Palu is a chartered city (kota) on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, located 1,650 km northeast of Jakarta, at 0°54′S 119°50′E / 0.9°S 119.833°E / -0.9; 119.833Coordinates: 0°54′S 119°50′E / 0.9°S 119.833°E / -0.9; 119.833. It is the capital of the province of Central Sulawesi. The city sits on the mouth of Palu River, at the head of a long, narrow bay. Because of its sheltered position between mountain ridges, the climate is unusually dry. Palu has a population of 335,297, not including those living in nearby regencies.