When travelers hear about Ratenggaro, they may recall a beautiful beach located in Kodi Bangedo Sub-District, Southwest Sumba Regency. However, there is also a village located near to the beach which also becomes tourists’ vacation destination. Thus, everyone should not miss the chance to visit the village when spending a vacation in such beach! The site offers a unique local settlement with its culture and historical objects for tourists to explore, after all. Somehow, the village is worth photography as well! Not to mention it has become one of the best allures of East Nusa Tenggara Province.
Once arriving at Ratenggaro Village, tourists may feel the megalithic atmosphere right away. Perhaps, it is because of the presence of ancient tombstones and traditional houses of Sumba Tribe. According to the locals, there are about 300 old graves and 3 of them have a distinct shape. Some of them even reside near to the sea! It is amazing that these objects can withstand the harsh environment and age. As for the nuance, the village offers both peaceful and soothing ambiance. Thanks to the presence of shady trees and neat environment. Tourists would feel comfortable when exploring the site.
The first thing that tourists should do when arriving at Ratenggaro Village is indeed to learn the history. Before that, let’s talk about the name. Ratenggaro derives from the words “Rate” (graves) and “Garo” (people of Garo). Why the locals named it that way, though? It is said the clan war caused many casualties and the corpses were buried on site. No wonder, tourists may find lots of old tombstones once they get to the village.
Aside from the history, the next allure of Ratenggaro Village is none other than its traditional houses. Not only these structures are unique, but they also offer an interesting design with 4 levels. The first level is meant for pet or animals while the second level is for the residents. The third level is meant for crops storage and the fourth one is used as a place for cooking or a kitchen. Also, on the fourth level, the owners of the house use it to store sacred objects including buffalo horn as the symbol of prosperity.