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Enjoy Your Sundanese Trip: Best Things To Do In Tasikmalaya, West Java

Rofiq
Updated Jan 14, 2019

Famous for varied local industries, such as chic pandan hats to alluring painted umbrellas, Tasikmalaya is where you can see what all the fuss is about. Take your time to find out how charming the Sundanese region is. The cultural attractions, traditional ceremonies bequeathed from the ancient civilisations, and exotic tropical nature are the best descriptions of this gem. Just a 3-hour drive from Bandung, you will find Tasikmalaya worth it to explore.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Tasikmalaya, West Java Province, Indonesia:

Top 3 activities to book in Tasikmalaya

1. Trek to Curug Dengdeng Waterfall


Not far from beach fishing sits a dazzling natural beauty called Dengdeng Waterfall. Reaching the waterfall is somewhat challenging as you have to hike a rough trail through a dense teak jungle. However, the hike will pay off when enjoying the waterfall. The surrounding green vegetation and the clear pool definitely add to the atmosphere of this location.

Dendeng Waterfall

Address: Tawang, Cikatomas, Tawang, Pancatengah, Tasikmalaya

Opening Hours: 8 am to 4 pm

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2. Visit Cipatujah Beach and greet buffaloes

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Tasikmalaya is also popular with its exotic beaches, and one such beach is Cipatujah Beach. This is the widest and longest stretch of white sand in the area, so it is an absolutely recommended getaway. Its highlights are buffaloes being herded by local shepherds. It doesn’t stop at that though; the traditional musical instruments being played by locals really hypnotize viewers.

Cipatujah Beach

Address: Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya, West Java

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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3. Experience Sundanese culture in Kampung Naga

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If you are a culture loving traveler, you can discover a traditional village on the roadway between Tasikmalaya and Garut, called Kampung Naga. This is where you can meet the locals who are preserving their ancestral traditions. Don’t miss the ceremonies held annually such as the Mulud Festival and Pedaran Alif. The houses are uniquely built with roofs made of sago palm leaves and wooden walls.

Kampung Naga

Address: Neglasari Village, Salawu District, Tasikmalaya Regency

Admission Fee: Free

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4. Explore Malawang Cave

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Malawang Cave is a spot where you can either learn history or explore nature. The locals dubbed it with various names such as Batu Masigit, Oyon, Keraton, or Gorin. Some important archaeological objects have been found in the cave such as animal bones, pottery fragments, and stone axes. Although it’s not the main tourist attraction of Tasikmalaya, it’s still nice to see.

Malawang Cave

Address: Kampung Wangunwati, Sukawangun Village, District Karangnunggal

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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5. Go fishing at Situ Gede

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Fishing is a universal way to relieve stress. Situ Gede, situated 30 minutes away from the city center, is the right spot to sit back, relax, and go fishing. Just enjoy the panoramic scenery while catching fish. The lake has multiple purposes, but mainly for irrigation and recreational reasons. Some facilities like a jogging track, park, and prayer room are provided.

Situ Gede Lake

Address: Jl. Situ Gede, Mangkubumi, Tasikmalaya

Admission Fee: 4,000 IDR (0.3 USD)

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6. Submerge yourself in the Ciawi Hot Spring

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If you are starting to feel weary from so much traveling, indulge your body with a soak in the Ciawi Hot Spring. Some people believe that this activity can boost your immune system and refresh your mind. Visitors will feel the sensation of a natural massage, so that muscle stiffness can be easily released. The hot spring is where you can delight in a super cheap sauna (you are only charged 0.2 USD).

Ciawi Hot Spring (Pemandian Air Panas Gajawong)

Address: SDN Cipanas, Pamoyanan, Kadipaten, Tasikmalaya

Opening Hours: 3,000 IDR (0.2 USD)

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7. Escape to the secluded Karang Tawulan Beach


If you seek an escape in Tasikmalaya, Karang Tawulan Beach is a cool spot to leave your stress behind. Although you are not allowed to swim due to the strong currents of the Indian Ocean, some relaxing activities like marveling at the mesmerizing ocean view and lying on the beach or the grass are totally recommended. Sip a fresh coconut water to fit out your lovely day.

Karang Tawulan Beach

Address: Kalapagenep, Cikalong, Tasikmalaya

Contact Number: +62817-613-246

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8. Jump off a cliff at Tonjong Canyon


Tonjong Canyon offers endless natural beauty of a turquoise river flanked by limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. It is similar to the Green Canyon, one of the fascinating attractions in Pengandaran. Some fun activities you can do while exploring the canyon include cliff jumping, swimming, tubing, and rowing a boat.

Tonjong Canyon

Address: Nagrog, Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya

Admission Fee: Free

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9. Feel the fresh air at Taraju Tea Plantation

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Getting to Taraju Tea Plantation is an alternative way to spend your vacation in Tasikmalaya. The mind-blowingly green landscape is filled with an abundance of tea trees. The refreshing scenery allows you to feel free. Opened by the Dutch colonialists in 1909, the plantation is a site where you can see the process of tea leaf drying.

Taraju Tea Plantation

Address: L. Raya Taraju, 46472, Deudeul, Singaparna, Tasikmalaya

Contact Number: +62 (0265) 543132

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10. Try tahu bulat, the local snack


Hunting for local snacks is another exciting thing to do in the eastern region of West Java. Try the tahu bulat or fried tofu ball. This dish is made of mashed tofu and some spices like garlic and shallots. It’s shaped like a ball then deep fried in sizzling oil. The tasty tahu bulat has a chewy texture and is usually devoured with green chilies.

Tahu Bulat

Price: 500 IDR (0.04 USD) per piece

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Have fun in the enticing Tasikmalaya

Discovering West Java sounds great if you include Tasikmalaya onto your itinerary. Forget your problems and start enjoying the incredible nature around you from the Dendeng Waterfall to Tonjong Canyon, or cultural attractions in Kampung Naga. Tasikmalaya is awaiting your visit.

This article was originally published on May 24, 2017

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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