Monday, April 24, 2017

Ciater natural hot spring

Ciater natural hot spring

The mother of all hot springs: Ciater natural hot spring

Ciater is well-known for being the ultimate hot spring junction for tourists and locals alike.

Nestled between Bandung and Subang, the spring water comes from Tangkuban Perahu. At a satisfying 43 to 46 degrees Celsius, the water is just about right to give you that extra ‘oomph’ you so badly needed. If you suffer from skin ailments or even rheumatism, you’re definitely in for a good treat as this sulphuric pool is known to possess healing properties. You’ll be bewitched by the surroundings decorated with mountain ranges and crisp fresh air as you enjoy a good soak.

Ciater natural hot spring
Getting there: From Bandung, drive towards Ledeng Terminal. Take a bus from Ledeng to Lembang. When you’re in Lembang, in about 30 minutes, drop off at Jalan Cagak, Ciater district.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Price/Entrance fees: 14,000 IDR (USD $1) and 20,000 to 50,000 IDR (USD $1.50- $4) to enter the pool area. 80,000 IDR (USD $6) for the exclusive pool area.

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Curug Tilu: Grand Canyon in Sukasari

Curug Tilu: Grand Canyon in Sukasari

The region offers hidden natural attractions that remain untouched. Sukasari, the land of which is mostly covered in forest, turns out to have its own “Grand Canyon.”

Thanks to the development of smooth road access to the Sukasari district, the more-than-50-year isolated region has now become open.

The pulse of local residents can now be strongly felt and even people from outside Sukasari have started to come to the region.

The region offers hidden natural attractions that remain untouched. Sukasari, the land of which is mostly covered in forest, turns out to have its own “Grand Canyon.”

The “Grand Canyon” is called Curug Tilu and it is situated in Ciririp village, Sukasari district, Purwakarta regency.

To reach the destination, visitors can take advantage of either the Cikao Bandung Jatiluhur road or the Maniis–Sukasari road. Cikao Bandung Jatiluhur connects directly to a segment of the smooth Sukasari road. It takes about 40 minutes for visitors to reach Ciririp village.

The Maniis–Sukasari route is not recommended yet as the road remains under construction by the local administration.

To reach the Curug Tilu area, visitors must take a small 1-kilimoter-long road from the main road.
Prior to reaching Curug Tilu, visitors will first be greeted by a traditional bamboo grotto with palm fiber as its roof. The grotto is known as Pos KOMP@S (Komunitas Pecinta Alam Sukasari – Sukasari Nature Lover Community).

That is the place where a community led by Muhammad Arifin, 32, has been working to develop eco-tourism since 2013.

“We see the open road access conducted by [incumbent Purwakarta regent] Dedi as an opportunity. Why not? The nature that has remained intact has tourism potential that we can introduce to the public at large and we have to take care of it,” said Arif during a discussion at the Purwakarta Communication and Informatics office.

Arif explained that facilities for visitors to enjoy when visiting the Curug Tilu homestay were already available. The homestay, located on the edge of a curug (waterfall), is complete with a hammock and swimming pool. The facility package, priced at Rp 50,000, includes nasi liwet (rice cooked in coconut milk, chicken broth and spices)
“Actually, we have yet to set the price of nasi liwet. The portion of the rice is enough for five persons. So you do not have to cook it yourself,” he explained.

Visitors will be surrounded by the beautiful sight of a green natural panorama and stony mountain contour. The water appears green, precisely like the “Green Canyon” in Pangandaran district, West Java.
Arif acknowledged that he has been relying on young people in Ciririp village to manage the tourist activities. KOMP@S, which he leads, plans to further develop local tourism by offering river tubing and body rafting.

“Frankly speaking, what we have done is far from optimal because our members are still limited to young village people. We want it to be better. But thank God, we see between 20 and 30 visitors daily in [Curug Tilu]. They come from Jakarta, Karawang and Purwakarta,” he said.

The local youth have promoted the area through their social media accounts to attract more visitors.

Wonderful Jatigede Festival

Wonderful Jatigede Festival

'Wonderful Jatigede Festival' Aims to Attract More Tourists to Sumedang

Dirt bike club Barudak Trail Adventure Sumedang, or Batras, and arts communities in Sumedang, West Java, will hold the Wonderful Jatigede Festival on April 15-16 to promote tourism at the Jatigede Reservoir.

