West Sumatra, Canyon Ngarai Sianok Bukittingi

Canyon Ngarai Sianok Bukittingi

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Just on the outskirts of the hill town of Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau highlands, lies this breathtaking canyon which the locals call Ngarai Sianok, or the Sianok Canyon. Its panorama is particularly beautiful in the early morning light when the first rays of the sun pierce through the mist covering this deep valley that has majestic Mount Singgalang looming at its background.

Ngarai Sianok has two steep walls facing each other almost vertically, falling to a flat bottom where a river meanders among green ricefields. Its height is about 100 to 120 meters and the canyon itself is 15 km long. This gorge separates the towns of Bukittinggi and Kota Gadang on its opposite side.
The beauty of Sianok can be seen from Panorama Park in Bukittinggi or you can also walk down into the gorge, where are a settlement and paddy fields. Then crossing a bridge over the river, climb up to Kota Gadang, home of silversmiths who produce the finest filigree ornaments.

West Sumatra, Ngalau Indah Cave, Payakumbuh

Ngalau Indah Cave, Payakumbuh

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Ngalau Indah was a name of a cave in the slope of hills that were gotten in the Payakumbuh City, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Inside was gotten the stalagmite stone and stalactite that was formed from the process of lime sediment that took place hundreds of years. The two stone kinds had carved was varied the form kind, with amazing ornaments, like: bedroom space, the seat, the mosquito etc.

From above the hills of around Ngalau, the tourists could see the Payakumbuh City panorama that was spread out in front of the eyes. The blend of the order of the urban building, green trees and the so wide paddy-field carpet were one unity from beauty of the Payakumbuh City.

Whereas scenery around Ngalau also was not inferior interesting. Before entering Ngalau or to be precise in front of the entrance of the tourists was welcomed by one carved from the stone that resembled the elephant. Entered Ngalau, the tourists will receive the performance various carved stone that was carved in Ngalau. The varied of the form and carved rock was given name in accordance with the form of the stone, like: the seat, the mosquito net, and the bedroom. The visitors who felt tired or more for a long time wanted to enjoy Ngalau beauty could stop for a moment and sat relaxed on these stones. On the other side of Ngalau, was gotten the Tira Stone that was white that if being affected by the focus of the light, could reflect the light that was so beautiful.

So that tourist could enjoy Ngalau scenery with freer, the local government developed several supporting means, like: information light, the connecting road and the step. The admission ticket as big as revolved between Rp. 3,000 until Rp. 5.000 per the person.

In Payakumbuh City were available several hotels that were comfortable enough to spend the night, from the hotel that had stars to the hotel of the jasmine class (not too expensive). Even so with the place ate, in this city also often was gotten the stall ate that served was varied the Padang Cooking menu.

Ngalau Indah Cave tourist attraction could be covered by using the land transport. From Padang City to Payakumbuh, the trip was followed around 3 hours by using the personal vehicle or the public’s transport. If using the public’s transport, his cost between Rp.20.000 and Rp. 25.000 per the person.

West Sumatra Batu Basurek

West Sumatra Batu Basurek

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Batu Basurek is a stone with inscriptions in the old Palava script of India, bearing the legend of Adityawarman in the year 1347. Literally, “Batu Basurek” itself means “The Written Stone”. The stone’s 25 cm wide, 80 cm high, and 10 cm thick. Erected above King Adityawarman’s resting place centuries ago, this stone was rediscovered in December 16th, 1880. The inscription told about Adityawarman’s heritages. Due to his services to Majapahit Kingdom, Adityawarman became a king in Dharmasraya and moved his kingdom from Siguntur Sawahlunto to Pagaruyung.

West Sumatra Hutan Lunang Nature Reserve

Hutan Lunang Nature Reserve 

Longitude (DD) 100.90352988
Latitude (DD) -2.17525922
Designation Nature Reserve
Status Proposed
Current Status Not Known
IUCN Category Not Known
Documented Total Area (ha) 17.700
GIS Total Area (ha) 29.453
A flat peatswamp forest with evergreen vegetation up to 30 m high. It is dominated by such species as Litsea sp, Gluta renghas etc. The area has a rich fauna including many protected species. The soil consists of organosolen and glei-humus. Principal vegetation: Swamp vegetation with Litsea sp, Shorea javanica, Santeria oblongifolia.
Site Location
Lunang is located in the area of the proposed Cagar Alam Komplek Hutan Luang. The eastern boundary is approximately 45 km west of Lake Kerinci, the western boundary approximately 7 km from the coast. The main highway passes to the north-west of the site linking the nearby settlement of Tiapan with Sungai Penuh further east.
Special Memmo
Lunang is located in the area of the proposed Cagar Alam Komplek Hutan Luang. The eastern boundary is approximately 45 km west of Lake Kerinci, the western boundary approximately 7 km from the coast. The main highway passes to the north-west of the site linking the nearby settlement of Tiapan with Sungai Penuh further east.
List of Birds (2 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Ciconia episcopus
Egretta garzetta

List of Mammals (3 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Cuon alpinus Vulnerable App II
Manis javanica Lower Risk App II
Panthera tigris Endengered App I

 

west Sumatra Gunung Salawah Agam

Gunung Salawah Agam Nature Reserve

Gunung-Seulawah

Start of the climb up Gunung Seulawah

Longitude (DD) 95.69315136
Latitude (DD) 5.42924394
Designation Nature Reserve
Status Proposed
Current Status Not Known
IUCN Category Not Known
Documented Total Area (ha) 6.000
GIS Total Area (ha) 5.262

West Sumatra Gunung Sago Malintang Karas Protection Forest

West Sumatra

Gunung Sago Malintang Karas Protection Forest

Sago Malintang Karas, Gunung Sago Malintang Karas Protection Forest, Taman Hutan Raya,
Longitude (DD) 100.68491796
Latitude (DD) -0.34086762
Designation Protection Forest
Status Designated
Current Status Not Known
IUCN Category VI
Documented Total Area (ha) 5.486
GIS Total Area (ha) 8.226

West Sumatra Gunung Merapi

Gunung Merapi Protection Forest

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Merapi, Gunung Merapi Protection Forest, Taman Hutan Raya,
Longitude (DD) 100.48415640
Latitude (DD) -0.39381384
Designation Protection Forest
Status Designated
Current Status Not Known
Establishment Year 1916
IUCN Category VI
Documented Total Area (ha) 9.670
GIS Total Area (ha) 10.125

 

West Sumatra Gunung Singgalang Protection Forest

West Sumatra

Gunung Singgalang Protection Forest

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Longitude (DD) 100.29288560
Latitude (DD) -0.44784734
Designation Protection Forest
Status Designated
Current Status Not Known
IUCN Category VI
Documented Total Area (ha) 9.658
GIS Total Area (ha) 24.548