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    Feb 2015

    Lake Maninjau, Beautiful Volcanic Lake in Agam - West Sumatra

    Danau Maninjau or Lake Maninjau, meaning ' to look out across', is a beautiful volcanic crater lake located 38km west side of Bukittinggi. Situated at 461m above sea level, the air is cool and pleasant. The lake is 17kms long and 8kms at it's widest and reaches to depths of 480m in some places. Precisely, on Tanjung Raya, Agam regency, West Sumatra province.

    Lake Maninjau is one of the top travel destinations in Sumatra. A peaceful, relaxing place to sit and relax and enjoy the views of the lake. Lake Maninjau is a source of water named Batang Sri Antokan, the highest peak in hills of Lake maninjau, known as Puncak Lawang, offers paragliding also parasailing.

    The road from Bukittinggi offers some spectacular views of the blue lake and surrounding hills. On the way down there are terraced rice fields. There are some coffee shops perched on the hill to stop and enjoy the view. There are 44 hairpin turns on the journey down to the lake from the top of the mountain. Each of these turns are conveniently numbered on cigarette advertising billboards.

    About a third of the way down the road is lined with small monkeys waiting for fruit or food to be thrown from passing cars. These are wild monkeys and should not be approached too closely as they are vicious. On the other side of Lake Maninjau, directly across from Maninjau village are some hot volcanic springs, close to the village of Mukomuko.

    Getting to Lake Maninjau
    To get there go to the bus terminal in Bukittinggi and there are regular buses going to Danau Maninjau. Cost is 13,000IDR and the trip takes around one and a half hours traveling past scenic terraced rice fields and great views of the Lake as you pass down through 44 hairpin turns to get to the lake. To get back to Bukittinggi just wait on the main road and there are regular buses.Buses to Padang can be caught. 2 hours or 2.5 hours

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    Mar 2015

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