Travel Guide For Kerinci Seblat National Park

Indonesia is very well known for the forest, greenery, cliffs, waterfall and beaches around its surroundings. Apart from all these, Indonesia is well known for its Parks and special animals like Komodo dragon, Orangutans etc. The Kerinci Seblat National Park, which stretches from plains of West Sumatra to the forest valley over the deep river gorges of the Barisan Mountains. The Park covers double of the area compared to whole Bali and has lots of amusements to offer for adventurous people.

Kerinci Seblat National Park, West Sumatra
Kerinci Seblat National Park, West Sumatra (Source : lonelyplanet.com)

Climate

The temperature is more or less constant apart from the seasonal variation. Evening and nights are comparatively very cool, thanks to the high altitude of almost 700m. The highest temperature on the mountains can drop as much as 5 degree Celsius and hence it’s always advisable to carry some woolen clothes in case you are planning night campaigns. The heavy rain periods are October to December and February to April while May to August is most dry with some occasional showers.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is the most attractive offering of the park and it’s complimented with the magnificent atmosphere. The number of species of birds you can watch at the park are more than any other spot by far. If you are lucky enough, you can also witness the lifetime moment of watching the Sumatran ground cuckoo, which was supposed to be extinct before it was rediscovered in the year 2002.

Spotting the Tiger

The Kerinci Seblat National Park is one of the rare national Park in Asia, where the number of tigers as increased. The park is very aware about the significance of wildlife & tiger, and hence 5 % of your trip cost goes to the programs for tiger conservation.

Caves

This Park host some of most amazing caves and some of them are engineering marvel while others are scary. The cave complex creates the interesting network with the star as Gua Tiangko which is situated outside the village of Sengering. These caves are supposed to be built some 9000 years ago and the walls are filled with cultural art.

Gua Tiangko, Kerinci Seblat National Park
Gua Tiangko, Kerinci Seblat National Park (Source : wikimedia.org)

The Culture

The local guide will explain the paintings and art work in much detail and is always recommended for deeper understanding. These caves are supposed to be a very nice way to get sink into the ancient cultural and tribal values of Indonesia.

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