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Indonesia Sights & Attractions

  
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Geography

Indonesia is home to no less than 167 active volcanoes, far more than any other country. Some of the more accessible for visitors are in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and the Ijen Crater in East Java, Mount Rinjani in Lombok and perhaps easiest of all, Mount Batur in Bali.

Hardly surprisingly in the world's largest archipelago, beaches are significant attractions.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Borobudur in Central Java is the world's largest Buddhist monument, dating from the 8th century and nearby Prambanan, close to Borobudur, is a remarkable Hindu monument dating from just a few years later.

Indonesia has some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical forest anywhere in the world, and these support any incredibly diverse wildlife from Orang Utans and other primates to critically endangered Javan Rhinoceros and Tigers, and an extraordinarily wide range of bird species.

Areas recognised as world heritage sites are Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java and huge parts of Sumatra including Gunung Leuser National Park and Kerinci Seblat National Park.

Further east Komodo Island is the home of the remarkable Komodo Dragon and the very remote Lorentz National Park in Papua has a permanent glacier.

Things to See in Indonesia

Nature/Wildlife Yeh Pulu
This complex of rock carvings is close to Goa Gajah but far less well known. The carvings date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. You can reach Yeh Pulu on foot through t... more
 2 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Ubud
Monument/Building Tirta Empul
One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred ... more
 2 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Ubud
 
Monument/Building Pura Kehen
One of the most attractive temples in the whole of Bali, and as it is slightly off the beaten path, one which receives relatively few visitors. The temple was founded in 1206, and has an especially impressive 11-tiered mer... more
 2 Fans, Rp 6,000, in Ubud
Mountain Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo)
Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. Th... more
 1 Fans, in Jawa Timur
 
Monument/Building Kraton Yogyakarta
The Sri Sultan's palace or Kraton encompasses the main palace, Sultan's residential, two Sultan's grounds, and large residential area where sultan servants used to reside. Notable attraction in Kraton complex are: Kraton Y... more
 1 Fans, in Yogyakarta
Monument/Building Candi Lara (''Loro'') Jonggrang
Candi Lara Jonggrang,or simply Candi Prambanan, is the largest and most-visited /f the temples just to the left of the main entrance. While there were 237 temples originally built, most have long since crumbled and the ma... more
 1 Fans, in Prambanan
 
Monument/Building Candi Sewu
a large Buddhist temple complex meaning "one thousand temples", is one kilometre north of the entrance gate and contains a large central temple surrounded by a cluster of smaller ones. The sheer size of the rece... more
 1 Fans, in Prambanan
Monument/Building Pura Luhur Batukaru
One of Bali's key directional temples and a site of pilgrimage for Hindu Balinese. Majestically situated on the slopes of Mount Batukaru since the 11th century, this is an especially sacred site, even by Balinese standards... more
 1 Fans, in Tabanan
 
Monument/Building Pura Saraswati Temple
Ubud’s most spectacular Hindu temple is tucked away just off the main Jalan Raya Ubud high street and is a stunning example of modern Balinese architecture, framed by a serene lotus pond. It is dedicated to the godde... more
 1 Fans, in Ubud
Nature/Wildlife Ubud Monkey Forest
A sacred forest full of ravenous monkeys, so don't bring any food or you will risk bites and a need for rabies injections. Stroll through to find Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a temple of the dead. A visit to the very info... more
 1 Fans, in Ubud
 
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