KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

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KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

A day before, we met a taxi driver.  He offered a direct transport from our hotel to Kawah Puti, south of Bandung.  Travel time is approximately three (3) hours.  We slept early and woke up before the break of dawn.  We waited for the taxi driver but he was nowhere to be found.

After almost an hour, we finally decided we’ll commute through public transport to our next destination.  And the adventure then began.

GETTING THERE

From our hotel in Bandung City, we took the cab to Leuwi Panjang Bus Terminal.  We took a van to Ciwidey (IDR6000) and then a mini-bus (IDR7500) should have been available to the entrance of Kawah Puti.  Unfortunately, there were less tourists and the van driver keeps on offering chartered rates to us instead of the usual commute fare.  Motorcycle is also available for a rent of IDR50000. 

After a series of negotiations and waiting time, we accepted the proposal for a chartered van towards the entrance of Kawah Puti and with a side trip to a nearby tea plantation at a rate of IDR300,000.00.  For me, it turned out to be the best choice given our circumstance.

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

THE TEA PLANTATION AS A SIDETRIP

The long and winding dirt road of a bumpy ride was all worth it as soon as we arrived at a vast acre of land with hills carpeted in green. 

One of the famous landmarks in the Ciwidey area is the lake Patengan, a lake surrounded by tea plantation.  But for time constraints, we skipped the latter and just passed-by a nearby tea plantation of an unknown name (at least for me).

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

We are in the Southern part of Bandung in a small town named Ciwidey.  The tea plantation was indeed picturesque.  There were peddlers offering tea leaves and bags directly sourced from the plantation, according to the local.  Since I am not fond of tea, I dismissed the idea of buying one for either myself or as a souvenir or gift for family and friends.

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH

One of the main reasons why we travelled to Bandung is to discover its outskirts and Kawah Putih is definitely in the top list.  We have been warned that the area smells like rotten eggs.  And it is.

Upon arrival at the entrance gate, there is a queue for the mini shuttle bus that would take all guests to the crater.  In the absence of any strenuous and tiresome trekking, I immediately concluded this is going to be a good one.  Tickets for Indonesian citizens (IDR18,000) and for foreigners (IDR50,000) are different by a high margin.  It is costly to bring your own car as parking fee is expensive.  Fortunately, our local driver though of chartered transport was able to make a way that no fee shall be charged for his parking.  We after all chartered the mini-van used for public transport.

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

Before we could step on the concrete pathway leading down the lake, there are masks available for rent.  I could smell the rotten eggs as forewarned.  It is actually the smell of sulphur that is so strong because of the steam and sulphurous gas from the lake.

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

As soon as we reached the lake, I was mesmerized by its natural beauty.  It was close to the Mt. Pinatubo crater lake that we have in the country, but this one is so active and provides a wide panoramic setting.

The surrounding area is actually heavily forested.  We could see the boiling steam on some points and there are shelters and simple resting facilities for some visitors to rest after roaming around the sides of the lake. 

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

Kawah Puti lake is one of the two craters which make up Mount Patuha and on that one afternoon, the sizeable highly acid lake was whitish green.  Truly, a wonder of nature.

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP

It was a mission accomplished for our Bandung exploration.

KAWAH PUTIH AND A TEA PLANTATION SIDETRIP


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