Karma Kandara Beach – Badung, Bali

Karma Kandara Beach – Badung, Bali

Have you ever wished to be in one of those dream beaches that we often see in our computer desktop? Yup, I’m talking about those beaches with white sand, clear blue water, sunny sky and obviously not cramped with people. Well, if you want to make that dream comes true, you have to visit Karma Kandara Beach.

It is located in Desa (Village) Ungasan, Kuta Selatan (South) and could be reached within 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Although it is situated at the southern part of Bali and directly adjacent to Indian Ocean with its infamous fierce waves, Karma Kandara Beach is totally safe for swimming, sunbathing, or any other relaxing activities that we normally do on a beach. This is made possible due to the cluster of the reefs in the midst of the ocean. Therefore, all of the fierce waves will be transformed into calm beautiful waves that heads to the beach area after smashing into the reefs.

What to do:

Once we arrive at the cliff area, there are two main ways to access the beach area. The first one is the easy yet costly way. It is done by entering the beach through Nammos Beach Club by paying Rp 250,000,- (in 2014, price might be subjected to change) for the food and beverages voucher. In addition to that, the club will provide you with a small private elevator that will take you down to the Karma Kandara Beach area. Once you are on the beach area, you could relax in one of the comfortable cushions or couches provided in the beach hut while reading a book or enjoying beverages.

Karma Kandara BeachAnother one is the hard yet adventorous way. If you opt for this, you will need to brace yourself to go up and down a 350 flight of stairs. However, your hard effort will be paid off. Not only because it is free but also you could take your time to simmer in the magnificent view while climbing down or up the stairs. The stairs could be accessed by walking through a small alley in between a temple’s fence and Nammos Beach Club wall.

Best time to visit:

Swimming and sunbathing: Morning – afternoon (around 4 pm)

Direction:

If you are coming either from Ubud, Denpasar or Kuta, go to Nusa Dua direction through Jalan I Gusti Ngurah Rai. Afterwards, head to Jalan Raya Uluwatu Jimbaran and follow the main street all the way. On the first intersection, go straight to Jalan Langui Kangin. When you encounter a fork on the street, turn left to Jalan Karma Kandara.

Estimated time required (with no traffic):

  • from Ubud 1 H 30 min; from Denpasar 45 min; from Kuta 45 min

Kaliurang (Part 1)

Kaliurang (Part 1)

Tourism Spot Kaliurang

Tourism Spot KaliurangFor most people who live in Yogyakarta, one famous place where they could retreat themselves from the bustling city activities would be Kaliurang. This place is located at the slope of Merapi Mount which is still an active volcano until now. It is situated at the height of ± 900 m/dpl that makes this area has a cool and refreshing weather with the approximate temperature of 20ºC-25ºC.

Kaliurang has been thriving as a popular get away destination among the locals and other visitors alike. The main selling point of Kaliurang would still be its majestic view of Merapi Mount and the vicinity areas that offer a variety of natural beauty that should definitely be on your list if you are at this amazing place.

Famous street culinaries:

Besides being famous for its natural beauty, Kaliurang also has some signature culinaries that always remind the visitors that they have indeed been to this place.

  • Tempe bacem

Tempe is a popular delicacy among Indonesians that is made of fermented soy bean. Meanwhile, bacem is one way to explain that one particular dish has been marinated with brown sugar. It is a light sweet delicacy that would be perfect for your travelling companion.

  • Jadah

Jadah is also another popular delicacy that looks like a small white bowl. Its main ingredient is sticky rice and can be found at most warung (small eateries) scattered at popular attraction in Kaliurang.

  • Tengkleng gajah

If you are looking for a heavy meal, tengkleng gajah is the perfect choice. Tengkleng is a kind of traditional Javanese stew that uses mutton as its ingredients along with some local spices. Meanwhile the word gajah that means elephant is used as a figure of speech to describe the big sized bone that could be found in this particular dish. As a result, the customers are provided with a straw to suck out the marrow from the bone. This hot meal could be quite spicy for some people so it might not be a good choice for those who have sensitive digestion problem.

Location:

GPS Coordinate: -7.596794,110.426213

Kaliurang is located at ± 28 km from the city center of Yogyakarta, Hargobinangun Village, Pakem Subdistrict, Sleman Regency.

