JALAN IJEN was a popular place in Malang with the Dutch Architecture houses along this street, a unique architecture which was constructed about 100 years ago and still to be an object of preservation.
GAJAYANA SPORT Stadium was an official stadium for Indonesian foot ball competition, but this was also use for Indonesian Music show in celebrating Indonesian special events or organized by an Event Organization in meet young generation request for their favorite music groups.
Well Surabaya just an ordinary city, for tourist not really!! If you know local, well that would be super fun, but if you there to explore everything by yourself, well, its a bit difficult!
Malang, well its a small city but cold in a mountain, for me to be honest , not really special, its an old town, alot of Dutch houses. Big trees, but still nothing special.
Batu, they have amusement park name Jatim Park, they said its really fun!!
In Batu I can suggest you stay in Klub Bunga, located next to Jatim Park, I really enjoy spend time there, Hotel is big, we can enjoy playing allday there, its not kinda luxury, but its big, and they have big swiming pool, gym, sauna, tennis court, mini golf, water polo, squash, shoot, mini zoo. Its really cool actually!!
Probolinggo is a good idea, go to Rafting there are soem rafting company you can visit like arus liar or Songa: http://www.songarafting.com/main/
; http://www.arusliar.co.id/east_java.html ; they both famous, just make reservation, they can transfer you too from Surabaya to Probolinggo.
For taxi, well thats crazy!!!
Surabaya to Probolinggo its about 4-5 hours.
Maybe better if you rent a car include the driver for few days while you in east java. they can take you to Bromo too!! Bromo is in Probolinggo, very beautiful place, Its a MUST!!
Have a nice trip!!
Must go with so many activities to cover in all the parks found in this special park.
They have mini zoo for reptiles, birds, aquarium. Water park for swimming. Also can find fun rides for kids & thrill rides for adults. So many things to do in 1 day.
This is another beautiful temple that I had the opportunity to visit when I went to Trawas. Its situated in the Prigen district in Malang Regency.
I just loved the mountain scenary in the backgroud of the temple. There was a man working here and he was kind enough to let us in tell us all about the temple. Aparently the temple was restored as the roof was colapsing. Just like Candi Singosari this is also situated amongst the houses. There is just one entrance to the top of the temple as its surrounded by water. The ancient extrance to the temple still remains further to back of the exntrance to Candi JAwi.
I was lucky enough to go Candi Singosari. This temple is also known as Ken Dedes Temple which was founded in honour to King Kertanegara, the last king of Singosari dynasty who died in 1292 AD. It was erected in 1300 AD.
The nice about this temple is that its situated amongst the house in Singosari district just norh of Malang and down the road from the temple is a old swimming pool known as Ken Dedes.
This is the most beautiful street in Malang I have to say. I just love all the palm trees in the middle of the road and the beautiful Dutch homes there. Driving around in Malang I never would have expected to drive through a street this beautiful. The Army Museum is also located in Ijen boulevard with its old weapons that was used in the independence war.
The Balekambang Beach (literally "Floating Couch") is a beautiful beach with white sand and, with an impressive Hindu Temple nearby, located 57 km South of Malang. Here you can find the replica of the Temple in Tanah Lot, Bali. The two beaches noted for the annual Sea Festival are Ngliyep and Balekambang. Please keep in mind the dates mentioned in East Java's Calendar of Events.
These parks, however, for all their beauty, are relatively unknown outside of East Java. When you visit these area's you may meet the individual local families who run the business there. No big hotels and no resorts yet bought up by corporate tourist giants ...
Visiting the Hindu Temples of PANATARAN think of the largest remaining MAJAPAHIT sanctuaries and perhaps the finest examples of East Javanese architecture and sculpture. The PANATARAN Temple group took 250 years to build, starting in about 1197 AD, during the Singosari Dynasty.
Most of the important surviving structures date from the legendary great years of MAJAPAHIT Kingdom during the 1300s. One of the most striking structures is the Naga Temple, on the second terrace. Once used to store sacred objects, all around it are colossal carvings of protective coiled serpents carried by priests ... a sight which could make any medieval thief shudder.