The Jatigede Reservoir in the eastern part of Sumedang is the second largest dam in Indonesia after Jatiluhur in Purwakarta, also in West Java.

Aside from providing water and electricity to most of West Java, the Jatigede Reservoir — which was opened in August 2015 —  will also be developed into a tourist attraction.

The deputy minister for marketing at the Tourism Ministry, Esthy Reko Astuti, said the Wonderful Jatigede Festival will introduce ecotourism to the Sumedang public, including a dirt bike championship.
“We want to develop tourism and also the creative economy scene in Sumedang. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya will attend the event next week,” Esthy said.

Around seven thousand local and international visitors are expected at the festival to watch and take part in a creative economy exhibition, Sundanese art performances, a photography competition, a dirt bike contest and a tree planting ceremony.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the government will develop tourism in and around the Jatigede Reservoir through a special local tourism authority.

“We will build a golf course, dirt bike tracks, hotels, restaurants, fishing ponds, a water park and a museum around the Jatigede Reservoir. Surian Island on the south side of the dam will have a hotel and a grilled fish restaurant,” he added.

According to statistics provided by the Tourism Ministry, 2,388 international visitors visited Sumedang in 2014, bringing in Rp 37 billion ($57,000) to the local economy. The following year, the area attracted 2,685 international visitors, bringing in Rp 44 billion ($68,000).

Local tourists still make up the majority of visitors to Sumedang with 141,261 people spending more than Rp 141 billion ($22,000) in 2014, and 169,514 people spending more than Rp 169 billion ($27,000) in 2015.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bandung Carnicval Land

Bandung’s newest fun fair: Bandung Carnival Land

Have you crossed off Bandung’s Trans Studio on our list of 32 extraordinary things to do in Bandung? The Bandung Carnival Land is a less pricey alternative, created by the guys who brought the Jawa Timur Park to Malang. Don’t underestimate the size of the rides in this miniature theme park. Give the Dragon Swing or the Mangkok Tsunami a try for a guaranteed instant boost of adrenaline! Love horror? Enter the haunted house at your own risk – navigate through corridors, past creepy statues that you can find in the rooms. Beware – you might just be lucky enough to catch a figure moving in the shadows, which may not be a statue after all! If you visit the Bandung Carnival Land after sundown, you’ll get to watch the night lights go up, with an array of lights and lanterns in different shapes and sizes.

Bandung Carnicval Land
Entrance: Weekday – 40,000 IDR (2.99 USD) | Weekend – 50,000 IDR (3.74 USD)
Address: Jalan Sinargalih No 15, Bandung, West Java
Phone: +62 22 2038634
Opening hours: Weekday: 11:00-19:00 | Weekend: 11:00-20:00

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ciptagelar Village, Sukabumi

Ciptagelar Village, Sukabumi

The Wisdom of Traditional Community of Ciptagelar Village, West Java

The Ciptagelar Village is famous for its cultural thanks giving rituals of Seren Taun, a yearly post- harvest ceremony, usually done in August, to express their gratitude towards the successful of their harvest.
The Seren Taun rituals have made Ciptagelar as one of the ‘must see and visit’ cultural events and most appealing natural ecosystem in West Java. It’s not just that. As one of the eight traditional villages in West Java, Ciptagelar has its own magnetism – the subsistence and the wisdom.

As one of the Kasepuhan in Banten Kidul, located at 1200 m above the sea level, administratively Kampung Ciptagelar is under the Cisolok sub-district, Sukabumi Regency. However, what is said as traditional community of Banten Kidul, it encompasses of a substantial area from Sukabumi and Bogor to Pandeglang, West Java. Kasepuhan itself refers to a way of living based on ancestral traditions to the local community who lives according to these traditions.

The physical development of Ciptagelar is a bit controversy as it is part of the Halimun National Park conservation. For instance, the road/pathway from Ciptarasa to Ciptagelar constructed by the internal community were criticized by the externals and were accused as destroying the forest.

Nevertheless, the Ciptagelar community will not chop the trees and clear the forest carelessly, only as needed. They have a natural wisdom to sustain the environment.

Kampung Ciptagelar was proclaimed as the first village connected to the internet through the USO (Universal Service Obligation) program, a government program to provide rural telecommunication services with the objectives of reducing the isolation of rural regions, overcoming the digital gap, achieving more equitable development, and maintaining the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.