printable version traditional graves of toraja

Bori | Deri and Lempo | Batutumonga | Lo'komata | Pangala | Pana | Pangli | Londa | Kambira | Palatokke | Tondon Marante


Bori is a place where visitors will find hundreds of ancient megaliths, where locals use to hold funeral ceremonies. 114 megaliths are found in this area and the tallest megalith as about 7 meters high (23 feet).

Click the picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Bori.

Location:about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to the north of Rantepao
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
Facilities:toilet. For visitors who would like to watch any ceremony, there are a special stands or area dedicated for visitors, which is separated from the family/relatives of the dead person
How to get there:by pete-pete (fare: Rp. 6,000) or by ojek usually Rp. 10,000 or depends on the negotiation
Remarks:There is no dedicated parking area here.

Deri and Lempo

There are a few large stones that also became graves within these areas. The stones are usually situated in paddy field where sometimes, locals build Tongkonan houses on top of the graves.

Location:about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from Rantepao, on the same direction to Batutumonga
How to get there:by public transport, from Bolu Terminal it takes about one hour
Remarks:it can be reached in 30 minutes if road conditions are good, and not in rainy days.


This is the starting point to climb the Sesean Mountain, which is about 2,200 meters (7,200 feet) high (above the mean sea level). It is a scenically rewarding trip from Bori Atas, Deri/Lempo to Batutumonga, where people will be greeted by green paddy field and many big round stones, which are "planted by nature". The unique thing is that the owners of the paddy use these stones as graves for their beloved ones who have died.

The road to Batutumonga is quite narrow, where in some curve people will find large stones lying on the road side. Visitors will also have a stunning view of Rantepao and Sa'dan valley from here.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of Batutumonga.

Location:about 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) to the north of Rantepao on the foothill of Sesean Mountain
How to get there:by any public transport that goes to Batutumonga from Bolu terminal. (fare: Rp. 10,000 to Rp. 15,000) or by ojek (fare depends on negotiation). The total travelling time from Rantepao to Batutumonga is about 1.5 hour by car
Remarks:the road to Batutumonga and the nearby area may become dangerous during the rainy season (October to March), especially in December. Land slides may also occur and there is no mobile phone signal there.


Leaving Batutumonga on the way to Lembang Tonga Riu, visitors will find a big stone (about 20 meter wide) on the right side of the road. This giant stone looks like a "head" with green hair (ie. grass). The locals also use this stone as graves since the 14th century. There are about 100 graves chiseled in this stone. People will find other normal/common graves close to this stone.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of Lo´komata.

Location:in Lembang Tonga Riu, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) to the north of Rantepao
How to get there:From Rantepao, take any public transport that bounds to Lo'komata (fare: about Rp. 20,000 - one way)
Remarks:beware of big rocks or stones on both sides of the road in some curves.


A small town of Pangala, where tourists usually go after visiting the traditional graves before heading back to Rantepao or Makale. There is also a monument of Pongtiku, a local hero who fought against the Dutch. Pongtiku was caught by the Dutch troops in 1906. To commemorate his heroic actions, the government of Toraja regency built his monument here, in the middle of a pond in downtown Pangala.

Close to Pangala is another village of Barrupu, where Pongtiku built a fort during the war against the Dutch. However, road conditions to Baruppu still need some improvement.

Location:about 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the northwest of Rantepao
How to get there:take a public transportation from Bolu terminal, ask the driver to drop you off in Pangala. It takes about 30 minutes and costs Rp. 30,000 per person per trip
Remarks:a recommended route to visit the above graves normally starts from from Bori - Deri - Lempo - Batutumonga - Lo'komata - then Pangala.


Pana is a village known for its natural graves that are built on cliffs. These graves have been existed since many centuries ago. There is also a tree which was used to bury dead babies, where visitors can even still see pieces of clothes that used to cover the dead bodies.

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Pana.

Location:12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the west of Rantepao
How to get there:take a pete-pete bounds to Batutumonga from Rantepao. It costs approximately Rp. 15,000. Normally it drops you off at the main street, which is about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the entrance. It is highly recommended to take an ojek to get there
Remarks:since the grave area is covered by many big trees, it would be better to visit during day time.

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This is the burial site of Paulus Pong Massangka, a Torajan who was accused of killing the first Dutch missionary who came to this area. His body was burried in a "Patane" or a grave that looks like Tongkonan house. His 'tau-tau' (a wooden effigy of the dead) was placed in the front of a Tongkonan house and is date of birth date of death away are carved on his stone seat.

