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Lake Toba in the Province of North Sumatra, Indonesia is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, the largest volcanic lake in the world and the 2nd largest lake in the world in terms of territory after the Victoria lake in Africa. Surrounded by 7 districts namely Kab.Simalungun, Kab.Toba Samosir, North Kab.Tapanuli, Kab.Humbang Hasundutan, Kab.Dairi, Kab.Tanah Karo, and Kab.Samosir; its one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia and famous for the beauty to foreign countries.
The lake and the hills or caldera wall formed by 3 times the eruption of Mount Toba that is 840,000 years old, 500,000 years and 74,000 years ago, created a beautiful panorama and has a historical value of indigenous culture of the Batak tribe high value. That's why UNESCO recognizes Lake Toba as one of the World Geological Heritage (Geopark Caldera Toba).
But, when ... or are you in the near future eager to visit Lake Toba? What are the best places and spots to visit to enjoy the beauty of this gift of God? Of course, this question is definitely is in your mind right? for your vacation to Lake Toba this time can run effectively and memorable.
Relax, we will help you in giving references to the best places that are mandatory and can be visited while enjoying the beauty of Lake Toba. We have explored it and are grateful to be able to do it while still alive as it increases our gratitude for God's gifts in this life through the panorama of nature and the culture of the customs that He gives.
Here are 7 Best Spots to Visit to Enjoy the Beauty
of Lake Toba:
1. Hotel Inna Parapat
We are not referring you to have stay at this hotel and not in promotions. However, of the many other places on the outskirts of Lake Toba in the town of Parapat, this place has a very lucky position. In addition it is very convenient and strategic and has a lot of interesting spots for us to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba closer and touch it. Places within this hotel area are:
a. White sand beach of Inna Parapat;
We can mingle directly with the nature of Lake Toba by swimming or playing water on the shore of a white sandy lake. While playing water, swimming or renting a boat, we are served with an open panorama of Lake Toba that can be seen to the extent that your eyes look down the caldera hills and the island of Samosir from a distance.
b. Fishing Area of Inna Parapat;
This area is a fishing place for hotel guests and facing directly with an open panorama of Lake Toba. While channeling your fishing hobby, you can refresh your mind by enjoying stunning views of the lake and hills.
c. # Kleinvolendam-InnaParapat;
This area is a flower garden and windmill gate with rows of villas are designed Dutch-style architecture. If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Toba at night, this area is ideal and adds to the romantic atmosphere surrounding it. On the right not far from this area there is also a spot of heart-shaped photos (love sign) that faces directly into the lake with flower plants and hanging lights around it that look very beautiful in the day or night.
d. D'Toba Country area of Inna Parapat;
D'Toba Country is an area designed adjacent to the lips of the lake and to the fishing area equipped with several gazebos for us to sit back enjoying the panorama of the lake. Sit back and spend an afternoon here, chatting, watching the lake while enjoying Sidikalang coffee and lappet / ombus-ombus (Batak typical snack made from coconut, palm sugar and glutinous rice), is a momentary heaven that pity to miss. :)
e. Superior Villa / Family Room (top right of hotel);
This area is above the fishing area or at the top to the right of the hotel area. We deliberately want to explore all the beauty of the lake from every side of the hotel and find a stunning spot to take a panoramic photo of the lake following the trees that grow around it.
However, if you are interested in staying here, You can book here! Hotel InnaParapat
2. Samosir Island Coast from Tomok to Pangururan
Visiting and enjoying Lake Toba is incomplete when not visiting Samosir Island. This beautiful island located in the middle of this large lake. Going and visiting Samosir Island is very easy by using fery boat from Ajibata harbor in Parapat city to Tomok Samosir Island with travel time of +/- 45 minutes. Schedule of crossing the ship was in the holidays or big day usually every 1 hour except in regular days with a duration of 5 times a day.
Enjoying the beauty of Lake Toba, absolutely must pass through this area from the port arrived at Tomok towards the right of the island along the road approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour to the city of Pangururan. Along the road traced, you will be served a beautiful panorama of coastal Lake Toba complete with traditional villages decorated with original houses typical Batak tribe, taverns and tombs of the citizens and ancestors. The villages traversed such as Tomok, Ambarita, Huta Siallagan, Lumban Situngkir, Lumban Suhi-Suhi (Parbaba), Lumban Manik and Pangururan. The condition of the road that passes quite well with the availability of public transportation to Pangururan.
