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Segara Anak, a Lake Shrouded in Thousands of Myths in Lombok

One of the most beautiful spots in Lombok is the very beautiful volcanic lake named Segara Anak.

Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/

Lombok has many beautiful tourist attractions that should never be missed by all who claim to be travelers. The beauty of Lombok is ranging from charming white sand beaches, exotic Gili islands, to majestic Mount Rinjani. One of the most beautiful spots on this island is located at the top of Mount Rinjani; a very beautiful volcanic lake named Segara Anak.

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Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/rianto1796

This crescent-shaped lake is located on the Rinjani caldera and has blue water like the sea. For the Hindu community around the island of Lombok and Bali, Segara Anak is shrouded in many myths and legends and is considered as one of their holy places. Here is the mythical beauty of Segara Anak, on the top of Mount Rinjani.

Has an area of 1.1 hectares

Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/yudhytrielistyanto

Segara Anak, factually, has an area of 1.1 hectares. However, according to the myth, if you come here and see that this lake looks wide, you are bound to have a long life. And vice versa, if this lake looks narrow in your eyes then it is a bad sign that you will not live a long life. But that is just a myth, you are free to believe or dismiss it.

A child of the sea

Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/anak_bebek

In the local language, Segara Anak means a child of the sea. This is because this lake is quite wide a lake located on the caldera of a volcano. In addition, the color of the water is also blue like the ocean. Needless to say, despite named as a child of the sea, this is still a freshwater lake. Some people even believe that bathing in the lake can make them healthy because of the mineral content in it.

Can recharge your stamina

Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
SegaraAnak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/reaanggraeni

To reach this lake, you have to climb Mount Rinjani, which stand tall at approximately 2000 meters. Excellent stamina is crucial to finish this adventure. Even though you are in the best condition when climbing this mountain, you will definitely feel tired when you reach Segara Anak. But worry not! According to the myth, sitting on the edge of the lake can eliminate all the fatigue that you get from the ascent. Whether it’s true or not, you can prove it yourself by conquering this mountain.

A new volcano on the side of the lake

Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
SegaraAnak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/baiqarielestari

One of the phenomena that makes Segara Anak so special is the presence of a new volcano on one of its side. This cone-shaped new mountain is named Gunung Baru Jari and it constantly grows taller and bigger while continues to be active. Segara Anak and Mount Baru Jari are considered holy places by Balinese and Lomboknese Hindus and this location is used as a venue for religious ceremonies every year.

Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/
Segara Anak Lake, Mount Rinjani. via Instagram/handy_titi

Mount Rinjani has so many mysteries but nothing is more mythical than the lake at its caldera; Segara Anak. This mini-ocean is so enchanting that many climbers feel all efforts have paid off when they reach and then dip in this mysterious lake. Next

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