Kaliurang Part 2

Kaliurang (Part 2)

Kaliurang (Part 2)

Kaliurang Tourist Spot

Kaliurang Part 1

Kaliurang, Kaliurang Tourist SpotIn the second part of article about Kaliurang, the focus will be on how to get there as well as some well-known educational destinations.

How to get there:

  • From Adi Sucipto Airport, take Trans Jogja bus and get off at Jalan Kaliurang bus stop. From there, take another public bus heading to Kaliurang.
  • From Tugu Train Station: Take kobutri (local public car) no 17 heading to UGM and get off at Bunderan UGM. Then walk to Mirota intersection (± 50 m) and take another public bus heading to Kaliurang.
  • From Giwangan Bus Terminal: Take Trans Jogja bus or any public bus heading to Mirota intersection or Bunderan UGM. Then, take a public bus heading to Kaliurang.

Places to visit:

  • Mount Merapi Museum

Besides being an educational destination, this museum is also a national research center for natural disaster mitigation effort. At this museum, you could learn information about ways to mitigate natural disasters as well as the famous Merapi Volcano. You could find displays, pictures and a theater room explaining about the process of volcano’s eruption.

Location: Jalan Boyong, Dusun Banteng, Hargobinangun Village, Sleman Regency

Operational hours: Tues-Sun (09.00 am – 03.30 pm); closes on Mondays

  • Ullen Sentalu Museum

When it comes to museum, most people would think about one building that consists of several display rooms with additional facility like cafes and souvenir stores. Well, this description doesn’t really fit with Ullen Sentalu Museum. Although it still consists of regular elements of a museum, its distinctive features has made it voted as one of the best museums in Indonesia by Trip Advisor. This distinction lies on its architectural design that consists of several buildings and parks. In addition, the information provided is also more personal rather than formal. Thus, the visitors can somehow feel connected to the historical figures displayed in the museum. All visitors would be accompanied by a guide that would take you from one building to the others while explaining about the important figures behind the famous Mataram Kingdom.

Location: Jalan Boyong, km. 25, Taman Wisata Kaliurang

Operational hours:

Tues-Fri: 08.30am – 04.00 pm; Sat-Sun: 08.30am – 05.00 pm; closed on Mondays

Kaliurang Part 3

Kaliurang (Part 3)

Kaliurang (Part 3)
Kaliurang Tourism Kaliurang Part 2 Kaliurang

In the third part of article about Kaliurang, the focus will be on some destinations that have been acknowledged for their renowned nature beauty.

Places to visit:

  • Tlogo Putri

Tlogo Putri is basically a big complex of natural park that combined the concept of both water and nature tourism. Inside, you would discover a small dam that has been transformed into a pond area for some relaxing water activities like canoeing and riding duck boat. The pond is surrounded by a park facilitated with children playground and a ferris wheel that could provide you with a complete view of the whole park from the top. What makes it different to the other public parks is how it is enclosed by the majestic view of Merapi Mount. This place is also a great place to chill down as it is both cool and refreshing.

If you are looking for a more adventurous activity, you could head to Bukit Plawangan Turgo which is adjacent to Tlogo Putri and located at the same complex for trekking. Here, you would discover a breathtaking scenery of tropical forest that is neatly positioned on top of the Plawangan Hill. It is also from this place that you could see the area that has ever been damaged by the hot clouds from Merapi Volcano back in 1994.

  • Kalikuning

Another natural wonder worth visiting at Kaliurang is Kalikuning that located at the area of Merapi Mount slope. At this place, you would encounter a pine forest at an area known as Kaliadem that would provide you with endless supply of fresh cooling wind breeze. As you proceed to explore the area, you would  finally arrive at Kalikuning which is a river that is originated from Umbul Wadon spring. Umbul Wadon spring itself is believed as the location where the Merapi’s lava stopped due to the huge explosion hundreds years ago.

  • Blue Lagoon spring

If you are looking for a place where you could drown yourself into a refreshing spring water after a tiring adventure at Kaliurang, you should head to Blue Lagoon. This place’s original name is Pemandian Setia Budi but due to its clear blue water, many people has known this place as Blue Lagoon. This natural spring is shaped like a big bowl known as ceruk in Javanese language. This place is surrounded with lush trees that makes the bathing experience becomes even more refreshing.

