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Sendang Seruni Nature Tourism Appears to Save Bamboo Forest

Banyuwangi

Sendang Seruni nature tourism can be one of your tourist destinations this weekend. Located at the foot of Mount Ijen, this spring has seven natural springs.

The popularity of Sendang Seruni is on the rise. The natural baths emerge from seven natural springs in Sumberwatu Hamlet, Tamansari Village, Licin, Banyuwangi, East Java combined with bamboo forest conservation.

Sendang Seruni is about 20 kilometers from the center of Banyuwangi City or can be reached by 30 minutes drive.

To get to the pool location, visitors need to walk down the stairs for about 5 minutes. Visitors who use a car must walk longer up to 10 minutes. The reason is that access can only be passed by two wheels.

But don’t worry, along the way, tourists will be treated to views of shady and beautiful coffee plantations. Ojek services are also available for tourists who are lazy to walk at a price of IDR 5,000 one way.

Arriving at the location, tourists will find views of the natural pool with very clear water. Yes, Sendang Seruni really refreshes the eyes by being in the middle of the garden. This natural pool is fed by seven springs, three of which are sourced at the bottom of the pool. The bamboo trees that surround it make the atmosphere cooler and pleasing to the eye.

The Sendang Seruni tourist destination is usually crowded with visitors on weekends. Tourists deliberately come to enjoy the cold of the cold spring while relaxing stiff muscles after a full week of work. Not a few believe that bathing in Sendang Seruni can make the body stay young.

Habitat for chrysanthemums

The head of Tamansari village, Rizal Sahputra, said that the name Sendang Seruni came from the Seruni flower plant that grows around the spring.

“Sendang means a pond that comes from mountain springs. Meanwhile, Seruni is taken from the name of the Seruni plant that grows a lot here,” said Rizal to detikTravel, Tuesday (25/1/2022).

Sendang Seruni in Banyuwangi Photo: Ardian Fanani

Ways of Conservation due to Exploitation of Bamboo Forest

According to Rizal, the nature tourism of Sendang Seruni actually started from the widespread exploitation of the bamboo forest that thrives there. So far, many local people depend on agriculture and plantations for their economy.

Excessive exploitation of bamboo plants seems to have an effect on the springs in Sendang Seruni. In fact, not a few people use these springs, including villages outside Tamansari, to meet their daily clean water needs.

From this problem, the government of Tamansari Village together with the local community is trying to re-conserve the bamboo forest.

“Finally in 2017, there was an initiative from community groups around Seruni to make this place a tourist destination. At the same time, as an effort to conserve bamboo forests to protect springs,” said Rizal.

Managed by Bumdes Tamansari

Through joint hard work, Sendang Seruni was finally released at the end of 2018. This tourist destination is managed by the Village Owned Enterprise (BUMDes) Tamansari by involving local community groups.

“The concept we use is to minimize permanent buildings there to unite facilities with nature. There we also organize how the function of conserving springs is to maintain bamboo forests, on the other hand the community can empower through tourism,” he said.

The hard work carried out by the Tamansari Village Government together with the local community seems to have yielded promising results. Now, Sendang Seruni is an alternative tour for tourists visiting the Ijen Crater Natural Tourism Park (TWA).

“Many travel agents make Sendang Seruni a tour package in Ijen Crater,” said Rizal.

Also Offers Banyuwangi Typical Culinary

According to Rizal, apart from being able to soak in the pure, clear spring water typical of the mountains, tourists can also enjoy a variety of Banyuwangi specialties at this destination. Not only that, the manager also provides camping ground facilities for tourists who want to spend the night at Sendang Seruni.

“Before the pandemic, on weekends, we also usually held Banyuwangi traditional art attractions to entertain tourists who came to visit. Starting from the jaranan dance, gandrung and so on,” said Rizal.

The move had a positive impact on the local economy. Residents who used to work a lot as farm and plantation workers, are now involved in the tourism sector in Sendang Seruni.

“Currently there are 40 to 50 people involved in Sendang Seruni. Starting from MSME players who provide souvenirs, culinary, tire rental, and so on,” said Rizal.

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