Kerinci Valley - Kerinci Regency

Kerinci Valley

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Robi Rusman | 2017-12-21, 16:54:46 WIB | 329 Views

Kerinci is a stunning mountain valley tucked away high in the Bukit Barisan on Jambi's western border. Many of the cool, lush forests are protected as the Kerinci Seblat National Park. To the south is picturesque Danau Kerinci and a patchwork of rich farmland. Tea and cinnamon account for much of the valley's wealth, with th former ringing the higher villages and the latter forming a buffer between farmland and rainforest.

Minangkabau and native Kerincinese make up most of the population, with a sprinkling of Batak and Javanese who are drawn by thr rich soil. Kerinci is in Jambi province but appears in this section because of its geographic proximity to Padang.


Getting There & Away

Sungai Penuh doesn't have a bus terminal, but the Bus Companies all have offce near the market. The shortest approach to Sungai Penuh is from Padang (Rp.150.000, seven hours). If you are staying in Kerisk Tua, let the driver know, as all minibuses pass through the town en route, PO Safa Marwa (22376. Jl Yos Sudarso 20), PO AYU Transport (22074; Jl Cokroaminoto), all in Sungai Penuh, run Padang-bound services. If you're leaving Kersik Tua for Padang or Bukit Tinggi, let the bus company know and they'll pick up from your losmen. Other destination include Dumai (Rp.300.000, 18 hours), Bukit Tinggi (Rp.200.000, 10 hours, nightly), Bangko (Rp.50.000, 5 hours) and Bengkulu (Rp.250.000, 16 hours, daily).


Getting Arround

Most the places in the Valley are accessible using the white minivans that leave from near the market.

  1. Kerinci Mount
  2. Gunung Tujuh Lake
  3. Kaco Lake
  4. Kasah Cave


Sungai Penuh

Sungai Penuh (Full River) is the regional administrative centre and transport hub fo the valley. Bang in the middle is a large, walled sports field and most necessities will be in one of the streets that radiate off here. There is lively market and fast, reliable internet, but not much else to recommend a protacted stay. Most people get in and get out, heading for the more scenic climes of Kersik Tua.


Orang Pendek: Little Big Foot

Every culture that has lived among trees tells stories about elusive creatures that straddle myth and reality. Tales about leprechauns, fairies and even Sasquatch have exited for so long that it is impossible to determine which came first: the spotting or the story. The Indonesian version of these myth makers is the orang pendek, which has been occasionally spotted but more frequently talked about in the Kerinci foreests for generations.

Vilagers who claim to have seen orang pendek describe the creature as being about 1 m tall, more ape-like than human, but walking upright on the ground. The creature's reclusive habits made it celebrity in local mythologi. Common folk stories say that orang pendek hat feet that face backwards so that I can't be tracked through the forest or that it belongs to the supernatural not the world of flesh and blood. Other say that the first-hand accounts were only spottings of sun bears.

Scientist have joined the conservation by tramping through the forest hoping to document the existence of orang pendek. British researchers succeeded in making a plaster cast of an animal footprint that fits the orang pendekdescription and doesn't match any other known primate. Hair samples with no other documented matches have also led researchers to believe that there is merit to the local lore. Two members of Fauna & Flora International, a British-based research team, even reported seperate sightings, but were unable to collect conclusive evidence. Researches sponsored by the National Geographic Society have resumed the search by placing motion-sensitive camera in strategic spots in the jungle. So little is known about this region and so many areas are so remote that reserchers are hopeful that the orang pendek will eventually wander into the frame.

If nothing else, the orang pendek helps illuminate aspects of Sumatrans' linguistic and cultural relationship with the jungle. Bahasa Indonesiamakes little distinction between man and ape, for example "orang utan" (forest man) or "orang rimba" ('people of the forest', the preferred term for the Kubu tribe) may reflect a perceived blood tie between forest dwellers. This imprecision is often used for comic effect. A common joke is that the orang pendek (meaning 'short man') does indeed exist, followed by the punch line that the shortest person in the room is the missing link.

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