Minggu, 05 Desember 2010

Visit Taneh Karo

Visit Taneh Karo Simalem II

Now,  I will acquaint about like in Tanah Karo

1. Lau Kawar Lake 

 Kawar/Lau Kawar Lake is one of the tourist attractions in Karo Regency ranged about 100 hectare. The distance from Medan City is about 85 Km. This tourist attraction crowded with domestic and foreign tourists on Saturday and on Sunday as well as on holidays.

Lake Lau wire is one of the natural tourist attraction in Tanah Karo. The lake, which has the highest reaches a depth of 27 meters is located in the village of Lau wire, a small village majority community livelihoods derived from farming of vegetables and fruits.

Lake Lau wire is one of the natural tourist attraction in Tanah Karo. The lake, which has the highest reaches a depth of 27 meters is located in the village of Lau wire, a small village majority community livelihoods derived from farming of vegetables and fruits.

How to get to Lake Lau wire? If you are from Medan, you can travel to the Brastagi more with a travel time of about 2-3 hours (depending on whether you use a private vehicle or not).
 When you take the bus, from Brastagi, you can ride a mini bus (Takasima) that will take you to the village of Lau wire. The journey takes about 1.5 hours. Though far and may be tiring, but your eyes will be refreshed with the rural landscape or panoramic Sinabung.
Lake Lau wire is rich in flora and fauna. It is estimated that in the area which is also known as Forest Tourism kawasaan Deleng Lancuk (HWDL) that there keliung flora species (Quercus), Castanopsis and typeofficus.
Inside lake there are also many species of orchid tree with beautiful flowers. Type founa of them, swamp deer (cervus unicolor), gibbons (Hylobates moloch), weasels (paradoxumus hermaprodicus), forest sheep (naemorhaedus sumatrensis) and hornbills (buceros).

Legend Of Lau Kawar
The rice harvest season has arrived in Kawar village. The entire citizen was happy with the rice crops that had turned yellow and ripe. Likewise the Kawar village chief was definitely delighted since he had a very wide field. What the village chief hoped for now evidently was granted in this year. As the expression of gratitude to God, the Kawar Village chief held a Guro-Guro Aron Drum party in his field for four day and four the night. The entire citizen was invited to that extraordinary party.
Because the invitation was send by the village chief no one dare to refuse the invitation except an old woman, the mother of the village chief. This woman was alone in the house, while all of her child and grandchild went to the party. Continuously some faint drum voices from time to time could be heard from her bed. Around midday the danced was stopped for lunch break. The village chief and the whole villagers were having luxurious and abundant lunch. Beef and goat as well as pig and chicken were served in the meals; everyone was full, satisfied and happy. But this was just the first day.
After resting for a moment, the dancing and singing was continued came guided by the village chief's child. Strangely while dancing in the afternoon the village chief called his small child, apparently he remembered his mother who was left was alone and hungry at home. Rice with decent side dishes was prepared. The small child was told to deliver it to his grandmother house. However unfortunate fate once again fell on the grandmother, he forgot to delivered the lunch in time, even food he should be delivering was opened by him in the middle of the road and all beef, goat, chicken, and pig was eaten until only the bones left and then the grandchild packed the bone into the original parcel.
Although the lunch was arrived very late on the afternoon but the grandmother still smile to her grandchild who came to bring the lunch. After delivering the lunch, the grandchild then returns the field immediately. Thus the old woman with great difficulty got up from the bed to eat. But when the parcel in opened the grandmother startled because there are only bones in it. For a long time the baffled grandmother gazed at the parcel, did not realized his tear fell wetted his wrinkled cheek. Indeed the grandmother's fate was poor. The child whom she raised into a respected village chief has forgot his mother. The grandmother's conscience was very sad, disappointed and angry. She cried, and swore "I who give birth and raised you, till you have the respected position evidently you could not respect your own parents, this mother's milk as the witness my child, for that is swore” her tears continued to fell on her cheek. Not long afterwards the words of this unfortunate grandmother was granted, dark dew began to close the sky, as the day got dark. Lightning and the thunder swarmed continuously. The whole citizen who was celebrating the party began to panic; moreover the rain began to pour down rapidly.
The party was ended instantly; the entire citizen ran looking for a sheltering place. But the rain does not care, the rain continuously poured down for seven day and seven the night, then suddenly a flood happened. Kawar village that located precisely under Sinabung Mountain Foot was sunk. Nothing could be saved. Kawar village then became a lake, which today known as the Lau Kawar Lake.

2. Tongging Lake

 Tongging lake is part of Toba lake. There is a special feeling to kayak on the biggest crater lake in the world. As someone put it: "I paddle a lot in Asia – but Lake Toba is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience!" Kayaking is for sure a perfect eco-tourism activity.
Sumatra Savages, is the pioneer on kayaking on Lake Toba. They also have years of white water rafting and kayaking in Bukit Lawang and Asahan. Kayaking is new in Indonesia, especially so in Sumatra. Jejak Alam Bebas chose Tongging as their base to develop Kayaking. The beauty of the area, only 3 hours by car from Medan, and the nearby
Karo Highland were good enough reasons.Sumatra Savages offers interesting kayaking adventures, from one day to six days, on a world famous lake, in an unique culture and amongst breathtaking sceneries. They also offer white water activities. Sumatra Savages has also helped Yayasan Pulau Banyak to develop community owned sea kayaking in the island paradise Pulau Banyak. The kayaking base is at Sibayak Guesthouse.
A paddle tour can bring you to places where nobody else can go. Warm weather and warm water all year round makes it just pleasant. If you just have a weekend, You can do a short paddling tour starting from Medan Friday afternoon and be back in Medan on Sunday evening.
Sumatra Savages offer a variety of kayak tours from Tongging, everything from easy one-day trips for beginners to serious expeditions taking up to a week. They also organize tours from Medan and weekend tours from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. With a morning flight one can be paddling already the same day. A few examples:
Tongging – Silalahi; 12km, 2-3 hrs. Easy. This tour can be done by everybody in normal physical condition. Canoes are brought back by pick-up unless you don’t want to paddle back.
Tongging – Samosir; 2-3 days, app. 50 km. Medium. Paddle experience is of advantage but not a must. Can be done by sporty beginners who do not mind to paddle 4 or 5 hrs a day.
Northern Circle; 6 days, 175 km. Demanding. For experienced paddlers who occasionally enjoy paddling long distances up to 40+ km, 6-7 hrs / day. Overnight in guesthouses and camping.

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