Indonesia has lots of intriguing destinations to see across the archipelago, but Lake Toba is in the limelight for quite a while now. Why? Before this year, President Jokowi mandated several important ministries to accelerate the growth of Lake Toba since it considered that the Northern Sumatra lake could develop into the “Monaco of Asia”. With this job, the building of infrastructure and facilities, such as access roads, amusement facilities and support centers for travelers, will be improved and developed.
Of course, better facilities will draw more travelers to stop by Lake Toba, but that does not indicate that the big natural lake does not have an appeal all of its own.
The lake has a restricted catchment area high in the median mountain spine of Sumatra. It divides into the Asahan River which drains to the north into the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. The lake water is stratified, thus oligomictic. It has a well-marked epilimnion, using a poor metalimnion at 25-50 meters. Here are five reasons why to visit before the crowds descend.
World’s Largest Volcanic Lake
Did you know that Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the entire world? Yes, you read that correctly. The period of the lake is 100 kilometres with a 300-kilometre width. Based on research undertaken by the Michigan Technological University, Lake Toba was formed by an explosion which happened about 73,000 to 75,000 decades back. It is ironically also indicated as the most massive eruption in the world that caused the extinction of 60 percent of the human race. This reason alone is enough for anyone who wants to pay a visit to the area.
For those who want to get natural beauty, subsequently, Lake Toba is the answer. Why? The lake is a lovely expanse of water surrounded by beautiful mountains. The lake also features plenty of flora and fauna, overgrown with pine and palm trees with wild animals including reptiles, orangutans, tapirs, and langur monkeys.
Lake Toba is also prominent for Samosir Island, located directly in the center of this lake. The island also provides various arts and cultures, and travellers will find the chance to see traditional Batak houses, as well as the way to weave North Sumatra’s traditional fabric, known as ulos.
The Mysterious Doll
The dolls are made of wood and could be seen dancing throughout a Batak match. Not only that, but Sigale-gale dolls also have spiritual importance and mysticism: they are sometimes seen dancing throughout funerals, for instance.
It is a gourmet paradise at Lake Toba since there are loads of Medan delicacies extended in the region. We recommend sitohap porridge, a staple in this Silalahi community, that have dwelt around the shores of Lake Toba for decades, and that is made out of ginger, candlenut and andaliman in addition to sitohap leaves which develop from the woods surrounding the region. The porridge could be appreciated with pieces of crackers and chicken. For dessert, people should attempt lapet: a traditional Batak cake that’s ordinarily moulded in pyramid shapes and wrapped in banana leaves. The cake consists of grated coconut and rice then cooked –a matching sausage for afternoon tea to be appreciated while looking in the enchanting vista of Lake Toba.
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