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Places of interest in Sumba
Tarung /Waitabar
These two villages are connected to each other forming one of the biggest traditional villages on the island. It is located in the town heart of Waikabubak, side by side with daily markets and shops, although it is settled on a lush green hill. There is Andung � skull tree, stone tombs with ancient human figure statue and rows of Sumba traditional houses.


Is the wonderful stone tombs located just off the main road to Waingapu are fast 22 km from Waikabubak. There are two graves at Kabunduk. A huge but plain one called Resi Moni (at one time the largest on the island) and an interesting smaller one, with carvings on the slab, which is topped by two horsemen.

About two km south of Kabunduk stop at Galubakul � the site of Sumba�s largest tomb. The huge slab is said weight 70 tons. It took three months and 2.000 men to drag it from the quarry to its present position. The tomb is final resting place of Umbu Sawola and his wife.

Marossi Beach
A really rough looking, stone-studded track leads off to the dirt to Marossi and ends at Lemadonga the site where the Nyale worms gathered for Lamboya Pasola. It is one of the West Samba�s famous beautiful white sand beaches. There are two great block of coral reef, each with arched caves worn in their sides, sit at one end of a gray sand beach and the clear crystal water offer you dazzling scenery. This beach is located in Lamboya district, 32 kms from main town of Waikabubak near by the Pasola field of Hobba Kalla along with some traditional villages. It has a nice hotel just closed to the beach named Sumba Nautil Resort.

Wanokaka Beach
It is located near by the fishermen village with white sand beach and it is good for swimming, relaxing, sun bathing, even enjoying the wonder around some traditional village. This beach will be more occupied when the Nyale ritual take place at dawn on Pasola day.

Newa Beach
This is a quite, beautiful beach located in Laura district, just 3 km from Waikelo harbor and 5 km from Tambolaka airport. You can reach there by car or motorbike and even on foot. It has a nice cottage built closed to the beach with 8 nice rooms in traditional style called Newa Sumba Resort.

It is located about 70 km west of Waikabubak in the area of Kodi. Tossi is a village where one of the prominent Rato stays. There are rows of traditional Sumba Houses, seems empty on the weekdays as most of the productive member of the clan stay at the field. They will return to village in the late afternoon or weekend. Next to the village there is Pasola field, which is located just next to the white sand beach of Tossi � kilometers in length.

Parona Baroro
One of the must visit village in Kodi area. As the same as the other traditional village in Kodi, The traditional Sumba houses are as high as coconut tree.

It is a big village with many Sumba Traditional Houses. Located at the southern most of Kodi area. The village is accessible by car although some parts of the road are still unpaved. It is better to visit during dry season (April � November)

The prominent Rato of Wanokaka stays in this village. It is located on the hill facing Wanokaka valley and Indian Ocean in the distance. One of the stone tomb decorations in the village considered to be one of the oldest designs of Sumba.

It is one of the prominent traditional villages in Wanokaka area. The stone tombs there are considered to one of the oldest in the area.

It is one of the biggest Sumba Traditional villages in Lamboya area. It is also located on the small hill facing Indian Ocean in the south not very far from the beach. To visit the village in the late afternoon is recommended as one can have a closer look into daily life of the people. Women caring water container by holding it in their heads, children playing and herding buffaloes home, etc.

The highest Rato of Lamboya stays in Sodan. The village located high on the hilltop across Kadengar River. To reach the village one have to walk, starting from the road side that leads you to Marossi Beach, or let your car drive until Kadengar river bank and then start walking climbing the hill. The village is easily recognized from the distance, as it is the only traditional village located on such a high hill. The soaring high roofed traditional houses dominate the landscape.

Kadengar River Valley
To complete the walk to Sodan, it is better to trek downstream of Kadengar River. There is a place � call it Sodan Point � just outside of Sodan village from there one can have an aerial view over the Kadengar valley with forest of coconut trees furnished with soaring roof of Sumba traditional houses from villages scattered along the riverside.

Prailiu and Kawangu
Prailiu just 2 km away from Waingapu have a nice contemporary Ikat weaving even you might get in touch with the local people how to make the Sumba traditional Ikat � preparing the cotton, spinning it into thread, tying the design into the thread, dying and the final weaving.

It is one of the prominent villages in East Sumba where the Raja�s family dwelled.  There are several Sumba typical Adat houses and huge carved stone tombs. The village also wel-known for Lau Pahikung. It is the technique of weaving where two different colors of threads are weaved in such a way to produce pattern and motifs of the textile. The technique is used simultaneously

Tin roofed � but otherwise traditional � huts in Rende village, 7 km out of Melolo, enclose the finest funerary sculpture in East Sumba. Here are 4 massive menhir supported tombs, as well as smaller sculptures. Carvings mushroom out of the top of several slabs, featuring a menagerie of animals, a graceful kneeling figure, and in one case a man being killed by a house.

Prailiang  or Prainatang
It is a group of 10 huts, with a number of graves positioned about the small, flat site. You can see 6 largest huts stand at the very top, neatly aligned. Below them are 4 more, presumably less prestigious.  All the huts have relatively narrow porches in front, and their walls of split bamboo enclose a large floor raised on stilts. The thatch roots are peaked, but less steep than is the style in West Sumba.

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