Lemo, Londa and Kete Kesu,
Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi
Info : Lemo, Londa and Kete Kesu
Explore the fascinating remote villages of Lemo and Londa, where you will find a number of traditional ancestral hanging graves and effagies, and cave tombs. High-class Toraja are entombed in cave graves or hanging graves in the steep cliffs arouns these sites, which are guarded over by tau tau (life-sized wooden effigies) carved in their image. These sites can be eerie yet beautiful and impressive at the same time. Throughout the day your guide will explain the intricate Christian and ‘animalism' hybrid religion that has developed uniquely to this region of Sulawesi.
You will also visit Kete Kesu, a wonderful Torajan village, where you will be able to see the incredibly unique Tongkonan houses and rice barns, which are designed to look like the boats that brought the local tribes up the rivers into this part of the island. This particular village is also famous for its wood carvings.
Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.