Lake Kerinci is the largest of 15 lakes in the Kerinci district and the second largest in Sumatra after Lake Toba. It is a peaceful place where visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as fishing, swimming or camping. Sample the tasty local dishes in the small restaurants surrounding the lake, or simply relax and enjoy the cool air and lovely scenery.
There are several elevated vantage points around the lake where visitors to the area can relax and revel in the panoramic beauty of the picturesque surroundings from above. These are of course great photo spots for those who come by to immortalize this moment in their adventure. Tanjung Hatta is a spot where Bung Hatta, first Vice President of Indonesia spent time relaxing in the calm of nature, surrounded by leafy trees and the cool lake. Visit Selaman Village, one of the small villages on Lake Kerinci’s shore, and observe the Laheik Kerinci, which are the typical traditional homes of the region.
Pulau Tengah Village is the location of other significant icons of the area, such as Keramat Pulau Tengah Mosque and Dolmen Batu Raja, an ancient megalithic structure. Several other carved stone structures are scattered throughout the territory, the last remaining traces of a timeless era and an unknown civilization.
The two closest cities to Sungai Penuh, capital city of Kerinci District, are Jambi and Padang. Getting to Sungai Penuh from Jambi city takes about 10 hours by car over a distance of approximately 500 KM. This can be done using public transportation or rental car. Jambi airport serves just Jakarta and Batam.
The alternative route through Padang is much faster, at a total distance of under 300 KM. Sungai Penuh can be reached via public transport, car rental or private car, and should take between 5-6 hours. Minangkabau International Airport in Padang serves Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam and Kuala Lumpur. The lake is located in the Kerinci Valley, about 16 KM from Sungai Penuh.