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Island Lombok Tourism Objects

Batu Bolong
Batu Bolong is located a little north along the coast, south of the beach of Senggigi. The temple is built on a rock which is almost into the sea. When the weather is clear you can see Gunung Agung when the sun sets. The temple got its name from a rock with a hole which is nearby: batu its mean rock, and bolong its mean hole.

Senggigi
Senggigi is the most developed area for tourists on Lombok. You can find a variety of restaurants, bars, discotheques, travel agents, photo processors, money changers, souvenir shop and a range of accommodations starting from budget losmens to 5 star hotels. The town of Senggigi spreads out along nearly 10 kilometers of coastal road. This road continues north to Bangsal, the port for the Gili island.

Along the way be in store for winding turns, steep hills, and a fantastic scenery of the coast. Say hello to the friendly kids playing in the villages along the way. Restaurants and small cafes line the colorful main beach road. Swimming off the beach is safe. Most visitors to Lombok usually start their stay at Senggigi, Lombok's oldest and most famous resort area.

The Gili's : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air
The three Gilis - Trawangan, Meno and Air are just off the west coast of Lombok, the beautiful little sandy islands that have become a favorite destination for sun-bathing, Frisbee tossing and other low impact seashore sports. Gili Trawangan is the largest and furthest west, at 3.5 square Kilometers and the population of 700 local peoples. Gili Trawangan is the popular gili for the diver as many diving site here. Gili Meno is the middle island, the home about 350 people. Gili Meno is the smallest of the three gilis and it is the quietest. Gili Meno is the best place for honeymoon trip. On the island of Gili Meno, a new tourist attraction was opened this year located near the Bounty Beach club Gili Meno, Hundred of various tropical birds from many different rainforest of Indonesia. Humidity of Gili meno is higher than another two Gilis (Trawangan and Air). Sun protection is highly recommended and mosquito repellent. Gili Air is the nearest Gili from Lombok island. Gili Air is also the most populated and more green than other two gilis. Gili Air inhabited by Sasak ethnic and some sailors from Southest Sulawesi consisting of three main ethnicities : Mandar, Bugis and Makassar. It is the only island where you can find their unique culture that is different from Lombok and wonderful beaches.
 

Batu Bolong Temple

Senggigi Beach Sunset

The Gili's ( Air, Meno and Trawangan )


Ampenan, Mataram and Cakra Negara
The center of population of Lombok is a city area in the west of the island, consisting of three neighboring cities: the old seaport Ampenan transforms into the governmental center of Mataram, which transforms into the trade city of Cakranegara. Just east of Cakranegara id Sweta, with the biggest market of Lombok and the bus station of the island. The total population of the three cities is more than a quarter of a million and is about 10 per cent of the total population of Lombok.
Mataram is the capital of the province Nusa Tenggara Barat (Lombok and Sumbawa are part of it) and also the capital of the district of West-Lombok. The other district capitals, Praya in Central-Lombok and Selong in East-Lombok, are small and provincial compared to Mataram.
A wide, eight km long road with one way traffic through the three cities creates an easy flow of traffic, also because the cidomo are forbidden in the city area. This road starts are Jalan Langko in Ampenan, and ends as Jalan Selaparang in Cakranegara. Near Cakranegara is becomes the main road which crosses the island, and just past Labuhan Lombok it ends near the small harbor for boats to Sumbawa near Kayangan, 77 km from Mataram.
Each of the tree cities has its own character. Ampenan, with its maze of small streets, old buildings, Chinese and Arabic quarters and the sluggish harbour has most character and is most lively as well. Mataram, the governmental ity, is branded by modern governmental buildings and has little to offer for the tourist. Cakranegara offers lots of art stored, weaveries and interesting things to see from the time of the Balinese rule.

