Famous for its exquisite and unique culinary dishes, Makassar also makes one of the most popular cities in Indonesia that attract many tourists. The city is located in the coastal part of Sulawesi, and has many beautiful places that are worthy visiting. If you are planning to spend your holiday in Makassar, make sure you pay visit to its stunning tourist destinations.

The most alluring tourist destinations in Makassar rely on its beautiful coastal scenery. However, there are many other places with both historical and educational values, which are worthy visiting. Below are some popular tourist destinations in Makassar city.

Taka Bonerate Marine Park

Taka Bonerate marine park is located in Selayar islands. This particular tourism site is a favorite place for water sport enthusiasts, because you can dive and swim in the blue seawater. Enjoy the diversity of hundreds variety of fishes and turtles while your snorkel and dive into the water.

Bantimurung National Park

Located 45 km from the city center of Makassar, Bantimurung national park has an area of 43.759 acres and butterfly as its icon. This national park covers limestone hills, waterfalls and caves. However, the main attraction of the place is visitors can see hundreds collections of butterfly, enjoy waterfall, flying fox, and swimming in the pool.

Rammang-Rammang Karst Mountain

Rammang-Rammang is a place in the karst mountain range (limestone) in Maros-Pangkep. It settled in Salenrang village, District Bontoa, Maros, South Sulawesi province, or about 40 km north of Makassar.

Rammang-Rammang is can be reached by road with motor vehicles in less than 2 hours from the city of Makassar. Rammang-Rammang is conveniently located just a few meters from the highway across provinces. The name of “Rammang-Rammang” comes from the language of Makassar, where rammang means “cloud” or “mist”. So, rammang-rammang means a set of cloud or fog. According to the local believe this place was named Rammang-Rammang because of the clouds or fog that always appearing around the area, especially in the morning or when it rains.

The points of interest in the region is a limestone forest park, Telaga Bidadari, Bulu’ Barakka’ cave, Telapak Tangan Cave, Pasaung caves, Pute rivers and Berua Village.

Rammang Rammang Lime stone forest scattered for about 45 000 hectares (45A km²) and this is the third largest karst areas in the world, after Tsingy in Madagascar and Shilin in China. There are two stone forest park complexes in Rammang-Rammang that located in the north and in the south

Tana Toraja

South Sulawesi Province is famous for its tradition. For travelers, Tana Toraja Regency is the best destination to explore the richness of the culture of such province. Both local and foreign tourists would love to explore it. Once you reach the location, you may feel a mystical atmosphere. It is because the villagers take care of their culture well. The best features in Tana Toraja are Tongkonan, ancient burial sites, and an uncommon way of living. Not to mention the nuance is serene and shady. Many beautiful landmarks are scattered in this region. With all these features, UNESCO has included it as one of the world’s cultural heritage.

The Nuance
Tongkonan is the best feature in Tana Toraja Regency. It is actually a formation of traditional houses. The size varies and the shape is unique. You can only see this kind of houses in South Sulawesi Province, especially Tana Toraja. Near to these houses, you are likely to find tombstones. The locals often bury their relatives in a tree, wall, and other strange locations. It has become a culture, actually. Due to this reason, any villages in this region emit a mystical aura.

Exploring Tana Toraja Regency
Many tourist attractions are available in Tana Toraja Regency. It is because the locals often perform numerous traditional ceremonies. In fact, you can enjoy local dances. Apart from such cultural lures, Tana Toraja holds an interesting history. The locals believe their ancestors came down from the heaven using sky stairs. However, some historians didn’t approve this story. Instead, they said the ancestors of the locals were immigrants. These people came from Tongkin Cape. That means there was an acculturation back then.

Tana Toraja Regency is the home of interesting tourist spots. Travelers can get around and visit several vacation destinations such as Londa, Lemo, and Tampang Allo. All of them share the same feature, which is the traditional cemetery. You may expect some bones on the holes of a particular wall. It sounds creepy, doesn’t it? However, visiting the local tombstones is considered a new experienced for travelers. In fact, it is the main reason why many tourists visit Tana Toraja.

The best time to visit Tana Toraja Regency is in Juni or December. At these times, you are able to witness a special ceremony performed by the locals. They sacrifice tens of buffalos or pigs as the part of burial procession. The legend has it. These animals will accompany the dead person to reach the heaven. What’s next? It is as simple as exploring the villages in Tana Toraja. They have beautiful Tongkonan and culture.

Nearby Attractions:
– Kete Kesu
– Sarambu Waterfall
– Ollon
– Buntu Burake

How to Get There
A trip to Tana Toraja Regency from Makassar City takes about 7 hours. The distance is 305 km. For a faster trip, you can take Poros Barru – Makassar Street. For outsiders, the first destination would be Makassar City. In fact, it is the capital of South Sulawesi Province. If you come by plane, you should head to Sultan Hasanuddin Airport. From there, take a local transportation service to Tana Toraja. That’s all.

Where to Stay:
– Pantan Toraja Hotel
– Puri Artha Hotel
– Sahid Hotel