When it comes to tourism, the tropical country Indonesia has a lot to offer. Besides its natural beauty, Indonesia also has an exceptional culture. Cultural attractions are common things you will find in Indonesia, and they are all unique. One of the most exciting cultural sites is Tana Toraja. It literally means “Toraja Land” and it is one of the favorite tourist destinations. If you are into traditional culture and heritage, make sure to visit this place.
Tana Toraja is very famous for its burial rites. When a person is dead, usually the family holds the body until they have enough money for the funeral ceremony called tomate. The funeral festival is a particular event where traditional dances and other rituals are held. During the festival, pigs and buffaloes are slaughtered as a sacrifice to accompany the deceased while entering the afterlife. And then, the deceased is buried, or sometimes just left in a certain site. If you want to see the whole funeral rituals, make sure to visit Tana Toraja on July to October and prepare Rp20.000 for the entrance fee. Other than that, you can also visit the traditional tombs, caves, and primitive houses. Some hotels provide local guide to accompany tourists during their visit. You can hire a guide to get more information about local culture.
To get to Tana Toraja, you can start from Makassar, a capital city of South Sulawesi province. From Jakarta, take an airplane to get to Makassar. And then, start your trip to Tana Toraja by bus. The bus is pretty convenient and costs around Rp 90.000 to Rp150.000. The trip from Makassar to Tana Toraja takes around 10-12 hours.