Jalan Babakan Jampang - Cibuni, Ciwidey, Indonesia
Kawah Putih Ciwidey Reviews
And it's not white! Aug 01, 2009
BEWARE OF THE STRONG SMELL!
This is the most popular tourist attraction in Ciwidey. Kawah Putih (White Crater) is an inactive crater on the top of Mount Patuha. It is located in the south of Bandung around 46-km distance. This place was found by a Dutch called Franz Wilhelm Junghuh. At that time, the local villagers believe that this area is haunted as flying birds passing over the lake could fell and died without any known reason. After it was founded that the weird looking white lake is actually a crater filed with stagnant water. It still produce sulphuric fume, which creates some smoke out from the water and gives not a pleasant smell.
It opens for visitor from 07:00 Am – 18:00 PM. From the entrance gate – we need to pay 10k RP (1 USD) per person and 5k Rp (0.5 USD) for a car to enter the area. Then a bumpy – not so good road condition which goes uphill for around 20-min driving until we reached the parking lot. After parking the car we will need to climb a few stairs and park which lead us to the crater. The crater is surrounded with high hills act as the wall and thick vegetation around – which most of them were dried and died due to dry season and mostly due to the high sulphuric content. The crater looks strange with its turquoise color and the gradation of the color can change depends on the sunshine. The water looks very still as seems that there is no living creature can live inside. In the evening, the sulphur gets stronger and it produces more smoke and more smell.
Around the crater, there are several food stall selling some snacks and strawberries in many different kind of form as well as souvenirs.
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