Rabu, 11 April 2012

Cruising South Sulawesi

Cruising South Sulawesi is awfully fantastic island of Indonesia. Makasar ( formerly Ujung Pandang ) is the capital and most important city in South Sulawesi province thanks to its bustling natural harbor.

Makasar is one of the biggest port towns in Indonesia. Many of the sights around Makassar reflect a past and tradition that are closely linked with the sea. Makassar and its surrounding regions is home to the seafaring Buginese.

Paotere Harbor north of the city is docked by colourful traditional Buginese schooners or phinisiqs waiting for their cargo to be loaded or unloaded.           See the best preserved fort in the country, Benteng Ujung Pandang (formerly Fort Rotterdam), a newly restored 17th century Dutch fortress. In its time, the fort was an important center of trade and the colonial government. The nearby Museum Negeri La Galigo is also worth a visit, exhibiting a good collection of ethnic art crafts, musical instruments and traditional costumes.

Makasar is famous for silk sarongs, silver filigree, and goldworks. Its cuisine features a lot of seafood and barbeques. See a great collection of rare Indonesian orchids and hybrids as well as sea Shells at the Clara Bundt Orchid Garden.

Pare-pare is a municipalities of South Sulawesi Province, 155 km north of Makasar. This second largest port in Sulawesi is more pleasantly than Makassar. The city was once part of Suppa Kingdom, a powerful influence that shaped the local history.

Places of Interest

In Sungguminasa, the Balla Lompoa Museum was once the Sultan of Gowa’s residence. It is constructed entirely of wood and built on stilts in the typical Buginese design.

75 kms east of Makassar is Malino, a cool resort situated about 1,050 meters above sea level. In the past, Malino was the favorite weekend retreat for the Dutch. Today, the town has many graceful colonial buildings still standing. In the outskirts, scenic rice fields borders the town. A visit to a tea plantation just outside Malino shows the entire tea making process, from picking tea leaves to the finished ‘ready to brew’ product.

Bantimurung Waterfall
About 38 kms northeast of the provincial capital is the Batimurung Waterfall measuring 15 meters high and 20 meters wide. The area is famous as the habitat of around 150 species of rare butterflies.

Bantaeng and Bulukumba
Further south is homeland of the seafaring Buginese. Cape Bira in Bulukumba is the center of traditional boatbuilding industry and has a stretch of pristine beach.

This traditional port was the old capital of the powerful Luwu people, and is now the capital of the Luwu district. The Sultan’s former palace is now the Batara Guru Museum, which exposes relies of the once royal presence . On the scenie waterfront you will find a Bugis Village as well as numerous  fishing boats. Palopo gives easy access to destination in Tana Toraja.

A Buginese Silk Weavers Village. Leaving Toraja Land for Sengkang via Palopo. Lunch enroute at local restaurant. Arrive in Sengkang for overnight and dinner. And after breakfast at hotel, then visit Lake Tempe of Sengkang to see the way of life of those who live at the lakeside with some of them having their floating houses on it. Visit the traditional silk weaving villagers.

Toraja Highland Tour
Upon arrival at Pare-Pare Harbor transfer to Tana Toraja with 8 hours drive trip (155 kms) takes across Bugis Village with their typical houses built on poles along the magnificent mountainous ranges. Late afternoon arrive in Toraja Land check in at hotel for your accommodation.

After breakfast, visit the stone grave with Tau-Tau installed on a high cliff balcony overlooking the green valley of the Toraja at Lemo, the royal family tombs at Suaya and proceed to Kambira, a giant tree as a burial site for a new born baby who died before teething. Then drive to Kete Kesu, the traditional carving village and proceed to their wealthy status in Toraja community. Then continue on to visit the ancient house grave at Marante.

Source: Cruising Indonesia by Ministry of Culture and Tourism Republic of Indonesia

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