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9 Alluring Villages in Indonesia for a Trip to Back to Nature


Ever wondered what it'd be like to visit a peaceful village in Indonesia? Just imagine being in a place with untouched natural beauty. The cool, refreshing breeze blows upon your face. Its vast greenery landscape catches your eye. The perfect place for serenity! These secluded areas are becoming popular among local and international tourists who want to experience village tourism!

Here are 9 inspiring villages to visit on your next getaway!

1. Tuktuk Village, Toba Samosir, North Sumatra

traditional red roofs of batak houses in Tuktuk Samosir Island North Sumatra

Situated in the Samosir Island, North Sumatra, Tuktuk Village is an area blessed with traditional cultures, lush sceneries, and rejuvenating atmosphere. When you enter, you'll be greeted with the stunning view of Lake Toba as this village lies just at its coast side. You can explore its delicious culinary dishes, like barbecued Tinombur Fish. Then observe the creations behind ulos, the area's traditional hand-woven masterpiece.

Tuktuk Village is also a great place for an adventure in nature! You can trek at its hills, cycle around the village, and enjoy a morning stroll. Regardless of which exciting activity you choose, you'll definitely enjoy its glorious Mother Nature surroundings!

2. Warna Burai Village, Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra

Stroll around Warna Burai Village, and you'll see vibrant colors around! Once a small and less populated area, this Warna Burai was then transformed into a tourist destination. The panoramic potential of its nature attracts many people to visit the site in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra.

There are plenty of activities for you to do here! Go ride a boat or try eating at its floating restaurants. But if you prefer a trip to nature, you can also handpick fruits in its agritourism tours. Pretty exciting, don't you think?

3. Tugu Selatan Village, Bogor, West Java

a guy paragliding above Tugu Selatan Village Bogor West Java
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If you want to explore Javanese culture with a hint of adventure, Tugu Selatan Village is a must-visit spot! With its diverse cultural attractions, like batik and traditional handicrafts, this village is a perfect place to observe communities creating intricate souvenirs. Moreover, the area, located in Bogor, West Java, presents lush foliage for a great morning walk amongst Mother Earth.

But, what Tugu Selatan Village is most well-known for is its paragliding sport. Many professional athletes paraglide through the scenic skies overlooking the rice fields and greenery. You, too, can experience paragliding here as well! There are plenty of guides for you to try this adrenaline-filled sport!

4. Cibuntu Village, Kuningan, West Java

Gongseng Waterfall in Cibuntu Village West Java Indonesia
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Take on an exciting getaway to Cibuntu Village in Kuningan, West Java! This site offers a place to rediscover nature, facilitating great homestay accommodations and camping grounds. You can get a closer look at the community, showcasing cultural performances and rituals. It was even awarded the fifth best tourist village 2016 in ASEAN for its homestay sector.

There are plenty of natural attractions to visit here, too! One of which is Mount Ciremai, about an hour away from Cibuntu. Trek this site for an amazing bird's-eye view of the area! You can also discover Gongseng Waterfall, just 16 km away. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of rejuvenation surrounded by foliage and green terrain.

5. Candirejo Village, Magelang, Central Java

scenic aerial view of Candirejo Village in Magelang Central Java

Trade the hustle and bustle of your city life with a peaceful trip in Candirejo Village in Magelang, Central Java. This destination offers beautiful scenery of rice fields and a pristine river. One popular spot to visit is Menoreh Hills, where you can glimpse the sunrise or golden sunset.

The cultural experience here is also recommended. From playing the traditional instrument, gamelan, tasting delicious authentic Javanese food, gudeg, you'll absorb its one-of-a-kind heritage. Experience village tourism by living with the locals by trying out homestay accommodations. 

6. Pentingsari Village, Sleman, Yogyakarta

two people on an outdoor jeep adventure in Pentingsari Yogyakarta

Anyone up for some outdoor adventure in Pentingsari? Get ready because this village in Sleman, Yogyakarta, will provide a thrilling escapade! Since the area is filled with extreme pathways and quite close to Mount Merapi, you’ll be able to bring out your adventurous side as you maneuver with a jeep. Feel the excitement as you view the rocky roads amongst the thick, dense trees -- it'll fill your thrills for sure!

Pentingsari Village is also popular for its sustainable tourism attractions. Immerse yourself in its local heritage by learning how to create batik or learn a traditional Javanese dance. Then during the break, you can enjoy the many restaurants around the village. You can also enjoy a homestay experience amidst Yogyakarta's stretch of vegetation. A trip to this village will be memorable! So, it's no wonder this site had been awarded for Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA) 2017 in the economy category and Top 100 Destinations in Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD) 2019. 

7. Pujon Kidul Village, Malang, East Java

Pujon Kidul Village Tourism in Malang East Java

Sometimes a simple life is a happy life. What better way to do that than a trip to Pujon Kidul Village, East Java? This tourism village destination was created as an educational facility for local and international travelers to experience the soothing village ambiance. Here, you can enjoy your time picking vegetables, learning about milk processing, and viewing the rice paddies around.

Pujon Kidul Village Tourism  itself is surrounded by hills, with cool refreshing atmospheres and vast rice fields. So it's only proper to take plenty of photos while you're there! You can visit this place within an hour's drive from the city of Malang.

8. Mas Ubud Village, Gianyar, Bali

lush terrain at Mas Ubud Village in Bali Indonesia

Secluded in Gianyar, Bali, lies a peaceful village of Mas Ubud. It's a central spot for woodcarvers on the Island of Gods, making this a great place to observe the artistry of wood crafts. Local villagers in Mas Ubud believe in the concept of Tri Hita Karana -- a harmonious life of three aspects: humans with God, humans with humans, and humans with the environment. You can uncover the serene life here by chatting with the people and observing their way of life. Learn the course of the community with a visit to Mas Ubud Village!

9. Maria Village, Bima, West Nusa Tenggara

traditional Uma Lengge houses in Maria Village West Nusa Tenggara

If you're ever in Sumbawa island, West Nusa Tenggara, be sure to travel to the vibrant Maria Village. The first sight you'll probably notice here is the attractive traditional houses called Uma Lengge, with wooden roofs. It is home to the Mbajo tribe. You can glimpse their one-of-a-kind heritage by observing the Makatua ritual or watching the Wura Bongi Monca dance. Get a glimpse of their Kareku Kandei ritual, too! It's when the locals pound rice grains in a rhythmic sound.

It's also a great opportunity to explore its cuisine, with its traditional dishes and roasted coffee beans. Explore Maria Village to learn more about its culture!

There's never a dull moment when exploring Indonesia's tourism village. From the culture of Samosir to the way of life in Mas Ubud Village, these destinations will bring you treasured tales. Who knows, you might even get new inspirations from these village tourism experiences.

When you decide to explore these vibrant places, be sure to implement the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) health protocols. This means always washing your hands, keeping your mask on whenever you're out and about. And to always keep your distance from others.