/ / Lake Maninjau

Lake Maninjau

Photos and description

Lake Maninjau is located 36 km West of Bukittinggi, which is part of the province of West Sumatra. "Danau Maninjau," in the language of the people of Minangkabau means "to watch from above, to watch."

The lake has a volcanic origin and was formed by a volcanic eruption that occurred about 52 000 years ago. Lake area - 99.5 square kilometers, approximately 16 km long and 7 km wide. The average depth of the lake is 105 m, but sometimes reaches a depth of 165 meters. Oval-shaped lake lies at an altitude of 480 meters above sea level. The lake water is fresh and is full of fish. On the West side of the lake is the river of Antocin, excess water from the lake falls into the river.

Most people who live around the lake, Maninjau belong to the ethnic group of Minangkabau people. The population is engaged in cultivation of rice, fruits (durian, jackfruit, Indian breadfruit, rambutan, langsat, Java Apple), spices and fishing.

Lake Maninjau is a popular tourist attraction of the island Sumatra with its beautiful scenery and mild climate. The lake is known among fans of paragliding - you can fly at the altitude of 1200-1300 meters above sea level, when the West wind is blowing. It is believed that to fly is better to choose a time from may to September. Also in the lake you can swim.

In 1948, the lake was visited by the first President of Indonesia - Sukarno. He was fascinated by the lake and the surrounding landscape and wrote a pantun is a small verse in which he described the beauty of the lake.