Travelers are bored and tired of life in the city? Maybe visiting rural tourism in West Java could be the cure.
At least, in West Java, there are five rural tourism destinations that travelers must try. Here is the list:
1. Endah Rancabali Natural Village, Bandung Regency
Ciwidey-Rancabali is not only famous for its White Crater or Situ Patenggang tours. Tourists can also visit rural tourism in Alam Endah Village in Rancabali District. This village was designated as a Tourism Village on February 2, 2011.
Alamendah is one of the most advanced agronomic villages, with the majority of the population being farmers and traders. Here, tourists can get a complete tour package, both nature tourism, religious tourism and agro-tourism.
The agro-tourism activity that is quite popular there is picking strawberries, tourists can also learn to process agricultural products which of course have high educational value for their little ones. Tourists can also be a milkmaid, and try freshly squeezed milk.
Natural Village Endah Rancabali, Bandung Regency (Photo: West Java Dispar)
Tired of wandering around the plantation, in Alamendah there are also several points for camping ground. Among them are the Punceling Pass which has the attraction of hot water from the earth, then in Cai Ranca Upas Village where visitors can camp and see deer, and finally around the Kawah Putih area which presents exotic views.
People in Alamendah also produce MSME products that can be used as souvenirs or souvenirs that can be brought home. Starting from handicrafts, snack processed strawberries, civet coffee, aromanis, and others. Tourists can also witness cultural arts that are preserved by the Alamendah community, such as karinding or pencak silat.
This Alamendah Tourism Village can be reached by using a private vehicle with a duration of approximately two hours from the city of Bandung. The existence of the Soroja Toll Road can make travel time shorter, to less than 90 minutes. However, for tourists who use public transportation, they can take an elf car heading to Ciwidey-Bandung from Leuwipanjang Terminal, and get off at Ciwidey Market.
2. Kampung Naga, Tasikmalaya
Dizzy with the hustle and bustle of the city, visiting Kampung Naga in Tasikmalaya Regency is one of the panacea. The village, which is located in Neglasari Village, Salawu District, is in a quiet valley area and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of the attractions of this village, is the village policy that rejects modernization. They live simply, without lights, without electricity. This simplicity is also reflected in the appearance of the houses in Kampung Naga, which are still in the form of houses on stilts.
The house is made of wood and bamboo, while the roof is made of palm leaves and palm fiber, or you can use reeds. The reason is, there is a prohibition on building houses from tile or brick walls even if they can afford it.
Kampung Naga, Tasikmalaya (Photo: West Java Dispar)
Even so, the simple shape of the house in the rice field area, makes us seem to be sucked into ancient times and that is one of the charms of Kampung Naga.
Various ceremonies are also held in certain months such as the New Year’s Ceremony every 27 Muharram, and cleaning objects or weapons that are considered sacred every 12 Maulud.
Tourists who visit Kampung Naga can learn about the daily activities and cultural activities of the local community who adhere to local wisdom from their ancestors. One of them is that men are required to wear an iket and it is forbidden to wear brackets, shoes and sandals are not allowed. However, for visitors from outside the rules do not apply.
To be able to enjoy the atmosphere and culture in Kampung Naga, tourists do not need to pay an entrance ticket. Because the people here are very open to tourists. Those who are interested in staying overnight are also allowed to use residents’ houses.
From Garut City to Kampung Naga, tourists can take a distance of 26 KM, with a travel time of approximately 1 hour. Meanwhile, when departing from Tasikmalaya City, the distance is approximately 30 KM.
3. Kampung Gede Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Sukabumi
Kampung Gede Kasepuhan Ciptagelar in Cisolok District, Sukabumi Regency can be one of the right locations to unwind from city life. This traditional village at the foot of Mount Halimun has its own charm for lovers of local culture.
Here, tourists can see what the local wisdom of the community is like, which still upholds the traditional values and very strong Sundanese traditions. Similar to Kampung Naga, residents’ houses in Ciptagelar still adhere to the ancient Sundanese traditions.
People who live in Ciptagelar village are known as kasepuhan. The word kasepuhan comes from the word elder using the word ka-an which means the residence of an elder. This refers to the people in it who still adhere to ancestral traditions.
Kampung Gede Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Sukabumi (Photo: West Java Dispar)
Here, tourists can also see the movement of the Ciptagelar radio station, which is a place of communication between Kasepuhan residents and other Kasepuhan residents. If lucky, tourists can also see a series of traditional ceremonies there.
Indeed, to take this route to Ciptagelar, extra struggle is needed. Because, from the usual road starting from the Sinaresmi Traditional Village, it takes up to another 1.5 hours to drive to the Ciptagelar Traditional Village. The road that is traversed is still fairly off road.
Meanwhile, the long journey from to Sinaresmi Traditional Village takes up to 5 hours. That is if the non-toll road traffic to Palabuhanratu is in smooth condition. However, the struggle will pay off once you enter the Ciptagelar area with someah friendly residents.
4. Saung Ciburial Garut Tourism Village
The charm of tourism in Garut is endless, one of the tourist attractions in this Diamond City is the Saung Ciburial Tourism Village. This rural tourism is located in Sukalaksana Village, Samarang District, Garut Regency, West Java Province. The duration of the journey is approximately two hours not too far from Bandung.
One of the advantages of this tourist village, is the homestay tour of local residents. There, tourists can interact more with residents or other tourists. The atmosphere will also feel more friendly and full of a sense of family.
Currently, there are 80 residents’ houses that are ready to be used in the Saung Ciburial Tourism Village and the only Tourism in Garut that makes people’s homes as homestays.
The surrounding community also maintains traditions, one of the traditions that are preserved is children’s games or kaulinan urang overtime which can be tested with the family.
Sheep are one of the animals that are featured in tourism in Garut and are typical of Garut. At Saung Ciburial Tourism Village, visitors can participate in trying to bathe, feed, cultivate sheep, and take care of sheep.
In addition, visitors can also witness the attraction of Garut Sheep agility or commonly known as arrowroot fighting as a form of cultural preservation.
Jelekong Painting Village, Bandung Regency (Photo: West Java Dispar)
5. Jelekong Painting Village, Bandung Regency
Jelekong Village is the home of painters and wayang artists in Bandung Regency. This village is very suitable to be visited by tourists who have a high love of art.
When entering the gate of Kampung Jelekong, tourists will be immediately presented with a row of painting galleries. The painters from Jelekong also learned to paint from generation to generation. It is known that it was Bah Odin Rohidin who introduced painting in Jelekong.
Administratively, Kampung Lukis Jelekong is located in Jelekong Village, Baleendah District, Bandung Regency or 15 km from the center of Bandung City via Dayeuhkolot.
The regeneration of young painters in Jelekong Village is very fast. This is evidenced by the emergence of the Gurat Community, which was initiated by young painters from Jelekong. Do not be surprised if you find many young people who are painting on the side of the road.
Jelekong is also not only famous for its painting, but also for the art of wayang golek. The famous puppeteer Asep Sunandar Sunarya, his descendants along with the Giri Harja art family, continues to consistently preserve the Sundanese art from Jelekong.
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