Maros Regency is one of the former kingdom in South Sulawesi. In the context of history in the XV century in this area a kingdom which once stood with the king's first royal title "Marusu Karaeng Ripakere Loe". In the course of the historical royal Marusu has given the influence of psychological and respected, so that the Dutch colonial government was not easy to conquer. But in subsequent developments there is competition among the kingdom since each has an interest and wanted to name the capital of his kingdom, established as the name of Maros Regency. Applicable Indigenous Governance System, among others:
1. Traditional Government Todde Limae.
2. Traditional Government Gallarang Appakka
3. Traditional Government Lebbo Tengngae, on February 1, 1960 Maros regency established as an autonomous region (Autonomous II) is marked by the appointment of Regent Nurdin Djohan. Therefore, each dated February 1, commemorated as the anniversary Maros Regency.
Geographically, Maros regency is located between 4045 -5007 south latitude and 109 20 -129 12 east longitude, with total area of 1619.11 km 2, It is adjacent to Pangkep regency in the north. Makassar city and Gowa Regency in the south, Bone regency in the east and Makassar straits in the west. Its total area is 1.619,12 square kilometers.
Maros Regency can be reach in about 1,5 - 2 hours drive from Makassar, which is rich with karst mountains and spread of paddy field, making the natural panorama really interesting.
Maros tourism travel guide and tourist attractions popular destinations can be enumerated as follow :
Bantimurung Waterfall :
Bantimurung waterfall is located at the valley of the step limestone hill with its fertile tropical vegetation. Bantimurung waterfall is a government protected natural reserve and there a cool waterfall and surrounding forests and covers 1000 ha. There are many other caves in these cliffs but apart from the scenery which makes this area an ideal habitat for the type of butterflies and bird infamous for their rarity. The naturalist Alfred Wallace collected specimens here in the mid 1800's. Among the butterflies that he caught was the Papilo Androcles, one of the rarest and biggest, with a tail like a swallow. Today entomologists still come here to look at the butterflies and other insects. It is certainly a beautiful area, with white falls and bright butterflies make it an ideal place to relax. The best time to see living butterflies is when the sun appears after a rain shower. They form a riot of color as they fly from one shrub to another
Dreaming Cave :
The dreaming cave is located at about 15 m lower than Bantimurung waterfall. You have to go through a small path that takes us about 30 m of walk to the cross of the river in which dreaming cave is located. By using a torch as the source of light, you can enjoy the beauty of various forms of limestone that brings you to the dreaming.
Leang Leang Cave :
Through careful care and accurate management, this historical center has several caves where historical paintings of 5000 years ago can be enjoyed. The archeologists consider that some ot the caves have been occupied from as early as 800 B.C to 3000 B.C. These caves have become the source of information, particularly about pre-history, not only of South Sulawesi but also of Southeast Asia.
Its also very easy to notice that in the last five to eight thousand years ago during the mesolithic ages, human being were still living in the caves as trace of their palms are encountered on the walls of the caves.
Rammang Rammang Village :
Rammang Rammang village is part of Maros Karst Mountains which is the one of largest karst area in Indonesia. Here we can see a Buginese traditional villages, natural landscapes, Kars valley, paddy field, also by ride a boat on the river, we can see surrounding traditional villages and take the chance to witness the biggest karsts area at Indonesia.