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PICTURES: Ruwatan Jolotundo Sept 2018

Annually there is a ritual to conserve the 33 spring located on the slope of Mount Penanggungan. 33 Girls carrying water from the 33 spring. The ritual is held to make the water always flowing and not getting dry. The ritual is a mixed of Javanese belief and Islam. 

 

PICTURES: Rammang Rammang, Karst Forest, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rammang Rammang is  a limestone mountain range located in Maros-Pangkep, about 2 hours drive from Makassar. It is known as the third biggest limestone range in the world, about 45,000 hectares. 

The local call it rammang rammang which means cloud as the cloud always appears in the area of the karst. People also call it as hutan batu or rock forest.  The rocks also scattered at rice field. Visitors can enjoy boating at rammang rammang and also there is a hiking trail here. 

 

 

PICTURES: Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Tegenungan Waterfall is located not far from Ubud, just about 20 minutes drive. The waterfall can be reached by walking about 20 minutes. The water is clean and visitors can swim here, however prohibited to swim at the waterfall pool in the middle, only in the edge. 


The Waterfall is 15 meters high with very massive water even on dry season.


Nearby the waterfall you can enjoy natural pool.


Holy water for praying


Visitors swim at Tegenungan Waterfall,

PICTURES: Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Most popular destination in East Nusa Tenggara is Komodo National Park, which has drawn attention from all over the world for its giant lizard, called Komodo Dragon. In the National Park itself, which consists of some islands, there are some places of interest: Rinca and Komodo Island with its Komodo walking trail, Pink Beach, Padar Island for the best view point and also other island with its snorkeling/diving spots.


Komodo Dragon can be see easily in the national park. The observation includes walking at the national park, accompanied by ranger.


Komodo dragon can be observed close enough, however visitors must be cautious and follow the ranger instruction for safety reason.


Exploring the national park takes boat ride for island hopping. There are some selection of boat from phinisi boat to speedboat, with different rates and facilities. However the boats usually prepare for live vest, snorkeling gear and meals. 



Pink Beach

PICTURES: Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, Makassar , Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, is located just about 1.5 hours drive from Makassar. Known as the butterfly kingdom, the mascot of the national park is butterfly.

The national park first explored by Wallace in the midst of 19th Century. And afterwards there were other researchers visited it. The national park consists of karst, river, and forest.  The main attraction is the river, waterfall, lake , cave and butterfly observation.  Wallace describes his visit to Bantimurung : “During my four days’ stay at the falls, I was so fortunate as to obtain six good specimens. As this beautiful creature flies, the long white tails flicker like streamers, and when settled on the beach it carries them raised upwards, as if to preserve them from injury. It is scarce even here, as I did not see more than a dozen specimens in all, and had to follow many of them up and down the river’s bank repeatedly before I succeeded in their capture. When the sun shone hottest, about noon, the moist beach of the pool below the upper fall presented a beautiful sight, being dotted with groups of gay butterflies—orange, yellow, white, blue, and green—which on being disturbed rose into the air by hundreds, forming clouds of variegated colours.”

Now the butterflies are not as many as when Wallace visit, however we can still see various kinds of butterflies here. There are about 250 species of butterflies inhabit the forest. The path to explore Bantimurung already good, suitable for family. 

The
Waterfall which is located about 10 minutes walk from the parking area.


The lake located about 20 minutes walk. Along the way you will meet some species of butterflies.


The path along the river where visitors can enjoy easy exploration from waterfall to the lake.


The karst cave can be explored with local guide.

Accessing Dieng Plateau from Surabaya

Well, you may have been to Yogyakarta, the second most popular destination in Indonesia after Bali. But you might never been to this beautiful plateau in Central Java, while it is just located about 3 hours from Yogyakarta or 2 hours from Borobudur Temple. I will inform you how to reach this plateau and enjoy its beauty if you are from Surabaya.

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– By train from Surabaya to Yogyakarta. And then afterwards take shuttle from Yogyakarta to Wonosobo. If you want to be managed from Yogyakarta, you can inform local tour operator to pick up at Yogyakarta.
– By car. If you are on budget and want to do this tour, there is shuttle from Surabaya to Wonosobo which is only DR 190,000 and it departs at 17.00 from Surabaya, this includes as well pick up from your place in Surabaya. And then from Wonosobo to Dieng Plateau you can book tours from local operator or else, take public bus to Dieng Plateau. In my opinion, you can take bus and stay in Dieng and then in the morning depart for golden sunrise at Sikunir Hill or off course climbing Mount Prau.

Option to stay in Wonosobo:
-If you love to explore and walk yourself you can stay at Dieng Plateau, there are some homestays there with good clean room with hot water.
-If you do not like the cold weather, especially on July August, you can stay in the city which takes about only 40 minutes to Dieng Plateau and you can depart in the morning for sunrise tour in Dieng Plateau area.
-If you want quiet mountain area, you can stay at Kledung area, at Dieng Kledung Pass Hotel. It has an amazing view of Mt Sindoro and Mt Sumbing and it takes only about 70 minutes to Dieng Plateau. It is a nice place to stay when local farmers grow tobacco on the slope of Mt Sindoro and Mt Sumbing. You can also explore some hidden view such as Embung Kledung and Posong View Point. If you love hiking, from here you can climb Mt Sindoro and Mt Sumbing, two of the highest mountains in Java.

Best time to visit;
During July-August , on dry season, as the sky is clear, sunrise is almost good everyday and you can see the area of Dieng Plateau covered by frozen dew, very beautiful.