Indonesia has many fascinating destinations to visit around the archipelago, but Lake Toba has been in the limelight for some time now. Why? Before this year, President Jokowi educated several relevant ministries to speed up the development of Why Visit Lake Toba as he believes the Northern Sumatra lake could become the “Monaco of Asia”. For this particular project, the construction of facilities and infrastructure, like access roads, amusement facilities and service facilities for travellers, will be developed and improved.
Obviously, better facilities will draw more travelers to visit Lake Toba, but doesn’t imply the big natural lake doesn’t have an appeal all of its own: here are five reasons to visit today before the crowds descend.
World’s Largest Volcanic Lake
Did you know that Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world? Yes, you read that right. The duration of the lake is 100 kilometre with a 300-kilometre width. In accordance with research under taken by the Michigan Technological University, Lake Toba was shaped by an explosion that occurred around 73,000 to 75,000 decades back, which, ironically, also marked as the biggest eruption in the world that led to the extinction of 60% of the human race. This reason alone is enough to anyone want to visit the place.
For everyone who’re looking for pure beauty, then Lake Toba is the answer. Why? The lake is a beautiful expanse of water encompassed by beautiful hills. The lake also has a lot of flora and fauna, overgrown with pine and palm trees with wildlife like monkeys, orang utans, langur monkeys and tapirs.
Lake Toba is also known for Samosir Island, situated right in the middle of the lake. The island also provides myriad arts and cultures, and travelers will get the chance to see traditional Batak homes, as well as the way to weave North Sumatra’s traditional fabric, called ulos.
The Mysterious Doll
Meet Sigale-gale, the traditional puppet native to Samosir Island. The dolls are made of wood and might be seen dancing throughout a Batak play. Not just that, Sigale-gale dolls also have religious significance and mysticism: they can be seen dancing throughout funerals, for instance.
It’s gourmet paradise at Lake Toba since there are many Medan delicacies offered in the area. We advocate sitohap porridge, a staple of the Silalahi community, that have lived on the coasts of Lake Toba to get hundreds of years, and which ismade out of ginger, candlenut and andaliman as well as sitohap leaves that grow in the forests surrounding the area. The porridge could be appreciated with pieces of legumes and crackers. For dessert, visitors must try lapet: traditional Batak cake that’s usually moulded in pyramid shapes and wrapped in banana leaves. The cake is made from grated coconut and rice flour then steamed–a fitting sausage to get mid-afternoon tea to be appreciated while gazing at the magical vista of Lake Toba.