Kawah Putih (White Crater) & Tangkuban Perahu @ Bandung, Indonesia
This post is more about the elaboration of my previous Bandung trip summary post, where I’ll be going to share more photos and perhaps details of these two tourist attractions.
Kawah Putih (White Crater)
Located in the little town of Ciwidey, the journey from Bandung City center to White Crater will take around 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on traffic conditions. Our bus parked at the main carpark and we were arranged to get on these Angkots (regular mini shuttlebuses) to the crater. The 5km road was bumpy and narrow but one can enjoy the cooling breeze along the way.
After the ride, there’s still a short walk leading to the lake.
After that rather long trek uphill, we were greeted by a striking volcanic crater lake which radiates a pale white colour. As the name suggests, the lake and its surroundings are dominated by a pale white color, the highly acidic lake with a pH of 0.5-1.3 that fills the dormant volcanic crater, its colour can be changed from a turquoise hue to whitish green depending on the concentration of sulphur, temperature, oxidation state, and sunlight reflection.
The lake is 2,430 meters above sea level so the climate is often quite chilly, so please prepare a light jacket during your visit.
Kawah Putih is a sizeable highly acid lake (pH 0.5-1.3) which changes colour from bluish to whitish green, or brown, depending on the concentration of sulfur and the temperature or the oxidation state. It’s advisable to bring mask during your visit as the sulphuric smell here can be quite strong sometimes. The sand and rocks surrounding the lake have been also leached into whitish colours through interaction with the acidic lake waters (with possible mineral precipitation as well).
The milky white lake with a tinge of blue, tree-clad cliffs surrounding the crater as well as the perfect blue sky white clouds make for a stunning backdrop to take heaps of photos, hehe ^__*
Entrance fee: IDR 75k, Shuttle van: IDR 15k/way
Situated 30 km north of the city of Bandung in the direction of Lembang, Tangkuban Parahu translated as “upturned boat” in Sundanese. It is an active volcano and it is the only crater in Indonesia that you can drive up to its very rim. It is another popular tourist spot with splendid panorama view of volcano and the immense steaming crater below.
There are a lot of vendors selling souvenir, fruits as well as horse riding at this place. Nothing much to do here, half an hour for photography should be enough.
Entrance fee: IDR 50k