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Discover Toraja Lombok Bali Culture & Nature

Duration: 15 Days

Overview

Tana Toraja which lies in South Sulawesi known for its unique culture of varied funeral rituals, Tongkonan houses, ancient menhirs and Toraja hand weaving. Must place to visit is Kete Kesu, Marante and Pallawa Village to get a glimpse of Tongkonan houses - a traditional house of Toraja people. For sure you will visit the famous burial sites such as stone funeral burial, hanging graves, tree burials, burial cliffs, and cave burials. The most picturesque burials located in Lemo, Londa, Sangalla and Suaya and also Lombok has been known to be one of hidden paradise in the country. This small island has hundreds of interesting places that worth the visit. One of them is Sade Sasak village which will give you a nice ambience of the real local community as well take you to feel like one. End of the trip not to be missed is island of the Gods ; Bali.

Highlights

  • Explore Rammang-rammang Village(the karst mountain) for a short walk on the rice fields
  • Visit Kampung Berua and the traditional Bugis/Makassar Village Discover  Leang-Leang Caveand Parang Tinggia Village to see hundred of bats nested surrounding trees
  • Visit Old Mosque and the traditional fisherman village in Palopo.
  • Explore LEMO, a grave yard on the cliff, SUAYA some old royal stone graves of the seventh king and SANGGALA, the tree for the dead babies. Visiting  KETEKESU, traditional Toraja Village.
  • Trek up and down the hills passing through Toraja Villages in South Sulawesi
  • Swimming and relax on the beach of Gili Trawangan Lombok
  • Visit Mayura Water Palace with its “floating pavilion” built in the middle of an artificial lake surrounded by mangosteen trees in year of 1744
  • Explore Pura Agung Narmada; summer palace of King of Mataram in 1805.
  • Trekking in Tetebatu village trek through the fields and forests gives unique insight into the lifestyle of the rural community
  • Visit Sade Sasak traditional village of Lombok
  • Snorkeling Exploration and Swimming in Pink Beach of Lombok
  • Explore Penglipuran ; one of traditional village in Bali and ancient village called Bayung Gede which is believed to be the one from which all the ancient villages of Bali derive
  • Visit Gunung Kawi Tampak Siring and Tegallalang rice paddies
  • Shamanic healing and spiritual cleansing at Tirta Empul Temple

Itinerary

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Upon arrival in the morning  at Hasanuddin International Airport of  Makassar, meet with your guide and proceed to Rammang-rammang Village (the karst mountain) for a short walk on the rice fields, continue onboard a motorized fisherman boat to visit Kampung Berua and the traditional Bugis/Makassar Village. Light trek in the countryside to explore the local  life is planned. Continue your visit by car to discover  Leang-Leang Cave and Parang Tinggia Village to see hundred of bats nested surrounding trees, quiet impressing.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Palopo (not available daily) . On arrival in Palopo, drive to  Toraja (2,5 hours). En route visit Old Mosque and the traditional fisherman village in Palopo. We will drive on many curves and ascend road till we reach the altitude of 1000 m where you will witness superb views of rain forest and Palopo City from a distance. As we approach Toraja Land, the view gradually changes to rice terraces, traditional houses and unique Toraja Village. Arrive in Toraja in the afternoon, check in for overnight.

After breakfast, visit the fascinating villages of Tana Toraja with the unique Tongkonan Houses shaped like a ship bow and stern. Continue with LEMO, a grave yard on the cliff, SUAYA some old royal stone graves of the seventh king and SANGGALA, the tree for the dead babies. Then having lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch visit LONDA, ancient natural graves and puppets on the balcony representing the dead. Continue with visiting  KETEKESU, traditional Toraja Village.

After breakfast, visit buffaloes market, the local market then dropped off at a traditional village where you will start  trekking to the northern part of Toraja, deep into the country side. Trek up and down the hills passing through Toraja Villages, we will admire the beautiful landscape of Toraja countryside, rice terraces, old houses, coffee and cacao plantation, old graves etc. We will have the chance to see Toraja people doing their daily activities, people taking palm wine from palm tree, pounding rice, drying coffee etc. We will be walking on the footpath, rice terraces for about 3 – 4 hours (depending on your fitness level), late afternoon transfer back to hotel by car. Please be informed, if any funeral ceremony take place and guest is interested to see, then itinerary will be rearranged by guide on the spot to suit with guests preference.

After breakfast, transfer to Airport in Palopo (2.5 hours drive) to catch your flight (not available daily) back to Makassar then continue flight to Bali . Arrive in Bali, then transfer to your hotel in Sanur area for overnight .

Free Days on the Beach

Leave Gili trawangan early morning to Bangsal harbor, Lombok by local boat. Then we drive to Mataram city . The ethnic and religious diversity of the island and its population consisting of Sasak people, Balinese Hindus, and other ethnicities from further west and east in Indonesia becomes visible on a tour through the most interesting places and sites around the bustling yet relaxed capital city Mataram.

