Tourist attractions in Central Kalimantan or Central Borneo

Recently planted palm trees in Central Borneo

Recently planted palm trees in Central Borneo ©glennhurowitz/Flick

The 153 800 km2 area of the largest province of Borneo is mostly covered with jungle. The northern part has inaccessible mountains, in the central part are dense tropical forests and the southern region of is a swamp crossed by rivers. The climate of the region is hot and humid.

Central Kalimantan is the home of three Dayak communities the ngaju, the ot danum and the ma’anyan ot siang. The ngajus are nomads, the followers of the ancient kaharingan fait that is characterized by the respect for the ancestors and animist elements. With a population of six thousand people the ot danum community is the largest.

 

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The ot danums are living is “long houses” with often up to 50 room. It is well known that the women skillfully weave the rattan, palm leaves and bamboo. Like the other Dayak communities, the men are also good hunters, even if they are using simple tools.

Recently planted palm trees in Central Borneo

Recently planted palm trees in Central Borneo ©glennhurowitz/Flick

The city of Palangkaraya

Palangkaraya means holy wessel in the local Dayak language. It is easily accessible by air from Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Samarinda, Balikpapan and from the small towns of the island as well. The city is the governmental, commercial and educational center of the province. The Palangkarayai Regional Museum presents thehistorical and cultural values of Central Kalimantan.

Tourist attractions in Central Kalimantan

Kuala Kapuas at the Kapuas River, at 40 km from Banjarmasin, is a popular tourist destination in Central Kalimantan. The Telo Island is a nice fishing village and harbor. The challenging rapids of the Gohong Rawai River is awaiting for the adventurous, the rafting and nature lovers. The Teweh and Batu Api gold mines in the Runge district worth a visit as well. In this region the main source of income gold and the valuable precious metals are washed out of the river with traditional methods.

Sampit is the largest timber port in Kalimantan. In the orchid park of Pembuangan Hulu you will see very rare and beautiful flowers. The hunting enthusiasts can enjoy their hobby in West Kotawaringin.

Palm oil refinery in Central Kalimantan

Palm oil refinery in Central Kalimantan ©glennhurowitz/Flick

The old palace of Pangkalanbun is also an interesting tourist attraction in Central Borneo, it is entirely made of ulin that is iron wood. This is the only historical monument in Central Kalimantan, which is preserved from the Banjar Kingdom era.

The Tanjung Puting National Park is a popular tourist attraction in Central Kalimantan that is covered with lowland and swamp forest. It is the home of orangutans, owa-owa (gibbon), bekantans and other animals. It is worth visiting the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Swamp lands in Central Kalimantan

Swamp lands in Central Kalimantan ©glennhurowitz/Flick

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