Pulau Madura attractions

Palace in Sumenep


Occupied by the present bupati (regent) of Sumenep, the grand kraton and its Taman Sari date back to 1750. The bathing pools once used by the royal women are still here, though they’re no longer in use. There's also…
Mosque in Sumenep

Mesjid Jamik

Looking more like an extravagant city gateway than a mosque, Sumenep’s 18th-century Mesjid Jamik is notable for its three-tiered Meru-style roof, Chinese porcelain tiles and ceramics.
Gardens in Sumenep

Taman Sari

Occupied by the present bupati of Sumenep, the kraton and its pleasure garden were built in 1750 by Panembahan Sumolo, son of Queen Raden Ayu Tirtonegoro and her spouse, Bendoro Saud. The bathing pools once used by …
Cemetery in Sumenep

Asta Tinggi Cemetery

The tombs of the royal family are at the Asta Tinggi Cemetery, which looks out over the town from a peaceful hilltop 3km northwest of the centre. The main royal tombs are decorated with carved and brightly painted p…
Village in North Coast


Ambunten is the largest settlement on the north coast and has a bustling market. Just over the bridge, you can walk along the picturesque river, which is lined with perahu, and through the fishing village to the bea…
Village in South Coast


Bull races are held in and around Pamekasan every Sunday from the end of July until early October; during October each year the city throbs with the festivities of the kerapan sapi (bull race) grand final.
Village in North Coast

Tanjung Bumi

The village of Tanjung Bumi is situated on the northwest coast of Madura, about 60km from Kamal. Although primarily a fishing village, it is also a manufacturing centre for traditional Madurese batik and perahu. Ask…
Ruins in North Coast

Air Mata

Near Arosbaya, 27km north of Kamal, the tombs of the Cakraningrat royalty are at Air Mata (Tears) cemetery, superbly situated on the edge of a small ravine. The ornately carved headstone of Ratu Ibu, consort of Cakr…
Beach in North Coast

Pantai Lombang

The stunning white sands of Pantai Lombang, 30km northeast of Sumenep, make it the best beach in Madura; there’s no development here to spoil the idyllic scene. Locals harvest tree saplings for the bonsai market and…
Village in South Coast


The small town of Bangkalan hosts occasional bull races. If you’ve time to kill before a race, see the Museum Cakraningrat.