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Sarambu waterfall | Tilanga | Benteng Pongtiku | Karassik | Suaya | PT. Toarco Jaya Coffee

Sarambu waterfall

It is a beautiful natural waterfall but unfortunately is not recommended for swimming (depth and risk unknown). It is suggested to reach this waterfall by trekking or hiring a mountain motorcycle from travel agents or tourist information offices because of road conditions.

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Location : Sarambu village
How to get there : take an ojek from Rantepao (fare: approximately Rp. 20,000 one way). It takes about 15 minutes due to road conditions
Remarks : this site is currently not properly maintained, however visitors will enjoy a beautiful scenery along the way to this waterfall from Rantepao.


It is a pond measuring 15 x 25 meter and is about 5 meters deep. The pond's fresh cold water comes from Sarira Mountain and sometimes eels can be seen between the rocks. Locals mostly visit this site during the weekends.

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Location : about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) to the southwest of Rantepao. After getting of at the main road, visitors need to walk further for about 2 kilometers through a small road to reach Tilanga
Admission charge : Indonesians Rp. 5,000, foreigners Rp. 10,000
Facilities : parking area, sitting/rest-area, kiosks (sell soft drinks), 6 toilets (and bathrooms/change rooms)
How to get there : take public transportation from Bolu terminal to Tilanga and ask the driver to drop you off at this natural swimming pool (about 20 minute journey). However, it is suggested to have own transportation
Remarks : unfortunately the condition is not in its best conditions ad visitors are suggested not to bath using soap or shampoo (which local visitors sometimes did in the past and affected the living creatures in the pond).

Benteng Pongtiku

This is known as "Benteng Batu" by the locals. There, you will find the history of Pongtiku, a local hero who fought against the Dutch in order to free Toraja from the occupation.

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Location : Singki, Rantepao city
How to get there : take ojek/sitor from Jl. Mapanyukki. Ask the driver to drop you off at "Benteng Batu". (fare: Rp. 3,000 for a 5 minute-ride).


Karassik is known for its "Rante", which is actually an open area to hold a funeral ceremony. Here in Karaskik, there are 12 megaliths, each measures approximately 7 to 8 meters high. These megaliths were made when an important local figure (Buntu Pune) passed away. They were then used in the 19th century by a respected man called Pong Maramba ( important function) during the Rambu Solo (funeral ceremony). The "Rante Karasik" is also known as "the monolith of Toraja". You can see also bamboo houses painted in many. Rante Karasik is located near to houses of the local people.

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Location : Ana' Ora' village, near Rantepao (about 3 kilometers or 1.9 miles)
Admission charge : Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
How to get there : by pete-pete from Rantepao (fare: Rp. 3,000).


There are some interesting places to see in this village. Suaya is known for its King of Sangalla's cemetery. Seven kings of Sangalla and their families were buried in one of the cliffs on the hills in this village. 'Tau-tau' (effigies) of the dead person can be seen in front of these "hanging graves". Stone steps for public is available to reach the hill.

Beside the cemetery, there is also a field where visitors will find numbers of stones that represent numbers of funeral ceremonies ever held there, or what the locals calls 'Rante' and not far from the cemetery, about 100 meters from the field, there is a Tongkonan house, which is used as museum called Buntu Kalando . The museum displays several properties of the Sangalla kingdom and ethnography artifact from Toraja.

You will find another grave site of Sangalla's rulers and their family, called Tampangalo. There are a lot of hanging graves or 'Erong', coffins, 'tau-tau', scattered bones and skulls here. It is located about 1 kilometer to the east the Suaya cemetery, hidden between paddy fields and a "today's" grave area.

There is a story that is well known among the locals. In the 16th century, the leader of Sangalla, Puang Manturino and his wife, Rangga Bulan, chose Tampangallo as the place where they wanted to be buried. When Rangga Bulan died, her body was buried in a cave in Tampangallo. However, when Puang Manturino died, his body was buried in a different area called Losso. One day, the body of Puang Manturino disappeared and later it was found in Tampangallo.

Location : Sangala Village, about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) south of Rantepao
Admission charge : Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
Facilities : a souvenir shop in the kings of Suaya grave site, kiosks and a parking area; in Buntu Kalando museum: parking area and toilet; in Tampangallo: just a parking area
How to get there : take a Pete-pete from Rantepao that bounds to Suaya in Sangalla village. Fare: Rp. 10,000
Remarks : Buntu Kalando museum open from Monday to Saturday, 8am-5pm. On Sunday it opens after church services or around 2pm.

PT. Toarco Jaya Coffee

Apart from its beautiful scenery and graves, Toraja is also known for its coffee, "Kopi Toraja". There are possibilities of visiting coffee factories, such as PT. Toarco Jaya Coffee, one of the major local coffee producers that has been operated since 1976. Toarco collaborates with a Japanese company and sells its coffee domestically and internationally.

Tourists can visit the factory, see a beautiful scenery of coffee plantations and watch the process of coffee making. As the road to the plantation is not in good condition, Toarco provides jeeps for visitors to look around.

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Location : Pedamaran, Bokin village, Rantebua (about 14 kilometers/8.7 miles from Rantepao)
Contact person : Mr. Yusuf Lotong +62 813 43800288
Operating hours : Monday-Friday 7.30am-3pm, Saturday 7.30am-12.30pm. Closed on Sunday or public holiday
Entrance fee : Rp. 10,000 for foreigner, Rp. 5,000 for domestic tourist, Rp. 3,000 for researcher, Rp. 1,000 for student
Coffee price : start from Rp. 231,000 for 1 pack (20 sachets, 5kg) to Rp. 616,000
How to get there : take any public transport from Bolu terminal in Rantepao that goes to Bokin village. Ask the driver to drop you off at the PT. Toarco. It takes about one hour journey, because of road conditions. Expect to pay about Rp. 15,000
Remarks : it is suggested to make an appointment with Mr. Yusuf at least one day in advance to visit the plantation. He speaks only Bahasa Indonesia. You can also buy their coffee here (cash payment only).

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