Tana Toraja (Toraja Land), which lies in the north of the province is known for its unique culture and ancient traditions. The center of tourism is Rantepao, 328 km from Ujung Pandang by road. There are several small bungalow hotels at Rantepao, and Makale, the district capital. Traditional Ceremony at Tana TorajaThe entry to Tana Toraja is marked by a gate built in traditional boat-shaped architecture. The road passes through the mountains of Kandora and Gandang on which, according to Toraja mythology, the first ancestors of celestial beings descended from heaven. The majority of the people still follows an ancestral cult called “Aluk Todolo” which governs all traditional ceremonies. From Rantepao, side trips can be made to Kete, a traditional village where there are handicraft and unique shops. Behind the village there is a grave site on a hillside. Life-size statues guard over old coffins. As roads are not always paved, it is necessary to use a jeep or walk if the weather is good (between May and October).
Two cliff graves easy to reach are Lemo and Londa. Londa is one of the oldest hanging graves belonging to the nobility. A large balcony is filled with effigies of the dead. Kerosene lamps with young village guides, can be hired to enter the caves to see skeletons and old coffins. At Lemo, burial chambers are cut out of the rock and several balconies filled with effigies look out while new caves are being dug to serve as family graves.
There are several grave sites and traditional villages of which Palawa is a classic example of a village on a small hill with “Tongkonan” or a burial place with celebrations and festivals. Visitors are welcome but they are expected to adhere to local customs of dress, seating and bringing a token present.
Tana Toraja whose capital Makale is geographically located in the northern part of South Sulawesi Province, which is between 2 ° – 3 ° south latitude and 119 ° – 120 ° East Longitude, with an area of 2054.30 km2 recorded. Administratively, Tana Toraja, which includes 19 sub-districts, 112 Lembang and 47 urban villages.
The capital of Tana Toraja is located around 329 km towards North of Makassar South Sulawesi Provincial Capital through Enrekang, Sidrap, Pare-pare, Barru, Pangkep and Maros.
Tana Toraja is a cultural icon and tourism in the province of South Sulawesi is one of the attractiveness of Indonesia’s tourism industry, it is a potential for the development of production and economic activities in Tana Toraja.
Tourism in Tana Toraja
As is very well known tourist area, Tana Toraja has at least 8 attractions featured a very potential to be developed. Each tourist attraction has characteristic and distinctive charm, the eighth leading tourist attraction is the panoramic Bunt Bugrake, Tongkonan tumbles Datu-Bebo, Agro Pango-Pango, waterfalls Sarambu assing, wall chisel Lemo, travel Sirope, natural bath Tilangnga ‘ and custom residential Sillanan. Most of the attractions are natural attractions, and some of them already known by tourists, both domestic and foreign. In addition to the eight leading attractions are very potential to be developed, there is still some traditions, customs and culture that is an icon of tourism in this region that has been known to foreign countries. The key is a tourist attraction in Tana Toraja should get serious attention and handling by all parties as Tana Toraja has been nominated as one of 23 sites on the list of World Culture Heritage by Unesco.
Tana Toraja was at Indonesia travel once became one of the icons Tourism Indonesia in 2010. Management of tourism potential in the area of special concern to the local government, it is reflected in the policy direction (vision) government that the main purpose of tourism development is Tana Toraja as the second destination after Bali. On the other hand, public support Tana Toraja very positive response of tourism development. Many people who depend on the sale of works of culture
We can arrange various packages of tour to Tana Toraja either from Bali Island, Yogjakarta, Jakarta, Lombok Island or other destinations including domestic flight ticket bookings.
Below are the prepared packages which can be adjusted according to your own convenience program.