Kewar Village in Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
For some tourists, Belu Regency sounds unfamiliar perhaps. Despite the fact, that doesn’t mean they may overlook it when choosing a place to visit for the next holiday. Like its sibling (Alor Regency), Belu is indeed famous for its beaches and natural attractions. However, it also has several interesting traditional villages for tourists to explore including Kewar Village. It is located in Lamaknen Sub-District, actually. This village has become a new vacation destination for those visiting Belu Regency these days. It offers both the comfortable environment and interesting culture to enjoy during the visit.
Once arriving at the village, tourists may see a noticeable gate of Kewar Village right away. The route is considered nice, so both cars and motorcycles are able to access the village easily. In terms of nuance, the village is surrounded by lush trees and various types of plants. This explains why the atmosphere feels so shady and soothing there. When it comes to the name, it was once called “Gewal”. Ge means a fruit and Wal means full or replete. As the time went by, though, the locals change it to Kewar.
Exploring Kewar Village
The first allure of Kewar Village is indeed the pristine environment itself. This way, visitors can simply explore the nature by either walking or trekking. The village features different types of landscape, after all. What they need to consider is only the trekking route. In this case, they can take advantage of a local guide who can give a perfect direction during the exploration. Another tip is that they must wear comfortable gear like hiking boots. Carrying a camera is also recommended, somehow.
The next reason why tourists keep coming to Kewar Village is definitely to see Rumah Raja (King’s House). This unique house applies Panggung Traditional House’s design and features reed on its roof. If tourists enter the middle room, they may see two big poles called Nulai Mone and Nulai Napa. Mone resembles a male gender while Pana resembles a female gender, actually. Another unique fact is that both poles and the walls of the house feature beautiful carving. In the front part of the house, tourists may find an open space called Leo Rato where the King of sits.
Another thing to do in Kewar Village is indeed to meet the locals and the leader called Reu Loro. Have no worries. It is easy to approach them as long as tourists are able to talk the Indonesian Language. As an alternative, they can hire a tour guide in order to communicate with the locals easier. Later, before going home, it is recommended to eat some delicious local fruits including tangerines, guavas, and much more!
- Golpara Waterfall
- Mauhalek Waterfall
- Fulan Fehan Valley
How to Get There
From the capital of East Nusa Tenggara Province, tourists can take advantage of any local transportation service and head to Kewar Village through Nasional Trans Timor Street. Their prime destination is Lamaknen Sub-District where the village resides, actually. For the information, this trip may take about 7 hours and 39 minutes as the distance is 315 km.
Where to Stay
- Ramascora Resort
- Risky Hotel
- LS Hotel
- Klaben Hotel