Sikidang 'Active' Crater
Dieng Plateau is where there lies some active craters.
one of them is Sikidang Crater. only 10minutes reached by Motorcycle from Dieng Plateu center.
there is a markert in Sikidang Crater area, where i met with the dread kids.
- Hiking and Walking
Meet the Dreads
4 times already visit this legendary Dieng Plateau, but the last one all i want to know more is about Dreads Children.
Talk about this Dreads is about history and religious view. As you know there are some Hindust Temple in Dieng and some Hindu religious. Hindu is in Dieng is not exactly the same with in Bali.
By both (history and Religious view) the dreads children have magic power and other soul alive on their body. we can say that they are holy children, but still they are active and act as normaly children perform, only their hairs grow on dread naturally.
In one moment, there will be celebration of cutting the dreads and it is called RUWATAN.
For each dreads children will have one wishes to be fulfilled on that Ruwatan.
when i wanted to met one of them in Dieng, that was after Big Ruwatan held on Dieng. Wasn't easy for me to met the children because almost of them were already cut.
With so many asking to some villagers finally i found one and talked to her, and it is so good! unbelievable to touch and see the hair.
- Arts and Culture
- Religious Travel
Telaga Menjer (Menjer Lake)
Telaga Menjer lies on the outer slopes of the Dieng Plateau and is the largest lake of the region. People tend to pass it by, but it lies actually on an alternative route between Wonosobo and Dieng.
The water of the lake is green of algae. On the steep slopes grow pine-trees almost to the water's edge. Fish-cages are anchored along part of the borders.
The lake functions as a reservoir for a hydro-electric power plant. A wide green duct runs beside the road up from Garung.
For Rp 100,000 you may hire a boat for a tour around the lake. Ask them to stop at a shore you like.
You may also walk a path for about a quarter anti-clockwise around the lake, and back.
- Sailing and Boating
- Hiking and Walking
Need a warm bath?
There is no accommodation with running hot water in Dieng. Although, if you stay at bu Jono's, on your request they provide you with a bucket of hot water for your 'mandi'.
But if you do not stay over in Dieng, if you have been caught by mist and rain, and you are chilled to the bone, you may desperately need a warm bath.
On your way down, turn in at Kalianget. It is on the outskirts of Wonosobo, 3,5 km from the city center direction Dieng. Kalianget means 'warm river', it's a public pool and bath utilizing a warm-water spring. It has seen better days, but it is being kept clean.
Entrance costs Rp 1000, 20 minutes in the big red tub an additional Rp 5000. If the red tub does not appeal to you, dip into the warm pool. And of course there is the competiton-sized, cold-water swimming pool and the children's playground.
- Adventure Travel
Dieng is a caldera of a volcanic mountain. Such a big caldera that you don’t realize you’re inside it. Be careful when you walk around the craters, some parts of the soil are thin, so you can step into a crater, so make sure you find a guide. There are no fences cause the places of the many craters aren’t constant. Usually a guide will find you.
Telaga Warna or The Coloured Lake is the lake with the sulfur in the water, so thats make different colours to the Lake.
If you have time to go up to the hill, then you can see the beauty of this lake. Such an amazing view: the coloured lake, the Pengilon lake, and mount merapi behind....
Jalatunda well is from ancient crater and then fill with water then become well, so it looks like a giant well. This well has diameter for about 90 m dan hundred meter depth.
There’s a local beliefs that if someone can throw a stone across the well, then all his/her wishes will come true.
The widest crater on Dieng Plateau that still active with its lava continuously excrete white smoke. The colour of this crater black gray, with the natural environment and green hill scenery background.
This crater is a volcanic crater with the crater situated on the flatland so it can be seen directly from the tip of the crater. Until now Sikidang crater still actively excrete hot fumes caused of the lava boild and flare up. The hot fumes with the gray lava come and jump from one place to another like deer (Indonesia = kidang), that's why it being called Sikidang crater.
Bima temple / candi Bima is just one temple only, not like Arjuna complez with several temples. AThere is a fairy tale also about this temple, it says that if you around this temple according clock for 7 times, then your wish will come true.... So wanna try make a wish???
To see the sunrise with the golden sun and silver sun, this mount is must to go! Even quiet difficult climbing, but its worth it to do for that golden moment!
If the weather is favorable, you can see a beautiful sunrise and also Mount Sindoro is close by, and far away you also can see mount Merapi and mount Merbabu.
Dieng Plateau is the site for eight small Hindu temples from the 7th and 8th centuries, the oldest Hindu temples in Central Java, and the first known standing stone structures in Java. They are originally thought to have numbered 400 but only some of them remain. The Dieng structures were small and relatively plain, but stone architecture developed substantially in only a matter of decades resulting in masterpieces such as the Prambanan complex and Borobudur. The temples are small shrines built as monuments to the god-ancestors, rather than as a convenience to man.
Arjuna complex we can find Candi Arjuna, Candi Srikandi, Candi Sumbadra, Candi Puntodewo, Candi Semar.
See the sun rise at gunung Sikunir
You can find the lookout point at gunung Sikunir without a guide, but if you want to let them earn some money, the rate was Rp 40.000 p.p. when we visited.
The sun rises between 5 and 5.30 AM, and the walk from Dieng village takes 1,5 hours. So if you do not want to miss the sunrise you should start not later than 3.30. However, when you have a car or motorbike, you can park it at the start of the trail up gunung Sikunir, and you walk no more than half an hour.
From Dieng entrance take the road south past Telaga Warna straight through Sembungan village. Past Telaga Cebong the road ends at a parking space, and a paved track starts up the mountain. Soon the paving ends, keep following the trail keeping the valley at your left. After some steep climbing you reach the lookout point and you wait for the sun to rise.
If the weather is favourable, you can see a beautiful sunrise. Gunung Sindoro is close by, and far away you can just see Merapi and Merbabu mountains.
On your way back you see the sun lighting up Dieng plateau.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Bring little gifts for the children
We do not encourage children begging for money, but Helen likes to bring some little gifts for them: a pencil for school, a picture, some candy, a piece of soap.
But beware: when you start handing the gifts out, the grown-ups want to be children too!
- Road Trip
Telaga Merdada? Better go to Telaga Menjer
Telaga Merdada is the largest lake on Dieng Plateau. It used to lay there silently, the pine-trees on its slopes reaching to the water's edge, mist creeping over the surface.
But a so-called 'mushroom factory' has been built on its borders and eventually gone broke (because of corruption, the local people say). Its ruins despoil the sight.
On the fields not taken up by ruins, people grow potatoes. Irrigation pipes run over the top of the ridge, draining the water for irrigation.
If you want to know what Telaga Merdada used to be like, pay a visit to Telaga Menjer, which lies half way between Wonosobo and Dieng. See my tip on this lake.
- Hiking and Walking