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It often takes a lot of tedious planning to come up with a travel destination that appeals to everyone in the group. Some want to experience a thrilling adventure, while some want to just laze on a breezy beach sipping a cocktail. Thankfully, we have Indonesia, a country made up of more than 13,000 islands and tons of fascinating elements that will appeal to every traveller.

Let’s take a look at 6 of many reasons that make Indonesia a dream come true travel destination for anyone with wanderlust.

 

  • Find your zen in the province of Bali

 

Whether you are a couple moving through the world looking for new experiences, or a family of four wanting to do something different on your annual holiday, Bali has a spiritual vibe that will engulf every visitor. You don’t have to be a Hindu to appreciate the many Balinese Hindu temples such as The Mother Temple of Besakih or Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang also known as the ‘Gate of Heaven’. With over 10,000 temples gracing every corner of the province, it is difficult to not feel the power and fervour of spirituality on this ‘Island of the Gods’.

Just because you want to experience the spiritual essence of Bali, doesn’t mean you have to stay in the mountains! Soak in the transcendent spirit of the Balinese temples and then head to Club Mahindra’s associate resort – Westin Nusa Dua, Bali.

 

  • Hike the many volcanic surfaces of Indonesia

 

Yes, lying on the Ring of Fire means a lot of risks and uncertainty for those living near Indonesia’s 150 volcanoes. At the same time, Indonesians have made these mighty volcanoes a part of their tourism and culture. Spread across the country’s 17,000 islands, many of the volcanoes are open to enterprising hikers who are looking to get a bird’s eye view of Indonesia’s beauty. Head to Iljen in East Java to catch a glimpse of the bewitching turquoise crater lake, or hike through the flower fields around Mt. Semeru to see the smoke and steam emitting from its crater.

 So, if you are looking to tick ‘hiked a volcano’ off your Bucket List, then this is definitely one of the things to do in Indonesia for you.

 

  • Kick back and relax at Indonesian beaches

 

How about you take full advantage of your WFH situation and head to the glorious Indonesian beaches for a staycation? Work during the day, and catch the sunset from one of the hundreds of beaches that grace the coastlines of Indonesia? Sip on an Arak Bali or Ballo drink while reading your favourite book at the Nusa Dua or Pangandaran beach. Ask anyone what are some of the Indonesia tourist places you must absolutely visit, and they will tell you the beaches with a view of the azure water!

 

  • Come face to face with the Komodo Dragon

 

The Komodo National Park is home to the largest lizard alive, and no, they’re not creepy. In fact, after you listen to the local folklore about how the Komodo dragon is a child of a common man and a dragon princess, you will fall in love with this fascinating reptile which can grow to 3 metres! While you are looking for this ‘ora’, keep an eye for some 25 endangered species around.

  • Dive and snorkel in The Coral Triangle

The tropical waters of Indonesia offer a diverse range of diving and snorkelling experiences to the seeker of adventures. Grab your snorkelling gear and check out the whale sharks, dolphins, and pilot whales around the Menjangan Island, or swim around the hot underwater air vents near Sangeang Volcano. Go on, explore because this is actually a good reason to hold your breath!

 

  • Go back in time at the Baliem Valley

 

Until 1938, the world didn’t know of this place that still relied on stone axes and tools made of bone for their everyday work. Reached by an airplane ride from Jayapura, the capital of Papua province of Indonesia, Baliem Valley is home to the Dani people, a traditional population that has largely stayed away from Westernisation. If you have the time, trek through the valley and visit the mummified remains of local chiefs from over two centuries ago. 

  • What is the best time to visit Indonesia?

The country of many adventures and offerings, Indonesia will offer the traveller something or the other throughout the year. However, July and August are the months with the best weather and tourists flock this archipelago during this time. The shoulder season months are May, June, September, when the weather is dry and a good time to spot the elusive orangutans. 

  • Place to stay in Indonesia

Pamper yourself at Club Mahindra’s associate resort in Bali and experience the tropical ambience alongside the sparkling sands of Nusa dua Beach. 

Now that you know all the surreal experiences and places to visit in Indonesia, what are you waiting for? Scratch the travel bug itch right away!

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