You can stop at some tourist attractions while heading to Pangururan such as; the historical site of the Tomb of King Sidabutar in Ds.Ambarita, Huta Adat Batu Kursi Raja Siallagan, Desa Pengrajin Ulos Weaving Fabrics at Ds.Lumban Suhi-Suhi, White Sand Beach at Ds.Lumban Situngkir and surroundings, also the Warm Water Baths at Jl.Aek Rangat Pangururan. Along the streets and areas of this tourist attraction, you will always be served a beautiful panorama of Lake Toba that is not inexhaustible. If you are late arriving and wanting to spend the night on Samosir Island, here are also many inns or guesthouses available at Ds.Tomok, Jl.Lingkar Tuk-Tuk, Kec.Simanindo and Ds.Ambarita.
One of the uniquely and historically inn is the Tabo Cottages, as it belongs to a German's women named Annette Horschman (Anna br.Siallagan) who fell in love with the beauty of Lake Toba since in the mid 1993. This inn stems from a special small restaurant vegetarians who serve all tourists who visit Lake Toba at that time. He found his mate and married with a native Samosir named Anton Silalahi and having 3 childrens also settled there. Anna br.Siallagan is known as a preserver of Lake Toba and received an award from the local government.
3. Pusuk Buhit ("Top of the Hill") and Waterfall Efrata Hills, @Turpuk Limbong Village
Pusuk Buhit area is a plateau resembling a small mountain on Samosir Island. Towards this place you can continue from Tomok direction before reaching the town of Pangururan. Before entering the gate of Pangururan city, you take to the right road/way towards the hot water bath and Tele. Tele is a connecting road between Samosir District and Kab.Toba Samosir which is quite steep but safe and you should concentrate when passing by vehicle.
The road features views of Lake Toba from a stunning distance. Approximately 1 km after entering the Tele street, there is a village road to the right that is quite uphill and advised not to bring the vehicle to the top. The road is towards to Pusuk Buhit whose peak presents a panorama of Lake Toba from a stunning height. If you are an adventurous nature lover and are curious, you can climb the Pusuk Buhit on foot. However, before going to top and enter the road are actually you've been served with a beautiful panorama of Lake Toba under it.
While the Efrata Waterfall Hill area is a place about 2 km further from where you enter the pusuk buhit earlier in the direction of Kab.Toba Samosir. Efrata Waterfall itself is at Limbong village at the bottom and requires longer leg trips. However, the hill that we mean is a hill with a tavern above the entrance to the waterfall, where from it we can see the beautiful panorama of Lake Toba.
4. Tele Tower of View, Ds.Turpuk Limbong Kab.Samosir
Tele Tower Views is located in Turpuk Limbong village, Kec.Harian, Kab.Samosir. From the direction of Efrata Waterfall Hill, you just continue the journey towards Sidikalang. This place is right on a sharp curve with a Tower View that presents spectacular views of Lake Toba.
If you love photography, this place is a great photo spot that is very suitable to get a real panorama of Lake Toba, because it looks like a vast expanse of lake with ranks of cliffs and caldera hills. In the vicinity of this tele tower also has a panoramic view of trees and beautiful flowers combined with a typical Batak traditional house. Really ..., everything seems like not in the world, but a piece of heaven. I'm sorry, I can not talk anymore .. Amazing :)
5. Tongging Geosite Haranggaol & Sipiso-Piso Waterfall
Tongging Hill Geosite Haranggaol and Sipiso-Piso Waterfall are located in Tongging Village of Kec.Merek Kab.Tanah Karo. This area is designated as the Earth Heritage of Geopark Region of Toba Caldera. You can take it from Medan to Tebing Tinggi- Parapat-Samosir Island and take the journey from the route we mentioned above; Coastal Samosir to Tele Tower to reach Tongging Hill & Sipiso-Piso Waterfall. Or it could be reach if you are from Silangit International Airport (Siborong-borong, Tarutung/Kab.Toba Samosir), you do continue the journey through Balige, Sidikalang and Tele.
