The mysterious Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra
Descending on the road will give you a breath-taking view over the Lake Maninjau. Passing cinnamon trees and sawah terraces you will reach the fascinating Lake Maninjau, one of the most beautiful lakes of Sumatra, with a friendly village.
Madelon Szekely Lulofs about Maninjau
The writer Madelon Szekely Lulofs spent her childhood in Maninjau. Later she described Maninjau as her childhoods paradise.
“It is the land of the Minangkabau, a people with a matriarchal society, after marriage the husband moves in with the family of his wife. They live in remarkable high wooden houses on poles under a saddleroof that ends in two points like buffalo horns. There is a climate of eternal spring. The house of the district officer is a large and old fashioned Indian dwelling on short poles just outside the village. Under the wide, sheltered tiled roof it consists of wide rooms and galleries. The garden, with big lawns and coloured flowers with butterflies and libelles besides beautiful palms, is like a shade covered parc. A long tamarind lane with showwhite orchids on the trunks takes us along a creamwhite columned gallery besides the darkblue water of the enormous, by greyblue mountains surrounded lake. At the shore is a high mast with the red-white-blue flag.”
“Indië, as I saw it”. Child memories of Madelon Székely-Lulofs in: Okker, F. Tumult. The life story of Madelon Székely-Lulofs. Publisher Atlas, Amsterdam / Antwerp 2008.