Mataram City
Mataram is the capital of the province which has in the past decades joined with Ampenan, the port, and Cakranegara to become the province's biggest urban complex. At around the beginning of the 18th century, Mataram was the residence of the crown prince of Karang Asem, a kingdom in southern Bali.Meru temple

The ruler himself had his seat in Cakranegara.The royal palace no longer exists, but many of the old temples and pleasure gardens are still there. Lombok's biggest Balinese temple is the Pura Meru in Cakranegara.

Dedicated to the Hindu trinity, Brahma and Vishnu, it was built in 1720 by Anak Agung Made Karang, which has three courtyards. Three pagoda like places of worship stand in a line from north to south in the innermost courtyard. The one on the north is dedicated to Vishnu and has a roof with nine tiers. The central is dedicated to Shiva with 11 tiers on its roof and the southernmost one is for Brahma with a roof of seven tiers. Nearby is Taman Mayura. once part of the royal palace, it has an artificial lake set in the middle of a park. A raised path leads from the side of the pond to a pavilion built in the middle of the lake. In former, days, justice was meted out and religious rituals were performed in this open-sided pavilion.

Narmada Park
Taman Narmada, 11 kilometers east of Mataram, was built in 1727 by King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Karang Asem as both a pleasure garden and place to worship Shiva. Its big pool is said to represent Segara Anakan, the Crater Lake on the volcano Rinjani where they used to make offerings by throwing valuables into the water. As the became too old to make the pilgrimage up the 3,726 meter high mountain, he had Narmada made to represent the mountains and the lake. Near the pond is A place of worship and a spring whose water is believed to give dedicated pilgrims eternal youth.

Pura Lingsar / Lingsar Temple
This may be the only Hindu shrine in the world where both Hindus and Moslem come to worship

About 7 kilometers west of Narmada, it was built in 1714 and rebuilt in 1878 to symbolize harmony and unity between the Hindu Balinese and Moslem Sasak population of the area, especially those who adhere to Lombok's unique Wektu Telu school of Islam.
The Balinese temple is built on higher ground, behind the Moslem section in the compound. In the lower yard is a spring in which pilgrims in the temple yard stage a mock battle between Hindus and Moslems in which troth parties hurl rice cakes at each other.
 

Narmada Park

Lingsar Temple

Meru Temple

Mayura Temple


Gunung Pengsong
Gunung Pengsong, about six km south of Mataram offers one of the most spectacular views on entire Lombok on clear days: in the morning Gunung Rinjani looks very nice, and in the late afternoon you can also see Gunung Agung on Bali from here.
The entire day you have a very nice view over the rice fields. On the top of a steep hill is a small temple, which can be reached over several stairs. Visitors are guided by monkeys, which are hoping for something nice. One of the altars contains a big egg-shaped stone.
In March or April there is a very important harvest festival. People say that during this ritual, a water buffalo is brought to the top to act as main sacrifice. The most important ceremony, Anggara Keliwon Prang Bakat, takes place every second cycle of the pawukon, the 210 day Balinese ceremonial calendar.

Mayura Water Palace
The Mayura Water palace is located in the center of Cakranegara. As the name suspects, it's a palace, built in 1744 for the Balinese royal court, and placed around a big square bassin. Mayura was the location of an important battle between the Dutch and Balinese, which were supported by the Sasak. After the Dutch invasion of Lombok in 1894, the Dutch army had made a camp near Mayura, which proved to be a strategic disaster. The Balinese - which had guns - went to the fence and shot the defenders one by one. Several cannons - besides Balinese statues - are witnesses of the end. In the middle of the basin is a big and open pavilion, which can be reached over a raised path. The court of law with meeting room is a quiet place besides the crowded main street of Cakranegara. The youth from the city goes here for a swim and some fishing.
One of the shrines east of the basin overlooks the water and is surrounded by West Indian jasmine and colorful croutons. The full moon of Prunama Keempat, the fourth month of the Balinese calendar, is the date of the most important ceremony of Mayura. When you want to visit the shrines, you need to wear a sarung.

