About Belu Regency in East Nusa Tenggara Province
All of regencies in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Belu is not considered popular as Alor Regency. Despite the fact, many tourists keep visiting it over time due to various reasons. For instance, they want to explore all available natural attractions and enjoy numerous cultural heritage of the region. This explains why Belu becomes a nice destination for those who want to spend an unforgettable holiday either with friends or families. Not to mention Belu is where the famous Atambua City (the capital) resides!
Even though more people start recognizing the tourism value of Belu Regency, the majority of them still don’t know further regarding the region itself. Let’s start with the size. Belu has an area of about 2,445 km per square and it consists of 12 sub-districts! In terms of land surface, the region is considered hilly and mountainous. It is also bordering with Ombai Strait, Timor Sea, Timor Leste, and North Central Timor Regency. As for the climate, Balu is definitely tropical. The dry season even lasts long, which is from April to November.
Exploring Belu Regency
Many things can be done in Belu Regency. For example, tourists can learn the meaning of the name! According to the locals, “Belu” means a friendship or friend. It is a symbolism of how the locals live harmoniously since a long time ago. However, in the past, the Dutch divided the region politically into two parts which are the north and south. Even it has given a significant effect on the locals’ life until now. The good thing is that tourists are able to learn more about the history from either the locals or tour guides.
The next interesting part of Belu Regency is none other than its tourism. There is the tallest mountain in the region called Foho Lakaan Mountain where tourists can enjoy hiking and sightseeing. Even famous hills reside including Mandeu and Lidak Hill. As an alternative, visitors can explore various historical sites like Lamaknen Palace, Atapupu Church, and much more. Do not worry about the transportation, as the region provides various types of public transportation service including boats, land transportation, and even flight service. For the information, the significant port is called Atapupu while the airport is AA Bere Talo, located in Haliwen.
What is more? Belu Regency also has a significant attraction related to culture. Tourists can enjoy interesting local dances like Bidu Kikit, Tebe, and Likurai Dance in fact. Moreover, the locals often perform some traditional rituals like Corn Harvesting Festival and Hamis Batar Ceremony. As for the traditional songs, Belu has Lolon Gol, Manumutin Torok, and much more! Do not forget the fact that the region offers numerous types of traditional foods to tourists as well, including Ut Moruk, Bose, Atapupu Fish, and many others.
- Atambua City Park
- Pancasila Monument
- Fulan Fehan Valley
- Mauhalek Waterfall
- Berluli Beach
- Afuik Beach
- Rai Katar Beach
- Sukaerlaran Beach
- Fatuk Kaduak
How to Get There
Well, it is easy to get to Belu Regency. From the capital of East Nusa Tenggara Province, Kupang City, tourists can directly head to Atambua City right away using any local transportation service. The distance is 271 km, though. That means it is going to be a long trip, which may take about 6 hours and 16 minutes. As for a faster trip, it is recommended to take Nasional Trans Timor Street.
Where to Stay
- King Star Hotel
- Alam Subur Hotel
- Klaben Hotel
- Intan Hotel
- Matahari Hotel
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