Toraja is an ethnicity in the South Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Located on a ridge, Toraja depicts a mini heaven on earth. Blessed with pleasant weather, incredible views of rice paddies and stunning landscape Tana Toraja is one of the top tourist attractions of Indonesia. Torajans are very humble and polite in nature and treat all travellers with great hospitality. This close knit community was isolated in the past, now live in utmost harmony with each other. However, it is quite astonishing to know that in Toraja culture, death is considered as the most important event in one’s life. Death of a person is celebrated by sacrificing buffaloes and pigs in order to appease the dead soul. The meat is then distributed as a fest to all those who attended the funeral. Such unique practices of Torajans have developed keen interest amongst travellers to visit this village in large numbers.
Torajan culture and ritual is definitely a big draw for travellers, however the rugged terrain of this countryside offers some great adventure opportunities to its travellers. Trekkers and hikers can walk up locally and explore various places. White water rafting in couple of lakes offers a thrilling experience. Trekkers will have great time trekking up on the paddy fields and trees around. The land of Toraja is quite fertile for coffee plantations and some of the best coffee beans of Indonesia are grown here. Inhabited in a remote hilly village surrounded by mountains and forests and getting to know one of its kind rituals, makes it a perfect reason to visit Tana Toraja once in a lifetime.
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