The misconception that Indonesia is just Bali need to be removed from the mindset of modern travelers. The fact that they can explore other lesser known, less crowded and prettier Indonesia tourist attractions is something that one must know. Every year, millions of honeymoon couples flock to Bali, a tiny but pristine island in Indonesia to spend the post-nuptial days enjoying the beautiful sceneries and spend time exploring rice fields, markets, and temples. Since Bali has certain visa exemptions for Indian tourists, the travel experiences here often overshadow the other more popular and beautiful destinations of Indonesia.
Bali is a one-time destination, but if you are planning your next international holiday, then you can always return to Indonesia to see other super amazing places.
Here are a few places that prove that most Indonesia sightseeing attractions need a separate vacation. This Indonesia travel guide will help you add more places on your next vacation.
Most of the Bali honeymoon packages also include a trip to the Gili Islands. Often these trips are short and leave you devoid of many experiences. This small trinity of islands comprises of the three small coral islands namely – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.
Gili Islands are situated on the North West of Lombok; these islands provide amazing vacation opportunities that includes world-class resorts, water sports, and party destinations. Each Island has something unique to offer, and travelers need a separate vacation to enjoy them in the best way possible.
• Gili Trawangan – Famous for its vibrant culture and lifestyle, Gili Trawangan is filled with exotic resorts, world-class stay homes and private bungalows that fit in the budget and preferences of every visitors from different walks of life. Scuba diving here is one of the most popular things to do in Indonesia. Here are some of the best diving schools and scuba zones that show you the amazing underwater life.
• Gili Meno – Perhaps the most romantic destination among the three, Gili Meno has some of the most serene beaches with beautiful landscapes and sights to behold. Some of the must-visit destinations include the Bird Park, Turtle Sanctuary and the safest diving point – the Meno Wall.
• Gili Air – This island has the best of both of its counterparts and has some of the best party venues. Gili Air is a mandatory part of every Indonesia tour package. It has some of the best diving spots. You can try the yummy island food here and spend your vacation in the best resorts present here.
Nusa Lembongan is a tiny cluster of islands also known as Maldives of Bali. Its beauty is incomparable to any other place and counted among the best places to visit in Indonesia. Located in the South East of Bali, it is one of the Islands that form a part of the Nusa Penida district. Nusa Lembongan is famous as a tourist spot as it has a lot of activities and adventure sports to offer. Despite its size, the island is dotted with pristine beaches, important historical attractions, religious spots, lush green mangrove swamps, and most gorgeous mountains.
One can plan a long trip to Nusa Lembongan or take a tour that costs $110( INR 8,105) per person. There are public ferries available from Sanur Harbour to Nusa Lembongan Island for those who wish to take a local experience of island life.
Pangandaran National Park, Kalibaru
Pangandaran is a local beach town which is very popular among the locals of Indonesia. Often dubbed as one of the best-kept secrets of this island country, Pangandaran is best known for its national park where nature is still at it’s best, and animals don’t conflict with the human population. Here, you’ll find deer population that wanders around the town fearlessly; there are caves filled with Porcupines and a decent population of monkeys. Kijang (barking deer), hornbills, monitor lizards are some of the reputed residents here.
This beach town is also famous for Green Canyon where visitors can take a boat ride as a part of your Kalibaru travel plan. This little natural wonder is located at the Kertayasa Village and is a 45-minute drive from Pangandaran. As the name suggests, this trip will take you into a canyon filled with abundant greenery and turquoise green waters.
Trowulan village, Jogjakarta
Trowulan village is a historical attraction that is known for the remains of Majapahit Empire. This kingdom used to rule Indonesia with an iron fist and had constructed many temples in this region. Those who wish to go on an off the beaten track will really love a trip to this village. The archaeological site is spread in an area of 100sq km. What makes Trowulan tourism so rich is the fact that it is dotted with resplendent temples, tombs with no names or distinctions, and outdoor baths in every corner.
Since it is located near Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta, the village is easy to access, and a day trip will be enough to see the best of this archaeological park. A three-day Jogjakarta tour will include a trip to this village.
Prambanan Temple is probably the second most famous temple complex in Java. It is also popular as the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. Here, you can also see the ruins of the Sewu temple complex which is Indonesia’s second-biggest Buddhist temple.
How to reach – Day trips for Prambanan tour is possible from Yogyakarta via buses and private cars
Things to do – Prambanan temple tour, guided walks around the premises
Dieng Plateau is located 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) above the sea level and is a pristine Indonesian destination that is often ignored before popular destinations like Bali. Dieng Plateau is both a cultural and natural destination. The views of mountainous landscapes and numerous rice terraces make this place look charming. Here, you’ll also get to visit the multi-colored lake, hot spring, and ancient Hindu temples that make the journey here worth it.
How to reach Dieng Plateau – One can take a train from Jakarta to Purwokerto and then take a bus to Wonosobo that will drop you off at a junction near Klenteng. From here, you will have to catch another public minibus to Dieng.
The same route can also be used if you are traveling from Yogyakarta.
Komodo National Park
Visitors love Komodo National Park as it eliminates many misconceptions about its mighty resident that ventures here. It is the home to Komodo Dragon that often seems to feel like having extra-terrestrial origins. The island is a set of three namely Komodo, Padar, and Rinca and apart from Komodo sightings, one can also enjoy relaxing at its splendid coastline, lush green hills with tropical vegetation, and underwater wildlife.