The cultural heritage of Central Sulawesi

The beautiful Central Sulawesi

The beautiful Central Sulawesi ©elrentaplats/Flick

In the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, in the province of Central Sulawesi province you will find the ancient megaliths, the indigenous village communities, the mossy mountainrocks, the calm lakes with blue water, the long rivers for rafting winding in an almost untouched environment, the diving paradises of the spectacular coral reefs, the tiny uninhabited islands with endless white beaches and the rich nature reserves.

In this context is a particular pleasure to observe the cultural heritage of Central Sulawesi, visiting the main towns, observing the culture of the residents, trying the traditional meals and to becoming part of the island.

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Reaching Central Sulawesi

Regarding air transportatin, more internal flights are arriving to Central Sulawesi from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and Balikpapan. Central Sulawesi is also accessible by bus from Toraja (South Sulawesi) in 14 hours and from Bunaken (North Sulawesi) in 18 hours.

The capital of Central Sulawesi

Palu is the capital of Central Sulawesi and is inhabited by many ethnic groups, each with their own traditions and customs. The ethnic groups live peacefully side by side in friendship and receive visitors with hospitality.

Seaside of Palu

Seaside of Palu ©Heru Setyo H/Flick

The Second World War bomber wreckage

It is definitely worth a visit in Central Sulawesi the Second World War bomber wreckage which lies at 45 minutes from Kadidiri or the Tanjung Kramat diving center. At the wreck exclusive tourist facilities awaits for the visitors, and diving equipment can be rented on the site as well.


The small lakeside town of Pendola is the change-stop of those coming from Toraja, South Sulawesi. From here they continue their journey to explore the sights of West Sulawesi including the megaliths, the valleys of Bada, Besoa and Napu, the spirit grinding stone or they are traveling ahead to the Bunaken Island in North Sulawesi and to Manado.

Trip to Central Sulawesi

Trip to Central Sulawesi ©djembar lembasono/Flick


Donggala was once the most important port in Central Sulawesi. It is located at 35 km in the north-west from palu and you can get there by of car in 40 minutes. Visitors can visit the Tanjung Karang, where white sand, clear water and colorful coral reefs are awaiting the water sports enthusiasts.

Traditional clothes

The inhabitants living around the Lore Lindu National Park have a distinctive clothing made by phloem, these being prepared in the Bada, Kulawi our Napu Valleys.


Is is believed that the thousands years old megaliths in the Napu, Besoa and Bada Valleys were probably part of the ceremony of the veneration of the ancestors. The stones and a one and a half to four meters high, and were placed between 3000 BC and 1300 AD.

The beautiful Central Sulawesi

The beautiful Central Sulawesi ©elrentaplats/Flick

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