Visit The Enchanted Eyes Harau Valley
Harau Valley is situated 15 km northeast Payakumbuh, 100 to 200 meter steep granite walls shelter this 315 ha fertile valley.
It is a nature and wildlife reserve, where wild goats (capriconus sumatrensis), hedgehog (proechidna bruijnii) and tigers still roam.
It is a 400-meters diameter ravine with fresh air and exquisite landscape around it. It is a paradise for cliffhanging enthusiast and that valley is frequently mentioned as an Indonesian Yosemite. The granite mountainsides soured up surrounding the valley.
There is a granite cliff in 80-300 meters height. Danger cliff displayed wonderful and fascinating landscape. And as a valley, voices and screams would be echoing. There is an echo spot to produce the best echo you can get.
Harau Valley Wildlife
A wildlife reserve around 270.5 acres is located on the top of the valley. This place was announced as a natural preserve since January 10th 1993. It is typical of tropical valley with diverse varieties of vegetation and colorful rocks on their banks.
Its combination of vegetation and topography makes it marvelous tourists spot rarely found elsewhere. There are sumatran rhino, a tough wanderer that commonly travelling 15 km a day.
There are also sumatran tiger (panthera tigris Sumatrensis), orangutans (pongo pymaeus), long tail monkey (macaca fascirulatis), bear (helaratos malaynus), tapir (tapirus indicus) and also noted hundred species of birds while reptiles and fishes may also represent the still diverse ecosystem.
There are two must-visit places at Harau Valley. They are Sarasah Bunta and Aka Barayun. There are five waterfalls Sarasah Bunta and only one in Aka Barayun. The water is very fresh and cool with some little fishes living on the nature pool of waterfall.
Tourism facilities are available like swimming pools, camps, cottage, mini zoo, and horse-cart. Butterfly farm is also not to be missed.
History of Harau Valley
The existence of the valley had already known by the people since 1926. It is proven by a Dutch colonial monument that located at base of Sarasah Bunta waterfall. At the inscriptions of the monument displayed the signature of Dutch Resident Assistant, F. Rinner and two official from Indonesia, Tuanku Laras Datuk Kuning and Datuk Kodoh nan Hitam.
This valley has its own legend. Once upon a time, at top of the cliff there was a kingdom, and the valley was a sea. One day, the princess plunged to the sea because her royal father not given his blessing for the man she loved. The king ordered to find his daughter’s body. But, until the sea was drain, her body was never found out. The sea which now became a land is known as Harau Valley.
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