Sabtu, 20 November 2010

Lake Maninjau beautiful place

Lake Maninjau is a caldera lake in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Lake Maninjau has an area of 99.5 km², being approximately 16 km long and 7 km wide. The average depth is 105 m, with a maximum depth of 165 m. The natural outlet for excess water is the Antokan river, located on the west side of the lake. It is the only lake in Sumatra which has a natural outlet to the west coast. Since 1983 this water has been used to generate hydroelectric power for West Sumatra, generated around 68 MW at maximum load.

Most of the people who live around Lake Maninjau are ethnically Minangkabau. Villages on the shores of the lake include Maninjau and Bayur.

Maninjau is a notable tourist destination in the region due to its scenic beauty and mild climate. It is also used as a site for paragliding.

Panorama of Lake Maninjau from the caldera rim

"Do not eat arai nut,
If not with a green betel.
Do not come to Minang lands,
If you do not stop at Maninjau."

( The first President of Indonesia, Soekarno, visited the area in early June 1948. A pantun he wrote about the lake reads)

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