Lake Toba - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
Lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia
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About Lake Toba
Lake Toba is a large natural lake in Sumatra, Indonesia occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. The lake is located in the middle of the northern part of the island of Sumatra, with a surface elevation of about 900 metres . The lake is about 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide, and up to 505 metres deep. It is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. Lake Toba Caldera is one of the nineteen Geoparks in Indonesia, which is proposed to be included in the UNESC
Attractions Near Lake Toba
The Sipisopiso is a plunge waterfall in the Batak highlands of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is formed by a small underground river of the Karo plateau that hurls itself from a cave in the side of the lake Toba caldera some 120 meters down to lake level. Sipisopiso is a well-known tourist attraction and a nearby vantage point offers great vistas of the fall and the lake.
Natural hot spring that has hardened to form white terraces rich in calcium carbonate deposits. Unlike many of the popular hot springs around the world, the boiling water here is too hot for swimming.
Lumbini Natural Park is a Buddhist temple located at Desa Dolat Rayat, Berastagi in North Sumatra. It was inaugurated with a great ceremony in October 2010. The ceremony was attended by more than 1300 monks and more than 200 lay people from around the world. Taman Alam Lumbiniis a replica of “Shwedagon Pagoda” in Yangon, Myanmar. The architecture is similar to a Myanmar pagoda, covered in gold. It hosts an elephant statue and the door appears like an Burmese craft.
Mt. Sibayak is a stratovolcano overlooking the town of Berastagi in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Although its last eruption was more than a century ago, geothermal activity in the form of steam vents and hot springs remains high on and around the volcano. The vents produce crystalline sulfur, which was mined on a small scale in the past. Seepage of sulfurous gases has also caused acidic discolouration of the small crater lake.
Mount Sinabung also Dolok Sinabung, Deleng Sinabung, Dolok Sinaboen, Dolok Sinaboeng and Sinabuna is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano of andesite and dacite in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 40 kilometres from the Lake Toba supervolcano. Many old lava flows are on its flanks and the last known eruption, before recent times, occurred 1200 years before present, between 740 - 880 CE. It is one of the beautiful trekking destinations in Indonesia.
Alas River is a river in Aceh in northeastern Sumatra, Indonesia, about 1400 km northeast of the capital Jakarta. It is known for its white water rafting. The banks of the rivers are inhabited by the Gayo and Alas people.
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Discover More Attractions in North Sumatra, Where Lake Toba Is Located
North Sumatra is the fourth most-populous province after West Java, East Java and Central Java . it covers an area of 72,981 sq.km, and at the Census of 2015 it had a population of 13,923,262.