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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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If you are a fan of wildlife then there is a strong possibility that you will like Komodo National Park, which was recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1991.
Located between Sumbawa and Flores, the park is home to world’s largest and also one of the oldest living lizards – the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). They can only be found in the Komodo National Park as well as on the islands of Rinca, Nusa Kode, and Gili Motang. However, it is a mystery why these lizards are only found in the above-mentioned places.
I was lucky to witness not just one but four Komodos as my guide told me that it was not easy to spot them every day. While the male one was reticent, the female dragon was quite aggressive.
The guide told me that the park is home to around 2,000 Komodo dragons. Apart from dragons, you can find a variety of birds, tropical plants and wild orchids.
How to reach Komodo National Park: Hire a boat from Labuan Bajo harbour. It will take approximately two hours to reach there. Guides are also available there for your assistance. Just make sure you pay attention to their instructions. There are many tour operators in Labuan Bajo, who can arrange a trip for you.
Don’t worry about the food and accommodation, as you can find plenty of them for every kind of traveller in Labuan Bajo.
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