Senaru Village in Bayan Sub-District, Lombok Island - Indonesia
Exploring Rinjani Mountain is one of the reasons why travelers come to Lombok Island. Well, it owns many types of attractions for tourists to enjoy after all. One of them is Senaru Village, which becomes a prime checkpoint before performing trekking to the mountain. Aside from that, it also offers unique traditions to tourists including traditional houses, local culture, a serene atmosphere, etc. Not to mention visitors get the opportunity to approach the villagers and learn a little bit of their language. Where is the exact location of the village, actually? Well, it belongs to Bayan Sub-District and it is the part of North Lombok Regency. As mentioned before, the location is quite near to Rinjani Mountain.
Once tourists get to Senaru Village, the first impression is indeed its clean environment. It is because the villagers are quite diligent in terms of cleaning and taking care of their surroundings. The next noticeable feature of the village is definitely the formation of traditional houses called Karang Bajo! These structures are made of woods and other natural materials, actually. Despite their fragile appearance, these houses look so unique and beautiful.
Exploring Senaru Village
Most of the visitors are those who want to get to Rinjani Mountain by trekking. It is because Senaru Village becomes one of the gates to enjoy such activity. However, the others who do not like trekking choose to explore the village and learn some culture there. The most interesting feature of the village is perhaps the presence of Karang Bajo (traditional houses). The floor is made of clay and the walls are made of thin woods. Also, the roof is made of “Rumbia”. These unique houses are definitely worth a photo shoot!
The next thing to do in Senaru Village is to enjoy soothing nuance of the local farms and lush trees. There is even a small forest located near to this settlement where tourists can explore as well. If it sounds tiring, tourists can simply relax in the village and chat with villagers casually. Some of them even can speak foreign languages fluently, so tourists would feel comfortable when speaking to them. As an alternative, they can hire a local guide to smoothen such communication.
Before going home, it is better to try local foods and visit nearby natural attractions like waterfalls, a local mosque, etc. Have no worries. It is easy to explore and enjoy those attractions as long as tourists come with a professional guide. They can even find homestays and nearby facilities to enjoy a better holiday in Senaru Village.
- Tiu Kelep Waterfall
- Jeruk Manis Waterfall
- Tiu Teja Waterfall
How to Get There
The good thing is that Senaru Village is located near to Mataram City. The distance is 84 km so the trip may take about 2 hours and 30 minutes only. As for the route, tourists can choose Mataram – Raya Bayan Street. Have no worries. Many accommodations and restaurants are available all the way to the village.
Where to Stay
- Rinjani Lodge
- Horizon Senaru
- Soedjono Inn
- Lombok Plaza Hotel
- Griya Asri Hotel