Madura island in East Java

Madura island in East Java

Madura Island
the northeast of Java

Madura Island is an island in the northeast of Java. The island is related to the Indonesian district East Java with the capital Surabaya. The strait of Madura separates Madura Island and Java. The strait is around 2 km wide and looks more like a big river. The only access to the island by car is via the Bridge of Madura or a ferry from Surabaya.

One of the most famous thing from Madura is the bull racing. The bull racing called Karaban sapi and takes place in Bangakalan and in Pamekasan. Both are the major cities on Madura Island with the most population.  The competition is a public event of course. Indeed I hope one day I have the chance to visit the bull racing event.

Madura is an flat island. No mountains, no volcanos just flat all over the way I drove from Surabaya on the north coast.

The landscape remind me of the african savannah instead of the tropics. No lush green only brown soil and little vegetation.

I followed the main road to Bangakalan the city in the north of Madura. The idea was to visit the bull raicing location stadion. I heard about that event Finally, I found the place but as expected no bull raicing this day. Anyway to to know where the place is.

Because of the most dry and hot climate farming is not a lucrative and profitable business. However, farmers planting Dragon fruits. That plant is like a cactus and obviously likes the climate. The dragon fruit has a big and nice flower with an sweet smell. The fruits are delicious  indeed.

At the end of the day I got a little view inside Madura. I left the island with the hope to return one day to visit the bull raising.

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