Inspiration from Beautiful Landscape in Lake Maninjau
Beauty has its price and this is often true for travelers seeking inspiration from beautiful landscapes such as Danau Maninjau or Lake Maninjau. Maninjau is one of fabulous lakes in Indonesia. Perched in the mountain highlands, around 461 meters above sea level, Lake Maninjau is a splendid sight. At 100 m2, this lake is an impressive natural wonder and a place to come when you’re after a peaceful and refreshing place to unwind.
The lake is listed as one of the largest lakes in Indonesia. In West Sumatra, Maninjau is the second largest lake after Lake Singkarak which is located in two districts of Tanah Datar and Solok district. In the vicinity of Lake Maninjau there are tourist facilities, such as Hotel (Maninjau Indah Hotel, Pasir Panjang Permai) as well as lodging and restaurants.
The lake is located in the district of Tanjung Raya, Agam regency, West Sumatra. Location of Lake Maninjau is consists of hills and peaks called Puncak Lawang. Lake Maninjau is also known as Legenda Bujang Sembilan (Flunky Nine Legend).
The beauty painted from this nature is unquestionable. Many tourists who had visited this place also recognize the Lake Maninjau’s beauty. To express his admiration of the beautiful scenery of Lake Maninjau, First President of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, wrote poem which reads “ Do not eat arai nut, If not with a green betel. Do not come to Minang lands, If you do not stop at Maninjau“.
Getting to Lake Maninjau
Access to Lake Maninjau is very sinuous. Visitors must take the steeply descending road from Bukittinggi. This journey will bring you on the edge of your seat as the road has sharp hairpin bends and unforgettable twists and turns. The 44 bends in this road give it its name, Kelok 44. There are two routes which can be taken to arrive at Lake Maninjau. The first route starts from Padang to Pariaman then Lubuk Basung with travel time of about 1,5 hours.The second route, it can also route through
Padang to Bukittinggi by crossing the Kelok 44 with 3 hours of travel time. Through this route you can see the beautiful view of the lake Maninjau from the top of the hill.
If you want to use public transportation, you need to go to the bus terminal in Bukit Tinggi and there are regular buses go to Maninjau. Cost is IDR 13,000 and the trip takes around one and a half hours traveling past scenic terraced rice fields and great views of the Lake as you pass down through 44 hairpin turns to get to the lake. To get back to Bukit Tinggi, just wait on the main road and there are regular buses. Buses to Padang can be caught in 2 hours or 2.5 hours
The facilities in this place are quite complete. Around the lake, there are many hotels to be used as places to stay. In addition, there is also a home stay which can be used as an alternative to stay.
After walking around enjoying the beauty of the lake, if you feel hungry, you can choose a variety of fine cuisine of Padang menu, available around the lake. Eating foods with background Lake Maninjau is an experience not to be forgotten.