Malang, 90 km south of Surabaya, is perhaps the most popular among East Java’s tourist attraction. For about the stremly lowlands, the mountain resort of Malang, with an elevation of about 450 m above sea level provides cool relief from the tropical heat, is the best choise for relaxation. The remains of old clonial buildings from the Dutch occupation are well preserved in the city of Malang. Apart from city, Batu, Selecta and Songgoroti are popula hill resorts and are bulging with visitors during holliday. Relaxing locals with brethtaking visitas and spectacular views. Walk around to take in the local flora and enjoy a stroll to nearby roadside markets which shell particular good apples. You might want to include a tour to aples plantation areas. Located in andillic setting, Malang is a tourist destination to tempt both donmestic and foregin tourist alike. Hotels, bungalows, swimming pools and tennins court are available here. The Songgoriti hotel is equipped with hit mineral spings and bathing facilities.
For nature lovers, 57 km south of Malang is located the magnificent rocky beach of Balekambang making a trip to Malang and the surrounding area well worthwhile. Jalanidhipuja or Sea offering, a Hindu ritual ceremony (date according to Hindu almanac), is the held of Balekambang Beach anually. Hindus from thoughout East Java and orther from as faraway as Bali attend this ceremony. “Ismoyo” Isle (similar to that of Tanah Lot Isle in Bali) is the center of the Jalanidhipuja ceremony.
Located about 62 km south of Malang a magnificient rocky and rugged beach where ome can attend Suran and Labuhan annual ritual ceremonies, the most popular of Javanese sea offerings. The Labuhan ceremony is held annually for the residents of Malang and has been cnductes since 1931. During the ceremony, a goat’s head is released the sea to ask for blessing (see East Java Calendar of Events). Campling ground facilities can be found in this area.
Lets’s go back in time and visit the ruins of acient kingdoms, the remains that respesent the glory of the civiization. Easly fitted into your tour, about 5 km west of Malang, Badut Temple is a remanant of past Kanjuruan Kingdom from the late eighth century. It as good spot for a short visit.
Located in the vilage of Tumpang, just 22 km east of Malng. Jajaghu temple was erected to horor king Wisnuwardhana of the Singosari Kingdom who die in mid-thriteenth century.
Just short 6 km drive from Jajaghu Temple is Kidal Temple, buit in thirteenth century to honor Anusapati, the king of the Singosari Kingdom, who died in 1290 AD.
Nearby, approximately 10 km north of Malng and 700 meters from the main road Singosari ia an archeological site where remnants of the early 13th century can be found. This temple was built in 1304 AD as memorial to King Kertanegara, the last king of the Singosari Kingdom.
Coban Rondo Waterfall
A vacation resort popular with domestic tourist, is clean environment with an abundance of fresh air. Camping facilities can be found here.
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park
This Nation Park, approximately 58,00 acres, is indeed East Java’s most popular tourist destination. Surroun ded by gentle rolling hills, in the mids of the 5,290 acre Tengger caldera, rises the spectacular Mount Bromo, summinting at nearly 2,332 m above sea level. The panoramic views at sunrice are perhaps among the most picturesque in all of Java. Mount Semeru (3,676 m above sea level) is Java’s highest active volcano.
Every Augustus 17, nature lovers and mountain climbers by the thousands, come to summit of Mount Semeru to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day.
National Park Regulation:
- Purcharse ticket at National Park counters at the following location:
- Cemoro Lawang, Probolinggo
- Monokriti, Pasuruhan
- Burno, Lumajang
- Visitors whose purpose is to research or to climb Mount Semeru must obtain a special permit issued by the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park Office.
- All visitors are prohibied from following:
- Doing anything which damages flora and founa
- Vandalism to trees and facilities
- Taking pets, bringing weapon or builtding fires which may lead to mildfires if left unattended.
- Leaving trash or waste behaind; approprirate Receptides are available.
Flora and Fauna
Most of the region of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park is extremely fertile. Flora that thrives here includes the folowing: pines, merkusii, fitrees, and adelweiss (anavalis sp.), all of wich are protected plants.
Animals typical living in The National Park include: Timor deer, (Cerveous Timorenses) wild dogs, leopard (Pathera Tigris Sundaicus) pangolins (manis para manis javanicus), flying squirrels (callus tinus notatos) and many species of birds.
(Khafidurrohman Agustianto @2011)