Medan is the largest city outside Java, which is rich in various natural attractions that will amaze anyone. The Bukit Barisan Mountains that stretch from north to south already guarantee the availability of beautiful panoramas in Medan. As a bonus, in these mountains, there are also Lake Toba and Samosir Island, whose beauty is already well-known abroad. But for those of you who feel that the main tourist attractions of Lake Toba are too mainstream, there’s nothing wrong with coming with us to explore the other side of Lake Toba and other natural attractions that are no less stunning.
Let’s explore other natural landscapes, each of which has its uniqueness.
- White Crater Dolok Tinggi Raja
Indeed there is no snow here because this is a crater filled with hot water with turquoise water. This crater is surrounded by white limestone, so the water looks like a stretch of ice and is similar to the White Crater in the Ciwidey area, West Java. However, this place is much quieter and has not been too exposed to tourists. There is also a stream of river water that blends with the outpouring of hot water. However, this mixture of water does not feel hot, so many visitors use it for bathing.
- Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung
Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung is a favorite destination to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba. Even now, it becomes even more interesting with the construction of several unique tree houses. Imagine that you feel the coolness of the air that pierces the skin while exploring the migratory birds and the beauty of Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Coupled with the green forest of the Bukit Barisan Mountains from a tree house. All that you can do here. The most spectacular view is at sunset! There is also a mini flying fox, but it’s pretty interesting to try.
- Wampu River Rafting
Sungai Wampu has various unique and interesting offers for you. Challenging rapids, the charm of tropical forests, waterfalls, and stunning views of the river valley, you can even see the activities of local residents fishing in the river. This river has several tributaries that will make your rafting adventure even more memorable. The route that is often traveled usually starts from Marike Village and ends at the Bahorok Bridge, and you can stop by the hot springs that are also available there to relax for a moment.
- Paropo Silalahi Hill
Indeed, because of its breadth, Lake Toba already resembles the sea, and one of its beautiful “beaches” is Paropo Hill. Paropo Hill is a tourist destination that is on the rise. From here you can enjoy the blue water of Lake Toba, which is not inferior to the charm of the world famous beaches! This beautiful “beach” stretches up to 28 km, allowing you to witness the beautiful nature paintings when green mountains meet the clear water of Lake Toba.
- Simangande Waterfall
This large two-tiered waterfall rises as high as 500m. The stone walls are heart-shaped, so they are often dubbed “the waterfall of love.” Of course, it will add to the romance in the middle of the wilderness. What are you waiting for, prepare your camera and capture the moment there. Unfortunately, this waterfall can dry up in the dry season. So, please come during the rainy season. As a bonus, you can also enjoy the view of Lake Toba from here while waiting for the sun to rise on the perfect eastern horizon.
Whether your trips take you to a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas and resorts or urban attractions, extra research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Medan by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.