Liang Ndara village: The Home of Caci Dance
A diverse range of tourist attractions have resulted in Liang Ndara becoming a new destination for visitors to West Manggarai, Flores. Liang Ndara is located 750 meters above sea level and offers both cultural and natural attractions for tourists. The most famous attraction in Liang Ndara is the Caci Dance which is basically a war dance. Though Caci can be seen in other region in Manggarai (Flores), Liang Ndara is the closest site from Labuan Bajo in which visitors can enjoy the performance. In Liang Ndara, there are three dance studios (sanggar) where Caci dance is performed: Sanggar Riang Tana Tiwa, Sanggar Lembu Nai, and Sanggar Nipu Tae. Other than Caci, those sanggars also perform other traditional dances and games. While visiting the village, visitors can watch the daily activities of the community, which includes farming, processing brown sugar and making handicrafts that are still produced using traditional methods. Since Liang Ndara is located at the foot of Mount Mbeliling and directly adjacent to the Mbeliling Forest, tourists can also enjoy exploring the surrounding natural environment by trekking, spotting wildlife, taking photographs, visiting waterfalls and camping or even learning more about local herbs. Around Liang Ndara, there are semi-evergreen forests which are rich in flora and fauna. Two bird species that are endemic to Flores are found here, which are the Flores Crow and the Wallace’s Hanging-parrot. Topographically, Liang Ndara is located on a plateau with dry, arid land primarily used for rice paddies. It has relatively cool temperatures in comparison to other parts of Indonesia, ranging from 15–27 degree Celsius. Currently the village is home to 856 people who still uphold their traditional culture. This includes performing ceremonies, games, weaving handicrafts and traditional dances which are still held on various occasions. Another attraction of Liang Ndara is its location, only 20 km from Labuan Bajo, which is the main gateway to the Komodo National Park. From Labuan Bajo, this village can be reached by car, buses, mini-vans, public transport and motorcycles. The village can provide a relaxing place for visitors to stay, with homestays accommodation and food and drinks provided by host families.