Bandung, INDONESIA – Do you want to holiday in a country in the cloud? You do not need to fly high. Simply go to the White crater in the south of Bandung. Steam emerging from volcanic lake is like a cloud effect.
This crater is one of the two craters Patuha. Historically, White crater was discovered by a German botanist Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn in 1837. Crater White became one of the mainstay attractions Regency Bandung in 1987. Once the crater is a sulfur mine, but now has stopped production.
Crater Lake is quite broad, and it lies at 2,430 meters above sea level makes this attraction temperatures cool, when the rainy season or mid-afternoon cold air even more bite.
One of the privileges of the Crater Lake that White is the color varies according to temperature and sulfur content. Sometimes the color is blue, sometimes greenish, and sometimes brown. In general, whatever the color of the lake, the site was predominantly white. Even the rocks surrounding the crater have changed color to whitish. Therefore, it is suitable dubbed the country in the cloud.
The location of this crater is in the middle of dense forest. The distance between the main gate to the lake is about 5 miles by road is quite bad. But after traveling a good distance from Bandung, coupled with a trip from the main gate, you will witness a spectacular sight. From the parking area, has built a pretty good cement stairs. You have to go down the steps to reach the edge of the lake.
Once in the lake, tourists can walk to the right or left. When you come after the rain – which quite often occurs in Bandung and its surroundings - be careful because the soil and rock can be very slippery. The trees that surround the lake dry leafless, adding to the magical effect of White crater.
Tickets to enter the area is not too expensive, which is Rp 12,000 (weekdays) and Rp 15,000 (weekends) per person for domestic tourists, and Rp 20,000 for foreign tourists. Unfortunately, the cost becomes much higher if you want to take a private car to the top. One car is paid Rp 150,000 plus a cost per head. Meanwhile, two-wheeled vehicles are only Rp 5000 plus the cost per head.
I wonder what purpose travel managers are very high charges for this private car. Most likely is to “force” the visitors using special transport available to get to the location. I saw many tourists who look annoyed with the high cost of entry four-wheeled vehicle (I was one of them). And finally, many private cars carrying tourists who choose this transportation. The fees charged only $ 5000 roundtrip, so the costs of the ticket, per person pay only Rp 20,000. Much cheaper is not it?
Crater White is not the only attractions in the area south of Bandung. If you have the opportunity to visit the White crater, you will pass the village of Ciwidey which can be selected to find a place to sleep. You can also visit Situ patengan, lake in the middle of the tea garden. In addition, not far from the main gate White crater, there Ranca Upas camping sites in the middle of eucalyptus trees, which commonly grows in the region. If you want a warm bath, Cimanggu attraction is not too far away.