Hunting for Reservoir Tourism to West Java, there are 13 reservoirs here..


Several reservoirs were built in West Java to prevent flooding, generate electricity, supply water for agricultural irrigation needs, as well as for fishery activities. Currently, West Java has 900,000 hectares of irrigation area in 103 locations.

Around 400,000 hectares are under the authority of the central and district/city governments, while 100,000 hectares are managed by the province. Reservoirs or dams also have other attractions that can be used as educational and tourist facilities. Here are 13 reservoirs in West Java.

1. Jatiluhur Reservoir

The largest reservoir in Indonesia is pinned to the Jatiluhur Reservoir in Purwakarta, West Java Province. The main function of this reservoir is as a power plant, as well as a recreation area with a beautiful panorama. Around the reservoir there are recreational facilities, especially water sports facilities, such as water skiing, rowing, and windsurfing as well as many others.

Built in 1957 using the services of the French contractor Compagnie francaise d’entreprise, this reservoir provides water for rice fields for 242,000 ha of rice fields. This reservoir is open to the public at 08.00-17.00 WIB, with an Entrance Ticket Price (HTM) Monday-Friday Rp 5,000, Saturday-Sunday Rp 20,000.

Jatiluhur Reservoir Photo: Johanes Randy

2. Jatigede Reservoir – Sumedang

Jatigede Reservoir was inaugurated in 2015 as the second largest reservoir in Indonesia. The main function of the reservoir in Cijeunjing Village, Jatigede District, Sumedang is as an irrigation center for 90,000 hectares of productive agricultural land in Cirebon Regency, Indramayu Regency, and Majalengka Regency. In addition, water from the Jatigede Reservoir will also be used for a 110 Megawatt (MW) Hydroelectric Power Plant (PLTA) which is currently being built by PT PLN (Persero).

This reservoir will also supply clean water for local residents with a capacity of up to 3,500 cubic meters per second. In addition, this reservoir will also reduce flooding for 14,000 hectares of area in West Java. The natural beauty of the hilltops combined with the expanse of dam water and clear skies, presents a view that spoils the eyes. Open to the public at 08.00-17.00 WIB, with HTM Monday-Friday Rp 5,000, Saturday-Sunday Rp 20,000.

3. Cirata Reservoir – Purwakarta

Cirata Reservoir is a reservoir located in 3 regencies, namely Purwakarta Regency, Cianjur Regency and West Bandung Regency. In addition to being a power plant, Cirata Reservoir is also filled with floating net cages that produce fish and become a tourist spot, especially for fishing hobbyists.

Again, even though the reservoir is located in Tegal Waru Village, Plered District, Purwakarta, it is not a tourist spot, but the beauty of West Java Province makes the panorama around the reservoir an attractive tourist spot. Especially in the afternoon you can see a beautiful sunset from the edge of the reservoir. HTM is quite cheap, IDR 3,000 for motorbikes and IDR 5,000 for cars.

Cirata ReservoirCirata Reservoir Photo: Rachmadi Rasyad

4. Darma Reservoir – Kuningan

Darma Reservoir is located in the southwest of Kuningan Regency, precisely in Jagara Village, Darma District. Sources of water from several rivers, including the Cisanggarung, Cinangka, Cikalapa and Cireungit rivers with an area of ​​approximately 425 ha. This reservoir is surrounded by beautiful views of hills and valleys as well as cool air.

The main function of this reservoir is as disaster preparedness with the Disaster Anticipation Rapid Action Information System or SIGAB to anticipate the arrival of the rainy season in the Cimanuk Cisanggarung River Basin. This place is also often used as a place for recreation by the surrounding community. HTM for children is Rp. 10,000 and Adults is Rp. 15,000.

5. Saguling Reservoir – West Bandung

This artificial reservoir, located in West Bandung Regency, West Java Province, is located at an altitude of 643 m above sea level. This reservoir is one of three reservoirs that stem the flow of the Citarum River which is the largest river in West Java.

The inundation area of ​​this reservoir is about 5,600 hectares with an initial storage volume of 875 million m3 of water. The construction of this reservoir was the idea of ​​a Dutch engineer, Prof. Ir. WJ Van Blommestein. The age of this reservoir has begun to decrease due to unfavorable conditions due to the agricultural system using the vertical terracing method, the proliferation of floating net columns (KJA), and the Curug Jompong water tunnel. This reservoir is opened at 08.00-16.00 WIB with an HTM of IDR 10,000 per person.

reservoirSaguling Reservoir Photo: (Wisma Putra/detikTravel)

6. Ciawi Reservoir – Bogor

Ciawi Reservoir has an area of ​​39.40 hectares. The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) also built the Ciawi Dry Dam in Bogor Regency, West Java as part of the master plan for a flood control system (flood control) from upstream to downstream to reduce flood disaster vulnerability in the Metropolitan area.

This reservoir is not like other reservoirs which are full of water, this reservoir is dry because of its function as a flood control so that in the dry season you will not see this reservoir looking dry. This dam is designed to reduce the flood discharge that enters by blocking the flow of water from Mount Gede and Mount Pangrango before reaching the Katulampa Dam which then flows into the Ciliwung River.

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