The most famous cities and villages of West Nusa Tenggara

The King's Palace in Mataram

The King’s Palace in Mataram ©rollanb/Flick

The Wallace line indicates the border between the zone of the distinct flora and fauna of the western and eastern part of Indonesia. This line is also the western border of West Nusa Tenggara including the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa. As the traveler goes to the east, the differences are more pronounced: the dry season gets longer and the corn and sago are the leading crop instead of rice.

Lombok is characterized by pristine beaches covered with soft white sand. The island is famous for its hand-woven textiles, and of its quiet berely discovered sites, the exception being the resort town of Senggigi.

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Today we present you the most famous cities and villages of West Nusa Tenggara in the case that you would like to visit this beautiful area.

Lombok has regular flights to Bali and Surabaya, but there is a ferry service as well, which allows an excellent trading relationship between the province and the rest of the country.

Cakranegara and Mataram

Mataram is the center of the province of West Nusa Tenggara. The city in the recent decades united with the port city of Ampenan and Cakranegara and became the largest city of the province. At the beginning of the 18th century Mataram was the residence of the crown prince of the southern Bali Karang Asem. The ruler stayed in Cakranegara.  The Taman Mayura once belonged to the royal palace. In the center of the park is an artificial lake. A small overpass leads from the lakeshore to the pavilion in the middle of the water. This opened pavilion was earlier the place of litigation and was also used for religious ceremonies.

The King's Palace in Mataram

The King’s Palace in Mataram ©rollanb/Flick

The Mayura Park

In the Mayura Park in West Nusa Tenggara you can see everything that survived from the Bali Karang Asem kingdom era. Ngurah king built the Balai Kambang, which was the place of justice and important meetings. Unusually, the building shows both Hindu and Muslim reactions, like the Muslim Hajji sculptures.

The Mayura water palace in West Nusa Tenggara

The Mayura water palace in West Nusa Tenggara ©D-Stanley/Flick

The town of Sape

In the port town of Sape, on the east coast of Sumbawa the shipwrights still prepare their sailing ships in the traditional way. Sape is an ideal starting point for excursions to the islands of Komodo, where you can see the last representative of the animal world of prehistoric times, the Komodo dragon.

The village of Sukarare

The village of Sukarare in West Nusa Tenggara is a traditional weaving center, lies to the south from Cakranegara, it is famous of its Lombok songket weavings with vivid patterns. The technique, patterns and motifs were inherited through generations.

Traditional settlements

In the settlements of Segkol, Puju and Rambitian, in South Lombok, along the road that connects Mataram with Kuta you feel as if time had stopped. Every house and barn was built in traditional style, and the daily activities are the same for centuries.

 

Fishermen in West Nusa Tenggara

Fishermen in West Nusa Tenggara ©yeowatzup/Flick

 

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