Kawah putih is the famous place in Bandung, West Java. Kawah putih located in Ciwidey, West java. Kawah Putih is a lake formed as a result of the eruption Patuha Mountain. Compatible to its name, the land in this region is white as a result of mixing elemental sulfur. Except to the white soil, water lake Kawah Putih area also has a greenish-white color and can change color accordingly to the levels of sulfur contained, temperature, and weather.
Kawah Putih Ciwidey in a mountain region that has a height of over 2,400 meters above sea level. The temperature in Kawah Putih very cold with a temperature of 8 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius, therefore, do not forget to bring a jacket .
In addition to enjoy its beauty by the tourists, Kawah Putih Ciwidey also often the place of other activities, such as filming, painting, wedding photos, up to climbing and horse riding activities.
A. History of Kawah Putih
The story about Kawah Putih began in the 10th century where there was a terrific explosion by Patuha Mountain. After this eruption, many people assume that this location is haunted area for each bird flew past the region will die.
Over time, belief in haunted this place began to fade, until finally in 1837 there was a botanist with the German national came to the region to conduct research. Researcher named Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn are very interested in the desolate mountain region which is not even a bird flying over it so he went around the village to search for information. At that time, all the information he got was that the haunted area .
For Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, the local community statement is absurd. Because it does not believe these stories, he went into the jungle to find out what’s there. Finally, Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn successfully to arrive the summit of the mountain, and from there he saw a beauty lake is white with a pungent smell of sulfur.
Since then, the existence of Kawah Putih Ciwidey became famous and started from 1987, the government develop this area as a tourist spot that offers a unique experience of seeing the lake which can change color.
B. The admission price to Kawah Putih.
The admission price Kawah Putih on weekdays and holidays and weekends are the same around 15,000 rupiah per person, while the rate of vehicles is as follows:
• Parking above (car): 150,000 Rupiah
• Parking above (motor): 35,000 Rupiah
• Ontang anting : 13,000 Rupiah
• Parking (car): 6,000 Rupiah
• Parking (motor): 5000 Rupiah
• The parking (bus): 25,000 Rupiah
What is meant by the parking above is bring your vehicle to the location of the crater, the bus can not park at the top. The meaning of the underground car park is park your vehicle at the entrance and then you can ride ontang anting for to get to the crater.
What is ontang anting? Ontang anting derived from the Sundanese language which means ‘fro’ and is a term for a typical vehicle Ciwidey Kawah Putih. This vehicle is in the form of mini-buses that have been modified to be open and equipped with safety. Maximum capacity for 1 ontang anting is 12 people.