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Maninjau Lake : a Natural Beauty

Posted By admin Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Maninjau which is a volcanic lake is located at a height of 461.50 meters above sea level. Size Maninjau approximately 99.5 km ² and has a maximum depth of 495 meters. Cekungannya formed due to volcanic eruption called Sitinjau (according to local legend), this can be seen from the shape of the hill around the lake that resembles like a wall. According to the legend in Ranah Minang, the existence of Lake Maninjau closely related to the story of Bujang Nine.

Lake Maninjau a source of water to the river named Rod Sri Antokan. In one part of the lake, which is upstream from the Batang Hydroelectric Maninjau Sri Antokan there. The highest peak around Lake Maninjau diperbukitan known as Puncak Lawang. To be able to reach the lake from the direction of Bukittinggi Maninjau if it will pass through a winding road known as Curved 44 along approximately 10 km starting from the morning until the Maninjau Ambun.

The lake is listed as the eleventh largest lake in Indonesia. While in West Sumatra, Maninjau is the second largest lake after Lake Batur which has an area of ​​129.69 km ² are located in two districts of Tanah Datar and Solok district


The lake is located about 140 km north of Padang, West Sumatra's capital, 36 kilometers from Bukittinggi, 27 kilometers from Lubuk cone, Agam regency's capital is a volcanic lake in ketinggial 461.50 meters above sea level. From the city of Padang, the trip can be taken about three hours.


Its natural beauty difficult to find in other parts of the country. No wonder the first President, Sukarno, was said to West Sumatra is not complete if you have not visited Maninjau.

As a tourist location of water, it has not many facilities that were presented at the second largest lake in this West Sumatra. But who wants to exercise while traveling, some residents are now building a bicycle rental business. Simply pay approximately Rp20 thousand, visitors can rent mountain bikes to begin the adventure around the lake. Foreign tourists often use this service to fulfill her desire around the lake.

After fatigue cycling, hot water bathing pool in the District of Tanjung Sani, will refresh the body after a day of cycling around the lake. The location of the bathhouse is still natural. Anyone can enjoy a small pond located on the edge of the highway Maninjau.

At night, Maninjau feels 'increasingly warm' despite bitterly cold weather. Some cafes will offer drinks and European-style food, or simply drink a cup of coffee.

Palai Rinuk
For lovers of culinary, a visit to Maninjau not complete if you have not tried the local cuisine, Palai Rinuk. Palai Rinuk Rinuk made from fish that looks tiny wrapped in banana leaves.

Rinuk fish wrapped in banana leaf is then baked until cooked and mixed with a little coconut. In addition Rinuk Palai, there are also special food Maninjau, namely pensi.

Pensi is an endemic species of Lake Maninjau mussels are believed to increase stamina. How to eat a little difficult because you have to suck the meat out of the nest of this bivalve. On the edge of Lake Maninjau local communities offer this unique snack after cooked with various spices, like celery, garlic, and galangal. Generally pensi sauce mixed with abundant, so that when presented like a bowl of soup.

Just as pensi, Rinuk also a freshwater fish found only in Lake Maninjau. Not surprisingly, around the lake, can be found slum communities who work as fish farmers. Since the last dozen years, residents around Lake Maninjau utilize as their livelihoods by building thousands of freshwater fish cages


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