road from Makassar or Ujung Pandand to Toraja runs along the coast for
about 130 km’s and then hits the mountains. After the entrance to Tana
Toraja you enter a majestic landscape with giant gray, granites and
stones and blue mountains at a distance after passing the market
village of Mebali. They form a sharp contrast with the lively green of
the fertile, rain-fed terraces and the rusty read of the tropical
laterite soil. This is Tana Toraja, one of the most splendid areas in
Tana Toraja has a specific and unique funeral
ceremony which is called Rambu Solo. In Tana Toraja, dead body is not
buried, but it is put in Tongkonan for several times, even can be more
than ten years until the family have enough money to held the ceremony.
After ceremony, the dead body is brought to the cave or to the wall of
the mountain. The skulls show us that the dead body is not buried but
just put on stone or ground, or put in the hole.The funeral festival
season begins when the last rice has been harvested, usually in late
June or July, and lasts through to September.
By Air : Directly from Hasanuddin airport, Makassar or Ujung Pandang,
proceed to TANA TORAJA (twice a week on tuesday and friday) through the
airport of Rantetayo, near Makle, 24 km south of Rantepao and there is
a bus service to town. * By Land : Buses to Rantepao from Ujung
Pandang leave daily from Ujung Pandang. The journey takes 8 hours and
includes a meal stop. Tickets should be bought in town but coaches
actually leave from DAYA bus terminal, 20 minutes out of town by bemo.
Coaches typically leave in the morning ( 7 am ), noon ( 1 pm ) and at
night ( 7 pm).Several companies in Rantepao run buses back to Ujung
Pandang with the departure time and prices. The number of buses each
day depends on the number of passengers.
is the best way to get to know the locals, besides chartered vehicles
(minibuses and Jeeps) with or without driver. While you are in the
village you can take a walk to move around.
Exploring the market; You should not to be missed going to the
traditional market. Here you can get the top end of Toraja coffee beans
[like Robusta and Arabica]. And several local veggies, fruits Tamarella
or Terong Belanda and gold fish [ikan mas]. * Visit Batu Tumonga
Plateu; It means stone that facing to the sky. From here can be seen
many volcanic stones comes up in between padi fields. And, several
giant stones became cave graveyard. The views is pretty awesome. The
huge of Tana Toraja [Toraja land] looks so lush and greenery. Like a
patchwork in gradation hue of green color * Palawa is an excellent village to visit a Tongkonan, or a burial place still swarming with celebrations and festivals. *
Take a side trip from Rantepao to Kete, a traditional village with
excellent handicraft shops. Behind the village on a hillside is a grave
site with lifesize statues guarding over old coffins
who wants to stay in the heart of the city has many choices since there
is lot of hotels available. Or if you had an adventurous soul, you can
sleep in villages on the way.
of the times, you can’t eat at these locations; however more warung and
restaurants appear along the road. You can also bring your own foods
There is a souvenirs
shop where you can buy everything specific from Tana Toraja. There are
clothes, bags, wallets and other handicrafts.
* Visitor are expected to adhere to local dress customs and to
bring a token present, such as cigarettes or coffee whenever entered
Tongkonan. * As roads are not always paved, it is necessary to use a jeep or walk, even when the weather is good (between May and October). * Beware with your head whenever going inside to Tongkonan, The Torajan traditional house. *
Enrekang, Makale and Toraja Higland are surrounded by astonishing
volcanic rocky cliffs. Do not miss it , just stop and take picture for
awhile and you will not regret.