Jambi Province in Indonesia

Temple in Jambi

Temple in Jambi ©elonoir/Flick

The Jambi Province in Indonesia has an area of ​​5.343.700 hectares, it is divided in 9 regencies and has a provincial capital. It has a varied topography, the eastern part is mostly plain, the western part has many mountains. The latter is particularly true in the Kerinci Regency.

The rich natural resources and the biodiversity is represented by four national parks and each has a unique flora and fauna.

In the following we will present the most important tourist attractions of the Jambi Province.

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View of Jambi from Mount Kerinci

View of Jambi from Mount Kerinci ©paulzpicz/Flick

Workshops

The Batik and Handicraft Workshop lies at one and a half kilometers of the city center of Jambi. It is the center of the traditional batik and the braided works of women and the center of agate masonry in Jambi Province.

The Seblat National Park

The Seblat National Park in Kerinci lies at the Bukit Barisan mountain range and has an area of almost one and a half million acres. It is the homeland of many types of animals: elephants, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhinos, tapirs, leopards, deers, wild goats, monkeys, crocodiles, birds and reptiles.

Mount Kerinci

Mount Kerinci in Jambi Province is the highest mountain in Sumatra and is very popular among climbers.  Kersik Tuo near Kayu Aro is a village at the foot of the mouintain and is the base of the climbers. The climbing season lasts from January to October. The simplest way to get there is to go from Padang , the capital of West Sumatra to Sungai Penuh (Kerinci regency) that is 278 km, 7-8 hours drive. Another route leads from Padang directly to Keresik Tuo that is 211 km, 5-6 hour trip.

Mount Kerinci in Jambi

Mount Kerinci in Jambi ©sutrebor/Flick

The Kerinci Lake

The Kerinci Lake is located at about 20 km from Sungai Penuh that is the center of the Kerinci  regency. It is very popular among tourists because of the beautiful panorama. Along the lake you will find hotels and restaurants.

The Bukit Duabelas Nature Reserve

The Bukit Duabelas Nature Reserve is located in the Pauh district of Jambi Province at 60 km from Bangko, the center of the Sarolangun Bangko Regency. It has an area of ​​28 703 hectares, and is the home of deers, monkeys, bears, wild boars, elephants, snakes, iguanas and many kinds of birds. Small lakes and streams are found in the area, the latter flow into the Batanghari River. In the area of the nature reserve lives the kubu (anak dalam) ethnic group with around one thousand souls.

The Muara Jambi Temple

The Muara Jambi Temple is located at 30 km to north-east from Jambi at the bank of the Batanghari River. On the island of Sumatra it is considered to be one of the richest archaeological sites. The eight temple-like building structures remind us of Buddhist architecture. They were probably built in the 14th century. In 1982 a 32 cm tall bronze women figure was found at Koto Kandis. It is probably the representation of goddess Lakshmi as she holds a lotus bud in her right hand, an oil candle holder in her left hand. Beside of its famous archaeological curiosities the river bank is a famous resort and trip place as well.

Temple in Jambi

Temple in Jambi ©elonoir/Flick

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