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Gundaling Hill

 

     Visit Gundaling Hill for a panoramic view of Berastagi. Gundaling Hill is popular with both tourists and the locals. Tourists can find interesting souvenirs here and try horseback riding.

 

Fruit market / Souvenir stores

       

     Take a 5-minute walk to the local fruit market. Try the ‘marquisa’ for a taste of Indonesia’s best-selling fruit.  If you like wood carvings or handmade souvenirs, take your pick from amongst the various colorful shops. From the market, try the leisurely ride on the ‘sado’ (local horse-cart) around town.

 

 

 Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung

     From Berastagi, there is a clear view of Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung. Mount Sibayak is a 2000 metre-high dormant volcano and adventurous tourists can go for a 3-hour hike for a spectacular view from its peak (do bring a windbreaker as it can be cold up there).  The more adventurous can choose to go on a 3 to 5-day trip into the jungle.

       

 

Hot Springs

     There are several hot springs in Berastagi. The warm water from the hot springs is well known for its medicinal and soothing effects on the skin. One of the hot springs, Raja Bernah, is located at the foot of Mount Sibayak.

 

 Marquisa Farm and Factory

      You might like to tour the local ‘marquisa’ (also known as passion fruit) farm and factory to see how the fruit is grown, harvested and processed into juice.  After the tour, tourists can purchase bottled Marquisa juice direct from the factory.

 

 Sipiso-piso Waterfall

      About 45-minute journey by car from Berastagi is the Sipiso-piso Waterfall, a narrow waterfall in the Karo highlands, falling from a height of 360 feet into a gorge. This area is famed for its beautiful and panoramic scenery with green hills and the magnificent Lake Toba as its picturesque background.

 

Taman Simalem Resort

     

      Just next to the Sipiso-piso Waterfall (about 45 minutes) from Berastagi you will find the hidden pearl of Lake Toba. Set at the edge of breathtaking grassy slopes overlooking the magnificent Lake Toba, Taman Simalem Resort will be a true agro-resort when completed in 2007.  Infrastructure works are being carried out at the 200-hectare resort which will include a 5-star hotel, a 9-hole golf course, fields of orange, mango, passion fruit, etc., a youth hostel, a mini zoo, an agricultural research centre and a Buddhist temple with carved statues to be imported from the FuJian province in China.

     There will be heavy focus on ecological and environmental preservation in the resort which is home to more than 1000 species of plants and animals. A natural river flows through the resort. Please contact the duty manager if you wish to see the resort in the making.

Last modified: 29-04-2013