Sunday, February 4, 2024

Mount Tangkuban Parahu is Stunning with a total of 13 Craters

Mount Tangkuban Parahu has a height of + 2,048 meters above sea level. This mountain is divided into two districts, namely West Bandung Regency and the northern part is Subang Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia. The Tangkuban Perahu TWA gate is around 29 km north of Bandung City.

Mount Tangkuban Parahu has erupted several times. The person who recorded the first eruption was a botanist and geologist named Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn. Based on notes made by Junghuhn in 1853, the first record of the eruption of Mount Tangkuban Parahu was in 1829. There is no data about previous eruptions. After that, the eruption rested for 17 years, the next eruption occurred in 1846. After that, the mountain was recorded as active in 1867 and 1887. The next major eruption occurred in 1896 after the mountain experienced a rest period of 50 years. Activity or eruptions then occurred in 1910, 1929, 1935, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1983, 1992, 1994, 2004 and 2019

Mount Tangkuban Parahu is an active volcano and is still very active and has many active craters. Throughout its history, activity that occurred on Mount Tangkuban Parahu has formed 13 craters. Three craters are popular as tourist destinations, namely Kawah Ratu, Crater Upas and Crater Domas.

Meanwhile, the complete details of the 13 craters are as follows: Upas Crater consists of Upas Crater (youngest), Upas Crater (young), and Upas Crater (old). Kawah Ratu also consists of Kawah Ratu (1920), Kawah Ratu (young), and Kawah Ratu (old). Then there are new craters, Pangguyangan Badak Crater, Badak Crater, Ecoma Crater, Jurig Crater, Siluman Crater, and Domas Crater. Apart from the Ratu crater, Domas crater and Upas crater, other craters should not be visited because they contain active poisonous gas.

Kawah Ratu is the largest and most beautiful crater in the Tangkuban Perahu area. You will find an inscription in the parking lot. Apart from that, from here you can see the panoramic view of Kawah Ratu. It seems very easy to go down this crater but visitors are prohibited from going down. The poisonous gas in the crater is very dangerous.

Domas Crater is rarely visited, perhaps because the sign is too small to be seen. Maybe also because the view is not as interesting as Kawah Ratu. However, Domas Crater could be a second alternative tourist destination in Tangkuban Perahu.

Even though it is not as busy as Kawah Ratu, this crater has hot springs which are useful for curing skin diseases. And here you can also boil eggs directly in the crater. Try coming to Upas Crater. We can enjoy the beauty of Tangkuban Perahu from the Upas Crater side. The road to this place is easy because there is no need to climb. If you want to visit Upas Crater, we can also take the Parongpong route. The journey you will take is approximately three hours. But, don't worry, the trip will definitely be enjoyable because it passes through stunning stretches of tea plantations. 

Visiting the Tangkuban Parahu crater is relatively easy because the parking location is directly on the edge of the Ratu crater. The facilities here are quite complete, including kiosks selling souvenirs. As for ticket prices at TWA Mount Tangkuban Parahu, as stated on their official website (until 2019), the entry ticket price for domestic visitors or local tourists is IDR 20,000, while for foreign visitors IDR 200,000. Other fares are IDR 12,000 for 2-wheeled vehicles, IDR 25,000 for 4-wheeled vehicles and IDR 110,000 for buses.


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