by Charles Roring in Manokwari of West Papua - Indonesia
My trip to Minahasa was not complete if I did not visit the Love Hill of Kanonang. Love hill is a hill for lovers, lovers of peace, lovers of nature and lovers of humanity. I recommend this hill to every traveler who plan to fly to Minahasa of North Sulawesi to enjoy the beauty of the nature of Minahasa.
When I began climbing the hill, I was doubtful of my physical ability whether I could reach the top of the hill. I really had to straggle at the time. There were thousands of concrete stairs leading to the top. If you are interested to climb this hill, I suggest that you bring some food with you so that when you are tired you can take a break for a while.
The time needed to climb the love hill of Kanonang is around 45 minutes up to 1 hour. Actually, I cannot give you the actually time duration due to differences in physical condition of every traveler. There, in Minahasa alone, people like to call the visitor as pilgrims. Climbing the love hill of Kanonang can be considered as a religious pilgrimage.
The surrounding view of Minahasa mountainous region is really beautiful. I feel that I should return to the top of this hill again just to have a glimpse of my ancestor's land. No matter how high this hill is, once I am at the top of it, I will feel refreshed again. That might be because of the power of Love. Also read: Traveling with horse in Minahasa and Traveling and Enjoying the Nightlife of Surabaya