The Beauty Behind the Legend of Lake Toba and Samosir Island Attractions – Indonesia is one country that has a myriad of interesting destinations to visit. Starting from the iceberg in Papua and the famous tourist Raja Ampat, the charm of the seafloor in Wakatobi, up to tens of historical temples. Not quite there, there are many more interesting tours in Indonesia. But this time we will review about one of the largest volcanic lake in Southeast Asia and the deepest in the world. Precisely in the Province of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Located at the coordinate point of 3.58 ° North Latitude and 98.67 ° East Longitude. This lake is commonly known as “Lake Toba”.
Lake Toba has a length of 100 km and a width of 30 km. With a depth of about 450 m. The total reaches 1,145 square kilometers. This lake is one of the mainstay attractions on the island of Sumatra. Because the charm is so amazing, to captivate the hearts of domestic and foreign tourists.
Lake Toba is an amazing nature tour. Cool air, coupled with the blue waters of the lake that became a bathing place – batak fish. With green surrounded by pine trees that add to the serenity of this place. In the middle of the vast expanse of Lake Toba, there is one island called Samosir Island. This island also adds to the beautiful atmosphere of Lake Toba. The area of Samosir Island is almost the same as the vast country of Singapore. Samosir Island also has two beautiful lakes, commonly known as Lake Aek Natonang and Lake Sidihoni. Samosir Island is populated by Batak Samosir tribe. Now recorded population in the island of Samosir reach 580,428 inhabitants.
History / Legend of Lake Toba And Samosir Island
According to research by geologists, the crater of Lake Toba is formed due to the volcanic eruption of volcanic volcanoes. Believed to happen about 77 thousand years ago. This eruption is considered very powerful when compared with other volcanoes, to reach thousands of times the eruption on a normal volcano. This enormous eruption caused climate change in the world.
Geologists reveal, the eruption of Mount Toba caused a decrease in temperature in the world, to reach 5 degrees Celsius. In addition, almost all parts of the world, found dust from the eruption of this mountain. This is evidenced by the same molecular structure of volcanic ash up to 2100 points. Very surprising. Not until there, this dust is also found in the north pole. This is what led to the statement, how great the volcanic eruption is. The eruption of this volcano is also believed to destroy about 60 percent of the world’s population and other living things, so in believe this is causing mass extinction at the time. The eruption is believed to form a caldera which then filled with water, until now known as Lake Toba, the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the deepest in dunia.Sedangkan because of the pressure of magma that can not come out, finally in the middle of the lake appears an island that Known by the name of Samosir Island.
But unlike the public belief about the origin of Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Batak society has its own legend story from the lake. It is said that, in ancient times, in the area around Toba there is a mountain soaring high and breaking the sky, the mountain is very beautiful. Around the mountain there is a valley with a small stream.
Live a poor young man and his fishing job. This young man was named Toba. In the small stream that is usually Toba fishing. One day, Toba fishing from morning to evening, but not in get one fish. Toba is annoyed and discouraged. And when he drew his fishing rod to take home, Toba was shocked, because someone pulled his hook. He immediately pulled it, and it turns out a very large gold fish was in the can. Toba cheered for it. With pleasure, Toba came home with the gold fish.
Toba wants to quickly fry the catch fish. But Toba gasped in surprise because someone called him. “Hey young boy”. Toba searches the origin of the sound, but he can not find it. “I’m here, the gold fish you catch”, Toba immediately saw it, and it turns out right, the fish can talk. Toba was astonished at what he had witnessed. The fish said again “Do not eat me young boy. Put me in your hut, and you can come again three days after that “. Toba did not ask much, he just obey the gold fish demand. Toba puts the fish in his little hut. Toba went home empty-handed. But Toba is still wondering and wondered at what happened.
Three days passed, Toba can not wait to see the magic fish. Arriving there, he was surprised again with the figure of a beautiful girl. With nervous Toba also ventured to greet him “Wh..who.. are you? “. The girl answered Toba’s question with her melodious voice “I am the golden fish of your catch three days ago”. Toba was astonished and incredulous, but the girl tried to convince her. The girl also explained that she was the daughter of the water ruler named Nauli.
