A serene lake at the foot of a sleeping volcano

The lake is known as Danau Ranau (Ranau Lake) while the sleeping volcano is called Mt. Seminung.

Even-though the lake is the second largest in Sumatera and the scenery is beautiful, it is still not known by many people because the location is quite far from major cities of Sumatera. To be precise, the location is at the border of South Sumatera Province and Lampung Province. It takes around 6 to 7 hours drive from Bandar Lampung to the north.

the mountain and the lake as seen from across the field

It is said that the lake was created by a very large volcanic eruption long time ago, which formed a big basin. Some rivers that formerly flowed at the foot of the volcano then started to flow to the newly formed basin and filled it with water. Later on, the big basin turned into a big lake. Living being also started to emerge in and around the lake. Local people who came to the lake found that there were many plants which they called “ranau” grew around the lake. So they called the new lake with the name of the plants.

The rest of the big volcano is still exists and looms over the edge of the lake as if guarding it from any intrusions, but in fact it adds something that makes the scenery more picturesque.

There is also a small island called Mariza in the middle of the lake. On the island, there is a hot spring which proofs that Mt. Seminung is still an active volcano.

Visitors can reach the lake shore in some places around the lake. At that time, I took these pictures from three different locations (those were Lumbok, Sukarame, and Banding Agung). There is also a small waterfall in Sukarame which called Subik Tuha Waterfall. It is about 20 to 25 meters high. Its clear water flows to the lake through a small river called Way Leray.

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32 thoughts on “A serene lake at the foot of a sleeping volcano

  1. I just love your photos, Chris. They really are amazing. Bless you.

  2. Larasati

    wah tak kalah keren neh foto2nya om…

  3. Larasati

    nice nice nice….birunya

  4. The scenery is really beautiful…

  5. How very beautiful! Maybe I should try something else other than the UK ;o)
    Angus

  6. wow..keren banget mas. msh ada lagi?

  7. Beauty clebrating nature! Thank you for sharing Chris..

  8. Wuaaaaa! Ikuut donkkkk:D

  9. betapa Indonesia itu luar biasanya keindahan alamnya ya kris. liat komposisi alam pada fotomu sungguh Indonesia sangat menakjubkan

  10. wow .. fotonya cantik sekali mas, kayak memandang lukisan alam saja🙂

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog and making me re-visiting yours by your “Like”🙂 Your photos are beautiful, I like the red boats and roofs with the blue-grey mountains and waters, the landscape of clouds, and, last but not least, the images of the waterfall.

  12. Thank you 🙂

  13. Hi, by looking at the no of likes, I know you are getting more popular, This show that I am right, one day you’ll be famous, well done! keep it up!

  14. So many beautiful places that I have never seen before!

  15. petit4chocolatier

    Breathtaking pictures!

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