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Mataram

With water palaces, temples, markets and museums, Lombok’s laid-back capital has plenty to rewards travellers who choose to linger.

Lombok’s capital, Mataram, offers royal palaces and playgrounds, temples, markets and parklands. While many visitors use it simply as a transit point, the city has enough provincial and cultural charms to reward those who linger.

Explore Lombok’s rich history and culture at the Museum Negeri. The museum houses thousands of fascinating items such as masks, fabrics and traditional weapons.

Browse the stores and stalls of Mataram Mall, four floors of clothing boutiques, electronics stores and food outlets. For a more old-school Asian feel, wander through the markets and small independent stores at Cakranegara. Here, you’ll find pearl shops, gold stores and retailers selling sporting goods, fabrics and handicrafts.

Spend an hour or two at the Mayura Water Palace, built in 1744 as the administrative centre of Balinese royal court. Relax by the large artificial lake and lotus pool. Then walk over to the floating pavilion that was once a law court and meeting place.

Just across the road is Pura Meru, the largest temple in Lombok. Soak up the lavish decor of this elaborate Hindu place of worship. The temple complex, dedicated to the gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, contains three courtyards and more than 30 shrines.

Check out the former royal playground at Narmada Park in Lembuak. This garden is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Mataram and contains a Hindu temple, swimming pool, small lakes and attractive lawns. Stop by the “Fountain of Youth”, so named because its spring waters from Mount Ringani were believed to confer a long life on those who drank from it.

Situated on the western side of Lombok Island, Mataram is approximately 39 kilometres (24 miles) from Lombok International Airport. To get around the city take the regular shuttle bus, hail a taxi or hire a car or motorcycle. Other modes of transport include small minibuses called “bemos” and horse-drawn carts called “cidomos”.

Top hotels in Mataram

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
OYO 960 Kost & Homestay 911
OYO 960 Kost & Homestay 911
2 out of 5
Jl. Ubur-Ubur Raya No.27, Taman Sari, Ampenan,Nusa Tenggara Bar., Mataram
The price is RM36 per night

Situated in Mataram, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Islamic Center NTB and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Lombok Epicentrum Mall. Mataram Mall and Pura Meru are ...

OYO 960 Kost & Homestay 911
Lombok Astoria Hotel
Lombok Astoria Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is RM115 per night

Situated in Mataram, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mataram Mall, Mayura Park and Pura Meru. Islamic Center NTB is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)

"Great hotel with sumptuous breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019

Lombok Astoria Hotel
RedDoorz @ Jalan Hos Cokroaminoto Mataram
RedDoorz @ Jalan Hos Cokroaminoto Mataram
2.5 out of 5
The price is RM20 per night

Situated in Mataram, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Islamic Center NTB and Mataram Mall. Lombok Epicentrum Mall and Mayura Park are also within 3 ...

RedDoorz @ Jalan Hos Cokroaminoto Mataram

Popular places to visit in Mataram

Mayura Park
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Mayura Park

Get an insight into Hindu culture and history with a trip to this picturesque park with a temple complex from the 1700s.

Tetebatu Monkey Forest
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Tetebatu Monkey Forest

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Travel through thick tropical forests, feed families of monkeys and enjoy stunning views over the North Lombok Sea to the Gili Islands and beyond.

Top things to do in Mataram

Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok
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Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok

RM373
Per adult
Lombok Tradition Sasak Village and South Beach Tour
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Lombok Tradition Sasak Village and South Beach Tour

RM247
Per adult
Lombok City Tour
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Lombok City Tour

RM215
Per adult
Amazing Two Waterfalls ( Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep ) Trip
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Amazing Two Waterfalls ( Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep ) Trip

RM346
Per adult
City Tour With River Rafting
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City Tour With River Rafting

RM388
Per adult
Bali to Gili Trawangan, Air, or Lombok, Fast Boat Round Trip
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Bali to Gili Trawangan, Air, or Lombok, Fast Boat Round Trip

RM147
Per adult

Reviews of Mataram

3.5

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3 - Okay 75%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Aug 2019

Mataram is a lovely place and we hope we can come back again and again

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Jul 2019

You have to go there if you need your visa renew

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