Fascinated by the beauty of the golden fish girl, Toba also seduced her. The princess of the water blushed and answered “I want to be your wife”. Half-disbelievingly, Toba felt very happy. But the girl went on to say “With one covenant, after we get married, do not you mention where I come from, whatever happens. If you deny it, I will return to my original form, and leave you “. Toba was able and agreed to the agreement. And then take the girl home for her marriage.
After marriage they live happily. Toba works as a farmer and his wife is a housewife. Lapse for some time with their lives together, finally Toba in shock with a happy perkar who preach that his wife has been pregnant. Toba more loving his wife. Time passed, until his wife gave birth to a boy named Samosir. Samosir is a handsome boy, much like his mother. Samosir grows big and healthy. Once, Samosir was asked to deliver food to his father. He also agreed to his mother’s request. With pleasure, he also delivered the food to the fields, where his father worked. But in the middle of the journey, Samosir fell. The meal he brought also fell. Samosir took and collected the fell food.
After arriving in the rice fields, Samosir was frightened to call his father. And then his father saw him and approached him. Samosir just bowed fear and did not say a word to his father. With a hungry stomach, the father rushed to open the food. Her father was surprised to see the food dirty. He scolded Samosir. “You can’t doing good even bringing food like this, you son of a fish !.
Samosir is frightened and runs home. Arriving at home he sobbed while telling the incident he experienced. Her mother was both sad and angry at her father, because she had brought up her past. Nauli asked Samosir to go to the highest land of the region. He advised Samosir, “There will be a great storm, son, run and take good care of yourself”. “But mom, I want to be with the mother” said Samosir. “Do not worry about your mother, mother is fine replied the mother. Finally Samosir was willing to follow the request of the mother, he ran hard to the mainland. Not long when Samosir came to the top of the hill, there was a huge storm and devastated all the surrounding land. Heavy rains go down unceasingly, making the lake very large. While Nauli back into the fish in the lake. The lake we are familiar with Lake Toba, and plains in Samosir named Samosir Island.
That’s a little story about the origin of Lake Toba. In addition to the story, there is a mystical thing that until now still held firm by the Batak people around Lake Toba. They believe, if the lake is inhabited by “Namboru” which means seven goddesses believed to be the ancestors of the Batak tribe. Usually before the ceremony, the local people must ask permission first to Namboru.
Travel route Towards Lake Toba
Long journey if you want to enjoy the beauty of the outer nature can be in the northern part of this island of Sumatra. You must have to prepare material and physical to navigate this journey. The nearest transit point to visit Lake Toba is Medan.
So for those of you who come from out of town you can travel with Transit in Medan City either in Kualanamu Airport which is an international airport in Medan, or it could also transit at Amplas terminal for you who use the landline.
From Medan city trip you can proceed to Lake Toba by using Damri Bus to Simpang Kayu Besar, the facility of Bus is quite good, equipped with Air Conditioner and toilet in it, so do not get to overslept yoo. Arriving at Simpang Kayu Besar you have to change the vehicle with other vehicle with the direction of seal purpose. Actually there are also transportation service providers that you can rent with the route Medan – Perapat, but the price is rather quite expensive, it is comparable with the services provided.
After arriving at Perapat, you can enjoy the scenery of Lake Toba, but if you want to go to Samosir Island, you have to cross by using Ferry boat transportation to Tuktuk Siodang on Samosir Island. This place is a strategic place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba completely.
Activities Can Do in Lake Toba And Samosir Island
The scenery around Lake Toba is beautiful. Surrounded by fine pine forest lined with breathtaking waterfalls and a warm water bath that will refresh you. In the waters of Lake Toba, inhabited by a unique type of fish. The local people used to call it the Batak Fish or in the scientific name Remis Toba (Corbicula tobae), which belongs to Lissochilus sumatranus and Labeobarbus soro. Various fauna also inhabit the area around Lake Toba. In addition, the land around Lake Toba is considered fertile. There grow a variety of plants, ranging from pine trees to a variety of fruitful trees. In addition, also many medicinal plants that thrive there, not infrequently you will also find some types of beautiful flowers.
