Kotamobagu might be a rare word for most people, especially for those who live outside North Sulawesi. Most people have not heard about it before, and do not really know or understand what it is actually. Kotamobagu is the city which is located in the edge of west North Sulawesi. Because Kotamobagu is such a small city and is located quiet far away for Manado which is the capital city of North Sulawesi, most people are unaware of several attractive tourist destinations which are worthy to visit. In this article, the author who shows two destinations that the tourists might be willing to spend their time there.
- Moat Lake
Moat Lake is a beautiful lake which is located approximately 10 Km car from the central city of Kotamobagu. If we go there by using car, we might arrive in probably 1 hour, and 30 minutes by motorcycle. This lake is so beautiful and calm. The water of the lake is so pure and clean. There are so many trees, and other plants around this lake and makes this lake looks like paradise of the nature. The government of Kotamobagu also provides cottage and several gazebos that can be used by the tourists to enjoy the scenery in Moat Lake. The tourists are also able to build the tent in camping area near the Moat Lake. Tourists or visitors may provide their own tent or camping tools or rent them at stationary shop in Moat Lake. Tourists or visitors are also able to do fishing near the area of Moat Lake. If you are interested to come to Moat Lake, you just need to pay for 10.000 for adults, and 5.000 for the children. If you come by car, you also need to pay Rp.5.000 for the parking fee, and pay Rp.2.000 for motorcycle. This amount of money is considered cheap and affordable.
- Strawberry Garden
Strawberry Garden is tourism destination which is located really close to Moat Lake because it just besides the Moat Lake. People are also able to enjoy Moat Lake from Strawberry Garden, which is located in a hill. Based on its name, “Strawberry Garden”, it is a garden that plants strawberry. But it is not only a garden that plants strawberry; there are a lot of beautiful flowers and plants that grows in Strawberry Garden. Tourists’ and Visitors’ eyes will be spoiled by the colorful flowers such as orchids, roses, morning glory, and other species of flowers. Based on the care taker’s information, Strawberry Garden’s collection consists of 68 kinds of flowers, 18 kinds of fruits, and 20 kinds of other plants. Strawberry garden also sells strawberry seeds that costs Rp. 20.000 per Polly bag and also sells many types of flower and plant that can be bought in one pot for each type of it. The price is variable based on its volume, type of plant, age, and other factors. Visitors are not allowed to bring food from outside to Strawberry Garden. That is why the organizer provides a restaurant in the garden. There are so many kinds of delicious food that can be eaten. The favorite menus and have been the best seller are strawberry pancake and strawberry smoothie which consists of strawberry, honey, and fresh cow milk. There are so many beautiful spots in Strawberry Garden that people can use to take photos. This garden is also famous for being pre-wedding photo site because its beauty. There is also a vehicle in Strawberry garden which is called Avatar Tree. When we go to Avatar Tree, we are able to see Moat Lake from above. The view is fascinating. The entry ticket for entering Strawberry Garden is Rp. 5.000 for adults or children, and Rp.2.000 for motorcycle and Rp.6.000 for car.
So if you visit Indonesia, especially Nort Sulawesi, do not forget to visit Kotamobagu to enjoy Moat Lake and Strawberry Garden.