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Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park, A Cultural Excursion

6 March 2012 3,499 views No Comment

Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park is a remaining representative of lowland spring forest in Sumba, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Most of the forest area in the park is in the form of cliffs, which emerged to a height of 600 meters from the sea.

Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park has high biodiversity value which is about 118 species of plant including kesambi (Schleichera oleosa), suren (Toona sureni), guava forest (Syzygium sp.), Pulai (Alstonia scholaris), taduk (Sterculia foetida), walnut (Aleurites moluccana), mountain pine (Casuarina sp.), tamarind (Tamarindus indica), and lantana (Lantana camara).

There are as many as 87 species of bird including seven endemic species to the island of Sumba which are chrysolite cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata), julang Sumba (Rhyticeros everetti), punai Sumba (Treron teysmannii), Sumba flycatchers (Ficedula harterti), kepodang-sungu Sumba (Coracina dohertyi), and honey Sumba (Nectarinia buettikoferi). Julang Sumba chrysolite cockatoo are the most rare birds and endangered species, especially on the island of Sumba.

Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park has 57 species of butterflies including seven endemic which are Athyma karita, Papilio neumoegenii, Sumalia Chilo, Delias fasciata, Ideopsis oberthurii, Junonia adulatrix, and Elimnia amoena.

Unfortunately, since Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park only recently appointed as a National Park, the facilities for visitors is still very limited. Homestay facilities available are managed by the local community around the park.

Most tourists who come to the park is attracted by the cultural excursions on the island of Sumba.

One of the interesting locations to visit is the waterfall of
Matayangu and Lapopu. This waterfall is located in Waimanu Village and Katikutana Village .

Some of the cultural attractions on the island of Sumba, among others:

Waikabubak, which is adjacent to Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park where can be found many ancient carved tombs. The ancient tomb is a symbol of social status and public health (Kadung Tana, Watu Karagata and Bulu Peka Mila).


Pasola, a thrilling and interesting ritual attractions, some people ride colorful decorated horses, attacking each other to knock down opponents with wooden lances. Pasola is usually held in February in Lamboya and Kodi, in March in Gaura and Wanukaka, annually.

The best visiting season for this place is March to June and October to December each year.

How to reach the location: Kupang-Waingapu by plane about an hour, continued from Waingapu-Lewa-Waikabubak by road using four wheel drive for about two hours, which continued into the National Park location (Langgaliru Village, Katiku Loku Village and Watumbelar Village)

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