Harau Valley in Harau Sub-District, Indonesia


It is quite surprising that West Sumatra Province also has unique vacation spots like valleys. Tourists can find one located in Lima Puluh Kota Regency, which is Harau Valley. It resides in Nagari Harau Village and belongs to Harau Sub-District actually. People keep coming to this location in order to enjoy sightseeing and photography. Also, these nature lovers love to do trekking on the site either with families or friends. The valley features various natural attractions after all, including granites, trees, rivers, etc. Somehow, it soothes everyone’s stresses due to the fresh air and flawless panorama.

The Nuance
Once arriving at Harau Valley, tourists may witness beautiful mountainous panorama right away, featuring a formation of waterfalls! The next impressive fact is that 4 rivers pass through this site. No wonder, these become wonderful objects of photography, as well. With all these attractions, Harau has been included in the list of the most beautiful valleys in Indonesia. This also explains why lots of photographers and adventurers come from different regions in order to witness such exotic panorama directly over time. Another good thing is that various transportation services are available for tourists to use in order to get to the valley easily.

Exploring Harau Valley
Most of the time, tourists visit Harau Valley in order to enjoy the panorama. These people are impressed with colorful granites located on the site, after all. These stunning sandstones look gorgeous, located on the height of about 100-500 meters! The next impressive natural attraction for them to watch is definitely Serasah Bunta Waterfall. Tourists can simply watch or take pictures of this beautiful waterfall when exploring the valley. One important consideration is that they need to hire a local guide for a more efficient and safer exploration.

For those coming with a guide, they should get more information or history of Harau Valley from him. For instance, it is related to the name. According to the locals and guides, Harau derives from the word “Parau” which means hoarseness. There is the history of such name, actually. In the past, those who live in Jambu Hill often got numerous natural disasters like landslides and floods. Such disasters indeed caused commotion and panic, so those people cried out loud during the catastrophes. Thus, the site got its name from such fact.

The best allure of Harau Valley is the presence of numerous natural attractions that reside on the site, including waterfalls and rivers. That means visitors have many spots to enjoy exploration and trekking. Those beautiful objects can also be a nice background for photography!

Nearby Attractions

  • Ulu Sungan
  • Harau Waterfall
  • Serasah Bunta Waterfall
  • Kelok Sembilan

How to Get There
The distance between Padang City and Harau Valley is 141. That means tourists need to spend a trip of about 3 hours and 45 minutes to get to the site. It can be faster, though, if they take Lintas Barat Sumatra Street. For those who come from Bukittinggi, the trip only takes about an hour or less!

Where to Stay

  • Zico Homestay
  • Lembah Echo Homestay
  • Roemah Abdoe Homestay
  • Serasah Boenta Homestay

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