Indonesia’s Famous Caci Dance

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What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia? Pristine beaches and crystal clear water?  Well Indonesia is not all about awesome beaches, its rich tradition and culture make it even more alluring to travelers.

So let me introduce you Indonesia’s traditional caci dance, a ritual whip fight, which exists among the Manggarai people.

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The dance performance is carried out by two male fighters, one of them come from another village to participate in the fight. Armed with whip, shield, masks, and sticks, these fighters show their skill amidst  shouting from spectators, who encourage them to show more lively performance.

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The fighters’ performance depict philosophical values of the Manggarai community.

It is generally performed to celebrate top events such as welcoming an honor-guest and wedding party.

The trip was sponsored by OM Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia.  Thank you !

 

 

 

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Indonesia’s Glorious Pink Beach

One of the most important tourist spots of Komodo Island is its glorious pink beach.

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I will recommend you to first make a trip to Komodo National Park before visiting this amazing and unique beach situated west of Flores island in East Nusatenggara.

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The beach is named as Pink beach due to its appearance. It looks pink due to amalgamation of white sand combined with red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.

The beach is also known as Red Beach.

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Upon your arrival, enjoy swimming here as it will literally make you feel like a fish. It is a perfect place for snorkeling due to crystal-clear water and colorful coral reefs. During my trip, I found many local people enjoying barbecue and listening to popular Hindi film songs. 🙂

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Amazing views of clear seas, green rolling hills and blue skies can make your trip absolutely memorable.

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I was in no mood to leave this glorious beach, but unfortunately I had to.

How to reach here: One can reach here through a speedboat, which you can hire at the Labuano Bajo port. And don’t forget to carry water bottle and sunscreen lotion before visiting this place !

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Why Ubud ?

While Bali is famous for glitz, glamor and edgy nightlife, Ubud draws tourists from all over the world because of  its serene greenery, plenty of yoga institutions and temples.

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Compact in size, Ubud is a perfect place to spend some quality, peaceful and relaxed time. I spent just a few hours there, but it was enough for this small town to impress me.

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Considered by many as the cultural hub of Bali, Ubud’s lush paddy fields impressed me the most. Ubud has become very popular among the tourists in the recent past. People from all genre come to this place in quest of tranquility, which this town provides happily. It has become a laid back cosmopolitan community over the past few years.

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One can spot a lot of chic boutiques,  restaurants and cafes while strolling around the town. If you are fond of yoga and meditation, then this place is worth visiting.

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How to reach Ubud: Ubud is 14km drive from Bali. Once you arrive at Denpser airport, you can find lots of taxis. Make sure to bargain before stepping into the taxi. If you are a budget traveller, you can reach Ubud by shuttle bus, which you can find outside the airport. Alternatively, your hotel can arrange a taxi for you.

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