¤ Simalungun is a regency on the eastern shore of Lake Toba. Towns in the area include Parapat, Raya (capital city) and Pematangsiantar. But, the latter is administratively an autonomous city. Despite being the regency seat, Raya is relatively small. Overall, this regency is mostly a plantation region. The main crops are tea, cocoa, and palm oil. To see it on the map, click here.
Simalungun is home to the oldest still-operating tea plantation in Sumatra. It is also the second largest producer of black tea in Indonesia. Its mineral-rich volcanic soil has made the region a significant producer of black tea. Travelers to Simalungun should try the local tea as a unique experience. The must visit attraction is an 8,373-ha (32 sq mi) tea plantation at Sidamanik.
Tea plantation is one part of the story. The other part is tourism. In other words, there are many points of interest beside plantation to visit in Simalungun. We have listed below the main sites as well as cultural attractions you will find there. For example, the land is rich in beautiful places such as hills, waterfalls, and craters. Further, it is also home to some of the famous local museums. In particular, you will see a large selection of tools and utensils used by local ancient people in the galleries.
Points of Interest
Below is the list of some points of interest in Simalungun:
- Aek Nauli
- Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung
- Hanging Stone and Story of Seruni
- Parapat City
- Sidamanik Tea Plantation
- Sippan Lake Toba
- Tanjung Unta
- Tigaras Village
- Aek Manik Nature Bath
- Siantar Zoo
Select Simalungun as your travel destination if you wish to visit Lake Toba and the above attractions. See all destinations.
|Area (km2)||4,387 (1,694 sq mi)|