Air Manis Beach – As a city located on the west coast of Sumatra, Padang has a number of beaches which are destinations and attractions for the tourism sector. One of them is Pantai Air Manis. This beach is located approximately 10 km to the south of the city center.

Its location is behind Mount Padang or precisely in the District of South Padang, Padang City. This beach is one of the popular tourist destinations that is always crowded with people, especially during the school holidays or Eid.

Air Manis or in the Minang dialect called ‘aia manih’ is a beach with a wide coastline, sloping contours, and whitish brown sand. This beach is known for its small waves and has a beautiful panorama on its northern side.

At the north end of this beach we can see the mounds of Mount Padang from a distance. In addition, there are two small islands, namely Pulau Pisang Kecil (banana ketek) and Pisang Besar (banana gadang) which are located not far from this beach.

Besides the natural panorama and the waves, this beach cannot be separated from the Legend of Malin Kundang. No doubt, the legend of Malin Kundang is one of the most popular folklore from West Sumatra. In fact, its popularity spread to various parts of Indonesia until it was repeatedly raised to the screen in various versions. This wisdom-filled story is often told as a parable about the importance of serving parents.

This legend tells of how the wrath of a parent can lead to disaster for the ungodly child. The Malin Kundang who is described as a successful migrant is told back to his village after years of wandering.

Air Manis Beach
Air Manis Beach

He returned with his wife and large ship and his servants. It is said, when he arrived at Malin’s hometown, he was reluctant to admit that his biological mother, who was poor, even cursed and chased him away. Because of his heartache, the mother then cast a curse so that Malin turned to stone.

On the south side of this beach we can see a rock that resembles a prostration. This stone is believed to be Malin Kundang condemned and which has been turned into stone. Around him we can also find stones that resemble the ruins of ship walls that are believed by the community as part of the shipwrecked Malin.

There are also rope reels and wooden barrels that look very detailed as if they are indeed like rope and wooden barrels that are transformed into stone.

Apart from the truth of this legend, the existence of the Malin Kundang stone is the main attraction of this beach. Although from the appearance of this beach it still needs arrangement, but this does not prevent the flow of visitors who are curious and want to see Batu Malin Kundang firsthand.

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