Travel to Padang Panjang City (Part 1)

Padang Panjang is one of the cities with the smallest area in the province of West Sumatra, Indonesia. This city has the nickname as the Veranda City of Mecca, and is also known as Egypt van Andalas . While the administrative area of this city is surrounded by the administrative area of Tanah Datar Regency. Padang Panjang City has 2 sub-districts, namely West Padang Panjang District and East Padang Panjang District and 6 sub-districts. Its area reaches 23.00 km².
The city of Padang Panjang is a city that is on a cross route and is connected to the Sumatran route. Making this city in a strategic position. This city is located on a regional route between the City of Padang and the City of Bukittinggi, also with Tanah Datar District, Solok Regency and Solok City.
This city is also called cold city. This city is located at an altitude between 650 and 850 meters above sea level, in a mountainous area where the air is cool with an average temperature of 24°C. In the north and slightly to the west, three mountains line up: Mount Marapi, Mount Singgalang and Mount Tandikek. Therefore the city is on a undulating plateau. About 85% of the plains in the city of Padang Panjang are hilly areas.
Even though the city of Padang Panjang is a small town, it has diverse tourism potential. Natural beauty, cultural charm, religious and culinary tourism in this city really steal the attention of both local and foreign tourists. Here are some popular tourist destinations in Padang Panjang City, especially in West Padang Panjang sub-district:

  1. The Anai Valley Waterfall

Although the Anai Valley Waterfall is administratively included Koto X sub-District area, Tanah Datar Regency, its location is directly adjacent to the city of Padang Panjang. This 35 meter high waterfall is right on the edge of Padang-Bukittinggi Road at the foot of Mount Singgalang. Anai Valley Waterfall is part of the Batang Lurah River, a tributary of the Batang Anai River which originates from Mount Singgalang at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level. It is located on the western boundary of the Anai Valley Nature Reserve area so the atmosphere is still natural with dense forest and lush trees. Around the waterfall there are also monkeys that roam. Its beauty has made the Anai Valley Waterfall a tourism icon for West Sumatra Province.
The clear water flows down the hills towards the slopes, then flows on through the forests of Mount Singgalang before arriving at the edge of a steep cliff. From this cliff, the flow of water then plunges to the bottom of the Anai valley and forms a pond where the water gathers. The misty waterfall forms a beautiful cluster of colors when illuminated by the sun. The water discharge is quite heavy and stable in the rainy season but will be very heavy when heavy rains fall. Sometimes, it will experience flooding and the water overflows onto the highway.


2. Batu Batirai Waterfall and Batu Batirai Cave

Batu Batirai Waterfall is located in the Anai Valley nature reserve area, in Padang Panjang City. It is located in the Manggis Village area in the West Padang Panjang District. Indeed, it is somewhat less famous than the Anai Valley Waterfall which is located not so far from this place. However, the charm it offers is no less captivating. For the cave itself, its position is not far from Batu Batirai Waterfall. Usually, visitors who come to visit the Batu Batirai Waterfall also come to visit the Batu Batirai Cave because it can be a bonus in itself and it is indeed not too far from the position of the waterfall.
They are located only 100 meters from the Cross-Provincial Road. Your journey starts from the track in the form of a narrow path and is still made of soil plus tree plants on the right and left. You will also be immediately confronted with views and path in the form of a river which has a water current that is not too fast, but you have to be careful of slippery roads so you don’t slip. After that, you will meet people’s fields and a small river, and after that you will arrive at Batu Batirai Waterfall.



After you are satisfied enjoying the charm of Batu Batirai Waterfall, you should not go straight home. Not far from this place there is a very beautiful cave with reliefs in the form of decorative stalactites that blend with stalagmite rocks which, if you pay attention, look like a curtain. This is of course a very beautiful stretch of natural charm for you to see.
The existence of this cave has long been discovered. However, with its remote and remote location and lack of information about the existence of the Batirai Batu Caves, the place has not yet been formalized as a tourism destination. Even though the condition of the cave is very exotic and deserves to be used as a natural tourist destination. Batu Batirai Cave is not too high, only 170 centimeters. So for those who have a height of more than 170 centimeters, it will definitely feel tiring and have to bend while exploring the cave. The width of the cave is quite large, which is about 3 – 3.5 meters in size.



With a cone-like shape, exploring the cave becomes quite difficult. When you are in one of the wide mouths of the cave, you can walk. However, the more you explore the inside of the cave, you have to crawl until you crawl. As well as having to walk one by one. The smallest tip is only ± 50 cm in diameter. This size can only accommodate one person. So if you go out to the narrow end, you have to go one at a time. This also makes this cave highly not recommended for fat people to explore.

