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Indonesia Sights & Attractions

  
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Geography

Indonesia is home to no less than 167 active volcanoes, far more than any other country. Some of the more accessible for visitors are in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and the Ijen Crater in East Java, Mount Rinjani in Lombok and perhaps easiest of all, Mount Batur in Bali.

Hardly surprisingly in the world's largest archipelago, beaches are significant attractions.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Borobudur in Central Java is the world's largest Buddhist monument, dating from the 8th century and nearby Prambanan, close to Borobudur, is a remarkable Hindu monument dating from just a few years later.

Indonesia has some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical forest anywhere in the world, and these support any incredibly diverse wildlife from Orang Utans and other primates to critically endangered Javan Rhinoceros and Tigers, and an extraordinarily wide range of bird species.

Areas recognised as world heritage sites are Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java and huge parts of Sumatra including Gunung Leuser National Park and Kerinci Seblat National Park.

Further east Komodo Island is the home of the remarkable Komodo Dragon and the very remote Lorentz National Park in Papua has a permanent glacier.

Things to See in Indonesia

Nature/Wildlife Yeh Pulu
This complex of rock carvings is close to Goa Gajah but far less well known. The carvings date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. You can reach Yeh Pulu on foot through t... more
 2 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Ubud
Monument/Building Tirta Empul
One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred ... more
 2 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Ubud
 
Monument/Building Pura Kehen
One of the most attractive temples in the whole of Bali, and as it is slightly off the beaten path, one which receives relatively few visitors. The temple was founded in 1206, and has an especially impressive 11-tiered mer... more
 2 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Ubud
Beach Dreamland
Formerly a very beautiful beach which has been ruined by the adjacent Pecatu Graha Indah "New Kuta" development, Sadly it has turned into "Nightmare-land". There are still excellent surfing conditions, ... more
 1 Fans, in Bukit Peninsula
 
Monument/Building Pura Luhur Batukaru
One of Bali's key directional temples and a site of pilgrimage for Hindu Balinese. Majestically situated on the slopes of Mount Batukaru since the 11th century, this is an especially sacred site, even by Balinese standards... more
 1 Fans, in Tabanan
Monument/Building Puputan Monument
This monument commemorates the 200 Balinese from the Klungkung royal family and court who died in the sacrificial ''puputan'' when fighting the Dutch in 1908. The large four sided statue in the centre of the same crossroad... more
 1 Fans, in Klungkung
 
Monument/Building Taman Gili
Taman Gili is the remains of the original palace of the Klungkung royal family. Especially notable is the painted ceiling of the Kerta Gosa pavilion as this is the only surviving example of classical wayang art in the who... more
 1 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Klungkung
Monument/Building Kraton Yogyakarta
The Sri Sultan's palace or Kraton encompasses the main palace, Sultan's residential, two Sultan's grounds, and large residential area where sultan servants used to reside. Notable attraction in Kraton complex are: Kraton Y... more
 1 Fans, in Yogyakarta
 
Monument/Building Candi Mendut
Candi Mendut is a Buddhist temple that is thought to have acted as a waypoint on the road to Borobudur. It was first discovered in 1834 and holds the distinction of being the first ancient monument in the whole of Indonesi... more
 1 Fans, in Borobudur
Monument/Building Candi Pawon
Candi Pawon (Branjalan) is only 2 km from Borobudur and you cannot miss driving past it when heading back towards Muntilan and Yogyakarta. It is on a direct line with Borobudur and Mendut and is again thought to have been ... more
 1 Fans, in Borobudur
 
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