Tongging and Waterfall Sipiso-Piso is one of North Sumatra's main tourist destination for panoramic view of Lake Toba. Here also there are food and beverage stalls, souvenir shops and parking lots of vehicles sufficient for Micro Bis and Car. Yes, indeed this place really presents a striking panorama of nature where we can see panoramic Sipiso-Piso Waterfall combined with a stretch of villages spruce canyon, rice fields, along with amazing panorama of Lake Toba with cliffs and its hills caldera. "Speechless, God is Great!" If you are a traveler and love Indonesia very much, you must visit this place! :)
6. Tao Silalahi, Silalahi Village, Paropo Kab. Dairi
Tao Silalahi located in a valley of coastal villages named Silalahi Village I, II, III and Paropo, Dairi District. The route towards to this place can be through Tele road bordering Kab.Samosir and Kab.Dairi had been heading towards Sidikalang or can pass through Silangit Airport towards Sidikalang. Tao Silalahi is the deepest trench in Lake Toba reaching a depth of 905 meters.
There are two interesting things from this Tao Silalahi, are:
a. This village is an ancestral village of Batak people surnamed Raja Silalahi along with his clan descendants. Here, there are the ancestral grave of King Silalahi and next to it stands a large Batak Traditional House and a spacious field as a place of custom events there. Behind this large traditional house is the direct edge of Lake Toba and there are many white plates and oranges (anggir) as a symbol of the prayers of the villagers to God Almighty through intermediaries of their ancestors. Before entering this ancestral grave complex, you are advised and obliged to contact the grave guard who is always there to guide you in getting of information and exploring the area.
b. But surprisingly, in this small village was also standing a grand hotel building called Debang Resort Hotel which is located adjacent not far from the ancestor's grave of King Silalahi earlier. The hotel features stunning panoramic views of Lake Toba and caldera hills from close range that can be directly seen from every room.
Here in lies the blend of uniqueness and beauty. Where we can witness the beauty of panorama of Lake Toba along with caldera hill from close range, a hotel magnificent and indigenous culture of Batak people which can seen directly.
In addition, Tao Silalahi is a beautiful place where you can mingle directly with the lake water (recommended not to swim) and watch from close range one of the caldera hills are reddish green. The small caldera hills as seen overgrown with reddish grass with small pine trees and very cool eye view, plus panorama wide expanse of Lake Toba on the right that can be seen and touched from a very close distance. "Speechless again, ... oh God is Great!" :)
7. Taman Bukit Simalem Resort, Sidikalang, Merek Kab.Tanah Karo District
The best and must-see spot to enjoy this Lake Toba, last one of them is Taman Bukit Simalem Resort. Located on Jl.Raya Merek KM.9, Sidikalang, Kodon-Kodon, Merek Kab.Tanah Karo. If from Medan, you can pass the route of Tebing Tinggi-Parapat-Sidikalang or if from Silangit International Airport you can go directly to Sidikalang. Simalem means cool and comfortable in Karo. This place is also one of the mainstay of the tourist attraction of North Sumatra Province which was developed by merging the concept of agriculture (agrotourism) and ecotourism activities in an integrated area and suitable for families who come on vacation. This place has some facilities like a resort hotel, restaurant, kid playground, mini zoo, tourist attraction and more.
However, in addition to the vast area and can see the panorama of Lake Toba from various angle / spot, this place also has a really spectacular area to witness the beauty of Lake Toba called Amphitheater. This spot is a wide open stage where the background is the vast expanse of beautiful scenery of Lake Toba. The stools of the modeled stands face directly onto a stage with spectacular panoramic view of Lake Toba !. This time it goes: "God is really, really Great!"
Thus the 7 Best Spots You Must Visit to Enjoy the Beauty of Lake Toba. If you are planning a vacation to Lake Toba, take a moment to visit one of the beautiful places above. However, if you want traveling to visit everything comfortably, you need at least 4-5 days like we did.
We started from Medan and visited all the order numbers 1-7 above. Use an experienced car rental and tour guide to guide you, either from Medan or Silangit International Airport. Or including people who know more about the area, so that your journey is smooth and comfortable. Happy Trip!
Enjoy the beauty and the magic of God, visit Lake Toba! :)
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