Waterfalls to Visit in Banyumas, Central Java

Banyumas is one of twenty nine districts in Jawa Tengah (Central Java) province, with Purwokerto city as the capital.

Located near Mount Slamet -the biggest mountain in Jawa island- and surrounded by valleys and rivers, Banyumas has plenty of beautiful waterfalls or “curug” the locals would say.

Not so many are opened for public, but here are five I would recommend you to visit:

Curug Cipendok (waterfall)

Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Karang Tengah village, Cilongok sub-district – ±15 kilometers west from Purwokerto

The highest watefalls in Banyumas (92 meters heigh).

Entrance ticket: IDR 7,000. They may give us a bottled drink, but I suggest you NOT to take it because they will charge you another IDR 3,000 and the drink tastes weird. Unless you want to keep it as souvenir.

Flying fox (for beginners) costs only IDR 10,000.
Roasted corn ± IDR 3,000.

Curug Gomblang (waterfall)

Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Baseh village in Kedungbanteng sub-district – ±12 kilometers west from Purwokerto

Two waterfalls with large water debit, but amazingly peacefull under. Get lost a little bit among the kauri trees (Agathis dammara), you’ll find a path down to the Logawa river that mostly covered with bush. Be careful of the thorns and look around for the possibility to find wild raspberries. It can be very slippery in rainy season.

Curug Belot (waterfall)

Pandak village, Baturraden sub-district – ±12 kilometers north from Purwokerto.

Swim and jump from the rock with the local children.

Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Curug Bayan (waterfall)

Melung village, Baturraden sub-district – ±13 kilometers north from Purwokerto

Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

You’ll read both curug Gedhe and curug Bayan on a sign post, but curug Gedhe is a sacred place for the locals, so it’s not recommended to visit because you can’t do much there.

Relax, sit on a stone, and soak your feet in the pristine cool water of curug Bayan while viewing the surrounding, or try river tubing. There are also villas you can rent cost around IDR 350,000 – 1,500,000 per night. Entrance fee IDR 4,000.

Warning: Do not swim right under the waterfall. Some people trapped and died.

Curug Ceheng (waterfall)

Gandatapa village, Baturraden sub-district – ±15 kilometers northeast from Purwokerto.
This waterfall is located in the middle of the clove plantations and became one of the popular camping grounds in Banyumas. Access is fairly easy. There is a hall where traditional performances are held at certain times.

Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

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The blend of curiosity and courage brings Eva to travel and explore exotic places. She believes that traveling is a journey of learning, a wide opened door into experience and wisdom. Got lost so many times made her decided to share more information on her travel blog and established an outdoor tour guide service in her hometown. Find Eva at her travel blog – Traveling and Discerning.

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Tangkoko Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi

Tangkoko Nature Reserve, with 9,000 hectre is a home to a lot of unique wildlife like Tarsiers, the smallest primate in the world, and also the Black Crested Macaque which can only be found in North Sulawesi.

This place can be visited as a day trip from Manado, with just about 2-3 hours drive away. But if you want to see the Tarsiers, it is recommended to stay overnight as the best time to see them is in the night as they are only awake then. You can arrange trips and tours while you are in Manado to visit Tangkoko Nature Reserve else go independent and hitchhike your way here!

Black Crested Macaque at Tangkoko Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Black Crested Macaque at Tangkoko Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Tomohon Travel Guide, North Sulawesi

Tomohon is a small town up in the highlands, about one hour drive from Manado, thus a natural cooling respite for travelers and locals alike.

It is also a springboard to discover the rest of the North Sulawesi (Sulawesi Utara) highlands.

Map of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Map of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Why visit

Tomohon is a place to get into the rough and feel of rustic highlands, with vast lands spread out that boosts relaxation.

What to see

Local market to feel some hustle and bustle.

Mount Lokon, an active volcano that rises above the Tondano plain with a flat and craterloss top. Many tourists did this moderately difficult hike up to the crater for the views over Tomohon and the lake.

