LORE LINDU NATIONAL PARK, INDONESIA: Tracing the Mysterious Megalithic Statues and Observing the Wildlife

Lore Lindu National Park is administratively situated in southern region of  Donggala Regency, and western region of Poso Regency of Central Sulawesi. The area consists of mountain ranges. On the western fringe is Sarasina Fossa Valley, while on the eastern fringe is Tawaelia Valley. the height of mountain here range from 200 meters till 2,610 meters above sea level. The temperature in this national park ranges from 26 to 32 deg C. On the north rainfall is 2000 to 3000 mm annually. While at the southern region can reach up to 4000 mm annually. The southern region is the watershed of three major rivers : Lariang River, Palu River and Gumbasa River. The ecosystems here are varies from lowland forest, mountaun forest, swamp, sabana and river ecosystem.

Lowland forest with height less than 100 meters where rattan, rainbow eucalyptus, enau, ficus,and many more. Higher altitude, grow orchids, staghorn ferns, ferns, resin tree, Elmerrillia ovalis Dandy and many more. In secondary forest grow wanga, leda and pine.

Lore Lindu National Park is habitat to some endemic animals from Sulawesi such as babirusa, tarsier, sulawesi pelanger, Sulawesi monkey, anoa, civet, and many more.

There are many birds here such as Maleo bird, Sulawesi Eagle, Enggang Bird. More than 21 big lizards species and reptiles here.

There are three zones in Lore Lindu National Park :  Suaka Margasatwa Lore Kalamanta, Suaka Margasatwa Sopu Gumbasa, and Hutan Wisata Danau Lindu. And here are the uniqeness of Lore Lindu National Park.

Megalithic Statues are the most interesting thing to be observed in Lore Lindu National Park. They have been existed for thousand years and it scattered  in Napu Valley, Bada Valley and Besoa Valley. They are known as best stone monuments in Indonesia. The statues are classified in 5 categories: first, Statue with human shape yet only one body part, be it shoulder, head, or genital. Second, is called as kalamba which is a jar that is estimated to be used to collect water or to place dead bodies in burial ritual. The third is tutu’na, stone plates which is estimated to be functioned as Kalamba cover. Forth is dakon shape with flat or convex shape. The fifth is other statues not in the 4 categories mentioned previously, they can be in the shape of house pillars, mortar and etc.

Lake Tambing is situated in Sedoa Village in North Lore distict, Poso Regency. To reach the lake must trek and this lake lies in the altitude of 1700 meters. The Lake area is bird haven and there are 260 bird species and even 30 percent of them are endemic. Some birds can be foudn here are: Sulawesi Fantail, Maroon-backed whistler, Blue-backed parrot, knobbed hornbill, yello-chested cacatua, snakebird. The lake is definitely perfect for birdwatching.

Maleo Bird Conservation is situated in Saluki village in Gumbasa District, Sigi Regency. This place is visited for travelers and also researchers.

If you plan to visit Lore Lindu National Park please let us know. There are many activities can be done here, bird-watching tour, trekking tour at Lake Tambing, Archaeological Tour, or research trip. You can also combine Lore Lindu National Park with other atraction in Sulawesi or Indonesia.