Visit the Bada Valley in Lore Lindu park

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Bada is famous for its many stone megalith statues scattered across the valley’s rice fields and grasslands. Forested mountains surround it but there are few forest trails, except at Kolori. There are 14 villages (desas) in the valley and most follow a traditional way of life. For instance, water buffalo are often run through the rice fields in order to churn them, a method employed elsewhere prior to the existence of ploughs and tractors. Kain kulit kayu, cloth made from the bark of several forest trees, baskets, and beautifully woven grass mats (tikar) are still produced. To see kain kulit kayu being made, listen for the steady drumming of the wooden mallets and stone hammers of women beating the bark into cloth. All bridges are swing bridges, jembatan gantung, and are used to cross the Lariang River in many places. Alternatively, bamboo rafts must be used, such as outside of Pada and Bewa villages on the way to Seppe. At Seppe is ‘Watu Palindo’, the largest of Lore Lindu’s megaliths, 4 m high and 1.55 m wide, displaying a male head and body.

Accommodation is available in one of several small losmen at Tuare, Gintu or Bomba for around Rp 100,000 per day for two meals, accommodation and a breakfast of coffee and local cake.

Tuare a very traditional village, with rice barns (buho), has a large traditional Bada meeting house (it is possible to stay inside).has a homestay (the kepala desa’s house).

can see kain kulit kayu being made – ask at the kepala desa’s house.

has a very small shop.


an inscribed stone lies on a hill quite a long way from the village, around 2 hours walk each way.

short walk to hot springs.


very good hot springs, has a pool for bathing, with a cold river close by for a refreshing plunge afterwards.

2 km away are the Suso complex of megaliths, including Seppe (1 km), and numerous other megaliths.

ask Pak Lalong for accommodation.


can see kain kulit kayu being made.

has a small megalith, ‘Taraeroi’, in the village.

grave of the first Christians in the Bada Valley, a husband and wife team.

leader of all kepala adat in Bada Valley lives here (Magau Kapuy), and there is a grave complex for the Kapuy family.

has an enormous fig tree, pohon beringin, reputedly 173 years old.

3 losmen – Sanur, Merry, and Agus.


1 km from Gintu.

The ‘Watu Palindo’ statue is about 1.8 km (30 minutes) walk, each way, and includes a bamboo raft river crossing.

can see kain kulit kayu being made.

look for the little ‘Ariimpohi’ statue in the crossroads. Its name means ‘central post’ and it is the marker for community gatherings.


1 km from Gintu.

home of Antonius Taula, one of the last artists still producing head-dresses, siga, to traditional designs, with completely natural paints and dyes.


has an almost life-size stone water buffalo, batu kerbau, lying down as well as other old stones.


2 km from Badangkaia.

centre for pottery manufacture for the Bada Valley kitchens.

two stone image megaliths, the first about a 1.5 km walk away and the other less than 3 km from the first.

1.5 km walk to hot springs, pleasant trail along an irrigation ditch.


3 km from Bakekau, 4 km from Bewa.

2 megalithic stones with inscriptions in the village.


3.5 km from Gintu.

a male stone image stands between Pada and Bomba, 500 m from the main road. It was excavated in 1918 by Walter Kaudern from Sweden when he was researching these megaliths.


has one stone image in the village area and another of a beautiful woman called ‘Langke Bulawa’, which means ‘gold anklet’, about 1 km away.

has the grave of a Dutch missionary, Yokob Wodret.

has a homestay.


across the river from Bomba via a hanging bridge.

one kalamba.

hot springs, and a waterfall with bathing.


30 km from Doda in the Besoa Valley.

Leaving Desa Lelio, at the eastern end of the Bada, the 30 km track to Besoa follows the Lariang River for more than 10 km, then climbs over a ridge with grassy padang fields and descends through the forest to Doda in the Besoa Valley. A resting point (pondok) has been built at Taba, 15 km from Lelio, or about 4 hours along the path. This track is quite difficult in places, and includes some narrow ledges. It is not considered to be suitable for horses but for the adventurous it does provide some dramatic views of the Lariang River and is one of the best places to see Anoa.


4 respons untuk ‘Visit the Bada Valley in Lore Lindu park

    tikateacool said:
    Mei 20, 2010 pukul 3:49 pm

    mas..kalo ke lore lindu dari palu ada travelnya ga??kalo boleh tau saya bisa lewat mana alternatif terdekatnya…thx

      in'am responded:
      Mei 21, 2010 pukul 10:09 am

      Dari Palu ke arah selatan ada dua jalur, mau ke sisi barat atau ke sisi timur lore lindu. Satu ke arah kulawi dan satu ke arah Napu. Kalau mau ke Napu dan Besoa (sisi timur) ada kendaraan dari terminal Petobo berangkat pagi jam 8 dan jam 2 siang kalau ga salah. Di Napu nanti turun di desa Wuasa (Sekitar 3 jam dari Palu) ada banyak penginapan disana. Kalau mau lihat megalith bisa langsung ke Doda ( lembah Besoa).
      Kalau terdekat yaa ke daerah Bora (30 menit dari Palu) sudah berbatasan dengan Lore Lindu.

    Nancy said:
    Juni 24, 2010 pukul 9:03 am

    Hello, I’m interested in visiting Bada Valley. I’m currently in Palu and will be here a few more days. I read that I can take a bemo to Gimpu, and from there I guess I need to take an ojek to Gintu, right? Once in Gintu is it easy to find lodging and guides? When taking the ojek from Gimpu to Gintu, is it normal to stop and look for megaliths along the way, or does the motorcycle just drive straight through? Also, about the National Park fee, where do I pay? It seems I would have no opportunity to go to the actual office, it’s on the other side of the park. Would I pay in Palu instead?

    Thanks for any information you can give me, I’d really appreciate it!

      in'am responded:
      Juni 25, 2010 pukul 1:30 pm

      Yes, You right you can take Ojek from Gimpu to Gintu about 5 hours alongside Lariang river. But you can take a rest in Tuare village, there’s a small motel. The route Gimpu-Gintu Have no megalith object, you can stop for rest or taking picture. You can easily find lodging in Gintu. I think you dont need pay to the park authority just because the bada valley actually placed outside the park.

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