Tanah Toraja, is often referred to as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings”.
The Torajans are an ethnic group who believes that their forefathers descended from heaven onto a mountain some twenty generations ago. The Torajans have a unique culture based on animistic beliefs.
Known for their grand burial ceremonies on cliffs or hanging graves, they practice an ancestral cult even today where death and afterlife ceremonies are great feasts when buffaloes are sacrificed in the final death ceremony, after which the deceased’s remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs.
Lifelike statues, looking out from a “balcony”, guard the mouth of the cave. As death has such an “important meaning” when the souls are released, burials are elaborate and follow feasting days. Rock graves are also a form of burial. A strict hierarchy is followed in the villages. “Tongkonan” (family houses) are built on stilts with roofs on each end rising like the prows of a ship, representing the cosmos.
Tanah Toraja is well known for it’s hanging graves and elaborate funeral ceremonies. What is not so well known is the fact that some of the finest coffee in Indonesia is grown here.
The mountains offer a fantastic panorama of natural beauty, making the long drive from Makassar to Tanah Toraja worthwhile
Tanah Toraja Tour 4 days/3 nights
This Asian Trails tour is a great opportunity for visitors with limited time to experience the magic of the Torajan culture.
Day 1 MAKASSAR – TORAJA Welcome service at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar and departure to Toraja. 8 hours driving follows the coast to Pare Pare, where we stop for lunch, and then turns inland and up the mountains. Stop for afternoon coffee at Puncak Lakawang overlooking a spectacular panoramic landscape. Late afternoon arrival in Toraja Rest of the day is free at leisure Dinner and accommodation at MISILIANA TORAJA/MARANTE TORAJA/HERITAGE TORAJA Meal : -/L/D
Day 2 TORAJA Breakfast at the hotel 08:30 A full day exploration of the Toraja Highlands visiting Lemo to see the cliff displaying ancestral sculptures and the hanging graves. Continue to Londa, which has an ancient ceremonial burial place. Kete Kesu is a wonderful Toraja village where we see ‘Tongkonan’ houses and rice barns. It is famous for its woodcarving. Lunch en route. Rest of the day is free at leisure Dinner and accommodation at MISILIANA TORAJA/MARANTE TORAJA/HERITAGE TORAJA Meal : B/L/D
Day 3 TORAJA – MAKASSAR Breakfast at the hotel Drive back to Makassar, lunch will be served in Pare Pare. Afternoon arrive in Makassar. Rest of the day at your own leisure Dinner and accommodation at the MERCURE REGENCY HOTEL Meal : B/L/D
Day 4 MAKASSAR – DEPARTURE Breakfast at the hotel Day at leisure until departure Transfer to Hasanuddin airport and continue your trip to your next destination Meal : B
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