If talking about Indonesia, certainly it’s not be separated from the tourist destination. Reminding the tourist destinations in Indonesia surely that comes to your mind is Bali or Borobudur Temple. In fact, tourist destinations that you must visit in Indonesia are not only Bali and Borobudur temple but there are many destinations that are not less exotic with both destinations that have been widely known by the world community, one of them is Kawah Putih tourist destination in Bandung area.
Kawah Putih is the most famous tourist attraction in Bandung. Located in Ciwidey, West Java, approximately 50 KM south direction of Bandung, Kawah Putih is a lake formed by the eruption of Mount Patuha. As the name implies, the land in this area is white due to the mixing of sulfur elements. In addition to the white soil, the lake water Kawah Putih area also has a whiteish-green color and can change color according to sulfur content contained, temperature, and weather.
Ciwidey White Crater is located in a mountainous area that has a height of more than 2,400 meters above sea level. With these altitudes, the air temperature in the White Crater area is certainly cold with temperatures of 8 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius, so do not forget to bring a jacket or wear thick clothes.
In addition to the beauty enjoyed by the tourists, Ciwidey White Crater is also often a place of other activities, such as shooting films, painting, wedding photos, up to climbing and horseback riding.
The story of the White Crater began in the 10th century where a great eruption by Mount Patuha occurred. After this eruption, many people assume that this location is a haunted area because every bird that flies through the area will die.
As time went on, the belief about the haunted place began to fade, until finally in 1837 there was a botanist with a German nationality coming to this area to do research. The researcher named Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn was deeply attracted by the lonely mountain area that no birds even flew over him so he went around the village to search for information. At that moment, all the information he got was that the area was haunted and inhabited by the spirits.
For Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, the statement of the local community does not make sense. Not believing in the stories, he went into the jungle to find out what was there. Long story short, finally Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn made it to the top of the mountain, and from there he saw the existence of a beautiful white lake with a stinging smell of sulfur.
Since then, the existence of the White Crater of Ciwidey became famous and started from 1987 the government developed this area as a tourist place that offers a unique experience of seeing the lake that can change color. White Crater is located at Jalan Raya Soreang Ciwidey KM 25 is located not far from the tourist spot Situ Patenggang and can be reached easily when you bring a personal vehicle because there are many guides. From Jakarta, you just need to use the Cipularang toll lane and exit through Kopo toll booth. From there you must head to Soreang and drive to the southern part of Ciwidey.
When using public transport, you can take an angkot (local transportation) from Leuwi Panjang terminal that goes to Ciwidey terminal. From Ciwidey terminal, you can use the angkot that goes to Situ Patenggang and descend in front of the gate of White Crater.
Kawah Putih Facility
Because it has been developed as a tourist area, Kawah Putih has adequate supporting facilities of travel comfort, namely:
- Spacious parking area
- Transport from front gate up to crater
- Information Center
- Restaurants and food stalls
Ciwidey Kawah Putih ticket price
Kawah Putih entrance price on weekdays and holidays and weekends is the same ie 15,000 Rupiah per person, while for vehicle tariff is as follows:
Top parking (car) : Rp 150.000
Parking top (motor) : Rp 35.000
Ontang-anting : Rp 13.000
Parking down (car) : Rp 6.000
Parking below (motor) : Rp 5.000
Parking down (bus) : Rp 25.000
What is meant by the top parking is bring your vehicle up to the crater location, the bus can not park on top. The purpose of parking downstairs is to park your vehicle at the entrance gate and then you can ride ontang-anting to get to the crater.
What are the earrings? Ontang-anting is derived from the Sundanese language which means ‘pacing back and forth’ and is the designation for a typical vehicle Kawah Putih Ciwidey. This vehicle is a mini bus that has been modified to be open and equipped with a safety. Maximum capacity for 1 ontang-anting is 12 people, but do not worry do not get the place because there are many ontang anting operating in this area.