19 April 2020
Dieng Plateau, which is located between Wonosobo and Banjarnegara Regencies, is a caldera complex formed by the eruption of ancient Mountain Prau. Due to it’s closer proximity than Banjarnegara, Wonosobo has become the main gateway to the plateau.
At 900 meters above sea level, nestled in the central mountain range, the city of Wonosobo is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and benefits from cool weather. While the city center lacks attractive places, only really having a large square and typical rural town market, it still serves as a good base for exploring interesting tourist destinations around central Java. The Dieng Plateau is just over an hour's drive away and offers a mixture of nature, heritage, and tourism sites. Tranquil lakes and hills make up much of the breathtaking scenery of the area as well as refreshing tea and coffee plantations.
Dieng is also known for its annual festival, the Dieng Cultural Festival, that happens in August. The festival is held to celebrate a special ceremony called ruwatan anak gimbal (children of Dieng's dreadlock ritual). In addition to watching the sacred ritual, visitors will also be entertained by the series of events and performances such as a culinary bazaar, traditional performance, and the famous Jazz performance.
PLACES TO VISIT
Turquoise and Pengilon Lake
Located at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level on Dieng Plateau, two lakes rest side by side. Only divided by plains running down between them, these two lakes are known as Turquoise Lake (Telaga Warna) and Pengilon Lake. One hour drive north from Wonosobo, Telaga Warna displays turquoise hues caused by the bubbling sulfur deposits around its shores. The neighboring Telaga Pengilon is known its calm and clear surface that reflects the surrounding scenery and sky, hence owing to the name ‘Pengilon ’which means mirror in Javanese. Here at the lakes, visitors can also find the endemic Pacific Black Duck (bebek mliwis), a breed that is rare on Java.
Southwest of Turquoise Lake is Sikidang, a basin containing a crater arising from volcanic activity. The sloping terrain that is home to the Sikidang Crater attracts many tourists who want to see the natural phenomena, with its limestone soil surrounds that blend into the green hills, first-hand. Tourists who have an adventurous spirit will continue on to Sikunir Hill, which is part of two beautiful mountains in Central Java; Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing. Just 30 minutes drive to the southeast of the crater, Sikunir Hill is located 2,300 meters above sea level and provides a perfect spot to watch the sunset while enjoying the beauty of the sky wrapped in cirrus with the sun's rays from the east.
Arjuna Temple Complex
Just eight minutes drive north from Sikidang Crater, you will find five Hindu temples. The temples show off many features of Indian Hindu temple architecture. Surrounded by green hills and enveloped in cool air, these temples in Dieng are one of the best places to learn the history of Javanese ancestors.
A place called Lubang Sewu (Thousand Hole) is located an hour and twenty minutes south from Wonosobo. The area, which features many limestone rocks that overlook Wadas Lake, only became well-known in 2015. Located in Erorejo Village, this place is a popular spot for taking a few photos and relaxing. Some tourists choose to spend their time here to enjoy sunrise or sunset.