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Earth’s Largest Lizard

By Linda Tancs

The closest living example of the legendary dragon in folklore and mythology is the Komodo dragon, the largest living species of lizard on earth. Reaching 10 feet in length and topping nearly 200 pounds, the monitor is protected from extinction in its native land of Indonesia at Komodo National Park. Sitting at the center of an archipelago, the park (which recently celebrated its 37th year of conservation) consists mainly of three volcanic islands and landscapes varying from dry savanna conditions to lush forests. Bounded by white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, the area attracts underwater enthusiasts as well. Divers claim that Komodo waters present one of the best diving sites in the world, with 385 species of beautiful corals alone.

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A Celebration of Culture in Indonesia

By Linda Tancs

Known locally as the elephant building for the large statue gracing its entrance, the National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta is a celebration of archeological and ethnological treasures. The archeology garden has the largest collection of Hindu and Buddhist artifacts in Indonesia, comprising stone sculptures, relics and scriptures. The nation’s ethnography is represented by masks, weapons, instruments, toys, fabrics, tools and miniature houses from every region of the country. Centrally located, it’s accessible by taxi from Plaza Indonesia or Jalan Jaksa or the nearby Monas bus stop. Free tours in English, French, Japanese and Korean are offered by the Indonesian Heritage Society.

Worms and Waterfalls

By Linda Tancs

A lush oasis awaits those seeking to avoid the fanfare of Bali, Indonesia. Just hop on over via speedboat to Lombok, a quieter escape offering pristine, unspoiled views like the one of Mount Rinjani, an active volcano. In that area you’ll find some of the island’s most popular waterfalls, like Air Terjun Sindang Gila, Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu. Just be cautious of local touts demanding excessive guide fees. Another hotspot is Kuta Beach, a mecca for sunbathers and surfers. Unlike its namesake in Bali, though, it lays claim to an unusual ceremony presided over by the indigenous Sasak people. Each February they celebrate the arrival of marine worms, said to represent the long strands of hair of a mythical princess who ended her life in the sea rather than marry the wrong prince. This little delicacy is often wrapped in banana leaves and roasted.

Where Java Rules

By Linda Tancs

Surakarta (also called Solo) in Indonesia is where Java rules.  And no, that doesn’t mean coffee.  This city in Central Java exudes Javanese culture, like the courtly dances evocative of a royal bygone era.  It’s also the heartland for traditional batik and the rich yellow hues characteristic of the area.  Batik is so prized that there’s an annual batik carnival to celebrate this popular form of Javanese art.

Chocolate in Paradise

By Linda Tancs

There’s nothing like a little chocolate in the jungle.  In Bali you can tour Pod Chocolate, a hillside cacao farm located amidst jungle, rice fields and an elephant camp near Ubud.  One of the few places in the world where chocolate is made just minutes from where it’s grown, your tour there includes an educational foray into the cocoa pod and a chocolate-making exercise.  Their equation is simple:  chocolate + antioxidants = health.  So is yours:  you + Bali = paradise.

Bali, Indonesia

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of Travelrific Travel Show, the topic is Bali, Indonesia.  Where’s the best sunset in the world?  Find out now at www.travelrificradio.com.

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