On its base are reliefs of animal tales. The whole complex is very well maintained. If you get here really early, you have the place all to your self ... See the "Dated Temple" (so called because of the date "1291" = 1369 AD), the Naga Temple, the main sancturay with panels around the base depict stories from the Ramayana ... and the Bathing Places at South-East of the main Temple.
Alun-alun is the most active part in this quite town ,it is always worth a browse.You can be shopping in Sarinah Department Store or dinning in old fishon style restaurant "Toko Oen", and also you could pray in Mosque & Church .From Material to Mental ,you got all here .
Right in Singosari Village, about 10 km North of Malang, the Cando Singosari Temple stands just 500 metres off the main Malang-Surabaya road. Local name is Candi Linggo and dedicated to Shiwa. This most imposing Shiwa Shrine was built around 1300 AD and left of the murderous Singosari Dynasty. In honour of Hindu and Buddhist priests who died with King Kertanegara in the bloody war against the Kingdom of Kediri.
It is called a "cellar-temple" or "tower-temple" by archaeologists. The main constructure of the Temple was completed but, for some reason (time, finance, or civil catastrophe), the sculptors never finished their task. Only the top part has any ornamentation and the Kala-heads have been left strangely stark with smooth bulging cheeks and pop eyes.
Most of the statues originally at Singosari now form the backbone of the world-famous Hindu-Javanese collection at Leiden Museum in Holland, including the renowned beautifully breath-taking Prajnaparamita image ...
Pantai Ngliyep (Ngliyep Beach) is a magnificent rocky beach with dense coastal forests, beautiful seascapes, and those (well-known from South-Java) violently giant waves. From Batu via Malang about 80 km you could stay at the camp-ground near the beach which is usually crowded with young campers.
Ngliyep is nationally well-known for the celebration of the annual Labuhan religious ceremonies and rituals with a procession to Gunung Kombang where an offering of a goat's head is thrown into the ocean. For 5 days preceding this ceremony there are wayang kulit shows specially dedicated to Nyai Loro Kidul, mighty Goddess of the South Sea ...
From Batu you can go for the South, too, and experience the magnificent rocky beach, beautiful seascapes, and violently giant waves. Best places to go are Ngliyep, Balekambang and Pulau Sempu near Sendang Biru ...
Pulau Sempu is a Nature Reserve of a 900 ha island South of East Java. On the island you'll find white beaches and dense tropical rainforest. Locals will tell you about the last Javan Tigers in the reserve. And about the special ceremonies to get the famous "Kayu Pelet" wood (a kind of flaming wood used for the handle of a kris, Javanese dagger or mystic blade of Indonesia) ...
When you visit Pulau Sempu near Sendangbiru you can go for a boat-trip on the Indian Ocean. This is an outrageous experience, when the weather is ok!
The boat-trip will take about 3 hours and you may understand why the Javanese attached great value to the power of the Indian Ocean. The strong current is overwhelming, and see the Karang Bolong island (Rock formation with hole). The hole has been created by the forces of the waves and, it is impossible to sail through the gateway. Because the ocean suddenly could rise, when "the Queen isn't that willing" ...
The broad Brantas River traverse East Java and, traces a circular path through the ancient and fertile rice lands of Central and East Java. The 320 kilometer-long river plays a significant role in the lives of the province's inhabitants. The origins wells up near Malang in the mountains, and pushes its way around the vulcano's of Arjuna, Kawi and Kelud. Close to Surabaya it flows empty into the Java-sea.
It is the vital waterway of East Java though, massive sand quarrying, industrial wastes and illegal logging have heavily polluted the Brantas River, threatening the future of the entire population of East Java.
So take your's chance and explore the area by a wonderful hike. The Valley of the Brantas River has excellent views of beautiful landscape. Remind the old local saying: "If you want to damage East Java, damage the Brantas River.”