Mandale Hill in Sukadana Sub-District, North Kayong Regency - Indonesia
West Kalimantan Province becomes famous among tourists due to the presence of Karimata Archipelago. It is true, but other beautiful natural attractions also reside there including Mandale Hill. The location is in Gunung 9 Village and it belongs to Sukadana Sub-District, North Kayong Regency. Not to mention the hill is the part of famous Palung Mountain National Park! It has been visited by both locals and outsiders over time, especially those who want to enjoy trekking and sightseeing. Also, the hill becomes a perfect place to spend a family vacation.
In terms of nuance, Mandale Hill offers fresh air and breathtaking panorama. The trekking route is considered easy, so tourists can get to the top of the hill without hassles. Another feature is that the hill provides a suitable spot for camping. What is more? Numerous trees and plants grow all over the landscape, providing a comfortable atmosphere to the site. In a nutshell, the hill is quite similar to that of West Java’s Puncak! The good thing is that several young men manage and take care of the hill, so visitors can rely on their services during the exploration.
Exploring Mandale Hill
As mentioned earlier, Mandale Hill has a similar nuance to Puncak. That means visitors can enjoy stunning natural scenery once reaching the top of the hill. For example, the view of Sukadana City is seen clearly up there. These include the grandiose Oesman Al-Khair Mosque located on the seafront. With these impressive natural views, visitors can enjoy both sightseeing and photography. Therefore, everyone should never leave their camera behind when visiting the hill. Even they can conduct selfies up there!
The next allure of Mandale Hill is the presence of a type of bird called “Enggang” (Hornbill). The hill is known as the habitat of such species of birds, after all. No wonder, this protected species has become a wonderful attraction for those who visit the hill. What about other animals? Have no worries. Visitors may see other exotic faunas including red-beak Hornbill and Kelasi (Maroon leaf monkeys). One thing, these animals only appear at a particular time so tourists should come at the right time. According to the locals, the best time to visit is during sunrise and before sunset.
Later, before going home, tourists should drop by in Gunung Sembilan Village (located near to Mandale Hill). There, they can enjoy a warm cup of coffee and eat local fruits like bananas and durian. Don’t forget to buy some as souvenirs!
- Datok Island
- Riau’s King Tomb
- Genta Hill
- Bali Village
- Air Paoh Natural Spring
- Pasir Mayang Beach
- Gunung Palung National Park
- Durian Monument
- Pulau Datok Beach
- Tambak Rawang Beach
- Oesman Al-Khair Grand Mosque
How to Get There
From Pontianak City, tourists’ first destination is North Kayong Regency. Next, they need to head to Palung Mountain National Park in Sukadana Sub-District. The last thing to do is to visit Gunung 9 Village and conduct trekking to the top of Mandale Hill. This whole trip may take about 9 hours and 20 minutes, as the distance is 445 km. For a faster trip, it is recommended to take Ahmad Yani Street.
Where to Stay
- Aulia Inn
- Kapuas Kayong Inn
- Anugrah Hotel
- Mahkota Hotel
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