Maninjau Lake is settled in district of Tanjung Raya, Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia. The lake is located about 140 kilometers north of Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, 36 kilometers from Bukittinggi, 27 kilometers from Lubuk Basung, the capital of Agam regency.
The splendid Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra, is one of the calmest places in Indonesia. Come to this ancient lake, set within a volcanic crater, to escape from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the rest of the country.
Maninjau is a volcanic lake that located at an elevation of 461.50 meters above sea level, while the extensive is approximately 99.5 km² and has a maximum depth of 495 meters. The basin is formed by the eruption of the mountain named Sitinjau (according to local legend), it can be seen from the shape of the hills around the lake that resembles like a wall. According to the legend in Minang, where Maninjau is closely related to the story of Bujang Sembilan. The legend of “Bujang Sembilan” (roughly translates as “Nine Young Men”) is based around this lake. According to local folklore, one of the men in the story died by plunging himself into the crater. The crater then expanded, forming a lake.
Lake Maninjau is a source of water to the river named Batang Sri Antokan. In one part of the lake which is the upstream part there is a Hydropower Maninjau. The highest peak around Lake Maninjau is known as the peak of Lawang. To achieve Maninjau from Bukittinggi by passing Kelok 44 along approximately 10 km from Ambun Pagi to Maninjau.
With inspiring scenery and peaceful surrounds, a visit to Lake Maninjau will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. If you’re looking for fantastic views, the Maninjau resort is perched at the top of a hill and offers some of the best views of the lake.
This lake is listed as the eleventh largest lake in Indonesia. Meanwhile, in West Sumatra, Maninjau is the second largest lake after Lake Batur which has an area of 129.69 km² and it located in two districts of Tanah Datar and Solok district.