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Indonesia Popular Places to Visit


The art and cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is a mesmerizing place to enjoy the scenic surroundings, art galleries and traditional dances making it one of the best places to see in Indonesia. It is one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia which attracts tourists every year. Surrounded by tropical jungles, calm rivers and varied wellness homes, this place is indeed a must-visit while in Bali. 

Things To Do: Hiking, cycling, Go for Bali Swing, Visit Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Best Time To Visit: June - September

Ubud - Bali, Indonesia

Dieng Plateau

Tectonically formed after an eruption, this plateau is a caldera situated almost 2000 meters above sea level and is considered amongst the best Indonesian tourist places. This marshy plateau, known as Dieng which means abode of God, is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. These are believed to be the most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia.

The Plateau is the location of eight small Hindu temples from the Kalingga Kingdom. It is unclear when they were built, estimated to range from mid 7th century to end of 8th century AD; they are the oldest known standing stone structures in Java. They are originally thought to have numbered 400 but only eight remain. The temples are now believed to have been named after the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Come here and you will be transported back to ancient times. The temples are remnants from the glorious period of the Hindu empire in Java dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Standing on a plateau 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level, it is the extraordinary setting of these temples which make them most remarkable. It is believed that this place was chosen as the sacred location because of the spectacular landscape.

From the bubbling mudholes, brightly colored sulphur lakes and thick mist surrounding the plateau, visitors will easily understand why the ancient Javanese considered this place to be the seat of supernatural powers. Modern visitors to the plateau are enthralled by the unearthly beauty of this spot, with many finding it quite eerie.  

The natural splendors of this location are fascinating. From lakes with green and yellow hues to the pristine waters of the reflective ‘mirror’ lake, the natural beauty of this spot is superb. The mirror lake is particularly impressive as it offers a perfectly reflective image of the landscape.  While sadly, the impact of logging can be seen as many of the trees surrounding the lake have been cut down, it still remains an impressive natural phenomenon.

Once you’ve walked to the top of the Dieng plateau you will feel like you are on top of the world. It will be difficult to know just where to look as the view from the plateau takes in steaming and colorful lakes, ancient temples and lush green landscape.

For a truly amazing spectacle, arrive at the plateau at sunrise and you will be spoiled with not one, but two amazing views of the sunrise, a ‘golden’ and a ‘silver’ sunrise. This double sunrise is a unique natural phenomenon.  Visitors take in the first ‘golden’ sunrise from a watch tower while the second ‘silver’ sunrise can be seen from the temples.

Known for its chilly climate, temperatures may even drop to 2 degrees (along with wind chills down to -2º) in the peak of its dry season. Though infrequent, frosts have been recorded every year, particularly in late evenings and mornings of July and August. This may last for one week in average. Though this regionally-rare weather phenomena occasionally attracts tourists to cluster around the plateau area, it is also notorious for the destruction it often inflicts upon the local produce, with agricultural plants and crops such as potatoes being the most severely affected.

Things to do: Trek to the multi-colored Telaga Warna lake and explore the Arjuna temple.

Best Time  To Visit: May to October

Wonosobo - Central Java, Indonesia


Ijen is one of the groups of volcanoes within a huge acidic blue-water crater. Ijen is located in eastern Java, lying west of Gunung Merapi. It is the tallest volcano of the cluster and dangerously beautiful place in Indonesia and amongst the best things to do on Java Island. The area is rich in sulphur and famous for mining activities. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Indonesia.

Tips: You will smell a stench in the air because of the high amounts of sulfur in it. You can have the masks from the entry point. Also, wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes to reach this place.

Best Time To  Visit: May to September

Ketapang - West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Mount Rinjani

Locally known as Gunung Rinjani, this is an active volcano on Mount Lombok. It is the second highest volcano of Indonesia after Mount Kerinci in Sumatra. The hilly landscape is dominated by the Crater Lake called Segara Anak, which has a natural hot spring in it. It is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Tips: The hiking to this mountain is not for casual travelers and novice because of its treacherous path.

Best Time To Visit: April - July

Lombok - West Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo or better known as Gunung Bromo is a volcano in the active state and one of the must visit places in Indonesia. The top of the Bromo forms a crater which emits white smoke at regular intervals. A part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, this volcano is fringed by the sea of volcanic sand. This is one of the most beautiful places to go to Indonesia.

