Top ChoiceVillage in Tana Toraja

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...

Top ChoiceTomb in Tana Toraja

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...

Indonesian in Rantepao

Monika Cafe

There's a cosy bamboo-and-thatch ambience at this quality restaurant where Indonesian dishes such as nasi campur sit alongside Torajan specialities such as buffalo steak and pa'piong (chicken cooked in bamboo;...

Indonesian in Rantepao

Ayam Penyet Ria

With a wide menu you're sure to find something to please at this large institution overflowing with locals. Most come for the ayam penyet (smashed chicken, a tender spicy deliciousness), though we've overdone it...

Indonesian in Rantepao

Rumah Makan Saruran

Oodles of fried noodles and reliable, freshly prepared Indonesian-style Chinese food is served at this hopping restaurant on the main drag. The bright and sociable dining room is an appropriate setting for some...

Soup in Rantepao

Sop Ubi Ma'Uni

You may think you know how delicious fried ubi (cassava) soup could be, but you ain't tried Ma'Uni's sop ubi yet. Come here when you're ready to dive bravely back into the local hole-in-the-wall food game. Score.

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.

Bar in Rantepao


Rantepao isn't known for its nightlife but Kafeta is a bubbling local bar with cold Bintang (60,000Rp) and a house band on weekends.

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...

International in Rantepao


The dining room at Pia's Poppies Hotel has great local food including pa'piong (80,000Rp), plus decent pizza. All food is cooked to request, so it's essential to order well ahead (at least two hours) or be...

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...

Indonesian in Rantepao

Rimiko Restoran

A long-running, very friendly place that serves authentic local food, including Torajan specialities such as buffalo, pork and eel in black sauce, alongside Indo staples such as gado gado. Book ahead for the...

Indonesian in Rantepao

Cafe Aras

Now with two to choose from, the original serves a mix of tasty local and international dishes, while Cafe Aras 2 (100m south) has a similar, but halal menu for the masses. Both have good artistic ambience, and...

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...