Tano Batak Day 6: The Pearl of Lake Toba

 taman_simalem_2Lake Toba is a lake and supervolcano, 100 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, and 505 metres (1,666 ft) at its deepest point. Located in the middle of the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra with a surface elevation of about 900 metres (2,953 ft), it is the largest volcanic lake in the world. In addition, it is the site of a supervolcanic eruption that occurred 74,000 years ago, a massive climate-changing event.

This eruption, believed to have been the largest anywhere on Earth in the last 25 million years, may have had catastrophic consequences globally; some anthropologists and archaeologists believe that it killed most humans then alive, creating a population bottleneck in Central Eastern Africa and India that affected the genetic inheritance of all humans today.


Despite the geological historical details that seems to have brought an annihilation to this world, the lake itself is now stunningly beautiful and immense with several cities circling it. Lake Toba is the biggest lake in the Republic, both by area covered and by volume, and also the biggest in South East Asia. On this post are some pictures of the Lake, taken from the north-eastern side, from Kabupaten Karo, somewhere near Merek/Kabanjahe at a location called the Taman Simalem - The Pearl of Lake Toba.

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Taman Simalem is currently under development and has partially been opened for public. This place has not yet been popular as a travel destination unlike Prapat, a region located in Kabupaten Toba-Samosir, which is more frequently associated to the Lake. Taman Simalem is designed to become a resort decorated by a mixed-taste of Batak artwork and contemporary minimalistic architecture.

Paragraph 1 and 2 was cited from Wikipedia.

  • i love u toba

  • i love toba lake

  • You have awesome blog with huge visitors and enjoyable writing style. I just ask, are you member UKSU (Unit Kesenian Sumut)?

  • Lake toba very very beautiful………

  • Lake Toba is so beautiful and glamor, I like Toba

  • Beautiful!
    I visited Lake Toba in early and remember canoeing in the lake in a hollowed out tree for a canoe, very unstable and lots of fun!

    • Try look komodo island, more beauty and natural..

  • beautiful view, superb photography and excellent panorama shot, very impressive composition and excellent shot with beautiful colors, i really love the contrast on the hills with sunshine and shade.

  • Very informative post once more. I can’t but second “ordinary people”‘s opinion:” a good way to make people all over the world
    enjoy and learn” about Indonesia’s “rich of precious and unique culture”.

    Make it four thumbs up!

  • bisa tukeran link ga mas..
    klo bisa konfirmasi ke blog saya yah mas..!
    makasih sebelumnya..

  • Cool brother. Your photos is very-very beautiful. Me my self has never go to Lake Toba for about 5 years. But from your blog I fell I have travel on it. I love my little country there. It’s call Lumbanjulu near Jangga. I miss it a lot. Thanks abang for share this picture. I love your blog.

  • i’ve been to samosir almost every year
    and i still love that place :)

    tp aku nggak pernah ke daerah pariwisatanya, melainkan ke kampungku sendiri. masih alami, dengan kehidupan masyarakatnya yang hidup bergantung dari sawah dan ternak. dengan rumah2nya yang masih menggunakan papan dan kayu. dan aku selalu kagum betapa mereka selalu bekerja keras…
    belum lagi pantainya…masih bersih, sepi, dan sejuk XD

  • waw. this blog is very cool.
    you wrote in english,
    but the contains are pure about indonesia culture.
    it can be a good way to make people all over the world
    enjoy and learn our culture.
    so that, they can respect us as a country
    which rich of precious and unique culture.
    two thumbs up ! :)
    keep writing.