No exception to Indonesia’s beautiful island views and stunning volcanoes, Bandung in West Java lies on a river basin surrounded by amazing volcanic mountains.
If you’re up for a spectacular adventure, volcanic craters are some of the most jaw-dropping creations borne out of the most tumultuous of circumstances. Formed by explosive forces of erupting lava and molten pyroclastic flows, the results can be eerie and other worldly, and at other times, even heavenly!
These Craters Surrounding Bandung Are Sure to Blow Your Mind!
Kawah Ratu, Mount Tangkuban Perahu
An active stratovolcano, Mount Tangkuban Perahu features 12 craters or kawah, the most popular of which are: Ratu, Upas, Ngu and Domas. Pronounced ‘Parahu’, ‘Tangkuban Perahu’ translates into ‘upside down boat’. According to Sundanese folklore, the mountain gained its distinct shape when a disobedient son who sought marriage with his mother kicked his boat upside down in a fit of rage and disappointment after she tricked him into avoiding the ceremony.
Kawah Ratu is the largest crater on Mount Tangkuban Perahu and depending on the season, you might spot a beautiful little lake inside. When the sky is clear a breath-taking view of the Java Sea reveals itself from 80 kilometres away. Charming coffee shops nearby make for the perfect place to warm up after your visit to the volcano.
Kawah Putih, Mount Patuha
Mount Patuha is a dormant stratovolcano surrounded by tea plantations and highland farms. The result of a volcanic eruptions in the 10th and 12th centuries, Kawah Saat and Kawah Putih are a mere 600 meters apart, but it’s the spellbinding scenery of the latter that draws visitors in.
The landscape is unbelievable, it’s almost like being on another planet! ‘Putih’ means ‘white’, which is fitting as the acidic waters of the lake bleaches its stones. The mineral content gives the lake its remarkable hue, which can morph from a milky green to pale blue and even brown depending on the weather and sulphur concentration in the water.
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Written by Sara Nabila Harris
Sara Nabila Harris is the head writer at GOASEAN. Currently based in Kuala, Lumpur and travelling Southeast Asia. In addition to research, writing and producing videos, she cracks dad jokes and enters pun competitions.
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