When you are travelling from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng and you have some time on your hands, you might want to take a break at Melo Village. This place will give you a spectacular panorama view stretching from Labuan Bajo to the island of Komodo National Park. The village also offers fresh mountain air since it is located on the side of Mount Mbeliling.
The people of the village rely on farming such as coffee plantation, durian, pineapple, bananas and more. Being able to take a close look on their traditional way of planting and harvesting offers an unforgettable and unique experience. The people of the village are happy to show visitors around and explain their farming activities. Melo Village offers various village-based tourism activities, this also consists out of cultural art performances such as the traditional bamboo jumping game ‘Tetek Alu’ and the famous Caci performances. The highlight of a visit to Kampung Melo (kampung means ‘village’ in Indonesian), is the opportunity to enjoy a Caci performance, more than just a traditional performance, it is a major element of Manggaraian cultural identity and an important part of ceremonial life.