Gunung (Mountain) Tangkuban Perahu is located about 30 kilometers north of the city of Bandung, more precisely in the area of Lembang, about 30 minutes with a car or motorbike. Tangkuban Perahu has a cold air and hot springs at the foot of the mountain at an altitude of 2084 meters. Cool air, tea plantations, valleys and tall pine trees will accompany you on your journey towards the entree of Tangkuban Perahu, where the tickets at Rp. 13,000 per person are sold (and the cost of parking your vehicle). Here you can already enjoy the beauty and coolness of Tangkuban Perahu.
Tangkuban Perahu is the largest mountain in the Parahyangan mountain range. The mountain is named this way because the shape resembles that of a boat overturned. Tangkuban Perahu is famous for its craters. There are two paths to go to the craters. The first street or road is more difficult and takes a longer time and is usually closed after rain because it is considered too dangerous. The second path is a new paved path that allows you to get to the craters also after rain, on the side of a curvy path are many trumpet flowers and trees.
There are three famous craters in the Tangkuban Perahu region worth a visit, namely:
- Kawah Ratu (Queen's Crater):
This is the largest crater of the three. There is a special bus parking area before Queen's Crater, if you come by bus here you need to get off and continue with the use of ELF. But if you use a private vehicle, you can simply park it on the other side of this crater. You can see the Queen's crater from above, barrier fence at the edges of the crater protect you from getting to close. You can also see the whole crater by climbing to higher grounds. The ground around the crater is generally white with yellow sulfur stones.
There are shops in this area that offer a variety of souvenirs and accessories, some serve food and hot drinks like bandrek and you also can ride a horse here.
- Kawah Upas (Upas Crater)
Located next to the Queen Crater, this crater is more shallow and flat. Be careful because the path to the Upas Crater is quite dangerous.
- Kawah Domas (Domas Crater)
This one is located below the Queen’s crater. if you come through the new path you will find the gate to Domas Crater before the one to Queen’s Crater. In Domas Crater you can get a closer look of a crater. You can even try to boil eggs in the crater’s water. If you want to see Domas Crater after 16:00 hour, you must hire a guide (for your own protection since it will be dark soon).
The legend of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain
Tangkuban Perahu has a legend, the core of the story Tangkuban Perahu is the presence of a young man named Sangkuriang who fell in love and wants to marry a woman named Dayang Sumbi. They fall for each other, but Dayang Sumbi realizes later that Sangkuriang is her biological child who went away long ago because she was very angry after Sangkuriang killed his pet dog when they failed to hunt deer. He did not know but that pet dog was his biological father.
Now, knowing Sangkuriang is her biological child she will not marry him, but he does not believe her and still insists. Finally she agrees if he can make a lake and a boat in one night. Aided by genies and spirits Sangkuriang began to make the lake and the boat. Seeing Sangkuriang nearly completed the boat Dayang Sumbi plans to trick him.She set fires in the east so the chickens start crowing and the genies that had helped Sangkuriang left because they thought it was already morning. Without their help Sangkuriang can not finish on time. Sangkuriang was furious and kicked the boat, the boat fell upside down and there was Tangkuban Perahu Mountain.