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Once a colonial resort center during the Dutch occupancy, Bandung is rightfully dubbed as “Paris Van Java” or the Paris from Java.
With an architectural European style and thriving local fashion industry, Bandung has a quaint atmosphere that immediately sets it apart from the nearby and hectic Jakarta.
Just 2 hours drive away from the capital city, it seems that Bandung can’t escape from being the retreat spotlight that captures the hearts of many.
As the city retains that old world and art deco charm, there is also a side of its natural attractions that is just as irresistible and profoundly breathtaking.
Once you have exhausted yourself from its urban appeals, you’ll soon find the enthralling beauty and heavenliness of Mother Earth around Bandung.
Tired of the same tourist places every time you’re around Bandung? This list might just change your life on how one should holiday around Bandung.
From Lembang, Garut, Pangalengan, to Cipatat, these are the 16 best natural attractions around Bandung that will rejuvenate you in an instant:
Things to do in Bandung and Lembang1. Explore the hidden canyon of River Cikahuripan
Have you heard of Cikahuripan river’s hidden canyon, located just one kilometre away from the entrance of Cikahuripan tourism spot?
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The path is dominated by giant rocks all the way up the two towering cliffs of 10 metres high, spreading up to 100 metres wide from one side to another.
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Wedged between the fossil cliffs is a small beautiful river of Cikahuripan. Its water glistens in the distance, creating an inviting body of crystal turquoise pond.
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The water goes as deep as 4 metres, but some rocky spots are shallower, so you can enjoy it with your family.
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2. Hang in the sky like Spiderman – Tebing Gunung Hawu
This mountain blows plenty of other mountains out of the water. Here’s where your superhero dreams come true, and “hanging out” takes on a completely different meaning.
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For sunrise enthusiasts, Tebing Gunung Hawu boasts a fantastic viewpoint to watch the sun wake up for its morning duties. Better yet, you can catch that sunrise from your perch in a hammock, hanging precariously between two towering cliffsides. Has that image gotten your adrenaline running?
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Hammocking was popularised by a group of locals in a bid to increase tourist activity in the area, – and thus prevent limestone miners from continuing to destroy Gunung Hawu’s environment. Mother Nature is pleased with you.
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The mountain is also renowned for the massive “hole” that you can see in the middle of the mountain. It’s also the reason why the mountain was christened “Hawu”, which means “fireplace” in Sundanese.
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Since you’re here, how can you pass up on snapping a picture with this rare sight? If you’re lucky, you might even catch the sunlight filtering in through the hole, creating an ethereal sight.
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3. A Divine Experience in Nature’s Hidden Paradise – Sanghyang Heuleut, Cipatat
Tucked away at West Bandung in a remote area of Cipatat, Sanghyang Heuleut is a small pond surrounded by large white cliffs, lush jungle and a small waterfall as the water source.
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It flows to the stream of Citarum river which is also part of a hydropower plant.
Through geographic evaluation, Sanghyang Heuleut is deemed as a prehistoric pond that has existed through time.
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Legend also has it that its secluded location was meant for the strategic bathing place for goddesses.
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No wonder, the place was deemed “Sanghyang” which means “holy” while “heuleut” means “the space between 2 worlds”, which refers to how the holy place was reserved for divine beings.
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The pond itself definitely lives up to its reputation, as evident by the mythical surroundings and unexplainable beauty of its area.
It simply is something so divine that you have to witness to believe.
4. Dramatic Rocky Mountain For A Distinct Rush of Nature – Gunung Batu, Lembang
Lembang makes for the perfect destination for mountaineers as it is situated on the highland of Bandung. So if you’re in search for the next adrenaline rush through height, then Batu Mount might just be the perfect choice for you.
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Just as the name suggests, Gunung Batu or the Stone Mountain is dominated with large rocky surfaces all the way to its top.
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As one of the tallest mountains in Lembang, you get to witness the unobstructed view of other surrounding mountains such as Tangkuban Perahu, Gunung Putri, Bukit Tunggul and Palasari.
