Discover the north of Lombok island you can visit a number of sites including the Narmada Summer Palace, the Bayan old mosque, and the traditional Senaru Sasak tribal village. Enjoy a swim at Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls.
Immerse yourself in the north of Lombok, home to the Sasak tribe, on a full-day excursion that covers half of Lombok island. You’ll visit north, east, and central Lombok, and your guide-driver will include sites of particular interest to you.
See traditional Sasak houses, the old mosque, Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, the Tete Batu rice terraces, a traditional market, the Summer Palace, and much more.
Drive to the Narmada Summer Palace and Royal Garden, built in 1718. Continue on the tour to Sembalun Valley, located at the foot of Mt. Rinjani. The valley is the main starting point for treks up to the peak of Mt. Rinjani.
When you arrive at one of the area’s strawberry plantations, you’ll have the chance to pick your own strawberries. From here, it’s on to Mt. Rinjani National Park, where you’ll learn about the second-highest peak in Indonesia.
After enjoying time in the Sembalun Valley you’ll visit the Bayan old mosque, which was the first mosque in Lombok. Then you’ll have a chance to go for a swim and admire the Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, located on the north slope of Mt. Rinjani, about 600 meters above sea level.
Visit Senaru village, where mountain tribal life and the traditions of past centuries still exist. On the way back to your hotel you’ll make a final stop to see the sunset at Malimbu or Nipah cliff, with Mt. Agung Bali as the idyllic backdrop.
In central Lombok is easily reached from the main road heading east across the island. A turnoff at Lenek leads to the small village which is steeped in tradition and is a major centre for weaving ikat. Visit the small houses and shops here to purchase traditionally woven, colourful fabrics.
On the southern slopes of Gunung Rinjani, is a cool mountain retreat with beautiful rice terraces, forests and bright green fields of crops and tobacco on the surrounding slopes. It’s wet and misty during rainy season, cool and lush during the dry, and is a lovely place for walking or a day trip with lunch at one of the nearby restaurants or lesehan.
Jeruk Manis is a lovely waterfall to the north of Tetebatu, reached in about an hour’s trekking through a monkey-filled forest. It’s best to take a local guide with you.
Benang Stokel is located in the village of Aik Berik in Central Lombok, about 27 km east of Mataram and less than one hour’s drive from the capital. The area boasts two stunning and separate waterfalls – Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu – each within trekking distance of each other.
Benang Stokel is the first of the waterfalls and is easily accessed by a short walk from the paved parking area at the start of this national reserve. There is a small entrance fee payable, which helps maintain the park area and the limited camping facilities nearby. There are also small stalls selling snacks and drinks, and friendly young boys who work as unofficial guides and will carry your bags or picnic baskets.
After relaxing on one of the berugaks and a cool splash in the water, it is relatively easy to make the trek to the next set of waterfalls, around 30 to 45 minutes away. A small track leads up the incline through the jungle, twisting through the verdant rainforest of the surrounding hills. Although parts of the trek can be arduous, the track is safe and can be navigated by most people. The view at the end is worth every minute of the effort!
Beaches just don’t get much better: the water is warm, striped turquoise and curls into barrels, and the sand is silky and snow-white, framed by massive headlands and sheer cliffs. The south is noticeably drier than the rest of Lombok and more sparsely populated, with limited roads.
Southern Lombok’s incredible coastline of giant bite-shaped bays is startling, its beauty immediate, undeniable and arresting.
Sukarara is 5 km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is a weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold. Weavers work outside many of the shops, using antiquated “back strap looms” to painstakingly produce works of art. Some of the larger pieces can take several months to weave, and collectors from around the world visit this village to purchase the blankets, sarongs and cloth produced here.
Rembitan and Sade 2 , on the main road before Kuta, are two traditional Sasak villages sitting between the roadside and the rice fields. There are authentic lumbung (traditional houses) here and the villages are laid out in old-style compounds.
Kuta , on the south coast, is famous for its beaches and great surfing. There is a good variety of accommodation and restaurants in the area, including the architecturally spectacular and luxurious Novotel Coralia Resort located on one of the most picturesque beaches in the area. Kuta is popular with surfers and holiday-makers seeking sun and sea. Located about 45 km (28 miles) south of Cakranegara, or one and a half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta has an expansively beautiful white sand beach and is a good base for exploring the stunningly beautiful southern coastline.
Pura Lingsar is sacred not only to Lombok’s Hindu community, but also for local Moslem and Wektu Telu followers. Built around 1714, Pura Lingsar was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original animist statues remain today. This temple has two holy shrines and is the only place on Lombok where all the religions – Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and orthodox Muslims – come together to pray for prosperity, fertility, rain, health and general success. The temple is traditionally associated with fertility, irrigation and rice. Perang Topat, is an annual festival held at Lingsar and features a ritualised war with rice cakes, which also serve as an offering to the Gods. has spring-fed pools within the temple grounds and is home to large freshwater eels. Visitors are welcome to accompany a temple priest who will feed them hard-boiled eggs, purchased at nearby stands. Open during the day. Admission and eel feeding by donation.
Pura Narmada (or Narmada Temple), around 10 km east of Cakranegara in Narmada, was created circa 1805 as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and Segara Anak, the lake within Rinjani’s crater.The gardens at Narmada are beautifully maintained and surround the pools and lake. Check for performances of Gandrung, Gendang Belek and other traditional dances on special occasions. Some of the other pools at Narmada are available for swimming (modest attire, please) and are popular with local people.
Pura Suranadi, a complex of three temples located a few kilometres north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the oldest and holiest of the Balinese temples in Lombok, founded by the 16th-century Javanese priest, Danghyang Nirartha. Underground streams bubble up into restored baths, used for ritual bathing. Locally, Suranadi is regarded as the place to obtain the proper holy water for Hindu cremations. Huge sacred eels live in the pools and streams here, and can sometimes be lured out with an offering of boiled eggs (purchased at a nearby stall). To see a sacred eel is considered very lucky! The eels are considered holy and it is taboo to eat them or to contaminate their water.