Welcome to Palu
Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami in September 2018, which decimated the town and surrounding area. At the time of writing, Palu was still recovering, with many spots closed; it will take a while before things are back to normal. Nevertheless, it’s a good place to do errands if you're heading to/from Kalimantan or Lore Lindu National Park. Nearby is the rarely visited yet architecturally interesting village of Dongalla and the beach area of Tanjung Karang.
Situated in a rain shadow for most of the year, Palu is one of the driest places in Indonesia. The city straddles the mighty Palu River, home to a healthy population of crocodiles which we've been assured never eat people.