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All of which enhance the vivid beauty of Mount Batu as a whole. It also makes for the best camping site to get your dose of sunrise
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5. Exploring the Dynamic Duo of Caves – Gua Sanghyang Tikoro & Sanghyang Poek, Cipatat
Sanghyang Tikoro and Sanghyang Poek are essentially the parts of the charming area of Cipatat or Saguling Hydro Power Plant, along with Sanghyang Heuleut.
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Both caves are placed in the same area which is overflowing with clear water and breathtaking surroundings.
Sanghyang Tikoro which means the holy throat is a deep cave with an underground river stream.
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It is believed to have formed by the cooling down of lava during a major eruption, while the water slowly eroded and shaped the stalactites cave.
Similarly, Sanghyang Poek is also a cave just 15 minutes away from Tikoro, and a part of the area’s famed tourist spot. The landscape is slightly different as it’s diagonally shaped or slanted.
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Traveling inside the cool cave, you will experience dripping water and pitch black darkness before emerging to the other side.
Our verdict? Definitely worth exploring!
6. The Ultimate Adventure With Nature – The Lodge Maribaya, Bandung
There is always a sense of satisfaction when you experience an adventure in nature. But what if we tell you that you can actually get an even more heightened enjoyment, in a man-designed adventure camp?
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The Lodge Maribaya is not your ordinary natural camp with above standard service such as camping or trekking activities.
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The overall setting and location is designed to elevate your adventure in nature to the whole new level.
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The lodge’s natural surroundings include pine forests, Maribaya waterfalls, and a vista of wonderful mountain scenery.
The Lodge Maribaya aims to provide all the necessary refreshments that is much needed prior to, and after your escape to the nature.
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From staying in, dining, and hosting parties, to arranging activities fit for daredevils – it’s a real pleasure that can only make your adventure go that much better.
7. Coral Rocks at the Top of a Mountain: Goa Pawon and Stone Garden of Padalarang
After a 20-minute hike up Mount Pasigit, there lies the mouth of Goa Pawon (Pawon Caves), a significant historic site where ancient human remains (now on display in Bandung’s Museum Geologi) were found.
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Take a few steps further towards the peak of the mountain and you will find an array of calcium-rich rocks, which are usually found along a beach.
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Scientists believe that there once existed a sea stretching from Padalarang to Negreg, with Bandung lying hundreds of metres underwater. The theory is that a few volcanic eruptions later caused the valley to be formed.
Here, you can find seashells embedded on the rocks – bizarre indeed!
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Since not many people know about this spot yet, make sure you bring your own water as there are no warungs open at the venue (as of now!).
8. Witness the Weeping Rocks of Curug Batu Templek, Bandung
You might have a difficult time asking the locals for directions to Curug Batu Templek if you are in Central Bandung.
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Even though the curug isn’t too difficult to reach, its unsuspected location near stone quarries makes the Curug Batu Templek sound foreign to the ear.
A rare geological phenomenon, the rocks of Curug Batu Templek is actually a small notch on the Earth’s plate, formed by tectonic movements. This causes underground water to pour magically from the cracks into the rocks.
The best time to pay a visit is during the rainy season (usually between September and March) when the flow of the water is high and light brown in colour – a perfect hue to compliment the darker shades of the rocks.
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Since the roads leading to Curug Batu Templek are narrow semi-paved paths, one of the best ways to get there is on two wheels. After passing by stone craftsmen of Pasar Impun, riders will have to travel up a series of climbs up a couple of hills.
The climb ends with a rewarding view of East Bandung from above. Don’t be surprised to find that you’re the only visitor there!
Meanwhile, the sound of trickling water from a distance is a telling sign you are heading in the right direction.
9. Past Meets Present For The Most Ideal Natural Beauty – Gunung Putri, Lembang
It’s hard to believe that there is such magical natural attraction that isn’t all that far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bandung.
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Lembang is a popular leisure area just a few hours drive from the central of Bandung, and is most favored for its cool fresh air and the famous Mount of Tangkuban Perahu.
While not as known as Tangkuban Perahu, Mount Putri is starting to get the much deserved hype from travelers, as it’s impossible to dismiss its unique features.
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Unlike any others, you’ll find the remnant of a Dutch Colonial fort right on one of the hills of Mount Putri.