Best Time To Visit: April to October

Bromo - East Java, Indonesia

Komodo National Park

One of the most sought-after tourist places in Indonesia, the island is located between Sumbawa and Flores, along western Nusa Tenggara Timur, and is popular for the presence of giant Monitor Lizards known as Komodo Dragons. The island is arid, rugged and barren and forms a part of the Komodo National Park and Marine Reserve. Aerial views prove that it is inarguably, among the most beautiful places in Indonesia.

Besides spotting endangered Komodo dragons, a range of activities can be enjoyed at the Komodo National Park. Go for kayaking, diving, trekking or the guided island tours.

Best Time To Visit: April and December

How To Reach: Traveling around Komodo Island can be relatively easy, but to get to Komodo, you first need to travel to Bali and then to Labuan Bajo by either plane or boat, and finally to Komodo Island by boat. A couple of local airlines fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island.

Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

Bunaken Marine Park

Among the most beautiful places and a famous tourist place in Indonesia. Bunaken Sea Park located in the northern stretch of Sulawesi island is rich in marine flora and fauna. The sight of numerous exotic and endangered fish species present in the crystal clear water has increased the tourist density of the area.

Snorkeling and diving stick to them. They are the best ways to discover the glamorous and unusual aquatic life of the Bunaken Sea Park.

The best time to visit the marine park is from July to August. You should plan your trip around these months.

How To Reach: To reach the park you will firstly need to make your way to Manado. It is the second-largest city of Sulawesi after Makassar and it is located about 50 minutes away by boat from Bunaken Island. So to arrive in Manado, the best way is to get a plane from Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bali.

Manado - North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Lake Toba

Lake Toba, situated on Earth's largest caldera, has a volcanic origin and was formed approximately 70,000 years ago. It may sound like a riddle but Lake Toba is situated on an island, which again is in a lake! If you didn't get it, read again. It is indeed one of the popular Indonesia tourist places in the whole world.  Swim in the volcanically warmed water. Besides, it is perfect to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of this beautiful place in Indonesia.

The climate at Lake Toba gets cold. Keeping woolen clothing with you should come in handy.

Best Time To Visit: May and September

How To Reach: Medan is an international gateway. Parapat, the town by Lake Toba, is 176 km away from Medan and can be reached in under 6 hours by public buses that follow two routes: Medan-Parapat or via Medan-Berastagi.

Parapat - North Sumatra, Indonesia

Kelimutu Lake

Of all the Indonesia tourist places, Kelimutu Lake is a league apart, and certainly one of the most visited of beautiful places in Indonesia. Kelimutu is a collective term given to three crater lakes formed by the volcano of the same name and is deemed. Though situated on the same volcanic peak, three lakes display three different colors red, blue and white. The crater lakes are the must-visit Indonesia tourist spots and certainly one of the best things to do in Sumatra for treating the adventurer in you!

Go for trekking and exploring the beautiful landscapes and lake wonders. Sunsets and sunrises in Kelimutu are surreal.

Best Time To Visit: May to September

How To Reach: From Moni, the Kelimutu Volcanic Lakes are about forty-five minutes away. Flying into Ende is another good option. From the airport, it is forty minutes to Ende city and then three hours to the nearest village. From the village, people usually walk about two and a half hours to get to the lakes.

Note: The island is a rural destination and still not developed infrastructure-wise. It is imperative for visitors to dress modestly and respect the culture and traditions of the local people.

Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

Maluk Beach

This is one of the stunning beaches of Indonesia located along the western coast of south Sumbawa Island. With the changing colors of sun rays, the waves also look vibrant and magical. It is indeed one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. Sumbawa Island is more of a rural destination and poses authentic local village experiences for adventurers and explorers.

Sunbathing and wave surfing are common activities here. One can also visit the Malu Turtle Conservation Center located nearby.

Best Time To Visit: May to December

How To Reach: The Mauritius International Airport, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal is 48 km from the main city of Port Louis. Mauritius is very well connected to major cities across the world such as Paris, Dubai, Vienna, London, Delhi and Johannesburg among others.

Sumbawa Island, Indonesia