¤ Karo is a regency on the northwestern shore of Lake Toba. It is famous for agriculture, culture, and traditions. Kabanjahe is the regency’s capital city. In addition to Kabanjahe, other towns in the regency are Berastagi and Merek. To see it on the map, click here.
Karo is a unique part of Batak land and community. The land is so fertile that the majority of fruit and vegetable in Medan market comes from Karo. It is also famous for cultural heritage. Visit the Karo Heritage Museum to see artifacts and arts unique to this community. The museum stores almost 1,000 antiques dated back up to 1700s. The gallery is at Berastagi. Further, its people speak a language that sounds different from what is spoken elsewhere.
Berastagi is apparently the most favorite destination in Karo. In particular, people go there to enjoy the cool weather and bargain at the fresh market. Moreover, it hosts a number of other attractions, such as Mikie Funland and Lumbini Natural Park. Mikie Funland is a theme park. It operates various rides for children and adults. There, you can get everything from soft to adrenaline-pumping experiences. Lumbini Natural Park offers a journey to those seeking knowledge of how a magnificent temple should look like.
Then, there is Tahura National Park. It is a beautiful spot for exploring the jungle of Berastagi. In this park, there are a waterfall and clear pedestrian paths. You will almost certainly see wildlife in a short walk into the forest, such as gibbons or other primates. Furthermore, you may also see hornbills or some other exotic birds. The park also provides rides on elephants and horses.
Forty minutes from Berastagi is the town of Merek, a place famous for the Sipiso-Piso Waterfall. The waterfall is 120 meters (400 ft) high. It pours a massive, continous stream of water from an underground river into the open forest. Its height, size and scenery makes it a must visit attraction on Lake Toba.
Points of Interest
Below is the list of all points of interest in Karo:
- Gajah Bobok Hill
- Gundaling Hill
- Lake Lau Kawar
- Mikie Funland
- Mount Sibayak
- Sikulikap Waterfall
- Sipiso-Piso Waterfall
- Tahura National Park
Select Karo as your travel destination if you wish to visit Lake Toba and the above attractions. See all destinations.
|Area (km2)||2,127.3 (821.3 sq mi)|