The beauty of White Crater (kawah putih) Bandung


Lake white cauldron placed on mountain of patuha, west java. On the height 2,194 dpl. It used to covered by coldy cloud. On july and august, its temperature could be 10 degrees Celcius on daylight and could be decline to 5 degree Celcius on daynight

Admisnistratively, this site located on Ranca Bali region, about 44 km from Bandung city, on Sugih village, District of Pasir Jambu

Word patuha came from words of “Pak Tua” or “Patua” (Oldman). Localman used to said as “Gunung Sepuh” (Oldy mountain). Past, local people consider region of Mount Patuha and Kawah Putih as a sacred are, where none courage to went there. Even birds are reluctan fly over it.

The beauty of white crater was discovered by Dr. Franz Wihelm Junghuhn (1809-1864), an Dutch Botanist from German. He did research over that area. He did not believe the legend as local people said. When he did his research he found a beautiful crater lake. As volcano mountain it contain a lava and strong  smell from sulfur. Then he found high density of sulfur that make birds avoid that area to fly.

After that Dutch build sulfur mine, Zwavel Ontgining Kawah Putih, that operated until Japan came in. in japan era its named Kawah Putih Kenzanka Yokoya Ciwidey and directly under control Japan military government. Until now, tunnel sulfer mine still exit. There are hatch to hind people come in because its dangerous inhale sulfur too long

Around the area of white crater, there are some ancestral grave like Eyang Jaga Satru, Eyang Ronggo Sadena, Eyang Camat, Eyang Ngabai, Eyang Barabak, Eyang Baskom, dan Eyang Jambrong. One of the top of Mount Patuha is Eyang Jaga Satru. Allegedly, on this area some white sheep, local people named “domba lukutan”, appear mysteriously

Since 1987 PT. Perhutani (Government’s Plantation Company) unit III developed region white crater as a tourism site. Entrance ticket are Rp. 12, 000, including insurance. Opened between 7 am to 5 pm, every day. With favorable facilities such as information centre, mosque, and café.

Public transportation to ciwidey from Bandung could be found on Kebon Kelapa Station or Leuwi Panjang. After reach Ciwidey, the journey continue by village transportation to SituPpatengan. Route to Situpatenganan accross tourism object Ciwidey area such as Strawbery garden, Ranca Upas and hot spring Cimanggu. It’s need more a day to explore the beauty of Ciwidey

To reach it we can through highway Cipularang and out in Kopo’s entrance. And go on to Soreang, southern Ciwidey. About 20-30 menit from Ciwidey, seem entrance gate to white crate. You suggested use vehicle, because the route is climby and far, about 6 km or about 10-15 minute by car. There are adequate park area for vehicle, either big bus or small one.

Public transportation to ciwidey from Bandung could be found on Kebon Kelapa Station or Leuwi Panjang. After reach Ciwidey, the journey continue by village transportation to SituPpatengan. Route to Situpatenganan accross tourism object Ciwidey area such as Strawbery garden, Ranca Upas and hot spring Cimanggu. It’s need more a day to explore the beauty of Ciwidey

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