Doa Hill in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi Province
When it comes to a vacation in Tomohon City, tourists may find more highlands than beaches. No wonder, lots of mountains and hills reside on the region. One of the most popular options is called Doa Hill which is located in North Tomohon Sub-District of Indonesia. To be exact, it resides in Kakaskasen Tiga Village and becomes a good place either for sightseeing and worshipping. “Doa” means praying, after all. As the name suggests, the locals (who are mostly Catholics) come to the hill to get the peaceful nuance for praying. Have no worries. Everyone is allowed to get to the site regardless of religion and from where they come.
In terms of nuance, Doa Hill is indeed relaxing and pristine. After all, it resides in a highland and features lots of trees as well as plants. Not to mention many beautiful flowers grow abundantly there. As for the panorama, tourists can see a great background of Lokon Mountain! Is that all? There is the famous Mother Mary Chapel (which is often used as a wedding venue)! Plus, visitors can find an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 1500 people! It is often used to conduct numerous events like art performances, Christian’s retreats, gathering, etc.
Exploring Doa Hill
The prime reason to visit Doa Hill is to pray, especially for local Catholics. These people take advantage of the serenity of the site to do worshipping, after all. Not only the hill is available for the locals, but it also accommodates worshippers coming from other regions! This explains why the site becomes quite crowded during big Catholics days and events. Therefore, tourists should come at those times to get the best nuance.
The next common reason for visiting Doa Hill is to enjoy the atmosphere and watch the stunning scenery of the surrounding. After all, the location is surrounded by mountains and features lots of trees and plants. Moreover, the management takes a good care of the environment so it looks both clean and managed. Aside from praying and sightseeing, people come to the site to explore the amphitheater (Jalan Salib). While exploring that route, tourists may find an iconic statue called Pieta (a statue of Jesus dying on the lap of St. Maria).
Another allure in Doa Hill is the presence of Maria Cave, which also becomes the best spot for praying and finding peace. The thing is visitors are allowed to enter Doa Hill regardless of their religion. That means visitors don’t have to pray once arriving on the site. It is open for everyone and there is no ticket fee at all. Still, a charity box is available at the entrance. It is quite recommended to put some money there before entering.
- Buddhayana Monastery
- Mahawu Mountain
- Eastindo Campground
- Sparta Stable
How to Get There
A trip to Doa Hill takes approximately 56 minutes from Manado City (the capital of North Sulawesi Province). After all, the distance is 34 km. The good news it can be faster if tourists take Ring Road and Raya Manado Tomohon Street. Their first destination is
Where to Stay
- Jhoanie Hotel
- Emitta Boutique Hotel
- Gardenia Country Inn