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Wisma Maria

March 26, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Ratulangi No. 23, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91830 Description Wisma Maria has a long standing reputation as a backpackers choice of stay and has a mention in a famous travel guide book  located parallel to the main street and close to a number of hotels and restaurants. As you enter the main reception on your right hand side is a large glass cabinet with life sized Tau Tau or wooden carving of the founder of Wisma Maria. Turn left and you are in the restaurant which have very reasonably priced food and drinks then onto a large garden with the accomodation set on two floors. The rooms are a little bit worn out but the location makes up for it. The staff are very friendly and are happy to help you with any information about Tana Toraja. Facilities Book exchange / Breakfast included / Bicycle rental / Car rental / Guide service / Laundry / Lounge / Massage service / Motorbike rental / Restaurant. Rates & bookings Twin room with hot water: 150,000 rp Twin room with cold water: 120,000 rp Single room with cold water: 100,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? …

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Londa

Londa

March 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Londa is a grave site located 5 km south of Rantepao, on the road to Makale. Three methods of burial are customary at Londa. Here, the coffins of ordinary people are placed in caves and crevices at the foot of the hill. Bring a powerful torch or hire an oil lamp for 25,000 rp. The remains of persons of higher rank rest in burial chambers carved from the wall of the limestone cliff. The latter are accompanied by tau tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, placed close to the chamber. The higher the status of the deceased, the higher the chamber, which can be situated as far as 50 meters from the ground. There are also some newer graves which Torajans refer to as banua tai ma’rambu (the house without smoke). Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Rantepao-Makale bemo and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Londa”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk. View Larger Map

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Ke'te Kesu'

Ke’te Kesu’

March 08, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

From all interesting places to visit in Tana Toraja, Ke’te’ Kesu’ is the most complete settlement. The site consists of a compound of houses and granaries, a burial place, ceremonial grounds, ricefields and water buffalo pasture. The cultural landscape around Ke’te’ Kesu’ makes this area one of the most beautiful places in Tana Toraja. Ke’te Kesu’ compound comprises 6 traditional tongkonan houses and 12 granaries. The houses and granaries are laid out in the traditional arrangement and one of the houses serves as a museum. To the north, at a distance of about 50 meters, lies the ceremonial ground, displaying more than 20 megaliths. Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Bolu-Ke’te Kesu’-La’bo pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Ke’te Kesu’”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk.

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Suaya

Suaya

March 06, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In Suaya, in the south-east of Tana Toraja, surrounded by ponds and rice paddies, you will find the tombs of the royal family of Sangalla’. Since the royal family didn’t allow any other families to have graves closeby, the giant rock of Suaya just has a few graves. But the huge amount of old Tau Tau (40-50), realistic looking wooden ancestor statues placed on several big and small balconies, shows the wealth of the family. On the right side of the rock you will find stairs. Go up for a nice view over the royal rice paddies. Also find a small museum on the right side where skulls & bones and some old wooden coffins can be seen. Some of them are shaped as buffalos. Go a little further on the road in the direction of Sangalla’ and Makula’ and you will find the royal ceremonial grounds on your left side, containing several strangely shaped megaliths. Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Makale bound Kijang. Just before Makale, the driver will ask you to leave the vehicle. At that place you are able to take on a pete-pete to Sangalla’. From there on, travel by ojek to Suaya.

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Lo'ko' Mata

Lo’ko’ Mata

March 05, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In the mountains of Batutumonga you will find the burial site of Lo’ko’ Mata.  You’ll find 20-30 burial chambers cut out of one giant rock. Although it’s not really common at Lo’ko’ Mata, you will see a couple of Tau Tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, lined up on a small balcony and a nice big buffalo head cut out of the rock. Walk around the big rock. On the left side you will find an open grave. The door to the grave is only 80x80cm but the actual grave inside measures 2m x 2m x 1m and is big enough for several coffins. At Lo’ko’ Mata you will also find a couple of smaller megaliths. Entry fee: free! How to get there? Jump on a Bolu-Batutumonga pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the burial site (ask “kiri decat di Lo’ko’ Mata”). It is located next to the main road.

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Lemo

Lemo

February 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Lemo is probably the best known and most visited burial site in Tana Toraja. It is located 10 km south of Rantepao, on the road to Makale. The sheer rock face has a whole series of galleries with Tau Tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, representing the dead persons inside the graves. Walk around the side of the cliff to find more rock graves and hanging and falling coffins. Close to the rock you will find little huts where men are carving (and selling) tau tau and of course numerous souvenir stalls selling everything from wood carvings to keychains and t-shirts. The whole burial site itself is surrounded by beautiful rice paddies. The best time to visit Lemo is early in the morning, when the sunlight is coming from the right direction to make beautiful photos. Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Rantepao-Makale bemo and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Lemo”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk. View Larger Map

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