Visit the bustling Kebon Roek Market where, during the busy morning hours, locals are immersed in the daily activities of trading goods such as vegetables, spices, fish and meats as well as tobacco and other agricultural goods. This market is where all communities blend together. Visit Mayura Water Palace with its “floating pavilion” built in the middle of an artificial lake surrounded by mangosteen trees. It is part of the former kingdom of Karangasem in East Bali and was built in 1744. It combines both Hindu and Islamic architectural features and is quite a sight to behold. Continue to Lingsar Temple in the outskirts of Mataram to discover a fascinating syncretism between Balinese Hinduism and Lombok’s mystical take on Islam, the so called Waktu Telu. Built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, the beautiful complex is nestled among rice fields and hosts different shrines with locational relationships to both the islands’ holy mountains. Nearby Pura Agung Narmada has been built as the summer palace of King of Mataram in 1805. When he was no longer able to climb the mighty Mount Rinjani to make offerings in the crater-lake Segara Anak, he built the palace as replica of the volcano and its lake. Narmada Palace and Park invite for a stroll through lush gardens that also host a swimming pool fed by natural holy springs. Drive to Tete Batu for overnight

Today after breakfast, begin a trek across the rice fields, plantations and fruit gardens of Tetebatu. Depending on the season, different crops are grown such as chilies, tobacco, and fruits like rambutan, jackfruit or durian and guavas. Farmers are usually busy with seeding, ploughing or harvesting and a trek through the fields and forests gives unique insight into the lifestyle of the rural community. Pass a monkey forest where, with a bit of luck, it’s possible to see monkeys jumping from tree to tree before arriving at the scenic Tibu Topat Waterfall. Enjoy the soothing waters of this gorgeous spot and be sure to snap a few photos. Afterwards, return by car to the hotel in Tetebatu. Upon arrival, take some time to freshen up before checking out. We will drive to Sade Sasak traditional village with stop on the way for lunch. Then we will drive to Lombok Kuta beach for overnight .

After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel by the guide and driver then transfer to Pink Beach on the east coast of Lombok. From here, start an exciting snorkeling excursion to  three different spots.

First, snorkel at a spot near the beach which features lots of coral in different shapes and sizes. There are blue coral, purple coral and yellow coral. Then continue by boat to the two small islets of Gili Petelu, connected by an exotic beach. Gravel on this beach make the water very clear and perfect for discovering the underwater-world. While on one side of the islets it’s possible to encounter small reef sharks, the other side is usually swarmed by lots of colorful fish. Continue to some of the deserted beaches around this area to enjoy a snack lunch under the shade of a tree or on the  boat or relax on the beach. Next, sail to Tanjung Luar past a small island with a fishermen village and huge fishing nets on wooden structures built in the ocean, which are usually inhabited by sea gulls. From Tanjung Luar,  continue by car to Kuta. En route make a brief stop at a salt panning place, where sea salt is cooked in fire and collected in conical containers almost resembling ice cream cones. Return to Kuta late in the afternoon for overnight .

Breakfast at hotel. Flight to Bali . Upon arrival in Bali, transfer to your hotel in Ubud for overnight

Leave hotel early morning with first stop will be Penglipuran ; one of traditional village in Bali, Continue the tour and visit another ancient village called Bayung Gede which is believed to be the one from which all the ancient villages of Bali derive. Many people come here to see the hanging newborn placentas, unique to Bayung Gede. In Trunyan, the bodies of the dead are placed on the ground without burial, but here it is the placenta that is not buried. It is the only village in Indonesia to have this custom then drive to Kintamani for lunch while overview of lake and mount Batur. After lunch we will drive to Gunung Kawi Tampak Siring and Tegallalang rice paddies before back to hotel for rest.

Take part in a day of shamanic healing and spiritual cleansing at Tirta Empul Temple. Firstly we will meet the Balinese healer near Ubud who will combines Yagna, Yatra and Mantra healing practices. The Yagna practice is performed to remove the negative factors in life, and to help find peace and happiness. Mantra practice, performed by reciting mantras, removes the lower vibrations of your system and elevates your energy. A mantra is a precise combination of sacred sounds, which forms a core of spiritual energy to stimulate high spiritual vibrations, inducing spiritual awakening and invigoration. The Yantra practice is designed to remove the afflictions that prevent you from achieving a certain goal. This can result in the removal of obstacles in your career or the bad intentions of your enemies. The ritual also protects you from negative forces, heals your aura and balances your chakra. The whole ritual is known as melukat by the locals and is done to spiritually purify the mind and soul. It can be practiced in any place considered sacred by the Balinese, then we will drive to Tirta Empul temple for most recommended this kind of purification.

After this first experience, we head a Balinese lunch in Ubud and after lunch we will visit Ubud palace and Monkey Forest before we back to hotel for overnight

Breakfast at hotel. Check out time at hotel at 12.00 noon . Transfer to Airport at 22.00 for your flight home

More Information

  • Air-conditioned  private transportation during the program
  • Tour and meal program base on mentioned above
  • Mineral water during tour
  • 14 nights accommodation + Daily breakfast  during tour based on twin share
  • Speed boat from Padang Bay to Gili Trawangan and Gili Trawangan to Bangsal, Lombok
  • Entrance fees, parking fees as per program
  • Professional English speaking guide during the program
  • Other optional and meals not mentioned in program 
  • Domestic flight from Return flight Makassar – Palopo & Makassar to Bali
  • Domestic flight from Lombok to Bali
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in program
  • Suggested tipping USD.5 per person(guest)  per day
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