I’ve never heard about ‘Tebing Keraton’ in Bandung until just recently. I also never realized that it has become a big hit in Bandung, it’s like a must-place to visit when you are in Bandung – Indonesia. My friend said that it was quite quiet before, with a few visitors visiting that place. Now after there are many circulation of photos of the place – or even the selfie photos taken in that place, in the social media; there are many people visiting this place.
I didn’t really have any plans to visit it before, but after many friends said that I should visit it now before it getting more crowded, so I finally decided to visit it. Even my friends said to visit it during the weekdays. Well I did plan to visit it on Friday morning, but well well well … the plan only became just a plan, as I am not really a morning person haha! So then I decided to visit it during the weekend.
‘Tebing Keraton’ is the place to see the sunrise and I missed this moment as I woke up quite late. Although I left around 5AM, I could already see the sun ray lighten the day. But it didn’t make me stop visiting this place!
With the guidance of my friends, Ardi and Andrian; I finally went there!
Going to Tebing Keraton is in the same direction if you want to visit ‘Taman Hutan Raya’ Ir. H. Juanda, but you need to go further up.
Some friends said that we actually can use our car to go up to the ‘Tebing Keraton’, but some others said that the road is not good, and they advised me to just park the car, then go up using the ojek. I was a bit traumatized using my small city car going up the hill where the road condition is bad, so I preferred to just park my car.
Andrian who already went there three times told us just to walk up instead of using ojek. So we walked!
When we decided to walk, there were a few ojek guys who followed us while riding their motorbike and told us to just use the ojek service instead of walk as the distance is quite far. If you prefer to walk, just say no, then they will leave you.
If you decide to just walk, you need to bring mineral water. We forgot to bring it, and also we didn’t get our breakfast … So thirsty and hungry accompanying us during the walk! Haha.I didn’t quite remember how long is the distance from the car park to the ‘Tebing Keraton’ … Is it 3 or 5 KM? Well anyway, we rarely saw people walking up, but we did see many people using motorbike, and even a few using bicycle!
The walk was quite tiring, especially for us who rarely doing exercise! – it’s a good exercise for us too! Haha … But we determined to keep going up, so we just focused on our walk. The view on our right side when we walked up was mostly the valley, the green hills, and then farms. We also saw a few houses there, and I thought that it must be really lovely to have a house on the hill and breath fresh air every day!Half-way up we finally reached a village and bought some mineral water. Not far from there, we then reached the famous ‘Tebing Keraton’.
There’s an entrance fee to enter the ‘Tebing Keraton’ area. Some friends said that it was actually free at first to the ‘Tebing Keraton’. Anyway, the entrance fee is still affordable.
We predicted that the visitors were quite many as we saw many motorbikes were parked near the entrance. I then walked with great curiosity to the cliff, and yes, we were right. There were many people on that cliff. They standing on the rocks, taking pictures on the cliff, or just enjoying the scenery. There’s also a rope that you can use if you want to go down to a lower part of the cliff.Can you guess what is the thing that most people bring after the ‘camera’?
Yes! The ‘tongsis’ aka ‘tolong dong sist’ oops I mean ‘tongkat narsis’ or in English, it’s the ‘selfie stick’! Even Andrian brought one too so we could also did the selfie photos! Haha.
From the cliff, I could see the vast area of the valley with plenty of green trees on the valley. The opposite of us is the famous ‘Gunung Tangkuban Perahu’.Andrian said that there are interesting things that people should take in the photo.
First is the Mount Tangkuban Perahu [as the background] with two electrical towers in front of it.
Second, the paddy field located near the bottom of the cliff.
I didn’t know any of these, but I lucky to get both things in one photo! Lucky me! Haha.…
So why the name is ‘Tebing Keraton’?
At first my friend said that there’s a myth surrounding the area.
But when I was there, there’s actually an announcement with information about this area.This place is actually called ‘Tebing Karaton’ [not kEraton] by the first person who discovered this place. And the word ‘Karaton’ is actually a Sundanese, which means ‘the natural beauty’! The person then said that this place is actually already exist since a long time ago with the name of ‘Cadas Jontor’. I think ‘jontor’ is a slang word – just like when someone fell and his lips hit the ground, then the lips will be swelling to the front. In other words, this is a jutted out area comparing to the other areas.
Walking up and down was quite tiring and made us really hungry. That’s why you can restore your energy with some healthy food, just beside the car park. The place is called ‘Bumi Herbal’ [‘bumi’ is the Indonesian word for earth]. It has some traditional food, from ‘karedok’, ‘lotek’, and ‘kupat tahu’ – so all vegetables! Just to remind you that the food portion is quite big, but the taste is nice and the food is healthy! So the food is a good thing after a nice exercise in the morning! 🙂…
PS: I only used my iPhone 5 camera to take pictures! 🙂