Bakkara is a flat valley of 200 hectares (0.8 sq mi) on the southwest shore of Lake Toba. Located 13 kilometers (8 mi) from Dolok Sanggul, Humbahas, it consists of several villages where most residents live as farmers and fishers. Two fast river streams, i.e., Aek Silang river and Aek Simangira river, split the hamlets and provide the water for the farming. Bakkara is about 1 hour from Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport by car. To see it on the map, click here.
The area is full of charm with famous natural attractions, culture, and history. The valley features two rows of hills that end at the edge of the blue lake. The two natural fortresses had been keeping the lives of their people from foreign enemies for hundreds of years. Bakkara Valley is also home to other tourist attractions:
|1||Aek Sipangolu||A sacred waterfall believed to be able to cure diseases, as the miracle of King Sisingamangaraja I|
|2||Janji Waterfall||Waterfall on the cliff where Batak soldiers took oath|
|3||Sisingamangaraja Palace||Former residence of King Sisingamarangaja and tombs of 11 Batak kings, now 400 years old|
|4||Sulusulu Forest||Lush trees in the middle of the countryside believed to be the hiding place of King Sisingamangaraja XII in the past (also birthplace of the king)|
|5||Tomb of Siraja Oloan||Monument to commemorate the founder of Bakkara, whose descendants include 12 kings called King Sisingamangaraja I – XII|
There is also a viewing post above the valley that provides one of the nicest views of Lake Toba.
What to Expect
Bakkara is relatively cold throughout the day and can be colder when it rains. You should bring your jackets when visiting it. There is a natural bathing place (a small lake) called Aek Sitiotio there. Local people use it for drinking and bathing. Meet and talk to the residents, who are known for being humble and outspoken, while enjoying a black coffee at a local stall.