Meru Temple
Pura Meru ( Meru Temple ), the biggest Balinese temple on Lombok, lies across the Mayura across the main road. The complex, built in 1720 under the order of Anak Agung Made Karang of Sungosari, has three inner squares and over thirty shrines. The tree main meru-shrines - dedicated to Siwa, Wisnu and Brahma - are slender and have eleven, nine and seven roofs. The temple is the location for one of the biggest Balinese rituals.

Sukarara Village
The tourist route first takes you towards the southeast to Praya (markets are held on Saturdays). Just before this district capital a right turn brings you to the weaving village of Sukarara. Along the main road are five weaving factories. These centrums consist of traditional wooden floss, protected by a roof. Each center has a shop which sells the local fabrics, without being pressured by smart tricks. Negotiating is normal.

Rambitan / Sade Village
More south you will arrive in the village old Sade, after you have passed the little town of Sengkol. There are many traditional houses and rice sheds here. The building permit doesn't allow the construction of modern houses with red paned roofs here. Small boys, which sometimes speak some English, guide the tourist through the village and explain everything of which they think it's interesting. The government constructed a concrete path through the village in the late 1980's, probably because too many tourists fell here.
Along the path you can now buy ikat-fabrics. The ladies who are selling, have much experience and will trick you if you don't see through it. The traditional houses have a platform inside which is built one meter above the ground, and is made of a mixture of clay, droppings and straw, which is polished into a shining floor. The roof is made from natural products, the walls are made from bamboo or palm leafs. Sade, a village with just more than 150 farmers families, has a big number of had-shaped rice sheds on pillars (lumbung), which have become the symbol of Lombok.

Kuta Beach Lombok
From Sade it's just a small jump to the southern coast near the village of Kuta (markets on Sundays). The area is used for the construction of hotels, but still is a reasonably quiet place. You can also find losmen there, as well as restaurants. The nature along the eight-kilometer coastal road from Kuta to Tanjung Aan and Grupuk, which runs close to the beach of the bay, is just splendid.
The beach of Kuta is home to one of the most remarkable annual rituals of Lombok, the Bau Nyale. Every year, five to seven days after the second full moon (usually in February, sometimes in March) a sea worm living under the limestone rocks, starts it's reproduction cycle by sending eggs and seamen to the surface of the sea. This same event also takes place elsewhere in Indonesia, for example on Sumba, where it is the start of the Pasola ritual.
The population of Lombok believes - just like the Sumbanese - that the number of these nyale, as well as several aspects of their behaviour, has a direct influence on the coming harvests of rice. There is a legend about a beautiful princess which was desperate because of the many fighting candidates for marriage and threw herself into the sea. From her hair, the nyale were born. A legend of the same kind is used on Sumba.
Just before the appearance of the nyale, thousands of people spend their nights on the beach of Kuta. When the worms are seen, the ritual is opened by the mangku, the leader of the traditions. The fertility aspect of the ritual is shaped into a form which unique to Lombok, a conservative community in which young men of marry able age have little possibilities of contact. During the nyale-festivities, parents are less strict for their daughters, and young people can have contact with each other without control, but only in groups. Courtesy is only allowed in public; not everything is possible.
Young men and women, dressed to their best, form separate groups and walk around to see what is available. Flirting is done by poetic songs and subtitle word games; the opposite of macho behaviors. There is a good, happy atmosphere.
As sunrise the youngsters get to sea in boats to collect the worms. Later on these animals are consumed in different ways: raw, mixed with coconut, grilled, salted and fermented partially. They are also kept in bamboo it is said that eating nyale-worms stimulates sexual behaviors.
The government, which is looking for ways to make the ritual more attractive for tourists. For years, actors were hired to act as the princess from the legend. This is kind of useless, since the tradition is attractive enough. The 'play' belongs to the tourist hotels, but not on the beach of Kuta during the local rituals.

 
 
 

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