Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia with 1,145 km2 and is the second largest lake globally. Lake Toba was formed from the vomit of Mount Toba which erupted thousands of years ago. In the middle of Lake Toba is Samosir Island, a volcanic island with an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. There are many nationalparks usa map guide things you can explore on Lake Toba.
If you are on vacation in North Sumatra, it is incomplete if you don’t visit Lake Toba. Because here you can not only enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba. But also many tourist destinations around Lake Toba which are very interesting to visit.
This time, we will inform you about eight interesting tourist attractions around Lake Toba. Come on, see the following review!
- Holbung Samosir Hill
Holbung Hill, located in Samosir Regency, is one of the must-visit tourist destinations when wandering around Lake Toba. Holbung Hill offers views of the vast green savanna and looks beautiful at Lake Toba from a height. Here, you can build a tent if you want to enjoy Holbung Hill longer.
It’s not hard to climb this. You only need to walk from the car park to the top of the hill for 15 minutes through a path m residents. Although uphill, the path is not difficult. Your fatigue will be paid off immediately upon arrival at the top of the hill.
- Batak Museum
In addition to the Huta Bolon Museum, in North Sumatera, there is also the Batak Museum which is located right on the southern edge of Lake Toba. The Batak Museum was built as a dedication to preserving the culture of the Batak Tribe. This museum was inaugurated in early 2011 and is used as a historical tourist destination.
The Batak Museum consists of three floors with open spaces. There are exhibitions of traditional Batak stone statues, bronze statues of the Batak King, and directly the view of Lake Toba from the museum yard direct museum is considered as one of the most modern museums in Indonesia, which still depicts typical Batak houses.
- Sipiso-Piso Waterfall
Around Lake Toba, there is a waterfall as high as 120 meters and is one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia. Sipiso-Piso Waterfall is located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level and is located in Tanah Karo, precisely in Tongging Village. This waterfall is one of the must-visit destinations in Karo Regency.
You can access Sipiso-Piso Waterfall by walking along the ridge for an hour’s journey. After arriving, you will be presented with a view of a very high waterfall and surrounded by green hills. In addition, you can go up to the viewing post to see the waterfall from above and see Lake Toba from a distance.
- Tomb of King Sidabutar
If you like historical tourism, then you need to visit the Tomb of King Sidabutar. The tomb made of natural stone is carved with human heads, and there are several tombs of the king’s relatives. Uniquely, the tomb is not embedded in the ground but is above the ground.
According to Batak people’s beliefs, the magic of King Sidabutar is in his dreadlocks. Therefore, the hair should not be cut. If you want to enter the tomb location, you have to use Ulos cloth or Toba Batak traditional cloth. Then you will be accompanied by a tour guide who tells the history of King Sidabutar.
- Huta Bolon Simanindo Museum
Want to know the Batak tribe and culture? Just come to the Huta Bolon Simanindo Museum. This museum is the traditional house of King Sidauruk which was later used as an open-air museum. Here there are several traditional houses and a collection of ancestral relics of the Toba Batak people.
At the Huta Bolon Museum Simanindo not only get to know Batak traditional houses, but you can also see firsthand the traditions of Batak culture such as Batak artifacts, Batak rituals, and Sigale-Gale statues.
- Cape Camel
Tanjung Camel is a tourist destination in Simalungun Regency which is located east of Lake Toba. It was named Tanjung Camel because this place is a land jutting towards the lake so that it resembles the back of a camel. From Tanjung Camel, you can see Lake Toba very broadly.
Visiting Tanjung Camel, you can go up to the viewing post to see a wider view. The best time to visit is in the morning and evening when the sun is not too hot. If you like camping, there’s nothing wrong with camping and enjoying the night at Tanjung Camel.
- Pahoda Hill
Besides Holbung Hill, you can also see the other side of Lake Toba from the top of Pahoda Hill in Toba Samosir Regency. The route taken to get to Bukit Pahoda from Medan is to pass Balige. The path is winding and uphill. The time taken from Balige City to Pahoda Hill is about 30 minutes using a private vehicle.
Pahoda Hill has a height of about 500 meters above sea level. You can see views of the city of Balige and Lake Toba from the top of the hill. Although the air is quite cool, the hilltop is in the form of a savanna which is quite wide and has minimal trees. It is recommended to come in the afternoon so that it is not too hot.
- Situmurun Waterfall
Besides Sipiso-Piso Waterfall, there is also Situmurun Waterfall which is known for its uniqueness. Situmurun Waterfall, or also known as Binangalom Waterfall, is very unique because the water flow does not fall into a natural pool like waterfalls in general, but flows directly into Lake Toba.
At Situmurun Waterfall you can enjoy the freshwater by swimming. But if you are not good at swimming, you can rent a buoy to stay safe. It is recommended not to swim near the waterfall because the current is quite strong.
Thus information about 8 tourist attractions around Lake Toba. Apparently, there are many interesting things that can be explored. Don’t miss visiting one of them! Before you plan a trip to Lake Toba, be sure to read more about Lake Toba and Indonesia by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.