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Melo Village

Kampung Melo is a native village in Liang Ndara Village, Sanonggoang District, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, which is 17 kilometers or 45 minutes drive from Labuan Bajo. Liang-Ndara is a remote village where indigenous peoples live from farming and gardening in peace and very friendly to every visitor.

Melo is one of the options for tourists to explore the Manggarai cultural experience where a half-day visit offers a variety of village tourism activities, cultural arts performances in Tetek Alu as traditional bamboo jumping games, Ndundu-Ndake dance, and the famous Caci show dedicated by Sanggar Compang To'e.

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The original tribe of Manggarai inhabitants who inhabit Melo which has hilly topography at an altitude of 624 meters has a panoramic view of the Flores Sea on the western and northern sides. A traditional house stands in the middle of a field become the center of activities that regularly gather together to art in their culture.

This bamboo architecture is a great place to enjoy a cup of Flores coffee or a sip of sopi while watching a group of mothers with a set of musical instruments playing a distinctive rhythm that illustrates the hospitality of the residents in welcoming guests.

Middle-aged men are busy preparing a simple ceremony of welcoming guests in a hall of houses on stilts, while village youths are ready to wear dance clothes to preserve cultural attractions to visitors. Travelers will be taken to a stage house leading to the studio hall for a reception ceremony.

The ceremony was continued by eating betel nut and drinking water of the enau tree as a symbol of kinship. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere ends with a long gazebo on the side of the clearing to watch the dance attractions of Caci and Ndundu-Ndake.

Caci dance is a war by youths carrying rattan whips and shields made of buffalo leather. Four young men took turns facing each other one on one, attacking each other and whipping one another. Caci is more than a traditional show where this dance is a key element of Manggaraian cultural identity and an important part of ceremonial life.

Caci is generally played during the harvest season, land clearing ceremonies, and other big ceremonies or staged to welcome important guests. Caci dancers not only danced and whipped the whip, but also sang. Caci dance is also a medium of proof of the power of a Manggarai man.

The Ndundu-Ndake dance is a dance performed by women in which they wear kebaya and Flores woven fabrics to portray a hospitality in welcoming guests, while Tetek Alu is a bamboo baton dance where players jump on bamboo moves.

Location: Melo, Liang Ndara Village, Sanonggoang District, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara.

Complementary facilities: You have the choice to spend the night in the lodge with some donations.

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Routes and public transport: All flights to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo. Then drive 17 kilometers or about 40 minutes. It is advisable to rent motorbikes or motorbike taxis, while the other option is the Labuan Bajo-Ruteng minibus route. Most roads will meander and rise to the plateau.

Advice: Tourists enjoy the performance of Sanggar Compang To'e for a fee of Rp1,000,000 (US$74) which presents Caci, Tetek Alu, Ndundu-Ndake, a traditional ceremony welcoming for sopi drink as part of Manggarai's daily traditional life.

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