Mount Lokon, Tomohon, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Mount Lokon view from Tomohon. Photo by Michael Kelley

Mount Mahawu Volcano, which can be access with a scenic drive through fields of plantations, is one of the best kept secret of Indonesia, where at end of the 1 hour trek at vantage point you get to see Bunaken Island and Manado Tua in a view. The bottom of the crater is still steaming with volcanic lake and sulfuric air.

Handicraft Villagee of Woloan which is mainly the architectures of the houses.

Tomohon Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Tomohon Resort. Photo by Michael Kelley

Where to stay at Tomohon

There are only a selected few resorts to stay in Tomohon and a couple of homestays too. The popular one is the Mountain View Resort & SPA *, where like its name you get a pleasant stay with a view of Mount Lokon. Another good choice here would be the Highland Resort & Nature Tours *, with traditional huts surrounded by beautiful sceneries.

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How to get there

Fly in to Manado and then it is another 1 to 1.5 hours drive away. Else you can also take a pelni ship from Manado harbor.

Get around

Tomohon is just an hour drive from Manado. There is also a local public transportation from traditional horse cart called bendi, if you would like to try something unique. The common public transport to go around the place is a mikrolet. You may also use a mikrolet to connect with Manado.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia

Indonesia has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for both cultural and natural, ranging from temples and early settlements to National Parks and rainforests.

Some of the Indonesia’s world heritage sites are under threat of losing its characteristics and properties inscribed by UNESCO.

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This 9th century temple is one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is unique in structure and carvings in compared to other Buddhist temples in Asia. Thousands of Buddhists does their pilgrimage here in Borobudur during Waisak day. One of the most popular place to stay in Borobudur is the Manohara Hotel *, that connects directly to the temple gorund and offers a good sunrise trip as well.

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Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park, a volcanic island, is inhabited by around 5700 Komodo Dragons (giant lizards) which exist nowhere else in the world! It is a famous site for scientists to study the theory of evolution.

Besides this important attraction, the islands also have white sandy beaches, various wildlife and rich in marine life and reef corals in clear blue sea.

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdia

Prambanan Temple Compounds

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java

Candi Prambanan is a well known ancient Hindu Temple that stood majestically nearby Yogyakarta in Java. You will sure to find yourself standing in awe as you were greeted by the looming Prambanan temple that looks somewhat foreboding yet mesmerizing. It is one of the largest Hindu temple architecture in Southeast Asia.

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Ujung Kulon National Park

This national park is located at the extreme south-western tip of Java. It is part of the Sunda, including Ujung Kulon and its islands and the natural reserve of Krakatoa. This location exudes natural beauty and its inland volcanoes are the fascination to many experts. One can find species of endangered plants and animals here, for example the Javan rhinoceroes.

Trees at Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia

Trees at Ujung Kulon National Park, Java. Photo by ovancantfort

Sangiran Early Man Site

This is the excavation site of the first hominid fossil discovery and also other 50 fossils of Homo Erectus, which are half of the world’s known. Sangiran has been inhabited for more than one and a half million years and the site is the key to understanding human evolution. The site is located in the Central Java, 15 kilometers north of Surakata in the Solo River Valley.

Replica fossil from Sangiran, Java, Indonesia

Replica fossil from Sangiran, Java. Photo by Gerbil, via Wikimedia Commons

Lorentz National Park

Lorentz National Park is a protected area but open to travelers to visit.

It has the tallest island peak in the world which is the Mount Carstensz Pyramid (Gunung Puncak Jaya), at 4884 metres tall on the Jayawijaya range, and it is surrounded by beautiful glaciers.

Lorentz National Park is the home to more than 630 species of birds and 123 species of mammals. 70% of bird species in Papua can be found in this park!

Also, it has many indigenous tribes still living here that go back to thousand of years in existence.

Birds of Paradise in Lorentz National Park, Papua, Indonesia

Birds of Paradise in Lorentz National Park, Papua. Photo by Luc Viator

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Comprise of three national parks – Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Sebat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Bukit Lawang in Gunung Leuser National Park is famous for its Sumatran Orangutan and many go for Orangutan trekking in chance to view the Orangutan in natural habitat or visit the Orangutan Viewing Platform during feeding.

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Mother and Baby Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang

Mother and Baby Orangutan. Photo by Arian Zweger

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

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