1. Contact Person ( Toraja International Festival Team ):

  • Oshin : 0821 8877 0508

 

2. Airports

  •  Jakarta (Soekarno Hatta International Airport)
  •  Makassar (Sultan Hassanudin International Airport)
  •  Toraja (Pongtiku Airport)

3. Transportation from Makassar to Toraja

Trans Nusa ( Flight from Makassar to Toraja ) ; www.nusatrip.com

Car Rental :

Mega Permai : +6282 111 54 88 44

Local Bus at IDR 250.000 / person.

o Metro Permai : +62411-582734 / +62411584015

o Litha & Co. : +62411 – 442263

o New Liman : +62411 – 458405

o Manggala Trans : +62411-582828

4. Venue Information: Ke’te Kesu’ Village

North Toraja is a regency in South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, and the home of the Toraja ethnic group. It is one of the most beautiful regions in Indonesia that is famous for its complex funeral rituals. The ancient and sacred megalithic root of Toraja society points to the uniqueness of their arts and culture. Toraja International Festival (TIF) was conceived to present this phenomenon to the world. By the same token, TIF also aims to present Toraja as one of the most unique international festival grounds. The main performances of TIF 2017 will take place in Ke’te Kesu’ village, a village destination having beautiful panorama in North Toraja. It is a part of a culture conservation program and known as an area producing world class carvings, paintings and sculpture handicrafts which functions as a living museum that is recognised for the people’s extravagant funeral ceremonies, hanging graves and decorative burial sites. In addition to that, the village has neatly arranged Tongkonan along the way. Tongkonan is the renowned houses of Tana Toraja, a wooden stage house where the locals provide space underneath it for the buffalos. Facing to the north, Tongkonan has upsde down door, with the roof covered by black palm fiber looking like downward ship. Some people describes it as a buffalo’s horn. The locals believe that their ancestors’ spirits lives in the north and if they die, their spirit will join their ancestors in the north. Ke’te Kesu’ is located 5 km away from Rantepao, the tourism base in Tana Toraja. This village is easily reachable by tour bus, local buses or even by foot. There is no hotel in this village but you can find hotels in Rantepao. Small shops selling typical Tana Toraja souvenirs can be found along the way.

5. Accommodations

Toraja Heritage Hotel

Address : Jl. Ke’te Kesu’, Po. Box 80, Rantepao
North Toraja, South Sulawesi 91831
Phone : +62 423 21192
Email : info@toraja-heritage.com

Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Address : Jl. Pongtiku No. 27, Rantepao,
North Toraja, South Sulawesi 91835
Phone : +62 423 21212
Email : info@torajamisiliana.com

Luta Resort Toraja

Address : Jl. Dr. Ratulangi No. 26, Rantepao,
North Toraja, South Sulawesi 97831
Phone : +62 423 21060
Email : info@torajalutaresort.com

Pia’s Poppies Hotel

Address : Jl. Pongtiku, Gang Merpati No. 4, Rantepao,
Karassik, Rantepao, North Toraja, South Sulawesi
91831
Phone : +62 423 21121

Tongkonan Layuk Lion

Address : Jl. Kadundun (Jl. Poros Singki’ – Alang-alang),
Nonongan, Lingkungan Lion, Rantepao,
North Toraja, South Sulawesi 91831
Phone : +62 813 4234 3977

6. General Information

Indonesia

o Weather : Indonesia has two seasons – wet and dry – with warm tropical temperatures averaging 28°C during the day, throughout the year.

o Time Zone : Indonesia has three time zones

 Indonesia Western Time Zone (UTC+07:00)
 Indonesia Central Time Zone (UTC+08:00)
 Indonesia Eastern Time Zone (UTC+09:00)

o Electricity : Power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

o Currency : IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)

Toraja

o Weather : In Toraja and the southern part of Sulawesi, the monsoon rains fall between November & April, with July & October being the driest months. On average, the temperature is 26.2°C with low temperatures around 22.3°C and highs of 31.3°C.

o Time Zone : UTC+08:00 (known in Indonesia as WITA or Waktu Indonesia Tengah), it is the same time zone as Western Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali and one hour ahead of Jakarta.

  • Bank & ATM : Banks & ATMs are available in Rantepao.
  • Local SIM : Telkomsel provider is recommended.
  • Emergency Numbers :
  1. Police : 110
  2.  Ambulance : 118
  3. Fire : 113
  4. Search & Rescue : 111/115/151

7. What to Bring

  • Light weight cotton clothes is recommended.
  • Light rain jacket with a hood, and a good sweater.
  • Runners are fine for basic footwear, but if you plan to do outdoor activities, it is best to wear boots.
  • Wearing a hat during long walks is recommended.
  • Pre-packaged towelettes, for disinfecting your hands before a meal or after a trip to the lavatory.

8. Other General Knowledge

  • In Toraja, only Indonesian Rupiah is accepted as a means of cash payments. In general, transactions are cash-based, especially if you go to the shops and restaurants in the streets. Credit cards are not commonly used, unless there is a Master or Visa logo at the cashier of hotels and/or restaurants. Banks and ATMs are available in Ratepao where you can exchange your foreign currency into Rupiah as well.
  • Visitors prefer to travel on foot to get more insight abot the life in Toraja. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals for any directions and/or informations as the locals are very friendly and helpful in general.
  • Indonesians love spicy food. “Pedas” in Indonesian means spicy. In some regions, the spice or chilli might already be added ot the food while in other regions it is placed onto the side of the plate. If spicy food is not your cup of food, make sure to say “tidak pedas” before ordering your food, which means “not spicy”.
  • Toraja is very well known for its wooden sculptures called “tau-tau”, handwoven clothes, wooden carvings, coffee and many more. Be careful when buying antiques or art works displayed in tourist areas, as most are reproductions but looking incredibly similar. Prices are flexible and bargaining is recommended.
  • When staying with locals in the village, keep in mind that the locals have limited experience with foreigners. Soft beds, cold drinks and electricity maybe a luxury to some. Nonetheless, they will offer you the best they have.
  • Going to the funeral ceremony is a must in Toraja. Wearing black clothes, a top covering the shoulders, a bottom covering the knees is advised. A sarong for men and a shawl for women would be best. Don’t forget to ask a permission before taking photographs or videos of the ceremony.
  •  Tour guides are available in Toraja. Those provided by an agency have fixed rates and the freelances guides’ rates are negotiable. It is advised to be clear when dealing the rates about who covers the guide’s personal expenses and the cost for his travel to and back to home base. Informations about tour guides are available at the hotels.