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Best Places to Visit in Banda Aceh of 2017

  • 01 Lake Toba

    Lake Toba
    Image Credit : Lake Toba
    Lake Toba is said to be the largest volcanic lake in the world. It is spread across 1,707 km. sq. and it is even bigger than Singapore with an island in its center. The lake is said to be formed some 70,000 years ago due to gigantic volcanic eruptions and it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth.

    Highlights: Tourists can experience lovely hot springs that are to the western side of the island across the causeway from Panguran. Trek lovers can also explore the jungle trekking options and visit the beautiful Sipisopiso waterfall surrounded by green vegetation all around. The traditional Batak dance in Bagus restaurant every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:15pm onwards is frequented by locals and tourists alike. One can also buy traditional Bataknese handicraft items, weaved clothes, Sarungs and fragrant clothes among other things from Kain harum market here.

    Location: Lake Toba is situated in Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Timings: Open round the year.

    Price: Entry to the lake is free of cost but some activities inside are chargeable.

  • 02 Aceh Tsunami Museum

    Aceh Tsunami Museum
    Image Credit : Aceh Tsunami Museum
    Aceh Tsunami Museum is a museum that is designed as a symbolic reminder of the Tsunami disaster and Indian Ocean earthquake that shook the country in the year 2004.

    Highlights: When you enter the Aceh Tsunami Museum at the main gate, you will come across a dark hall. In this hall there is water falling from above. It gives an illusion of being in a tsunami wave. Walking from here, you’ll arrive in the exhibition room that is dominated by the dark color. This room is adorned with a number of pictures of the Tsunami and the pictures depicting the devastation caused by this heartbreaking event. Next, you’ll come across the Cahaya Tuhan (God's Light) room. You’ll also experience yourself facing the tsunami waves. Further, if you walk to the next room, you’ll see Jembatan Harapan (Bridge of Hope). In this room, you can watch 15 minute long tsunami documentaries that are played here.

    Location: Aceh Tsunami Museum is located at Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda No. 3, Sukaramai, Baiturrahman, Kota Banda Aceh, Aceh 23243, Indonesia.

    Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    Price: Entry is free.

  • Nearby Getaways from Banda Aceh
  • 01 Port Blair

    If you are looking for a long and relaxing holiday, you are actually unknowingly looking for Port Blair. Welcome to the Islands of Andaman & Nicobar. Port Blair, the capital city of the islands, is located in South Andaman. You will get to see the best of beaches while your are travelling to Andaman.

    There are a lot of places to visit in the city of Port Blair. If you are looking forward to an unmatched holiday experience this time, you should surely visit Port Blair as you can choose waterways to reach the islands and this option is unavailable to visit any other place under Indian Territory. Alternatively, you can take a flight from the mainland of India to Port Blair but the sea journey is absolutely divine.

    The places to visit in south Andaman are Cellular Jail, Chidiya Tapu, Samudrika Marine Museum, Ross Island, Jolly Buoy Island and many more. You will experience a tropical monsoon climate in Port Blair which means rainfall throughout the year.

    The food in Port Blair is absolutely divine. You will get to taste the best of sea foods and you will be lost in their delicious flavours and aroma. The best dish you must try is Andamani fish curry. The rich gravy with Indian spices and the soft fish will make you lick your fingers.

  • 02 Rawai Island