Maninjau Lake is settled in district of Tanjung Raya, Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia. The lake is located about 140 kilometers north of Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, 36 kilometers from Bukittinggi, 27 kilometers from Lubuk Basung, the capital of Agam regency.
The splendid Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra, is one of the calmest places in Indonesia. Come to this ancient lake, set within a volcanic crater, to escape from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the rest of the country.
Maninjau is a volcanic lake that located at an elevation of 461.50 meters above sea level, while the extensive is approximately 99.5 km² and has a maximum depth of 495 meters. The basin is formed by the eruption of the mountain named Sitinjau (according to local legend), it can be seen from the shape of the hills around the lake that resembles like a wall. According to the legend in Minang, where Maninjau is closely related to the story of Bujang Sembilan. The legend of “Bujang Sembilan” (roughly translates as “Nine Young Men”) is based around this lake. According to local folklore, one of the men in the story died by plunging himself into the crater. The crater then expanded, forming a lake.
Lake Maninjau is a source of water to the river named Batang Sri Antokan. In one part of the lake which is the upstream part there is a Hydropower Maninjau. The highest peak around Lake Maninjau is known as the peak of Lawang. To achieve Maninjau from Bukittinggi by passing Kelok 44 along approximately 10 km from Ambun Pagi to Maninjau.
Lake Maninjau, located in West Sumatra, is a large volcanic lake. Hour homestay is located off the village of Bayur, in a quiet and peaceful area, directly on the lake shore.
We have five bungalows for our guests. Each bungalow has a double room (double bed), with a veranda and an attached bathroom (shower, cold water), tiled floor. All beds are equiped with mosquito nets.
You can see the view of Lake Maninjau from height from Puncak Lawang, a pine hill park around the lake. You can also do paragliding here with the beauty of Lake Maninjau as the background scenery.
You can also see the view of Lake Maninjau as you go down to the lake and town through Kelok 44, the 44 road bends with forest and rice field surrounding.
See the lake on the lakeside and watch the blood red sunset.
Visit the traditional farmer and fisherman villages.
Visit the Birth House of Buya Hamka. He is an Indonesian famous historical ulema and litterateur. His house is a beautiful rumah gadang at the lakeside. The house has the collection of Hamka and Hamka’s family items.
Rent a bike or motorbike and go around the lake or clim up and down the Kelok 44.
Walk down to the lake through the forest.
Do paragliding from Puncak Lawang with Lake Maninjau as the scenery background
There’s a nice waterfall by the mosque to the north of town Maninjau, but be careful, the steep way up can be slippery and small leeches can find their way to you. The way takes about 30 minutes.
Similarly, for more experienced trekkers, one can trek from Bayur (a 45 minute walk north of Maninjau along the main road or hitch a lift) to Puncak Lawang, which has very impressive views over the entire lake. From the main road, there is a reasonably steep paved road which heads in the opposite direction of the lake. Ask the locals for the road to Puncak Lawang and they can hopefully direct you to this paved road. From there, continue for approximately 30 minutes (taking the right fork in the road) until you reach the mosque. Continue along the path to the right of the mosque through some crops and you will reach a path which leads into the jungle, this the start of the trek. Near the start of the trek, there will be two forks in the path, make sure to take the right direction on both occasions. From here, you will encounter more paths which lead off the main path, though if you continue along the larger path and use your common sense, you will reach Puncak Lawang. As previously stated, this activity is recommended for those who have at least a little experience in treks. There are minimal arrows along the way, at times the path can be tricky to find and there are leeches, especially after rain. From the trailhead at the mosque, it is approximately 2-2.5 hours to Puncak Lawang. From the town of Maninjau, give 6-8 hours.
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