Saturday, October 9, 2010

Danau Singkarak

Danau Singkarak or Lake Singkarak located in the geographical coordinates of 0, 36 degrees south latitude (LS) and 100.3 east longitude (BT) with a height of 363.5 meters above sea level (masl). Water surface area reaches 11,200 hectares of Lake Singkarak with a maximum length of 20 kilometers and 6.5 kilometers wide and a depth of 268 meters. This lake has a water catchment areas along the 1076 kilometers with rainfall up to 252 melimeter 82 per month.

It can not be denied, scenery surrounding natural attractions are so charming. So fantastic. The eyes are not tired of seeing the expanse of clear blue water with small ripples with it. Also, grains of fine sand which stretches across the lake edge. In the middle of the lake, the fishermen's small boats sailed the lake is quiet, the dwelling place of various fishes. Also fro motor boat or a rented rickshaw lake for tourists.

The trees growing along the banks of the lake are a barrier between land and water. In fact there is some corner of verdant rice fields, make the atmosphere more peaceful. Moreover, the spread of the Bukit Barisan background without limit, and can be seen from Mount Singgalang kejahuan and Marapi who stood proudly as if to keep calm lake.

Beautiful environment, the cool weather, the atmosphere is calm, peaceful, safe and comfortable to be the charm for those who visit it. Enchantment Lake Batur, is never finished when told. Hence the second biggest lake in Sumatra, after Lake Toba Sumatra to be excellent for a leading tourist destination, as well as a complementary destination for tourists who travel to the province.

Lake Singkarak located in two districts in West Sumatra, Kabupaten Solok and Tanah Datar. With an area of 107.8 sq km lake is the 2nd largest lake on the island of Sumatra. This lake is upstream Ombilin Trunk. The water of the lake was partially drained through the tunnel through the Bukit Barisan to Batang Anai Singkarak hydropower generator to drive near Lubuk Alung, Padang Pariaman.

Location Lake area of 129.70 km2, is also very strategically located on the roadside between Tanah Datar and Solok. Because of its location within easy reach, so that tourists can enjoy the view from the side that you want on the edge of lakes that meander. Even tourists who come to use private vehicles could enjoy its beauty from the top of his car.

In this resort you can do boating activities until the middle of the lake by using a canoe rental. The water was clear and cool, add the beauty of this charming lake nan. The sound of water ripples menghempas lake to the sand on the outskirts, also add to the atmosphere becomes serene. Not far from the lake area there is a resting place Biteh Nuts, precisely that is on the edge of Lake Singkarak.
Lake Singkarak also known as a place that is promising as a regional tourist fishing. This is evidenced by the crowded area in seputaran Lake Batur with the anglers who come from cities around the lake or from outside the province of West Sumatra. Among the fish species commonly fished the asang, piyek, balingka, baung, and fish that become legend Sasau, which is said to achieve sizes up to 8 kg weight. Other activities that can be done is to paddle sports. Rowing competitions are often held at Lake Singkarak, and is one of the local government program to promote the tourist attractions of the lake Singkarak.

From Padang Minangkabau Airport is just about 1.5 hours-2 hours by public transport fare is about Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000. Also, when riding from Padang through the intersection of three weeks of Solok, must pass through this lake. And if along the edge of Bukittinggi telaknya only about 36 km from Bukittinggi, will pass the muffled Banjaran mountain on the left side of the road. At the foot of the mountain, the atmosphere is filled with patches of rice paddy children who terliuk-contortion blown away by the wind.

Besides the exciting tour, Lake Singkarak also be used as a place of sport (sport tourism), such as on land can be used for trekking, jogging, calisthenics. On the lake for swimming sports, fishing, rowing and air sports like paragliding, skydiving, parasailing, paragliding floating in free air with beautiful scenery. Moreover, the lake is situated at an altitude of 36.5 meters with hilly atmosphere is very suitable for paragliding.

Indeed today, more lively activities Singkarak. Moreover, various national and international events were held in this lake region. Even the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (ministry) to cooperate West Sumatra provincial government held the first bicycle race in the region of Lake Batur titled 'Tour of Singkarak 2009', which was held on April 30 to May 3, 2009 ago. This Singkarak Tour consists of five stages are preceded by surrounding the city of Padang, Padang-Stage II is as far as 92.3 km of Bukittinggi, Bukittinggi-Sawahlunto as far as 85.1 km, Sawahlunto Singkarak 90.2-km and the last is the Stage V-Singkarak twin lakes (lakes above and below) and then returned to Lake Batur along 188 km.
One more uniqueness located on Lake Batur, the Fish Bilih. Fish Bilih (Mystacoleucus padangensis) is an endemic fish species (which is expected to only live in this lake), and become one of the specialties. Research experts reveal 19 species of freshwater fish living in habitats of Lake Batur, Solok and Tanah Datar district, West Sumatera (Sumatra), with the limited availability of food materials. Of the 19 species, three species of which have high density populations, namely fish Bilih / Biko (Mystacoleusus padangensis Blkr), Asang / Nilem (Osteochilus brachmoides) and Rinuak. Other fish species that live on Lake Batur is, Turiak / turiq (Cyclocheilichthys de Zwani), Lelan / Nillem (Osteochilis vittatus), Sasau / Barau (Hampala mocrolepidota) and Gariang / Tor (Tor tambroides).

Then, Kapiek fish species (Puntius shwanefeldi) and Balinka / Belingkah (Puntius Belinka), Baung (Macrones planiceps), Kalang (Clarias batrachus), Jabuih / bloated (Tetradon mappa), Kalai / carp (carp Osphronemus lac) and Puyu / Betok (Anabas testudeneus). Furthermore, fish species Sapek / Sepat (Trichogaster trichopterus), Tilan (mastacembelus unicolor), Jumpo / Cork (Chana striatus), Kiuang / Cork (Chana pleurothalmus) and Mujaie / Mujair (Tilapia pleurothalmus).

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