This Sasak village on the southern slopes of Mount Rinjani is often called the Ubud of Lombok — more accurately, it resembles the Ubud of 25 years ago, and offers a charming look into the real Lombok. Tetebatu sits in a virtual breadbasket of agriculture, surrounded by rice fields, beautiful farmland, and gardens of spice. The towering volcano is part of the scenic panorama of the area. Trekking, waterfalls, and a monkey forest are among the main attractions. Tetebatu is 1.5 hours east of Mataram in East Lombok Regency, and 1.2 miles (2 km) south of the entrance to Gunung Rinjani National Park.
Tetebatu is relatively unspoiled by commercialism or tourists. It offers an authentic experience of Sasak village life. Local accommodations are homestays, bungalows, and resorts found along the main road south and north of the town. The area has one of the first Dutch settlements in Indonesia. An original building from this era, Pondok Belanda, is within the boundaries of Gunung Rinjani National Park not far from Tetebatu. The area produced artisans that used black terracotta to create pottery and baskets. The village of Kotaraja, a 30-minute drive to the south, is considered the home of traditional Sasak stick fighting and forged tool-making. Crops grown here include tobacco, fruits, cocoa, coffee, chili, macadamia nuts, and vanilla, along with the ubiquitous rice.
Visitors come to Tetebatu for unforgettable trekking and hiking. Rinjani treks typically set out from Tetebatu. Hiking through the endless rice and farmland is another highly recommended way to spend your time here. Hikes can take up to 6 to 7 hours and traverse rice fields, fruit orchards, spice plantations, rainforests, and take you down paths that lead to waterfalls. Mountain panoramas and verdant fields offer ample photo opportunities.
Taman Wisata Tetebatu, the Tetebatu Monkey Forest, is an easy 2.5 miles (4 km) walk north of the village. It has the usual grey macaques and also a healthy population of black monkeys in a forest setting dotted with a number of waterfalls. There are several bigger waterfalls in the area worth visiting: Air Terjun Jukut, whose waters allegedly have healing properties for baldness; and Tetebatu Waterfall. Many walking tours of the area stop at one or both waterfalls. Biking tours are also available. At 2,296 feet (700 m) above sea level, the climate in Tetebatu is pleasant and complements the gentle beauty of a long walk through the peaceful surroundings.
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