Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi Indonesia

Tana Toraja is known as one of the unusual tourist spots in Indonesia that maintain vicious customs and culture from the legacy of ancestors. The term “Toraja” comes from Bugis, namely To Riaja means people who live on the top. It has a total land area of 3,203 km2. Tana Toraja Regency in the province of South Sulawesi has the tallest statue of Jesus in the world that reaching 45 meters. It stands on the dead-end Burake mountain peak at 1,700 MASL. The beauty of nature and the origins of customs set off attractiveness from local and foreign tourists to visit.

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Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi

 

Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja Location

The Toraja residents have an unusual ritual in treating corpses called Maenene. It is a tradition where corpses that heaped up several hundred years ago returned to be cleaned and changed for their clothes. The condition of the corpse was still untouched because of the preservation process already previously. Corpse cleaning carried out by family members. It must ready before put back in the coffin. Firstly, the corpse dried. Thus, the condition of the corpse dwells untouched after the family takes a photo with the corpse. Usually, the “Maenene” is carried out every three years from several places in the North Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi.

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Tau Tau, Tana Toraja

 

Tana Toraja

Tau Tau, Tana Toraja

They believe that the term Maenene is unspoken of the oldster’s words. For some of those who interpret in other ways, Nene means people who have passed away. The words Nene followed by the name Ma means caring for corpses. The tradition of Maenene has become part of the Toraja residents that are currently maintained and still exist.

Furthermore, two well-known cemeteries have become tourist destinations for visitors, namely Lemo Cave and Londa Cave. It Located in Lemo Village, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi. You will not find graves in usual which have boulders lined up neatly. There are Coffins inserted into an archaic rock hole in a cave. Lemo Cave is a cemetery for Torajan aristocrats formed directly into the hill walls. More than 75 grave holes are measuring 3×5 meters on the hillside and decorated with wooden statues or called tao-tao. It is a symbol that can accommodate the spirit of the dead in the hole. Meanwhile, access to the Batu Lemo grave is easy. It is near Makale, the capital of Rantepao, Toraja.

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TombStone, Tana Toraja

 

Tana Toraja

TombStone, Tana Toraja

The next exclusive cemetery is the Londa from Sendan Uai Village, Sanggalangi District, South Sulawesi. This location is 7 kilometers to the south of Makale City, the capital of Tana Toraja Regency. The length of the Londa cave is about 1,000 meters. There are thousands of skulls and bones from several years ago. You can visit and look at them very close. There also have new coffins, although there is no corpse. The air was fresh and did not smell rotten.

When you come into the Londa cave, piles of coffins adorn the sides of the hill identic with Lemo cave. Londa is a cemetery located on the side of the cave’s steep rock. The side of the grave on the Londa cave has a hole contain coffins arranged according to lineage.

Moreover, Tana Toraja also has exotic natural tourism. Here is some curious natural tourism for visitors:

  1. The tallest Jesus statue in the world at Buntu Burake peak.

If you want to see the natural scenery of Tana Toraja from 1700 mdpl, you can spend only 10 kilometers or 30 minutes from the location of the Lemo stone tomb. Here you also see the magnificent Jesus Statue surrounded by the longest glass bridge in Indonesia, with a length of up to 90 meters.

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Jesus Statue, Tana Toraja

 

Tana Toraja

Jesus Statue, Tana Toraja

  1. The land above the Clouds

If you love touring the tableland, you can visit Pango-Pango Makale in ofasang village, South Makale district, Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi. There were beautiful natural scenery and a succulent atmosphere in the hilly area. Thus, this tourist spot is called the land above the clouds. Following with beautiful tall trees and thickets of shrubs, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the hills and mountains.  In addition, it also includes the view of Makale city as an unforgettable experience.

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Land Above The Clauds, Tana Toraja

  1. Mount Nona

Mount Nona stands on Poros Enrekang-Toraja Street, South Sulawesi. The term of Mount Nona comes from the residents that call the shape of Mount Nona Miss V due to the mounds of land on the mountain. So, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mount Nona while eating and drinking hot tea or coffee at the cafeteria.

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Mount Nona

 

Tana Toraja

Mount Nona, Tana Toraja

How to go to Tana Toraja?

There are various flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta to Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar. After that, you can take the land route to Tana Toraja for at least 7-8 hours. However, if you want a short time, you can continue your flight from Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar, and then go to Toraja Airport for at least one hour. Temporarily, the flights from Makassar to Toraja and vice versa spend four times a week, such as Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. For flight and hotel accommodation, you can see it here

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