Located on the enclave of Bromo Tengger National Park, Sumber Mujur Village has conserved its village with bamboo. It was planted many years ago and now the forest is lush and has been the source of clean water for the village. And now, the village even has received benefit from the conservation through tourism sector.
The entrance fee to Sumber Mujur bamboo forest is included with the swimming pool entrance. I consider it is very cheap. That is why on weekend domestic visitors from adjacent area flock to this forest.
We stayed 2 nights in a homestay here. Everynight we can wait for the lava of Mt Semeru from the homestay. And in the day time, we can see Mt Semeru proudly emits smoke. We drove about 30 minutes from the village to Mount Sawur to see sunrise and see mt Semeru from close distance. And not only sunrise, from Mt Sawur we can see the view of Bambang Beach located at the southern coast. And my favourite was visiting Mt Semeru observatory. It is inspiring to see how the only 3 staff at the observatory watching and monitoring the volcano every night and day.
And this is what i usually look when i visit new place. The souvenirs and the foods. We can find bamboo handicrafts here, and also visit the workshop. I found a beautiful bamboo soup bowl and mug. And there are also batik painting made of natural dyes. They are just so beautiful. In the future i would like to take batik class here. And the special food here is made of young bamboo, which is called rebung. They taste so good.
I enjoyed the quietness, the mild weather, the abundant clean fresh water and also the hospitality of the locals. I would come back for sure.
In Indonesia, you can indulge in a trip of a lifetime everyday. Indonesia is not just a tropical paradise, it is not just another destination to escape. Indonesia is a lesson for a wider horizon, joy, positive energy, a place of letting go, making memories, and make things happen. The islands of Indonesia have their uniqueness. It is a destination for cultural odyssey exploring ancient monuments and temples built by beautiful minds. Volcanoes adventure through the active rumbling crater and its one-of-a-kind panorama. Indonesia has the jungle you can quest to discover the wildlife and the floras. You can feel the cold freezing break of a day on mountain and next day feeling the sultry air with view of the blue Hindian Ocean or even go dive deep to meet the sea life. And Indonesia has so much more.
East Java is rich of waterfall and one of those is Coban Ciblungan. This waterfall is playful, beautiful, swimable, instagramable and it is definitely rejuvenating. It does not take long to reach to waterfall from the parking area, only about 5 minutes walk through stairs. And this waterfall is located about 30 minutes drive from Tumpak Sewu Waterfall.
Once you arrive at the waterfall you will the the multiple waterfalls falling to the calm plunge pool. And it is surrounded by green vegetation, such as bamboo and bushes.
Do not forget to bring spare clothes and swimming suites. It is rejuvenating to spend hours in this waterfall. We recommend visiting this waterfall after doing trekking to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall and Tetes Cave.
The water is clear spring water and it feels fresh to the skin. The locals use the water for drinking water and irrigation.
Ijen Crater may have been the well-known destination and must-visit place in Java or Indonesia. But there are so much to see, taste and do and feel in the surrounding of Ijen Crater. The road less traveled awaits you here.
Bangkalan consists of karst areas. It has two popular destinations which is /was limestone mining at Arosbaya and Jaddih Hill. Arosbaya Limestone Hill is located about 2 hours drive from Surabaya. There are food stalls but no restaurants nearby the area. If you love trying local foods, you can try duck menus which is the specialty of this region.
In the past women weaved fimbristyles into mat, they buy the dry fimbristyle locally known as mendong. And this recent years, not many people do this intricate work anymore. Only elder women who still make the this weaving.
This tour will take you to join the female weavers to market to purchase the material and then learn about making the mattress. You will learn to color until weaving the mattress.
This tour will take place in Wonosobo, Central Java Indonesia. Beside also in Yogyakarta. This tour is suitable for you after visiting Dieng Plateau.
After Dieng Sunrise and Dieng Plateau Tour and then drive to market to buy the dry fimbristyle at local traditional market. Take horse-cart from Market to the village.
Afterwards drive to Maduliya Village or other village for weaving program.
You will learn to color and then weave into mat of small size.
And then drop you to Yogyakarta/Borobudur Area/ Wonosobo Area.
-Lunch at local house
Known as the “Island of Gods”, Bali has diverse landscape within few kms from tropical forest with its wildlife, calm exotic volcanic lake and cliffs with rumbling waves below. And even just about less than an hour drive, there are so much adventures to experience.
Roaming in Bali will not only give something to see, but also a lesson of spirituality, joy, positive energy, and letting go. It is more than just an exotic tropical paradise, it is a feeling. It is might be the best place to go to celebrate, to forget and move on and also a place to make things happen.
Tirta Gangga Water Garden
This enchanting water garden nestles at the eastern part of Bali. Often overlooked by visitors, the Eastern of Bali is rich of diving spots and more quiet. There are natural swimming pools to jump in which flows from Rajasa spring. It is a place to cool down and rejuvenate after hiking to Pura Luhur Lempuyang. The core of the water garden is the eleven levels of fountain, pond with stepping stones to see the fish and where travelers love taking photograph at. Other places worth a visit nearby Tirta Gangga are Taman Ujung Sukasada, a watercastle with colonial style building and then Tenganan Village, a Bali Aga tribe village to see the hundred years of indigenous Balinese culture still preserved.
A green tranquil village located in Bulelerang regency is an ideal ashram to unwind. In the morning while enjoying the breakfast can enjoy the green cloves plantation and rice terrace afar and afterwards can continue to odyssey by exploring some rumbling waterfalls located in Munduk. Waterfalls can be reached by trekking from minutes to one hours, at least spare half day will be perfect to see some waterfalls. Humble food-stalls can be a resting place for a cold drink or snack. The idyllic village is also spices haven.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
The vast rice terrace in Jatiluwih will last for eternity. It is one of UNESCO’s world heritage for its subak irigation system. It is relaxing to stroll along the pathway through rice field. Do not miss to stop by at Uludanu Temple which is exotically built at Lake Bratan, where in the afternoon sometimes we can see locals dancing kecak. There are off-the-radar places enroute such as Angseri thermal spring.
Indonesia Ecotourism and Adventure Tour : Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Toraja, Nias, Bromo, Ijen, Bali, Komodo, Flores, Orangutan Borneo, Sumatra, Lombok, Sumba Island and beyond.