Built back in the 1st World War, the mysterious and white building stays intact and solid, despite having no certain maintenance.
Continuing upward, you’ll end up on the mountain top that overlooks a view of verdant pine forest overshadowed by the misty city landscape.
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Look up and take in the cool breeze, the sky from this height is a splendid view which will leave you with all sort of indescribable feelings.
10. An Aroma Tea-raphy With a Matching Peaceful Pond – Cukul Tea Plantation, Pangalengan
Tea plantations have long been one of the most appealing recreation choices when around Bandung.
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With the fresh breeze and a hint of fragrant tea leaves lingering in the air, the experience of being in the middle of green tea territory is simply a rewarding one.
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So, what sets Cukul Tea Plantation apart from the dozen other tea plantations in the area?
For one, this tea plantation is located on the highland which means the air gets comfortably cool.
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Secondly, a brilliant and calming pond, Situ Cukul is right nearby.
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As it goes alongside the tea plantation, there is also a private European style villa that adds to the overall picturesque beauty of Cukul Tea Plantation.
Lastly, the small pathway among the tea fields will lead you to the top of one of the hills, where you can soak in the total bliss in peace.
11. A Mass Collection of Mother Nature’s Best – Curug Tilu Leuwi Opat, Ciwangun
What do you get when you have several waterfalls (curug), rivers (leuwi) and caves on a stretch of 5-hectare green land?
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It means that you may have found yourself in the midst of heaven, called Curug Tilu Leuwi Opat at Ciwangun Village of Parongpong, West Bandung.
In total, this area has 4 waterfalls, 4 rivers, and 2 caves which unite to bring the ultimate outdoor enjoyment.
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One of the most adored waterfalls in this area is called Curug Tilu which has water running as clear as crystal, while the 4 rivers run smoothly across the green pine forest.
There is also popular tourist spot Ciwangun Indah Camp, with organised water excursions such as rafting, water outbound, to camping, cliff climbing, paintball, flying fox, and a shaking bridge in one adventure camp.
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This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the water and nature to its fullest.
12. Meet The Sweetest Waterfall Couple – Curug Penganten, Cisarua
Part of what makes a natural attraction even more attractive is the folktale that comes with it.
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This is no exception for Curug Penganten, which translates to “ The Bride Waterfall”.
Story has it that it was named Curug Sewu but soon changed name, when the raft which carried 2 lovers was washed away by the heavy streams, yikes!
Another geographic reason to the name is how this area actually consists of 2 gorgeous waterfalls which overlook one another, just like 2 people in love.
Regardless, many tourists continue to search for Curug Penganten to see for themselves, the scenic natural wonder at the feet of the waterfalls.
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The water pond is a cool area surrounded by magnificent tall cliffs, and filled with water that is as cool as it is fresh.
Right when the sun shines down through the crystal clear water – the whole pond glistens with gleaming rays of light and it’ll be love at first sight for anyone.
Things to do in Garut and Ciamis (2 hours from Bandung)
13. Capture the exotic Grand Canyon of Garut at Leuwi Jurig
Located in Garut, which is two hours’ drive away from Bandung, sits a hidden canyon, Leuwi Jurig.
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Its name may mean ‘The Satan Pond’, but its beauty will make you believe in the higher powers. Locals believe that bathing in the pond will free you from all bad luck, thus the name.
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Streams of fresh water flow through the exotic cliffs all the way down into a luscious emerald green pond. Its beauty has been likened to the Grand Canyon of Arizona, because it is that gorgeous!
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14. Hike and Camp to catch the Sunrise: Mount Papandayan, Garut
For most people, hiking up a mountain may sound like a task too challenging to conquer – you have to navigate through the difficult terrain and hostile weather, just to sleep in a tent and eat canned food.
But this is already considered a beginner’s mountain by many outdoorsmen, as you can reach the camping ground of mount Papandayan after only 2 hours of trekking.
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Once the tent has been set, hikers can wander off in the Edelweiss Meadows, also a great spot for watching the sunrise.
Another beautiful spot is the Hutan Mati (Dead Forest), which is where a patch of forest and vegetation was burnt off during a volcanic eruption, leaving only tree trunks behind.