As a part of guest contribution series on EverythingCandid, today we have the honor to host Jo – A passionate globetrotter, wildlife enthusiast, thrill seeker and writer who loves to explore new places and inspire others to travel. She has traveled wide and far and share her escapades on her blog WanderWithJo. So, lets uncover Indonesia with Jo.
The biggest archipelago in the world,namely Indonesia, is home to a staggering 6000 uninhabited islands out of over 18,000 in total which comprise the land mass of the country. Add to it the vast stretches of pristine beaches and a chain of 167 active volcanoes, and you have an unmatched tourist destination just waiting to be explored. Here are some top must see places in this island nation.
Komodo National Park
This park is home to the world famous Komodo dragon, a giant lizard, which can attain a length of 3 meters and totally feeds on meat. Komodo National Park comprises of Rinca island and some smaller islands, where these monster reptiles roam freely and can be viewed safely in company of the local guides.
The changing landscape, rugged coasts, beautiful beaches and volcanic mountains, all act as a perfect backdrop for the most popular island destination in Indonesia, if not the world. Offering a host of outdoor activities like surfing, diving combined with culture and spirituality, make Bali a picturesque place to visit.
Situated in close proximity to the famous temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, the city of Yogyakarta is another most visited destination in Java, Indonesia. In spite of being located in a highly seismic zone, prone to large earthquakes and close to the active volcano Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta has its fair share of followers. This is chiefly due to the place being a rich centre of art and education, with a great infrastructure for visitors.
Equal in beauty, both in beaches and volcanic scenery, to its more erstwhile neighbor Bali, Lombok has all it takes to make a great place to visit minus all the commercialism of other crowded destinations. With the mighty volcano Mount Gunung Rinjani, known for its trekking, occupying the pride of place in the northern part of the island, there are the Gili islands to the northwest which are a popular tourist draw as well.
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
The vast range of ancient craters and the active volcanoes emerging from it, provide for an awesome spectacle which cannot be seen elsewhere. Named after the two volcanic mountains, Semeru and Bromo, and the inhabitants of the park the Tengger people, the park offers picturesque views of the smouldering cones surrounded by the towering cliffs.
Set amidst green hills, surrounding a sprawling city, it is said that almost everything from the best to the worst can be found in Bandung. Excellent climate,great shopping, teeming market places, Dutch relics and a thriving culinary scene makes Bandung a great draw for visitors. Umpteen hotels like Grand Hotel Lembang can also be booked here with ease and offer great deals and discounts at times.
There are three distinct places in Bandung which attract and are of interest to visitors. The surrounding countryside with the high volcanic peaks,hot springs and tea plantations are all within a short day trip distance from the city. The Jl Braga area houses a line if cafes and upmarket restaurants, while the Jl Cihampelas district offers great shopping and is often referred to as the jeans street area of Bandung.
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11 thoughts on “Top Places To Visit In Indonesia”
Indonesia looks totally amazing! I haven’t been but I’d love to visit Yogyakarta and I have a real fascination with the Komodo dragons!
Bali, Borobodur, the Komodo, and the volcanies are for me the top four attractions of Indonesia! I didn’t know it has more islands than the Philippines!
Even a month’s holiday there can be less. Such a lot of places to see, things to experience and wonderful cuisine to eat. I was there for 5 days and not satiated at all. Yogyakarta is next in my list.
Those Komodo dragons do not look friendly… at all! The temples in Yogyakarta would be fun to check out and I have not been to Bali yet. I didn’t realize there are active volcanoes in the area. Great overview
Komodo dragons are pretty fascinating creatures! And speaking of Bali, I heard there were some recent volcano eruptions in Indonesia! Regardless this country has always been on my list. It looks like such an adventure!
These look like epic destinations in Indonesia. I’ve only been to Bali, but I can’t wait to explore more. Yogyakarta is at the top of my list, but seeing the Komodo dragons look pretty dang cool too!
Would love to go to Indonesia one day! I hear great things about Lombok. Thanks for the tips, now need to find a way to Indonesia…
I’ve only been to Bali, so I really want to go back to Indonesia. I especially want to go to Komodo National Park. I’d heard about it, but didn’t realize it was made up of more than one island. I think it’d be very cool to see them roaming freely.
Very few of these are popularly talked about in social media. But the way people are lapping up new destinations, things may change in the next few years. Are those Komodo dragons wearing sweaters??
Bali is on my bucket list. Looking at Lombok, I would like to check that out now too. Been trying to get over that way for a couple of years now. Hopefully soon.