Travel Tips in west sumba
|Where to Go in West Sumba|
West Sumba offers stunningly beautiful views and rich culture to explore. Get the panorama of golden rice field terraces, mountains with rivers and bamboo grooves and scores of religious rituals and ceremonies. Here are few destinations that worth a try.
There are some villages around Waikabubak that has some magnificent stone megaliths and great rice-field panorama. Kampung Pasunga has some of Sumba’s impressive tombs. The grave consists of an upright stone slab with carved image of a chief and his wife dates from 1926, it took six moths to carve and 150 buffalo were scarified for the funeral ceremony. Kabundok Village has heaviest tomb, weighing 70 tonnes. It is said that 6000 workers took three years to chisel the Umbu Sawola tomb out of hillside and drag it 3 km to town. The tomb is a single stone around 5m long, 4m wide and 1 m thick. There is also Taramu settlement that has fine tombs and stunningly beautiful mountail and coastal view along the way to reach this settlement from Waikabubak.
Just a short drive from Paraigoli, Wanokaka Beach has a crescent of sand, a bay with fishing boats and a beachfront Pasola venue. Next is Rua Beach with golden pale sand, turquoise water and good waves. Marosi Beach, 32 km from Waikabubak has wahite sand and idyllic atmosphere. Etreat and Tarikaha Beach have white sand and best dive sites in Sumba. And for surfers Nihiwatu Beach is the best choice with world-class surf known as Occy’s Left.
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Pasola, a war game tournament played by two groups of selected Sumbanese men from different clans or tribes by throwing wooden spears to the opponent while riding a decorated selected horse. The word Pasola is derived from the world Sola or Hola meaning a kind of a long wooden stick used as a spear to fling each other by two opponent groups of horsemen. It is a game that requires a high skill at horse..
|The History of Sumba|
Based on 14th century Majapahit chronicler, Sumba was under Majapahit Empire of East Java but the history of Sumabanese is more of internal wars over land and trading between small kingdoms. In 1522 the first ships from Europe arrived, and by 1866 Sumba belonged to the Dutch East Indies, although the island did not come under real Dutch administration until the twentieth century.
A civilian administration..