Top 5 beautiful tourist destinations in West Java

The Pangrango Gede National Park

The Pangrango Gede National Park ©gbohne/Flick

The magical scenery of the Sunda region is bordered by the Sunda Strait in the west and by Central Java in the east. The landscape is mostly mountainous with rich fertile green valleys and majestic volcanic peaks. The history of West Java is a story of trade, spices and the splendor and the fall of strong kingdoms. In the late 1500s the region was ruled by the city of Cirebon that today is still a sultanate, although it is only a shadow of its former glory. West Java in the place of the first meetings with the Indian merchants, with the cultural influences brought by them, and it is also the place where the Dutch and the British first came to Indonesia.

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The port city of Cirebon

The city of Cirebon is located to the northeast from Bandung, the center of the West Java province. It is one of the top 5 beautiful tourist destinations in West Java. Cirebon is a port city with a very rich culture and history. Lying at the border of West and Central Java is characterized by a special fusion of the two cultures. The old Kasepuhan and Kanoman palaces today are available for tourists as museums, displaying ornaments, paintings, calligraphies and many other treasures of the royal art. The royal carriages are luxuriously decorated, one depicting a golden winged elephant. Cirebon is famous for its distinctive megamendung (cloudy) batik pattern, which is made in the nearby village of Trusmi.

Fishing boats in Cirebon

Fishing boats in Cirebon ©DMahendra/Flick

Kampung Naga or the Dragon Village

Kampung Naga means the Dragon Village and is a unique tourist destination because preserved its ancient traditions through the centuries despite of its modern social structure. It is a small village at the foot of the mighty mountains at 30 km from Tasikmalaya.

The fishing village of Pangandaran

Pangandaran is one of the best kept secrets of Java regarding the tourists, but among the locals has long been a very popular holiday destination. This beautiful toruist destination is a small fishing village, but you will also find here the most beautiful beach of Java and the Pangandaran Nature Reserve with wild buffalos, barking deer and monkeys. The trip takes 5 hours from Bandung and 8 hours from Jakarta by bus.

Pangandaran beach in West Java

Pangandaran beach in West Java ©mararie/Flick

The Indonesian Safari Park

Taman Safari Indonesia or the Safari Park of Indonesia is one of the top 5 beautiful tourist destinations in West Java. On the 35 acres land of the park you will find free-linig animals from every continent. The distance from the park to Jakarta is 75 km to the southeast along the road leading to Bandung and next to it you will find a swimming pool, tennis courts, an artificial lake, a waterfall, a playground, restaurants and a campsite.

The Pangrango Gede National Park

The Pangrango Gede National Park is an amazingly wild and beautiful land, covered with an exotic tropical flora including the Javanese edelweiss.

The Pangrango Gede National Park

The Pangrango Gede National Park ©gbohne/Flick

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