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Lake Segara Anak, A Holy Lake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

Lake Segara Anak, which means child of the sea, lies in the crater of Mount Rinjani. The lake is so beautiful with cool average temperature of the surrounding area. The cool temperature is resulted from its altitude of about 3,775 above sea level. The total area of the lake is about 1,100 acres, while the average depth is 230 m. Although the surrounding area is quite cool, the lake itself is heated. 
The temperature of the lake is about 20 to 22oC. It is about 5 to 7oC above the expected temperature in such altitude. When you visit the lake, you will see a volcanic cone of Mount Baru at the west end of the lake. With the volcanic cone, the lake shapes like a crescent.
Lake Segara Anak is situated in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Precisely, the lake is in Sembalun Lawang Village, East Lombok District, Sembalun Regency at the coordinate of 8°25′00″ S  and 116°28′00″ E. The lake is large, with the surface area of 11.3 km2, and it can hold water of about 36 Giga-liters. The surface elevation of the lake is 2,008 m. Although the lake is quite remote, you will not regret of your visit. The landscape of the lake is so stunning. You can relax and refresh your mind with the fantastic view of the lake. The lake is absolutely surrounded by panoramic view. However, it is not only the panorama that makes the lake look so stunning, but also the villages around the lake. The villages are so exotic, while the people live in traditional way of life. Hence, when you visit the island, you can enjoy the beauty of the nature along with traditional culture of the people who live around the lake. 

          The main activity that you can do in the lake is trekking. You can trek around the Mount Rinjani and Lake Segara Anak. As previously mentioned, the panorama around the lake is so stunning that a trekking activity will be fun and exciting. You will have a great adventure trekking around the lake and the mount. Apart from trekking, you can also learn about the traditional way of life of the local people. Segara Anak is deemed a holy place. For local people, the lake holds a deep spiritual significance. Religious ceremonies are held in this lake every fifth full moon. You can visit the lake when the ceremonies are held. You will have a chance to see how small gold fish are released into the lake. The release of the gold fish is aimed to honor the goddess Enjini, a queen that used to rule at Mount Rinjani.

          When you visit Lake Segara Anak, you will have many options of hotels to stay. The hotels are not too far from the lake. Among the nearest hotels to the lake include Pondok Senaru Hotel (8.96 km), Rinjani Beach Eco Resort (17.42 Km), Medana Resort (18.87 Km) and The Oberoi (19.16 Km). Select one of this hotel that suits to your preference to spend the night.
          After you have visited Lake Segara Anak, you can go home, surely with a great experience of adventure that you will never forget in your life time.
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