Tomohon is a hill resort located some 22 kilometers east of Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi province. Tomohon consists of 35 villages in five sub-districts, namely West, East, Central, South and North Tomohon.
Its land contour, cool weather and fertile soil encourage the local community to cultivate various kinds of flowers and vegetables. This city is known as a producer of flowers. When in season, the flower gardens of the local inhabitants look very beautiful.
Tomohon city, North Sulawesi (Source : jalanjalan-ah.blogspot.co.id)
Annually the Tomohon Flower Festival is held here in June and July. During this event, watch the flower floats parade through the town. A flower tournament is also held during this Festival where participants from 94 cities in Indonesia take part at the Inspiration Hill.
If you are into exotic food, do come to the Tomohon traditional market before Christmas. Here you will have a unique experience trying various types of meats such as pork, bat (paniki), dog (RW), monkey (yaki), wild boar, snake, forest rats and many others.
If you like flowers, you can buy various types of flowers from Tomohon as souvenirs. In addition, you can also visit the markets at Tomohon, which is open every other day.
If you like to stay longer in this cool town, you don’t need to worry about accommodation because guest houses are available in the city center. The most favorite guest houses are those located in residential areas where the flower gardens are. Tariffs for guest houses vary depending on their facilities.
When you visit this city during blossom season, you will see an amazing scenery of colorful flowers at the foot of a beautiful mountain. This panorama looks perfect when the sun rises and the early morning mist has just disappeared.
Tomohon Flower Festival (Source : pojoksatu.id)
Flower gardens or the local people are located at the foot of Mount Lokon. During blossom season, in December, January or April, these flowers look very beautiful with Mount Lokon as background. In addition, you can also walk along the main roads in the city filled with flower shops on both sides. A number of have flower gardens, allowing you to pick and choose your favorite flowers.
Tomohon has a mountainous and hilly topography stretching from North to South. There are four volcanoes in Tomohon and two of them are still active, these are Mount Lokon and Mount Mahawu. Mount Lokon is 1,580 meters high and is the highest mountain in Tomohon.
During blossom season, you can see flowers along the road as many shops and gardens by along the mountain sides sell flowers.
Tomohon is easily reached from Manado within an hours drive.
It is suggested that you take a rented car if you like to see the flower gardens at the mountain slopes since many are located away from the main road, while the road here is steep and winding. Best time to visit is during blossom season.
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