Buddhism as well as Hinduism.The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades.
Lengkuas is a tiny island, situated in the village of Tanjung Binga North direction. Total area of less than one hectare. On the island there are many islands surrounding the granite boulders that can be achieved simply by walking across the shallow sea with a depth of less than 1.2m. Granite stone structure is also unique and different from other places with a combination of white sandy beaches and trees. Seawater absolutely clear, you can clearly see the bottom of the sea including fish swimming in it. This is a fun place to play in the sea or snorkeling.Crown of the Lengkuas island is actually an old lighthouse, built by the Dutch since 1882. There are no information about the height of this building, it estimate roughly equivalent to 12 floors building . Approximately 50m. Each visitor can freely go up to the top of the lighthouse. This will be a little difficult because it requires extra energy, but do not worry about your actions will not be in vain. The view from the top of the lighthouse Lengkuas so beautiful to just tell. Truly beautiful, 360 degrees around the island and surrounding areas. If you go up there, do not forget to bring a camera, let’s work tells the beauty of your photos.
There are only 3 people living in Lengkuas. They are the operators of the lighthouse. They are very friendly to each visitor. Please note, the water supply is very limited on this island, although there is a toilet, please use water wisely. This place feels very releks, the wind is blowing very fresh, you can sunbathe and relax on the white sand that surrounds the island under cover of coconut trees.Lengkuas can be achieved by renting a boat from Tanjung Binga. The rental price of about USD 350 thousand for a single trip is usually spent half the day. Travel time from the beach in the Pacific Islands to Lengkuas only about 30-45 minutes. Boat rental can carry 30-40 people and this is normally used fishing boats for fishing at night. This boat is unique, where there is the framework on both sides of the boat that make this boat to be stable even if sailing in big waves.
The best time to visit is the month Lengkuas March to November. During this period sea wave tends to be quieter, so you can enjoy the journey by boat, snorkeling and swimming in clear water as seen from the photos. During the period from December to January, the waves may be larger than usual, and sometimes in the rain all day.Among the islands and ports Lengkuas fishermen in Tanjung Binga there is another island called Bird Island. On the way to Lengkuas you will pass through the island. The island is slightly bigger than Lengkuas, with white sand on the southern side and granite rocks on the North side. Visitors usually stop briefly at Bird Island on the way home from Lengkuas to Tanjung Binga. The most interesting object of Bird Island is a granite rock shaped like a bird found on the shore of the island, because it is also possible island called Bird Island.