I just got back from a to explore West Java from Bandung. The plan was to visit and explore Ciletuh Geopark, but we decided to take a different route from Bandung to the south via Ciwidey and stayed at Ujung Genteng. It definitely took longer hours and (of course) more winding roads, but this route has some nice spots where we could stop and explore before we continue to the road trip. Most of stops that we did were at Ciwidey area.
Some places to go in Ciwidey
Kawah Putih (‘white crater’ – literal translation) is a very interesting stop. This was my second visit to this place. As this is located at a 2,434 meters above sea level, you can imagine how cold it was in the morning, especially in the morning?! I didn’t wear a proper clothes, but well, didn’t stop me from entering the place haha. For your information, the temperature can be ranged from 8 – 22° Celsius!
Kawah Putih is a crater of Mount Patuha. The mountain was erupted at 10th century and at 12th century. Both eruption created craters, but the second eruption not only created a crater, but it also makes a beautiful lake that become the attraction until today. Don’t be surprised when you smell something unpleasant when you are in this area. It’s the smell of Sulphur, that smells like fart 😀
If you like photography, then this place will become a unique place to take photo. Most of us who joined the fam trip of course love taking pictures haha. When we arrived in the morning, most of the area – especially the lake, was still covered with fog, but just wait a little longer until the sun shines this area and clear the fog 😉
Tea plantation at Ciwalini
The tea plantation at Ciwalini is one of the tea plantations in Ciwidey. As far as the eyes could see, everywhere is tea trees. The tea plantation occupied a vast area in Ciwalini, and there’s one big stone at the center of the tea plantation, which makes a good centre point for the view. Anyway, the tea was planted in rows, and there is a pathway between the row for us to walk and explore the tea plantation. There is also a hot spring near the tea plantation, but we didn’t have the chance to visit the hot spring.
Situ Patenggang or also known as Situ Patengan is a lake that located at 1,600 meters above sea levels. The lake itself is surrounded by tea plantation. The name was taken from Sundanese language, that is ‘Pateangan-teangan’ (or can be translated to ‘looking for each other’), and there was a folklore behind the name.
Once upon a time, there was a couple named Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis, that was separated for a long time. Both of them were looking for each other until they met in one place, which is called as ‘Batu Cinta’ ( = the love stone). Dewi Rengganis asked for a lake and a boat, so they can go for a sail and circle the lake.
I didn’t notice where is Batu Cinta located, but there are some small boats that can be used to circle the lake. Who knows that you and your love can find the stone, so you will have an eternal love, just like Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis <3 <3 <3
As for the recent addition to the place, there is a phinisi boat across the lake, which is actually a restaurant. Would love to visit this phinisi boat next time, and see the view of Situ Patenggang from there 🙂
This was the last spot that we visited in Ciwidey, before we continued our road trip. We stopped at Curug Naringgul to have lunch in a warong located in a sidewalk near a waterfall. The road itself is called Jalan Raya Naringgul. It’s a very nice stop for a break on a long journey, as in one side I can see the waterfall, while the other side, I can see the beautiful valley with the river and paddy field. It’s unfortunate though, the water volume is not great enough to make a big waterfall haha.
I believe, I did not cover all of the interesting places to visit in Ciwidey, so you can suggest your favourite places in Ciwidey in the comment section 🙂
Anyway, I have compiled the locations on Google Maps. I hope, I pinned them right 🙂
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I was invited by Dinas Pariwisata dan Kebudayaan Jawa Barat to join this familiarization trip to explore West Java and see the Ciletuh Geopark Festival 2016. Many thanks to all!