4 Exotic Caves in West Java, Perfect for a Weekend Vacation


Nature tourism in West Java is very diverse, ranging from mountains, rivers to caves. Well, in West Java there are at least four caves that travelers can explore on this long weekend.

1. Sunyaragi Cave Tour, Cirebon

Sunyaragi Cave, Cirebon. Photo: Sudirman Wamad/detikcom

Sunyaragi Cave Water Park is one of the leading tourist destinations in Cirebon City, West Java. This cave is one of the relics of the long history of the sultanate in Cirebon.

This is in accordance with the name, which comes from the word Sunya which means silence, while Ragi means soul. Even so, this tourist attraction can still be visited by the public.

Based on records from the West Java Culture and Tourism Office (Disbudpar), the area of ​​the Sunyaragi Cave Water Park is about 15,000 square meters. The scenery at Sunyaragi Cave Park spoils tourists. Its shape is similar to a temple, increasingly pampering tourists.

Inside the Sunyaragi Cave complex, there are several caves such as Peteng Cave, Simanyang Cave, Padang Ati Cave, Pawon Cave, Argajumut Cave, each of which has its own meaning. One by one the caves were connected by a large cavity.

The building of the Sunyaragi Cave Water Park is dominated by wedasan and mega cloudy motifs. Its shape resembles a rock. Unique. We often see these two motifs in typical Cirebon batik.

The location of Sunyaragi Cave is in Sunyaragi Village, Kesambi District, or can be reached in about 15 minutes from the center of Cirebon City. To be able to enter the tourist area, a traveler only needs to spend Rp. 10 thousand.

2. Pawon Cave, West Bandung

Pawon Cave West BandungPawon Cave, West Bandung. Photo: (Yudha Maulana/detikcom)

Pawon Cave is located in the Citatah Karst area which is famous for its ancient rocks in West Bandung Regency. This cave is one of the authentic evidence of the existence of Ancient Bandung Lake.

The stone steps and the squeaking sound of bats will welcome the traveler as soon as they climb the stairs to the edge of the cave. The stone pillars combined with stalagmites and stalagmites are tens of meters long, as if they support the roof of the cave through the sunlight.

You can’t imagine how long this process will take, because the increase in stalagmites is only 0.2 mm per year. In this cave too, a traveler can see traces of ancient human life.

Some time ago, archaeologists from Padjadjaran University (Unpad) carried out excavations at Pawon Cave. Here, scientists found skeletons, teeth, pottery, and spearheads used by early humans to hunt.

The cave between the limestone mountains is also closely related to the Sangkuriang saga. It is said that Dayang Sumbi, who is the mother of Sangkuriang, is said to have lived in Pawon Cave before reuniting with Sangkuriang around Tangkuban Perahu at this time.

Pawon Cave is located at Kp. Cibukur, Gunungmasigit, Kec. Cipatat, West Bandung Regency, West Java. Travelers only need to spend Rp. 5 thousand – Rp. 10 thousand to be able to explore this ancient cave.

3. Parat Cave, Pangandaran

Caves in Pangandaran that have unique stalactitesCaves in Pangandaran that have unique stalactites. Photo: Johanes Randy

Parat Cave is located in the Protected Forest Area or nature reserve in Pangandaran Regency. This cave has a length of approximately 300 meters to the inside.

To be able to go down the cave, tourists can use the services of a guide from local residents. The interior of Parat Cave is getting wider once a traveler walks into it.

Inside Parat Cave, a traveler can see stalactites and stalagmites which have a unique natural shape, which is similar to the shape of the male and female genitals. Another uniqueness, namely the stalagmite shaped like a vessel.

Not only about cave tours, travelers can also do religious tourism. Because, near the mouth of Parat Cave there are two tombs of figures who spread Islam, namely Prince Kasepuhan (Syekh Ahmad) and Prince Kanoman (Syekh Muhammad).

From stories compiled from the Pangandaran tourist site (tourism.pangandaran.kab.go.id), both Sheikh Ahmad and Sheikh Muhammad are descendants of Prince Maja Agung who is said to have come from Egypt.

Prince Maja Agung ordered his two children to spread Islam by following the direction of the wind. Until he arrived in the Land of Java, namely Pangandaran. After being separated for a long time, Prince Maja Agung followed his two children and met again in Parat Cave.

The location of Parat Cave only lasts 10 minutes when taken from the tourist area of ​​Pangandaran Beach. To use the services of a tour guide, a traveler only needs to spend Rp. 50 thousand – Rp. 100 thousand for two people and can explore the cave connected to the east coast of Pangandaran as much as you like.

4. Sanghyang Kenit, West Bandung Regency

Sanghyang Kenit, Sanghyang Kenit.  Natural tourism destinations for the ancient Citarum river, as well as cave tours.Sanghyang Kenit, Sanghyang Kenit. Natural tourism destinations for the ancient Citarum river, as well as cave tours. Photo: Yudha Maulana/detikcom

The damming of the flow of the Purba Citarum River to the Rajamandala hydropower plant has caused the water that passes through Sanghyang Kenit to become shallow. The swift current of the river began to tame, leaving the river water flowing calmly among the ancient rocks.

Administratively, Sanghyang Kenit is located in Cisameng, Rajamandala Kulon, Cipatat, West Bandung Regency (KBB). The location is close to the Rajamandala hydropower plant.

The feeling of stifling heat after passing through the streets in the Cipatat mining area, where trucks laden with large stones went back and forth, melted away at once seeing the beautiful nature and clear water.

Visitors who intend to visit the cave here will be guided by a local guide at a rate of IDR 150 thousand per 10 people. Exploring this exotic cave is quite challenging because it will pass through narrow cave gaps and underground river flows.

Not to mention the route through the belly-deep puddle of the ancient Citarum, which is still inhabited by various types of fish such as baung and cork. Prepare stamina and a flashlight even though the guide will provide helmets and life jackets.

The trip through the cave will take about 45 minutes. When the water is high, tourists can do tubing from Sanghyang Tikoro which is the exit of the cave to the starting point of Sanghyang Kenit.

This article has been published in Detik Jabar. Check out the news about Bandung and its surroundings at this link.

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