The name Palangkaraya is increasingly popular because it is often predicted to be a candidate to replace Jakarta as the capital of Indonesia. Since it was built in 1957, Bung Karno has planned this city to become the capital of the country in the future.
At present, Palangkaraya is the capital of the Province of Central Kalimantan. The area of the city reaches 2,679 km2 with half part of the area still in the form of forests. Therefore, Palangkaraya is home to various other protected and nature conservation forests.
Natural scenery that is still sustainable makes people often buy flight tickets to Palangkaraya for natural tourist destinations. Flights to and from the city are served by Tjilik Riwut Airport. The airport, formerly called Panarung, is located on Jalan Adonis Samad, Kelurahan Panarung, Pahandut Regency. Some major cities that provide plane tickets to Palangkaraya are Jakarta, Balikpapan, Pontianak, Surabaya, Banjarmasin, and Makassar.
The vast expanse of nature makes Palangkaraya has natural tourist destination. The most crowded destinations in the city are:
Location: Jalan Mahir Mahar KM 1,2, Kotak Pos 65.
This nature conservation area invites tourists to recognize and enter deeper into the forests of Palangkaraya. Here, tourists will explore the peat swamp forest area for 2-3 hours on foot, then tour around the black water river by boat. Tourists will find various exotic animals during this exploration, ranging from various birds to various reptiles. If you are lucky, orangutans will appear to say hello.
Location: Jalan Cilik Riwut KM 21.
This park is always crowded during the holiday season. Instead of the beach, this place is actually an artificial lake originating from the former sand excavation area. As a recreation park, this place offers complete entertainment, ranging from water bikes, klotok boats, lakeside slides, fishing, swimming buoys to flying fox. There is also a dining lodge on the edge of the lake that is guaranteed to provide an impressive culinary experience.
Location: Jalan Cilik Riwut, Bukit Tunggal, Jekan Raya.
The Balanga Museum is a source of knowledge about the indigenous Dayak culture of Borneo. Tourists can surround this museum for about two hours to find and learn about various Dayak Ngaju cultural artifacts complete with historical stories of people's lives. Many tourists like this museum because although it looks simple, it is still very well maintained, has informative instructions, and is easily accessible from various places.
Pamper your tongue and stomach with a variety of delicious culinary specialties from Palangkaraya. Do make a visit to the following places with closest ones.
Location: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman nomor 1, Palangka, Jekan Raya.
Open every day, 10:00 - 22:00 WITA.
This vintage noodle shop serves as a gallery of tribute to the proud hero in Central Kalimantan, Tjilik Riwut. In the style of an old house, this restaurant offers delicious local culinary delights. The best-selling Dayak cuisine here includes Seluang Goreng, Tempoyak Goreng, Juhu Umbut Rotan Kepala Ikan, and Kandas Sarai. While enjoying these exotic food, visitors can simultaneously see various dioramas about Tjilik Riwut.
Location: Jalan Bukit Rawi KM number 2, Pahandut Seberang, Pahandut.
Open every day, 9:00 - 21:00 WITA.
This special seafood restaurant is the target of tourists for lunch and dinner. During that time, guests can dine with pleasure while being pampered by the views of the beautiful Kahayan River. Special menus that can be tried are grilled Lais Fish, Spiced Shrimp, and Umbut Rattan. In terms of atmosphere, Kampung Lauk Restaurant offers outdoor dining on a stilt house on the river.
Location: Jembatan Kahayan, Langkai, Jekan Raya, Palangkaraya.
Open every day, 15:00 - 22:00 WITA.
The cafe at the wooden house is a pleasant hangout on the banks of the Kahayan River. People like to come here to enjoy a variety of fresh drinks, snacks and seafood while looking at the beauty of the Kahayan Bridge. This culinary destination must be visited before sunset to get the best panorama from Palangkaraya. Do not forget to take as many pictures as you like with beautiful panorama before going home.