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  • Record of restauration work
    Record of restauration work
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    Kampung Pulo layout
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    Kampung Naga

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    Kampung Naga is a well-preserved traditional village on the border Ciwulan river. There are about 100 wooden houses inhabited by 360 people. The houses are rebuilt every 30 years or so, but there is no place for more. So the natural increase of inhabitants have to make their home outside at Neglasari village on the main road.
    People at Kampung Naga maintain their traditional way of life, which pays off well, because there is a regular stream of visitors. There is no electricity, nor agricultural machinery. Roofs are made of 'ijuk' (sugar palm fiber) and the use of window glass is recent.

    Visit: At the parking lot (fee Rp 6000) you have to take a guide (fee Rp 50.000). A stairway of 360 steps leads 100 m down to the river valley. After a short walk along the river's border you arrive at Kampung Naga. The guide will show you around, receive you in his own house and take you to the souvenir shop (all souvenirs made of local materials).

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    Candi Cangkuang

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 2, 2008

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    Compared with Hindu temples in Central-Java, Candi Cangkuang is only a simple construction. Yet it is special in that it is one of only three known Hindu temples in West-Java, all discovered recently. The other two are Candi Rancaekek near Bandung and Candi Jiwa near Karawang, which we did not seek out yet.

    Candi Cangkuang, located at Cangkuang village, was discovered accidentally in 1966, when archeologists were searching for the grave of one Embah Dalem Arif Muhammad (see tip Kampung Pulo). What was found consisted only of the foundation and a heap op rubble. Restauration was completed in 1976.

    The Hindu temple stands on a small hill, facing the lake - away from the grave of the muslim Embah Dalem Arif Mohammed. The site is surrounded by several species of trees which may be of interest to botanists.

    Directions: From Garut take the road north to Leles. Or from Cipanas turn east at the corner near hotel Cipaganti, and when you reach the Garut-Leles road turn north.
    At Leles town square, find a sign to Candi Cangkuang pointing East. It is 3 km along this road to the site.
    You may drive on until the parking and cross the lake by raft to reach the temple (Rp 3.000 p.p., or charter). However, the temple is not really situated on an island, it is just a peninsula. So you may also park near the lotus pond some 200 m before the parking, and take the path along the pond to the right. At the end of the earthen path you reach a concrete paved path. Follow this left through Kampung Pulo to the temple. The kampung and the temple are adjacent.

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    Kamojang Geysers

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    You can visit Kamojang Geysers as a day trip from Bandung, and on your way back via Garut e.g. visit Candi Cangkuang. Or you can stay the night over in or near Garut, and the next day visit Papandayan volcano. An even longer trip takes you to the south coast at Pameungpeuk, past Leuweung Sancang Reserve to Cipatujah, and from there north back to Bandung making a stop for a visit of Kampung Naga.

    Our directions suppose you come from Bandung. From Garut the distance is much shorter, only a half hour's drive. Head north direction Cicalengka, at the outskirts of town (Tarogong) turn left to Samarang, there right to Sukaraja and Kamojang.

    Approaching Kamojang the first thing you see are large green pipes of the geothermal power station. Turn left at the sign pointing to Kamojang craters, after a short distance of cobbled road through the wood you see mud lakes to your left, then you soon reach a parking. On weekdays it is mostly empty, but someone will volunteer to guide you around.

    The 1- to 2-hour walk takes you to puddles of boiling mud and hissing steam columns. One of them is aptly called "Kawah Kereta Api" (steam train crater). This is an exploration hole drilled by the Dutch in 1928, producing 2-3 tons of dry steam an hour at 140 °C and 2,5 bar. The guide will demonstrate condensation of the overheated steam with a cigarette and imitate the sound of a departing steam loc by moving a bamboo stick.

    At another well you can take a natural sauna. Take off your clothes and let the guide direct the steam at your body until you cannot stand the heat any more.

    Farther away are holes with boiling mud which you can approach if you dare.

    When we last visited in September 2005 they were clearing some forest for a campsite. There was a sign for a long trek to Beureum crater, but the guide said the path had not yet been cleared.

    Tip for the guide is up to you, we paid Rp 20.000.

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    Papandayan volcano

    by theo1006 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    New Papandayan crater lake, since 2002
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    Papandayan is one of the most interesting volcanoes of West-Java and it is easily reached. Yet there are few visitors.

    After the last eruption in 2002, the landscape changed considerably, remnants of scarred trees dominate the landscape. According to our guide the parking lot was covered in debris, and a new parking lot had to be established a few hundred meters down from the original one. New vents keep appearing in unexpected places. So you need to have a guide who shows you where it is safe to walk.

    Our first visit was in 2007, when we paid our guide Rp 50,000. Since then villagers have set up a guide organization. Visitors may choose between a 2-hour, 3-hour and 6-hour itinirary. The 2-hour itinirary leads up tp the crater lake and back, and costs Rp 250,000. If you think this is much, remember that part of the fee is for the village welfare fund. And there are 37 guides taking turns, which means that a guide only gets to earn money from guiding every few weeks or so.

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    Kampung Pulo

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 2, 2008
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    Kampung Pulo is a hamlet consisting of just six houses and a small mosque, with historic significance. Originally the inhabitants were Hindu, but they were converted to Islam by a certain Embah Dalam Arif Mohammed in the first half of the 17th century. His grave lies on a hill next to a restored temple (see tip Candi Cangkuang).
    It is said that Embah Dalem was defeated in his assault on the Dutch, and so ashamed that he dare not meet his king, Sultan Agung. Instead he hid himself in kampung Pulo. He was buried here and left six daughters and a son. The six houses were for the six daughters; until this day it is the women who inherit the houses. The men have to leave after they marry, so have the daughters for whom there is no house. No houses can be added in the precincts, a daughter settles in after her mother dies.
    The people of Kampung Pulo maintain certain rules and rituals. They may not visit the graves of their ancestors on Wednesday, may not sound a big gong or keep big cattle in the kampung. The shape of the roofs of the house may not be altered. On the 14th of Maulud month the sacred objects are cleansed, like keris, precious stones and bullets.

    The name Kampung Pulo means "island hamlet", but in reality the kampung lies on a peninsula. There is a small museum, in need of upgrading. The caretaker obligingly explains the history of the site, and the women are happy to show you inside their house. Do not forget to leave a small amount of money.

    Directions: From Garut take the road north to Leles. Or from Cipanas turn east at the corner near hotel Cipaganti, and when you reach the Garut-Leles road turn north.
    At Leles town square, find a sign to Candi Cangkuang pointing East. It is 3 km along this road to the site.
    You may drive on until the parking and cross the lake by raft to reach Kampung Pulo (Rp 3.000 p.p., or charter). But, as the hamlet lies on a peninsula, you may also park near the lotus pond some 200 m before the parking, and take the path to the right along the pond. At the end of the earthen path you reach a concrete paved path. Follow this left to Kampung Pulo. Through the kampung you reach Candi Cangkuang.

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