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Photo story: Pangalengan, south of Bandung

Local tourists see Pangalengan more as a weekend-escape destination, where they can relax with friends or family. However, my last visit to the area earlier this month was intended to satisfy my appetite for great photography.

A vast clear water lake called Situ Cileunca is one of the favorite spots in the area. Travelers can rent a boat and picnic around the area, canoeing and fishing as well as rafting on the nearest river.

Feeling unsatisfied with the attractions, I went to a neighboring lake called Situ Cipanunjang.

As I sailed the lake toward one of nearby hills, I discovered a beautiful sunrise, a majestic mountain and line of trees. The view was quite surprising and it was definitely classed as “bait” for photographers.

Aside from the lakes, another favorite spot in Pangalengan was the Malabar tea plantation, a notable agro-tourism destination among many others in the province. Hikers can walk along the tea plantation while gazing at a carpet of green tea leaves lying on the horizon.

The plantation is perched at the altitude of 1,550 meters above sea level. It has a well maintained tea walking facility that is open to the public. The weather temperature there is around 16 to 26 degrees Celsius.

There, in the middle of the tea plantation, lies an old colonial era house belong to the late Dutch scientist named K.A.R Bosscha. The house remains well preserved though it was built decades ago.

Bosscha is acknowledged as an important figure in Indonesian history since he very concerned about the welfare of local residents.

During three decades in his life, Bosscha dedicated his time to building a tea plantation around the Pangalengan area, while teaching local residents that they should not only work but study. Just beside Bosscha’s historical house is a guest house for those wishing to stay around the Malabar plantation area.

 

How to get there:

Pangalengan is only about 45 kilometers to the south Bandung city. It takes more or less a two hour drive to reach the location. Renting a car or mini bus is the best way of reaching Situ Cileunca and the Malabar plantation area. An alternative to hiking to the top of Nini hill is to rent an opelet (traditional public transportation) to get there.

 

The destinations:

Situ Cileunca - recreational area: Do not be fooled by the modest entrance. The lake is a nice place for a variety of water activities. Continue with visiting the Malabar tea plantation and Bosscha’s house and tomb. You can also visit the tea factory or swim in the natural springs at the Camelia Natural Tirta, located about 15 minutes from the house.

 

Read also:

A quick and refreshing tea walk in Bandung's highland

Bandung’s 5 interesting historical facts

Bandung’s old fashioned coffee factory

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  • Nicolas Loizou 1 years ago

    Waw, cool! The amazing lake and great tea plantation. It such a great place to escaping from the bustle and hustle of Bandung!

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  • mark ferrell 1 years ago

    Whoa... cool pictures! Can we also pick the tree leaves? It must be awesome!

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  • kurt anderson 1 years ago

    The picture of the lake before sunrise was priceless. Always love exploring Bandung during my visit in Indonesia.

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  • catherine willson 1 years ago

    I love the pictures of the lake. Cool review. It makes me want to go there as well..

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  • Angela Sester 1 years ago

    The residence and the places look nice! Can anybody inform me the price to stay there per night?

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    Adventure Mark 1 years ago

    The residence is more like as a museum, but there is a guest house nearby, the price is starting from Rp.300.000/night/room.

  • Anna Davis 1 years ago

    Beautiful view, must be more beautiful in the morning like Jan said. Must be so cold up there, right?

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  • Jan Benoit 1 years ago

    Whoa amazing place, I never heard of this once I was in Bandung tho. This is really worth a visit. The Bosscha's house is a homestay or just an exhibition? Is there any place to stay there? I think it's good to enjoy the view in the morning.

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  • Maurizio Pitino 1 years ago

    great photos... great article...

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