3. Lubuk Mata Kucing Swimming Pool

Lubuk Mata Kucing swimming pool is located on Lubuk Mata Kucing street. The easiest route to get there is via the Trans Sumatra Road. It is with a natural concept that was built during the Dutch colonial period in 1918. The pool water comes from a nearby spring and is not purified water. At the bottom of the pond overgrown with moss so the water seems cloudy. This is what is unique about a swimming pool. Maybe it is the only mossy swimming pool. However, moss is very useful for supplying oxygen so that swimmers can last a long time in the pool and don’t hurt the eyes.


4. Center for Documentation and Information on Minangkabau Culture

The Minangkabau Cultural Information and Documentation Center (Pusat Dokumentasi dan Informasi Kebudayaan Minangkabau ) is one of the museums in West Sumatra which is located in Silaing Bawah village. Various kinds of information and collections about Minangkabau culture in the form of audio and visual documentation can be observed here. This museum can be accessed from the Padang–Bukittinggi main line, approximately two kilometers from the center of Padang Panjang City.

Source: the Museum of Center for Documentation and Information on Minangkabau

Source: Room of the

One of the main reasons behind the establishment of The Minangkabau Cultural Information and Documentation Center was the assumption that the Minangkabau people did not have good written historical evidence, because the Minang people were used to speech culture that was passed down from generation to generation; In fact, documentation about Minangkabau is mostly found outside Minangkabau, for example in the National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta or Leiden Museum, the Netherlands. Aware of preserving and bringing documents about Minangkabau culture closer to the Minangkabau people themselves, Bustanil Arifin, Former Minister of Cooperatives of the Republic of Indonesia during the New Order era, took the initiative to establish a non-profit organization in the form of a forum to collect various documents and information about Minangkabau culture. He and Abdul Hamid, an educational leader in West Sumatra, founded the Minangkabau Cultural Documentation and Information Foundation (Yayasan Dokumentasi dan Informasi Kebudayaan Minangkabau) on January 8, 1988.
To achieve its goals, the Minangkabau Cultural Documentation and Information Foundation established a forum called the Minangkabau Cultural Information and Documentation Center. It is aims to provide information about Minangkabau culture and collect various kinds of literature and audio and visual documentation; such as recording various traditional events in the form of films and videos, recording traditional songs, to making duplicates of traditional musical instruments. It was officially visited by tourists on December 19, 1990. So far, more than 3,000 old documents about Minangkabau have been collected in the form of book reproductions, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, photos and microfilms; most were published before 1945, some of which are still in Dutch and Arabic Malay.

Source: Clippings of magazines and newspapers from museum

5. Minang Fantasy

Minang Fantasy Water Park & ​​Resort is a playground located in Padang Panjang City. It is located in the Minangkabau Village area, It is in the same complex as the Minangkabau Cultural Documentation and Information Center. It was built in mid-2006 on an area of ​​9.8 hectares and opened to the public in July 2008. The inauguration of Minang Fantasy was carried out in October 2008 by the Mayor of Suir Syam. The size of the Minang Fantasy area can accommodate visitors with a capacity of 25,000 visitors.
It has a Minangkabau area of traditional village that can be used by tourists as resorts and cottages. It is on natural grounds with cool air at the foot of the Barisan Hills. The village concept here emphasizes more traditional concepts that are different from similar tourist attractions in other places.
It has two game areas, namely Waterpark Arena and Dry Park (Dry Game). Dry Park is including Ferris Wheel, Boom Boom Car, UFO, Jump Around, Mini Coaster, Comedy Play, Flying Fox, Cinema 4D, and Bumper Boat.
Meanwhile for the waterpark arena there are various facilities such as a 12 meter high slide tower with a length of more than 104 meters, a 250 meter long flowing pool or artificial river which is named the ‘Batang Anai River’. There is a Wave Pool/Legend Beach, covering an area of ​​1,800 m2. Kiddy Pool, a special pool for toddlers with a depth of 40 cm and equipped with play facilities for children, such as slides and fountains in the shape of mushrooms and clowns.
There is also a Spilled Bucket Pool, for children’s play equipped with a slide, a small fountain with water that can suddenly spill from the ‘giant bucket’ on the slide. Furthermore, there is also the Semi Olympic Pool, which is referred to as the ‘Niagara Pool’. Semi-Olympic swimming pool, with a length of 25 meters and a width of 8 meters. This pool can be used for competitions. Women’s Pool, named ‘Talago Puti’. This pool is a special swimming pool for teenage and adult women.



In addition to natural tourism, Padang Panjang also has a culinary tourism center that has been around for a long time. Pak Datuk’s Restaurant will pamper your taste buds with a variety of Minangkabau specialties. There is also a special restaurant selling satay called Sate Mak Syukur, which is a center for satay lovers from all residents of Padang Panjang. For those who want to buy souvenirs, take the time to stop by the Minang Kayo souvenir shop. There are many souvenirs that can be brought home as a memento while on vacation in Padang Panjang.



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