Pangkalan Kerinci Sub-District in Pelalawan, Riau
A city or sub-district called Pangkalan Kerinci is known as the capital of Pelalawan District, which belongs to Riau Province. Being a famous region makes it popular among tourists as well. The fact is that it also becomes a prime checkpoint for those who want to explore Pelalawan and nearby sub-districts like Kerumutan. Many types of tourist attractions are available to visit, including historical and nature tourist spots. Moreover, it also has many good spots to enjoy local foods. Not to mention visitors can pick different types of hotels there.
In the past, Pangkalan Kerinci had only 2 hundred households and the people lived in a traditional way. Most of them were fishermen and some conducted a prohibited activity like illegal logging. At the time, no roads are available so people move to one place to another by foot and boat. Thanks to the major improvements. Today, both the locals and tourists can take advantage of any facilities provided there. More roads and structures have been built, so tourists can get around the city and stay in a good accommodation.
Exploring Pangkalan Kerinci
Once getting in Pangkalan Kerinci Sub-District, the first thing to do is to look for a hotel or any accommodation. The reason is tourists are likely to spend more than one day there. In the next morning, the first location to visit is Teluk Meranti Village. The site is famous for its amazing natural phenomenon called Bono Waves. The giant waves, reaching up to 6 meters, occur in Kampar River. Some people even take advantage of it to satisfy their hobby, which is surfing! Most of the tourists are afraid of those waves, though.
The next recommended tourist spot is Sayap Palace, which is the reminiscence of Pelalawan Kingdom. Tengku Sontol Said Ali built the palace, but he couldn’t finish it due to his death. Later, the project was finished by Syarif Hasyim II. He decided to add some features to the side (wing section) of the palace. No wonder, it was named after it. Sayap means wing, after all. Even though it was burnt in 2012, it was rebuilt by the local government right away.
Next, there is Tanjung Putus Lake. It is the best location to spend a comfortable afternoon. The location is in Kuala Terusan Village. The fact is it also resides near to Kampar River. Apart from relaxing, tourists can enjoy fishing there. Another destination is Equator Monument, which is located in Tua Village. Many tourists come to the monument to take some pictures and gather with their friends. Somehow, the site is suitable for relaxation as well, especially in the afternoon.
- Al Mukminin Mosque
- Teluk Meranti Village
- Sayap Palace
- Tanjung Putus Lake
How to Get There
From Pekanbaru City (the capital of Riau), travelers can take any local transportation service to Pangkalan Kerinci Sub-District. The distance is 64.5 km and it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The best route to use is Lintas Timur Street.
Where to Stay
- Fajar Murni Inn
- Dika Raya Hotel
- Grand Kerinci Hotel
- Unigraha Hotel