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Here you can do activities such as playing jetsky, around the lake by boat, enjoying the challenge of climbing banana boot, watching the local traditional dances, watching the boat racing race, trying to challenge the rides in Lake Toba, looking at the natural phenomenon of hanging stone and still many others, you can also walk around the village in Samosir Island.
Two villages of Samosir Island frequently visited by tourists are the villages of Tomok and Tuktuk. Tomok is a village that has many lodging places for tourists. While Tumuk is a village that has several important tours to visit. Like the Batak Museum, the Sigale-gale puppet dance performance is a typical dance of the island of Samosir, as well as the final resting place of King Sidabutar. In addition, on Samosir Island you will find misty mountains and waterfalls. You will be greeted by the friendliness of the Batak community that makes you feel at home for long in this place.
Residents around Lake Toba livelihood as farmers and fishermen. They rely on the natural wealth around the residential area in Lake Toba. They also always uphold the culture and traditions and local wisdom of Lake Toba. Their culture is very thick and nuanced Batak. In the vicinity of Lake Toba there are also some crowded places visited pera tourists. Balige, is one of the districts that always crowded visitors. Balige is the capital of Samosir district. From Balige, you can see a panoramic view of Lake Toba.
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This area is quite strategic to get the best atmosphere of the natural scenery of Lake Toba. In addition, Balige is also famous for its market that sells a variety of unique souvenirs. In Balige, you can also find a row of typical culinary sellers Batak society. Balige also keeps a historical museum that has a Batak nuance, as well as loads of Batak relics. The museum is known as T. B. Silalahi. The name was taken from the founder of this museum named T. B. Silalahi. In addition, there is also the tomb of Sisingamangaraja XII, a famous hero in Indonesia. Other places are usually crowded visitors, namely Lumban Silintong Beach. There you can see beautiful and charming scenery located on the shores of Lake Toba.
Besides Balige there is also Brastagi, which is one of the mainstay destinations in Lake Toba. Brastagi is a peak tour that keeps the natural beauty of interest. There, you can enjoy the cool air and the installation of Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak. Green trees also colored the beauty in Brastagi. Not only that Sipiso Piso waterfall is very beautiful and refreshing also there. From the top of Brastagi, you can see Lake Toba that stretches wide.
Souvenir And Culinary in Lake Toba
In the area around Lake Toba Batak tribe inhabited with a variety of uniqueness of the culture. For the typical souvenir batak community was also diverse, ranging from unique guitars made from typical wood batak, to the ancient hand-written calendar, of course also original from Batak, and many other unique souvenirs. Heaven for shopping antiques and unique of Batak is on the island of Samosir. There are various interesting souvenirs. One of them is, ulos cloth. Ulos cloth is a woven fabric that is usually red, white and black, and decorated with gold thread.
For culinary, many unique cuisine from this place, some restaurants are also here including Elios Restauran, Rumba Pizza, Romlan Guest House, Tabo Restaurant and Budha Resto all serve dishes that inspire your taste.
Tips Visiting Lake Toba and Samosir Island
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1. Choose the Right Time
Please visit from April to August. Because in these months, the weather there is sunny, so you can enjoy the tour of Lake Toba with comfort.
2. Visiting At The Time Of The Traditional Ceremony
Benefits for you when visiting the tour of Lake Toba, when local people are doing a ritual ceremony or a party of the people of Lake Toba is you can witness the festivities of the event. Besides that there is a very busy event here namely Festifal Lake Toba
3. Choosing Moment Documentation
If you want to get good photos from Lake Toba, the time is quite limited, only about 1 hour. Morning hours 05.30 to 06.30 while in the afternoon at 16.00 to 17.00. These times are often referred to as Golden hours. Because at this time, the best light that is served in Lake Toba.
4. Be Careful When Visiting To Sipiso Piso Waterfall
To visit Sipiso Piso Waterfall, be careful, because some of the roads that you will pass have a slippery and steep terrain.
5. Use Shoes
For your convenience in a trip to Lake Toba, can use shoes to get around around Lake Toba.