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 leaving just the tips of the highest karst peaks showing through. There are multiple official viewpoints mobbed by carloads of tourists; of them, Tongkonan Lempe is our favourite with its view across impressive rice terraces to Batutumonga ridge.

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1. Pana'

1.89 MILES

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…

2. Lo'ko' Mata

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3. Karassik

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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 …

4. Pasar Bolu

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5. Buntu Pune

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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…

6. Pulio

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7. Bori' Kalimbuang

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8. Londa

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