Jomblang Cave (Part 1)

Jomblang Cave (Part 1)

Jomblang CaveJomblang Cave is a vertical cave located at the karst mountaineous area of the famous Kidul Mount. There are hundreds of other similar caves in the area but Jomblang Cave stands out among them due to its breathtaking underground beauty. Many cavers have still been stunned by its artistic view no matter how many times they climb down there.

In order to climb down the cave, all visitors are required to master some basic skills of SRT (Single Rope Technique). It is strongly advised for all visitors to be accompanied by local professional cavers when climbing down and exploring the cave. Not only they have known the area really well but also they could guide the visitors to avoid some dangerous areas or even let you know whether it is safe or not to do a certain activity while being underground.

There are four entrance points to Jomblang Cave. Each point provides different challenge measured by how far a caver must climb down to reach the underground cave. For those who are beginner cavers, the local guide will always recommend the VIP entrance point which is the least challenging. This VIP entrance would only require you to climb down as far as 20 m to reach the underground compared to the others that would require you to climb down as far as 80m, 60m, and 40 m respectively.

Location:

Jomblang Cave is located at Jetis Wetan, Semanu, Gunungkidul which is ± 10 km away from Wonosari (the capital of Gunungkidul Regency).

Best time to visit:

Around 10.00 am – 01.00 pm when the sun is at its peak position as the sunlight would illuminate the underground area really well.

Reminder:

  • The maximum number of people allowed to climb down the cave at the same time is 25 people. This limitation is made to protect the stablity of the underground’s ecosystem. Thus, it is best to register your trip here to the local caving organization or tour office to make sure you get the spot.
  • You could store some of your belongings temporarily at the head village house known as Kepala Dukuh Jetis Wetan while you climb down the cave. There would only ask for a voluntary donation in return.

How to get there:

From Adi Sucipto Airport, take Trans Jogja bus with 3B route that goes to Giwangan bus terminal. At the terminal, find the bus heading to Wonosari (Simpang Lima Wonosari), Kecamatan Semanu.

Jombalng Cave Part 2

Jomblang Cave (Part 2)

Jomblang Cave (Part 2)
Jomblang Cave Part 1

Jomblang Cave

The second article of Jomblang Cave will explore about the activities that would be available while you are underground.

What to do:

  • Exploring the underground forest

After all the struggling process of climbing down the cave, you would be greeted by a scene of underground ancient forest. Research shows that the forest has existed even before the cave was formed by the natural geological process. It is totally distinct to the view on top that is mostly surrounded by withering plants and trees scattered around the karst mountaineous area.  Some of the most common plants found would be shrubs and moss that is covering the cave’s wall.

  • Mesmerizing at the beauty of Grubug’s cave

Once you pass through the underground ancient forest, you would find yourself walking through an underground tunnel (± 300m) that connects Jomblang Cave to another underground cave known as Grubug. By the time you reach the end of the tunnel, you would be mesmerized by the stunning view known as the ‘Heaven’s Light’. It is a view of the sunlight that goes through the dark Grubug Cave and reflected by the stalactite and stalagmite. What makes it perfect is how the sunlight also glistens the water dripping from the cave’s ceiling. This is the reason why it is best to visit this place when the sun is on its peak as the ‘Heaven’s Light’ is on its maximum beauty during this time.

  • Exploring the underground river

In addition to the ancient forest as well as the ‘Heaven’s Light’, you would also discover an underground river that connects Grubug Cave with several other underground caves located at the same Kidul Mount karst mountaineous area. The underground river comes from Kalisuci River located at the northern side of Grubug Cave. The visitors could opt to explore this river by rubber boat. Another available option that would be much more challenging is river tubing. Usually, it would be done in a group, with the local guide leading at the front while pulling a string connected to all the tubes where the visitors are lying on. No matter which option you choose, you would witness another kind of hidden beauty while exploring the river. Along the cave’s wall, you could see the stalactites and stalagmites forming an artistic natural carving that are indescribable with words. However, this activity could only be done during fall season as the current would be too dangerous during the rainy season.

Jimbaran Bay – Badung, Bali

Jimbaran Bay – Badung, Bali

There are three main beaches located along Jimbaran Bay: Jimbaran Beach, Kedonganan Beach, and Kelan Beach. Each of this beach possesses not only beautiful white sand and breathtaking scenery but also ‘special features’ that you could enjoy.

