5 Must visit tourist villages in Indonesia
Holiday does not always mean beaches, mountains, luxury resorts, or culinary exploration. A holiday could be a visit to a local village, observing the village life with all of its uniqueness from the culture to its natural beauty.
Indonesia has many villages that are designed as a tourism objects for tourists. These villages, more known as tourist villages, has certain characteristics that combines attractions, accommodations, supporting facilities, and of course local wisdom. Tourists can stay at local residents’ house, enjoy the village ambiance, and even contribute to the village.
Visiting a local village in Indonesia can be a memorable experience for you to spend your holiday. Below is the list of the best tourist villages in Indonesia that you must visit at least once in your life:
This tourist village has recently awarded as the best tourist village in Southeast Asia from Asean Community Bases Tourism Award (Asean CBT Award). Located in GunungKidul regency, this tourist village is known for its ancient remains and the traditional culture. There is also a live-in program for tourists who want to know more about village life at Nglanggeran. The program allows tourists to interact with local people, learn Nglanggeran’s culture such as mask painting, making handicraft from janur (young coconut leaf), learn Reog dance, and many more.
Kampung Naga, Garut
Although the location of this village is near the city of Tasikmalaya, Kampung Naga is a village which is inhabited by a community in a very strong tradition of holding the remainder ancestors. The communities are living in the framework of an atmosphere in a traditional simplicity and environmental wisdom. The people even do not install household furniture like tables, chairs, and beds in their houses. Visiting this village will sure give more perspectives about how people still living in an ancient tradition in the middle of globalization.
There are guides in Kampung Naga who will help you exploring the village. There is no entrance fee, so you only need to give some tips for the guide. It is not advised to visit this village on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, as the people will do a ritual called “menyepi”, in which they will refuse to discuss or answer questions about the tradition and ritual in Kampung Naga.
Desa Wisata Dieng Kulon, Banjarnegara
Source: ANTARA NEWS
This village is home to the renowned annual Dieng Culture Festival. The festival is usually held in July, and the main attraction of this festival is RuwatanRambut Gimbal. The children of Dieng strangely have natural dreadlocks and are called Anak Gimbal. The RuwatanRambut Gimbal is a ritual where the elders of Dieng cut the dreadlocks, and then are floated in a river that flows to the south, as a symbol that the dreadlocks are sent to their origin.
The scenery of Dieng Kulon
Location: Batur, Banjarnegara, Central Java