Bampalola Village in Alor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
Frankly speaking, Alor Regency resembles both beauty and culture. Perhaps many tourists have recognized some exotic beaches located in such beautiful region of Indonesia. However, not all of these passionate travelers know about the presence of traditional villages like Bampaloka. This one is located in Northwest Alor Sub-District and becomes a nice vacation destination especially for those who love local culture. It is because visitors are able to meet Alor Tribe including various traditions and a unique way of living. Another good fact is that the village is located near to Kalabahi City, which is about 15 km apart.
Bampalola Village resides on a hill, having the height of approximately 1000 meters above the sea level. No wonder, it takes some efforts and time to get to the settlement. Despite the tiredness, tourists won’t regret visiting it. At least, they can meet Indonesian local people with their daily routines especially farming. This explains why many farms reside there including corn, coconut, cacao, and coffee farms! Another impressive feature of the village is the presence of traditional houses of Alor Tribe called Mbaru Niang.
Exploring Bampalola Village
Tourists have a common reason to visit Bampalola Village, which is none other than to witness its uniqueness and interesting culture. Once arriving at this Indonesian site, they may see a traditional way of living of the locals with their traditional houses called Lakatuil. If tourists come at the right time, they may be able to watch a signature annual event of the village called Makan Baru Padi Ala Baloil as well. Even though not many people live in that settlement, visitors won’t feel bored at all due to various types of attractions they can find there.
In terms of name, “Bam” means a settlement while “Palola” means nature. The whole meaning is that the village has a close connection to nature and to avoid any things that may spoil local values or traditions. No wonder, villagers live in a traditional way and harmoniously to both human and environment. It is even said people who violate these rules would get punished by nature itself! To get more information regarding such belief, tourists can ask the local guide later.
During the visit, it is recommended to explore the traditional houses and take some pictures of them. Both the appearance and size of these constructions are unique, after all. They are made of traditional materials and have a unique dragon carving on top of it. Another interesting characteristic is the presence of the stairs that connect the terrace and the ground. It even features a dragon craving on its surface!
- Sebanjar Beach
- Bota Beach
- Kepa Island
How to Get There
As mentioned before, Bampalola Village is located near to the capital of Alor Regency (Kalabahi City) in Indonesia. Still, it involves an airplane for those who come from Kupang City. What they need to do is to get an airplane at El Tari International Airport and head to Alor Island Airport right away. Once arriving at the destination, the last thing to do is to get to the village by any local transportation service. The distance is 30.1 km, so the trip takes about 55 minutes to get there. As for the best route, it is recommended to take Sudirman Street.
Where to Stay
- Alami Dive Resort