What to do:

If budget is not a problem for you, Jimbaran Beach is the one for you. Here, plenty of high end hotels, private villas and resorts scatter around the area. There are also varieties of cafes and restaurants along this particular beach. Jimbaran Beach is also famous for its dinner by the sea. This means you could literally enjoy the fresh caught seafood along the coastlines accompanied by performances of Balinese dances. It is perfect for those who want to have a romantic dinner and enjoy the breathtaking night scenery at Jimbaran while listening to the sound of the waves. So, if your ideal vacation is to be pampered and to have a private moment with your beloved ones, please do come to Jimbaran Beach.

Meanwhile, for those who seek for the best view that our Mother Earth could provide, you should definitely go for Kelan Beach. This particular beach is the BEST spot in Bali to witness the grandeur moment of sunset. It is located at the northern part of Jimbaran Bay and therefore is nearby to the runway of Ngurah Rai International Airport. As an added bonus to the sunset, you could also witness the spectacular view of planes taking off and landing at the runway. It would be an experience that will humble many of us since it is a reminder that we’re only a tiny part of this whole universe. So, either you happen to be a photographer who wish to capture the best moments of your holiday or someone who wants to make your visit to Bali unforgettable, please do not miss it.

Jimbaran BeachLast but not least, as the cherry on top, we have Kedonganan Beach with its lively famous fish market. It is located near the local fishermen village. As a result, you could find varieties of freshly caught seafood with affordable prices. So, if you would love to observe the local market and enjoy cheap delicious seafood, this place would be just perfect for you.

Best time to visit:

  • Exercising: Morning (You could jog along the coastlines as it has the second longest coastline in Bali after Kuta Beach.)
  • Hunting for fresh seafoods: Morning (6.00 am – 09.00 am) at Kedonganan Beach
  • Watching sunset: Afternoon (5.30 pm- 6.30 pm) at Kelan Beach.
  • Dinner by the sea: Afternoon (5 pm onwards) at Jimbaran Beach.

Direction:

  • from Ngurah Rai International Airport:10-15 minutes (with no traffic)
  • from Legian: 20 minutes (with no traffic)
  • from Sanur through Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai: 30 minutes (with no traffic)
More Articles on Bali

Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Part 1) – Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta

Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Part 1) – Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta

Desa NglinggoIf you have travelled around the bustling city of Yogyakarta, you would perhaps start to look for a getaway destination that is more relaxing. If that’s the case, it would be the time to visit Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Nglinggo Tourism Village). This place is the alternative of another popular highland destination in the province of Yogyakarta, Kaliurang. Located at ± 800 – 900 m dpl, this village offers you not only the refreshing air but also the spectacular view of mother nature.

Similarly, Nglinggo Tourism Village is also well-known for its cultural tourism. In fact, this village is a community for many artists that are skilled in their own respective skills whether it’s the traditional dance or painting. This particular village is also known for its abundant natural resources. As a result, you could also learn how to process those resources into some of the village’s main commodities. Henceforth, it is no wonder that this place has won third place as one of the villages that possesses great tourism potential.

Local culinary:

  • Geblek

This delicacy is the representative food from Kulonprogo Regency, the location of Nglinggo Village. It is made of wet tapioca flour along with some basic spices like salt and garlic which is then fried. It is white and its shape is similar to number 8. Its taste is crunchy on the outside yet chewy on the inside. It is best consumed warm along with tempe benguk (fermented soy bean cake) and a cup of warm tea.

How to get there:

By private car:

  • From the famous Tugu (Monument) Jogja head to the west towards Jalan Kyai Mojo. Once you encounter the intersection of Demak Ijo Ringroad Barat, go straight in order to reach Jalan Godean. From there, look for Pasar Godean and go straight to the west towards Sungai Progo. Once you see Kenteng traffic light, turn right. Follow the street until you see a monument on the middle of the street in the area known as Ndekso and turn left towards Jalan Samigaluh. Keep on going straight for ± 15-20 km until you pass through Kantor Kecamatan Samigaluh, the police station and Pasar Samigaluh where you will see a T-intersection with a signage of Desa Wisata Nglinggo. At this intersection, turn right to reach the village.

