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Ke'te Kesu'

The four stately tongkonan and many granaries that make up Ke'te Kesu' were moved to this picturesque site in 1927 when the savvy family head noticed the Dutch government largely ignored anyone too far from their...

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Tampang Allo

Whether it's the tau tau, the cave itself, or the peaceful rice paddy setting squeezed between a maze of cliffs, this is one our favourite sites in Tana Toraja. The graves reportedly belong to the chiefs of...

Tomb in Tana Toraja


Live out your Indiana Jones fantasies at this extensive (and very popular) burial cave below a massive cliff face. Its entrance is guarded by a balcony of tau tau, while inside piles of coffins – many of them...

Tomb in Tana Toraja


A veritable village of tau tau stare down with unblinking eyes and outstretched arms from this impressive burial cliff riddled with tombs. The sheer rock face has a whole series of balconies for statues of the...

Market in Rantepao

Pasar Bolu

Heralded as the world's largest water buffalo market, this dusty, chaotic scene pops off every Tuesday and Saturday when stately beasts imported from around the world are put on display. Some of these animals...

Religious Site in Tana Toraja

Bori' Kalimbuang

There are lots of places to see standing stones, but this is one of the nicer ones. With 102 stones – each representing a different funeral conducted at the site – this pleasantly arranged and well manicured...

Tomb in Tana Toraja


Whether its claim to be the oldest known baby grave in Toraja is accurate or not, this site is definitely one of the more compelling. The minimal development and quiet setting gives it a palpably sacred feel.

Cemetery in Tana Toraja

Kambira Baby Graves

Torajans traditionally inter deceased babies, who have not yet teethed, in trees, believing that these infants are more pure than adults, and that their bodies and spirits will be absorbed into the tree and...

Viewpoint in Tana Toraja


Billed as the 'Country Above the Clouds', the long north–south ridge line looming to the west of Rantepao certainly has spectacular views – especially at sunrise when the valley below is often filled with fog...

Village in Tana Toraja

Buntu Pune

Buntu Pune village has two fine tongkonan houses and four rice barns some with ancient roofs covered in vegetation. According to local legend, one of the houses was built by Pong Maramba, an early-20th-century...

Workshop in Tana Toraja


Rows of tongkonan also house several workshops of traditional weavers who are happy to demonstrate their handicraft. A variety of fabrics are on display from antique blankets with traditional motifs to cheap...

Historic Site in Tana Toraja


On the outskirts of Rantepao, just off the road to Makale, Karassik holds an interesting array of obelisks moved here by the Dutch from Lantangin in 1906 – conditions demanded of them by local leader Pong Maramba...

Tomb in Tana Toraja

Lo'ko' Mata

High on the mountainside, this collection of rock tombs is unique for its location: bored into the sides of a giant round boulder about 3km northwest of Batutumonga. Look for the huge buffalo head carved under...

Spring in Tana Toraja


Ten kilometres south of Rantepao, off the Rantepao–Makale road, Tilanga is a quiet, natural cool-water swimming pool. You can swim, but don’t be surprised if some friendly eels come to say hello. It's best...

Village in Tana Toraja


Perched on a hilltop above boulder-strewn rice terraces, this small village with anachronistic street lights makes an excellent jumping off point for treks farther afield – or a long walk down to Rantepao.

Village in Tana Toraja


A thriving traditional village bursting with tongkonan (many new) just 5km northeast of Rantepao makes for a fine, relatively flat, excursion from town. Near Marante there are stone and hanging graves with...