Not only perfect for families and backpackers, but Bandung is also an ideal place for the adventurers. Some natural spots in the city and surroundings are not only serving amazing scenery but also challenging. Here are those places to visit if you consider yourself an adventurous traveler.
1. Sanghyang Heuleut
Sanghyang Heuleut is one of the historical evidence of the ancient lake that once submerged Bandung. Here you can enjoy the exotic scenery of beautiful rocks and cliffs, a rush of the river, and fresh air. You can also swim and do the cliff jump for a more exciting and challenging experience. Getting to this place is not easy, it requires around 2-hours trekking. But as you arrive, you will be mesmerized by how beautiful this place is, especially the lagoon.
Location: Kp. Cipanas, Rajamandala Kulon, Cipatat, Bandung Barat
2. Sanghyang Tikoro and Sanghyang Poek
Both of these places are popular for cave tour in Bandung and located next to PLTA Saguling. Although there is no certainty as to its origin, the Sanghyang Tikoro cave is believed to have been formed due to the eruption of Mount Sunda. The big eruption made the entire mountain destroyed and made holes or dents. This cave is also known for Mysterious Cave as some said that if you throw even a tiny thing into the river, the cave will moan. Behind the Sanghyang Tikoro cave, there is this Sanghyang Poek with a clearer river. Rafting is a common activity at these spots, but sitting by the river or walking around the cave is an interesting experience as well.
Location: Jl. PLTA Saguling, Rajamandala Kulon, Cipatat, Bandung Barat
3. Seundang Geulis Kahuripan
This non-mainstream tourist spot is a lush nature preserve featuring a spring with clear water for bathing. There is also a natural swimming pool and small waterfalls visitors can enjoy that surrounded by a beautiful view. Trekking is the best way to get to this place as the road is rocky and steep. You can enjoy the fresh and clean air on the way to this spot.
Location: Ganjarsari, Cikalong Wetan, Bandung Barat
4. Tebing Gunung Hawu (Mount Hawu Cliff)
Mount Hawu is located in the Padalarang sub-district, the area that is known for towering limestone mountains. This place is behind the Citatah 125 cliff or commonly called Mount Kapur Singgalang, about 30-minutes long by foot. The natural curve of Mount Hawu is reminiscent of several natural arches found in the United States, such as the Virginia Natural Bridge and the Arches National Monument in Utah. Rock climbing is the main activity in this place. But, visitors can also do other adrenaline-boosting activities, such as hammocking at height, walking on a rope from one cliff to another, or sleeping on a rope from a height. Tebing Gunung Hawu is also a perfect place to enjoy the sunset.
Location: Kampung Pamucatan, Padalarang, Bandung Barat
5. Curug Malela (Malela Waterfall)
Curug Malela has a waterfall that originates from the headwaters of the northern part of Mount Kendeng, a non-active volcano located west of the Ciwidey Tourism area. If lucky, we can see hundreds of long-tailed monkeys (Macaca Pasciscularis) drinking under the Malela waterfall. The height of the Curug Malela is around 60 to 70 meters with a waterfall width that reaches around 50 meters. This waterfall has 5 pathways with a very beautiful and charming appearance. To reach Curug Malela, you need to walk for about 10 Km from the entrance gate.
Location: Kampung Manglid, Desa Cicadas, Rongga, Bandung Barat
6. Stone Garden
Scenic destination offering sweeping views of the surrounding green mountains from a rocky hilltop. This place is also a popular trekking site with an amazing view. Besides trekking, you can also visit the charming Paqon Cave.
Location: Gunung Masigit, Citatah, Cipatat, Barat