Our vehicle breezed through the crater rim’s forested slope, and I was aware of how beautiful things are made. It had been so amazing. I could not breathe, and I mean it. I remember how I reached the last crater lake I set foot on: hours trek, tens of thousands of thousands of scratches around my limbs, a bit of blood, and a thousand swear words thrown into the atmosphere. However, this is not like the last time. The street had been paved, the ride brief, and I comfortably seated like a boss. Not that I’m whining.
Trip to Kawah Putih Crater
Beauty is much better appreciated when you go to the mountains to see it. A trophy looks shinier when you get it past hurdles before hitting the end line. We reached the entry to the site in a couple of minutes. That is easy. No scaling, no sweat, no human suffering. There won’t be any hurdles at this moment, I thought.
When I was only about to strut my way to the shore, I found that the hurdles were a nasty stench. Yes, the stench. It had been a long time since I had come face to face with a volcano. I had forgotten their putrid reek that reminded me of a million rotten eggs. The tour organizers distributed facial masks, and I was first to catch one as I climbed down the stairs causing the crater lake. One of both craters of Mt. Patuha, Kawah Putih is located just 50 km south of Bandung, close to a tiny town called Ciwidey. From afar, it seems just like a giant puddle of milk thanks to its turbidity — which produces a trip to the site quite a surreal experience.
What Makes Kawah Putih Attractive?
The broad, barren region by the coast is where many tourists stay. It has much room for enthusiastic souls to maneuver in; however, a paved walkway results in a crowded nook. I followed the trail and found myself with a closer look in a little sandbar that originates in the vapor, which rises from the surface.
Sulfur, the suffocating thing that makes every stay at Kawah Putih short-lived. It was early afternoon, and there were a lot of tourists flocking at various vantage points by the lakeshore. Still, almost all of them had a mask on. The stench was pungent, but we appeared not to mind. The site was just too irresistible. We had to catch every angle of it—a selfie here and a pic there. Hey, look, which resembles a fantastic viewpoint! The nearer to the water, the greater.
Besides sightseeing, there is not a lot to do in Kawah Putih. However, its visual appeal is sufficient for me personally. They state that a sulfur electricity plant — Zwavel Ontginning Kawah Putih — has been assembled at the site during the era. However, It stands as remnants of its presence continue to be observable.
Access to Kawah Putih Bandung
The entrance ticket to the Kawah Putih Bandung area for local tourists is IDR 15,000. In contrast, for foreign tourists, it is IDR 30,000. If you want to stay near the Kawah Putih area, we recommend staying at the Patuha Resort Kawah Putih. There are several ways to get to Kawah Putih Bandung. You can take public transportation such as the Ciwidey bus from Leuwi Panjang Bus Terminal with a bus ticket price of Rp. 6,000. Then proceed by taking an angkot that goes to the entrance of Kawah Putih by paying only Rp. 7,500. You can also borrow a motorbike with a rental price of IDR 50,000 per day.
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