Kawah Putih is a tourist place in the most famous Bandung. Based in Ciwidey, West Java, approximately 50 KM south of the city of Bandung, White crater is a lake formed by the eruption of Mount Patuha. True to its name, the land in this region is white as a result of mixing elemental sulfur. In addition to the white soil, water lake Kawah Putih area also has a greenish-white color and can change color according to the levels of sulfur contained, temperature, and weather.
White Crater Ciwidey in a mountainous region that has a height of more than 2,400 meters above sea level. With the altitude, the temperature in the White Crater of course cold with a temperature of 8 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius, therefore, do not forget to bring a jacket or wear thick clothes.
In addition to enjoy its beauty by the tourists, White crater Ciwidey also often the place of other activities, such as shooting a movie, painting, wedding photos, up to climbing and horse riding activities.
History of White Crater
The story of the White crater began in the 10th century where there was a terrific explosion by Patuha. After the eruption, many people assume that this location is haunted area for each bird flew past the region will die.
Over time, beliefs about haunted this place began to fade, until finally in 1837 there was a botanist with the German national came to the region to conduct research. Researcher named Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn are very interested in lonely mountainous region which is not even a bird flying over it so he went around the village to search for information. At that time, all the information he had was that the haunted area and inhabited by spirits.
For Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, the local community statement is absurd. Because it does not believe these stories, he went into the jungle to find out what was there. Eventually Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn successfully reached the summit of the mountain, and from there he saw a wonderful lake where is white with a pungent sulfur smell.
Since then, the existence of the White crater Ciwidey became famous and started from 1987, the government to develop the region as a tourist spot that offers a unique experience of seeing the lake which can change color.
How to go to Kawah Putih
White crater is located at Jalan Raya Soreang Ciwidey KM 25, is located not far from the tourist attractions Situ and can be reached easily when you carry a personal vehicle because there are many signages. from Jakarta, you only need to use the toll lanes Cipularang and exit through the toll booth Kopo. From there you need to go to Soreang and drive to the south Ciwidey.
When using public transportation, you can ride public transportation from the terminal Leuwi length toward the terminal Ciwidey. Ciwidey from the terminal, you can use public transportation to the Situ and down in front of the gates of the White crater.
Because it has been developed as a tourist area, White crater have traveled the convenience of supporting facilities are adequate, such as:
- Large parking area
- Transport from the front gate to the crater
- Information Center
- Restaurants and food stalls
The admission price
The admission price Kawah Putih on weekdays and holidays and weekends are the same that is 15,000 rupiah per person, while the rate of vehicles is as follows:
- The upper parking (car): 150,000 Rupiah
- Parking on (motor): 35,000 Rupiah
- Ontang-anting: 13,000 Rupiah
- Underground parking (car): 6,000 Rupiah
- Underground parking (motor): 5000 Rupiah
- Underground parking (bus): 25,000 Rupiah
What is meant by the upper parking is bring your vehicle to the location of the crater, the bus can not park at the top. The purpose of the underground car park is park your vehicle at the entrance and then you can ride ontang-anting to get to the crater.
What is ontang-anting? Ontang-anting derived from the Sundanese language which means 'back and forth' and is a term for a typical vehicle at Ciwidey Kawah Putih. This form of mini-bus vehicles that have been modified to be open and equipped with safety. Maximum capacity for 1 ontang-anting is 12 people, but do not worry do not get a place because there are many ontang-anting operating in this region.
These attractions are open daily from 7am until 5pm.
In order for your travel trip to White crater is more comfortable, consider the following tips:
- Cool temperatures does not mean you are safe from the sun, use sunblock before the activity in the crater White
- If you are not strong with the smell of sulfur, bring face mask
- If it does not have a mask, you can buy it on site
- Do not stay too long in the crater because it can make your breathing is interrupted, you can climb to the top for a while and then return to the crater when you still want to see the sights of White Crater
- If your group consists of a few people, should be parked at the gate and then continued using ontang-anting because it is cheaper, but with ontang-anting you can enjoy views of the mountains forest with clear