By public transportation:

  • Unfortunately, there is no public transportation available to get to this place at the moment. However, there is a pick up service from Yogyakarta arranged by the locals.
Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Part 2) – Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta

Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Part 2) – Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta

Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Part 2) – Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta

Nglinggo

The second part of the article about Nglinggo would elaborate more on the details of some to-do-list that you could do there.

What to do:

  • Tea walk experience

The most highlighted agenda at Nglinggo Village would be the tea walk experience. In order to enjoy this unique experience, the visitors should head straight to the tea plantation. While walking along the path in between of the tea leaves, you would be served by the surrounding scenic view that looks like an endless giant green carpet rolled out in front of you. If you want to witness more beauty from our mother nature, head to the top hill of the plantation. The journey might be challenging as you have to climb up quite a number of bamboo stairs, but the efforts would be paid off once you reach the top. There, you could witness the majestic views of the neighboring mountains’s hills like Hill Dempok and Hill Kendeng which are part of Mount Kukusan located in Magelang (neighboring city). Afterwards, you could replenish your energy by enjoying a cup of sangit tea right on the plantation. This tea is known for its unique smokey flavor since it is fried traditionally without oil. And don’t forget to take some pictures in this scenic plantation to complete your tea walk experience.

  • Cultural experience

In addition to the tea walk, visitors could also experience a wide range of cultural activities ranging from learning the local dance known as Lengger Tapeng Dance to learning how to make batik (traditional hand drawn cloth). If you are into cooking, there are also a wide range of activities for you to choose from. You could arrange a visit to observe and learn how to make the famous sangit tea, the local black coffee or the gula aren (brown sugar). To make things even more interesting, you could also experience how to tend the local livestocks  like goats. In other words, you don’t have to worry about finding exciting things to do while you are at Nglinggo Village.  

  • Exploring the nature

Last but not least, is of course, the experience of exploring the nature at Nglinggo Village. One place that you should put on your list is Curug Watu Jonggol Waterfall. Visitors who want to go there should prepare themselves to trek along a challenging route. In return, you could experience a very natural setting complete with the plants and animals. It would truly be one of that rare opportunities when you could be one with mother nature.

Desa Wisata Nglinggo (Part 1) – Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta

Bukit Lawang National Park – Langkat, Sumatra Utara

Bukit Lawang National Park – Langkat, Sumatra Utara
WhatBukit Lawang National Park to do:

Some of the recommended to-do-list when you visit Bukit Lawang National Park include:

  • Observing orang utan in its natural habitat

Bukit Lawang National Park has been the privilege to be one of the places where we can observe one of the most famous endangered species in the world, orang utan. Here, we could witness the way they live in the wild and interact with them by feeding them food.

  • Water sports (river tubing, rafting, kayaking)

For those of you who are more of an adrenaline junkie, Bukit Lawang offers various water sports activities. Here, you could find places that rent the equipment without any difficulties.

  • Jungle trekking

Jungle trekking allows you to walk through along the path around the forest and river where you could encounter various exotic plants. One of the most famous one is Rafflesia Arnoldi, a giant yet smelly and magnificent flower. It blooms only once a year so it is best to check with the park office to ask about the right time to visit. In addition, you could also visit the Bat Cave which is the house of thousands of bats.

  • Fishing

Another popular thing to do in Bukit Lawang is fishing. Here, you could opt to do fishing in one of the local ponds. The fee is based on the type of fish you caught. Afterwards, you could also ask the guide to help you clean and grill the freshly caught fishes to enjoy a nice BBQ time.

Best time to visit:

It opens all year round. However, it is best to avoid visiting this place during rainy season as it might be dangerous to do some of the activities like water sports and jungle trekking.

How to get there:

This national park is located ± 120 km from Medan. Thus, you need to spend another 2.5 – 4 hours from Medan to get there. The fastest method of transportation is by renting private car that could pick you up directly from the airport to the park office. This method is quite costly. For more affordable option, from Kuala Namu International Airport, take the airport railway that would take you to Medan Central Train Station (Stasiun Pusat Medan). From there, take a taxi to Pinang Baris bus terminal. There, you will find lots of mini private busses or big government busses. Then, you will need to get off at the local bus terminal Gotong Royong. As it is a lot cheaper, it would be more crowded, longer journey, and less safe.