Click the picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Pangli.

Location: about 8 kilometers (5 miles) to the northeast of Rantepao (near to "SD 46 Pangli" - a primary school)
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesian and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
How to get there:take a pete-pete from Rantepao heading to Pangli (fare: Rp. 4,000) or by ojek at a negotiable fare.


Londa is a cliff famous for the graves built on it. The about 100 meter (330 feet) high cliff has two "grave-caves". The first cave is just about 10 meters deep and stuffed with many "Erong" (an old wood coffin) and scattered human bones and skulls. The second cave, it is about 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) deep but only the first 30 meters are filled with Erong, skulls, bones, and various belongings of the dead persons.

Inside this second cave, two of skulls belonging to the so-called Toraja's "Romeo and Juliet". This couple committed suicide together after both families didn't approve their relationship. Their dead bodies were brought and kept inside this cave until today. The guides, who are allowed to escort visitors at this site, are only the relatives of the dead persons that are buried here. Visitors will also see a few Tau-tau (a wooden effigy of the dead) placed in balconies that are built next to the graves.

Click the pictures above for more and bigger photos of Londa.

Location:Lembang Sangbua', in the sub district of Kesu (about 5 kilometers or 3 miles to the south of Rantepao)
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners. Torch rental: Rp. 20,000 and for the guide, there is no exact standard fee (usually Rp. 20,000 or based on the visitors' generosity)
Facilities:Souvenir Shops, parking area, kiosks (sell soft drinks), sitting/rest area and toilets
How to get there:by pete-pete that bounds from Makale to Rantepao or vice versa (fare: Rp. 3,000). Get off right on the road to Londa then continued by approximately 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes by car or ojek (fare depends on negotiation, should be around Rp. 10,000)
Remarks:Road condition is bad. It is forbidden to exit via the same way when visitors enter this area. Visitor must follow the route as shown on a signboard near to the entrance gate. From there it might be better to continue visiting another nearby place of interest, Lemo since you are visiting caves; the best time to visit Londa is in the afternoon before sunset.


This is a place where you can see a big tree which was used to "bury" dead babies. Local people have their own tradition to bury dead babies in big trees by making holes in the tree and place the bodies in it, then to close/cover by palm fiber. Baby Grave Kambira is surrounded by bamboo trees.

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Kambira.

Location:Sangala, about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) to the north of Makale
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
How to get there:By public transport: take the pete-pete that goes to Sangalla from Makale and ask the driver to drop you off at Kambira (about 20 minutes away and costs Rp. 10,000)
Remarks:look-out for centipede on the ground.


Palatokke is a location where you can see the "hanging graves" and its ancient coffins. Torajans' fairy tale says once upon a time there was a man called Palatokke, who had a magical power to build caves on high cliffs on his own. The locals then named the area or the cliffs as Palatokke in order to recognize Palatokke's magical power and efforts.

Visitors can climb up and go inside the graves through steeps built next to them. It is about 200 meters high (660 feet).

As the other sites, there are beautiful views of paddy field around Palatokke.

Click the picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Palatokke.

Location:about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the southeast of Rantepao or about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from Ke'te Kesu
Admission charge:on weekdays and Saturday there might be local villagers who ask for admission fee, but on Sunday, usually there is nobody asking for this admission fee. You might expect to pay about Rp. 10,000 to the local guide. Some of the "guides" may be children who live near the area and mostly speak only Bahasa Indonesia
How to get there: By car or ojek takes about 15 to 20 minutes from Rantepao (ojek costs about Rp. 20,000)
By pete-pete or minibus: take the one that goes to "Labo" from Bolu terminal in Rantepao and ask the driver to drop you off at Palatokke (fare: Rp. 10,000).

Tondon Marante

A village where you can see natural grave caves, "erong" or coffins, Toraja's traditional house Tongkonan and Tau-tau. However the conditions could be better. Lately, there is no available access for visitors to enter the caves due to its condition. Tondon Marante is situated about 100 meters away from the main road.

Click the picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Tondon Marante.

Location:about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to the northeast of Rantepao on the trans-road from Makassar to Palopo
Admission charge:normally Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
How to get there:take a pete-pete from Rantepao that bounds to Marante or Tondon village and ask the driver to drop you off there (about 15 minute journey and cost Rp. 3,000)
Remarks:road conditions need to be improved still.

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JoTravelGuide 9 Oct 2012


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maria venny lolo parrung 6 Oct 2012


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