Danau Maninjau or “Maninjau Lake” is a volcanic lake which is also one of the largest lake in Indonesia and also the second largest lake in West Sumatra. To reach Danau Maninjau, we need to go through “Kelok 44” or “44 Turns” hairpin bends down to the lakeshore.
Since it is located 461,50 meter above the sea level, the weather is very cooling. Danau Maninjau was the last spot during my one-day-visit to Bukit Tinggi. But, the scenery is very beautifully breathtaking!
The whole view is just like a painting. I can’t believe that this kind of scenery can be found in my country.
Similar to Batu Malin Kundang, Danau Maninjau has its own legend “Bujang Sembilan“. It is believed there was once a family with 10 people, 9 single men and a woman named Sani. Because of her beauty and her good behaviour, a man named Sigiran fell in love with her. One day they were accused for having immoral acts by the footmen.
To prove their innocence, they jumped into the crated of the Mount Tinjau. They swore if they were guilty, the mountain would erupt and if they were innocent, the mountain would not erupt. In the end, the mountain erupted and it formed a large crater which is then filled by water and became Danau Maninjau.
Beside Danau Maninjau, there two other lakes that are also famous. They are Danau Singkarak and Danau Kembar. However, the locations are far from one another and I did not have time to visit all 😦
So if you happened to visit these lakes, I’d love to hear what do you think about them! Have a safe journey and happy holiday!