Indonesia – Lombok Travel Guide
The word Lombok comes from the Indonesian word for “Chilli” (probably because of the chilli farms all around the island). Slightly smaller than Bali, Lombok measures 4,739 square kilometres and therefore, virtually impossible to circumnavigate in one day. There are a wide variety of topographical features and microclimates.
Places of tourist interest:
(4 Kms. / 15-20 minutes boat ride from the hotel) Famous for their white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs, the Gili Islands afford a perfect opportunity for a short escape or a day outing. The pace of life is unhurried with the only means of transport being the Cidomo, a local pony and cart. You don’t need to take much more than snorkeling equipment, a good book, your swim suit and a sarong. Our chef will be delighted to prepare a special picnic basket lunch for you to enjoy during your island retreat.
Mt Rinjani is said to be the home of the Goddess Anjani, it represents a spiritual and sacred link to the Sasak people of Lombok as well as the Balinese. The Myths says that Rinjani was created when monkeys playing with the moon, broke three pieces off and dropped them to earth. One piece became Mount Merapi in Java, one became Bali’s Mount Angung and one Rinjani.
This still active volcano last erupting in 1995, is the largest in Indonesia and at 3726 meters it is the second highest peak. As you gain elevation the trail opens to spectacular vistas of the ocean and surrounding countryside. At 2900 meters the breathtaking views are simply spectacular. Scenes of Lombok’s West Coast, the Crater Lake Segara Anak and Rinjani’s new cone are dizzying.
Senaru/ Sendanggile Waterfalls
(75 Kms. / 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the hotel) On the lower slopes of Gunung Rinjani, Senaru village is braced by cool refreshing air. From here you will rewarded with views of Mt. Rinjani to the south and views of the ocean to the west. Once a secluded mountain settlement sheltered from the outside world, this village with its traditional style homes is fast becoming a tourist’s escape from the heat of the coastal regions.
Sedanggile is the place where the water comes straight off one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. It is considered to provide some of the purest and freshest water in Indonesia. A soft trek for approximately 30-40 minutes, you will find Tiu Kelep waterfall. Here you can rest and swim in the cool waters of the pool formed by the waterfall.
(30 Kms. / 1 hour drive from the hotel) South from The Oberoi, the road winds over steep hills and through traditional seaside villages before arriving at Senggigi, a long, curved beach, with a panoramic view, splendid coconut groves and colorful catamarans. Developed for tourism, the area is always a little busy. Handicraft shops, traditional, and non-traditional restaurants, as well as nightlife can be found here along the only coastline road with mountains to the east and the ocean to the west.
Mayura Water Palace
(35 Kms. / 1 hour drive from the hotel) Built in Cakranegara in 1744 for the Balinese Court, this meeting hall is an island of tranquility next to the busy main street. A large pool contains a large pavilion, Bale Kambang, accessible by causeway.
This is one of the centers of traditional earthenware production of Lombok. The art of pottery craftsmanship is handed down from generation to generation. Here the potters produce an incredible variety of traditional earthenware, used for many purposes, including preparation and serving of food and ceremonies connected with village life. Narmada (Summer Garden Palace) “The fountain of Youth” associated with the resting place of the King of Lombok is located in this park land replica of Mount Rinjani’s summit, complete with it’s Segara Anak lake. The King of Mataram, who was no longer able to climb Rinjani to make his offerings to the Gods, constructed in 1805.
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