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  • Ceheng waterfall (2)
    Ceheng waterfall (2)
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  • A statue at the Lokawisata park
    A statue at the Lokawisata park
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    Pancuran Tiga hotsprings (1)
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    The famous 7 springs of Baturraden 4 more images

    by theo1006 Updated Dec 12, 2010

    These springs are the sight Baturraden is most famous for. The name Pancuran Tujuh means Seven Fountains, as the 70 to 90 °C water flows from seven holes in the side of Slamet volcano at about 700 m above sea level. From there it flows an estimated 50 m down over bare rocks, which have taken on various colors because of the sulfur content of the water.

    Close to the fountains are cabins for people wanting to take advantage of the supposed healing power of the water. But it is much better to go the 180 steps downhill where one can take a hot shower in the open air (the water there has cooled sufficiently). We came late on a working day and had the place for ourselves. Otherwise one may want to use the changing cabins another 40 steps downhill. On the picture "view from below" the spot to take a shower is right of centre.

    Directions: It is possible to reach Pancuran 7 from inside the Baturraden Lokawisata area, a walk of about 2.5 km. Better approach from the gate east of Baturraden village. It is a 5 km drive to the parking and then a walk of 290 steps downhill to where the fountains are. Either way one needs to be fit for walking all those steps!

    Entrance: At the gate to Pancuran 7 they sell combined tickets for four attractions at Rp 30,000. The other attractions are: Telaga Sunyi lake and waterfall, Wanawisata educational forest and Pancuran Tiga three fountain springs.

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    by theo1006 Written Feb 25, 2010

    Having seen Pancuran tujuh, we wanted also to see Pancuran Tiga, but found it is really not worth the effort. These three hot-water fountains spill their water directly in a common pool which is located within the Lokawisata area. No mountainside with colored rocks here.

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    The new concrete bridge over Gumawang river 4 more images

    by theo1006 Updated Feb 25, 2010

    A favourate destination for family outings. The park is laid out around the valley of Gumawang river on the southern slope of Slamet volcano, making good use of the landscape. It is famous for its cool air and great views if the weather is clear. Then the coast at Cilacap may be visible. Walk over the concrete bridge for the best views. The bridge replaces a hanging one which collapsed in 2006 due to overloading and lack of maintenance, killing eight!

    The area is good for some hiking, to the Pancuran Tujuh hot springs (2,5 km) and to Curug Gede waterfall (3 km).

    Swimming pool, zoo, water bikes etc. available.

    Admittance: Rp 5000 on weekdays, Rp 7500 on holidays.

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    Back yard of Pondok Gurih resto 2 more images

    by theo1006 Written Feb 25, 2010

    On the road from Purwokerto via Purbalingga and Banjarnegara to Dieng Plateau we were looking for a place for lunch. In the middle of the rather tedious stretch of road between Klampok and Banjarnegara we spotted this small roadside resto. The young couple running it have created a nice pastoral ambience with simple means.

    Favorite Dish: The usual nasi and bami dishes, sop buntut and the like. Served nicely, and the es jeruk tasted perfect.

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Purwokerto Transportation

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    by theo1006 Updated Jun 23, 2010

    There are eight trains daily from Yogyakarta to Purwokerto, some run late at night.

    As per April 2010 the schedule was:
    ARGO DWIPANGGA, dep. 20:55, arr. 23:22, executive Rp 240,000
    ARGO LAWU, dep. 08:55, arr. 11:09, executive Rp 220,000
    FAJAR UTAMA YK, dep. 08:00, arr. 10:30, business Rp 120,000
    GAJAYANA, dep. 23:45, arr. 02:09, executive Rp 170,000
    SENJA UTAMA SLO, dep. 19:00, arr. 21:25, business Rp 130,000
    SENJA UTAMA YK, dep. 18:30, arr. 21:11, business Rp 130,000
    TAKSAKA MALAM, dep. 20:00, arr. 22:33, executive Rp 220,000
    TAKSAKA PAGI, dep. 10:00, arr. 12:33, executive Rp 200,000

    Schedule and prices may be different on holidays. You can check for yourself on: http://kereta-api.co.id/ .
    The site is in Indonesian, but you need only to fill in on the right: Tanggal = your date of travel , Asal = Yogyakarta, Tujuan = Purwokerto, then click [Tampilkan].

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Purwokerto Off The Beaten Path

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    And they don't grab the bag! 4 more images

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 29, 2012

    We happened to pass through Wangon, which is a dull place at the crossing of the Tegal-Cilacap and Bandung-Yogya routes. Then we chanced to see a signboard "Taman Kera Masjid Saka Tunggal".
    At least here is one place on Java where the monkeys are left alone, they live on a hill near the Saka Tunggal mosque. These are the common Java macaques; sometimes people keep one in their yard on a chain.
    As soon as people appear in the road to the mosque, they come down to beg for food. Of course there is a warung at the parking where you can buy peanuts and bananas.
    Once we brought a guest here and the monkeys were nowhere to be seen. We were on the point of leaving when a villager volunteered to call them. And indeed, after he called "eee, eee" for at least five minutes the monkeys came running from far away. "They know my voice", said the man whose name is Torokhman. Of course we gave him a tip.

    Directions: From the Wangon crossing 5 km direction Tegal, at the mosque of Cikakak village turn left, after 1.5 km you reach the parking. Or if you come from Purwokerto, go west to Ajibarang and then 8 km south to the Cikakak mosque, and turn right.

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    Ceheng waterfall (1) 4 more images

    by theo1006 Updated Feb 12, 2010

    Signs at Baturraden point to Curug Ceheng, or Ceheng waterfall. It's the ideal waterfall for a romantic picnic: clean and green, with a pool and little meadow beneath the fall. Practically no litter! We visited the fall in February, during the rainy season, which may well be the best time to enjoy it.

    Access to the pool beneath the fall is through a flight of stairs, approximately 250 steps down. The exact number of steps is difficult to count, as many are broken! The fall may also be approached from above, but visitors are warned not to try and dive into the pool.

    When you had your fill relaxing below, try hiking upstream along the irrigation ditch running near the start of the stairs above. You may find another waterfall, Curug Lawa.

    Address: Gandatapa village, Sumbang district, Banymas regency

    Directions: From the gate to Pancuran Tujuh hot springs at Baturraden follow the mountain road east, past Queen Garden Hotel, for 8.7 km. Here is the gate to the waterfall with a parking space inside the gate. Coming from Purbalingga it is about 12 km.

    Entrance: Rp 1,000 p.p.

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