Thursday, October 23, 2008

High Pass of Ketep

The Ketep Volcano Centre is located on Ketep Hill or Ketep pass at has elevation of 1,200 m above sea level. It is 21 km from Mungkid, 17 km to the east of Blabak Village, 30 km from Magelang, about 35 km farom Boyolali and 25 km from Salatiga City via Kopeng. And Kaponan Viallage.With some luck and good weather conditions, the out-door panorama area of the center offers each visitor a spectacular view on Central Java's big five mountains: Mount Merapi, Mount Merbabu, and Mount Sindoro, Mount Sumbing and Mount Selamet.

Here, visitor can visit Volcano Theatre which presents the film about Mount Merapi with various volcanic activities. For people who are interested in the fascinating world of volcanoes, the center is a must-see. A Volcano museum exhibits samples of stones from volcanic eruptions. Pictures, maps, photos and multimedia provide all geological information. Visitors can enjoys the mysticism of volcanic eruptions and are allowed to operate some volcanic monitoring equipment.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Baluran National Park

This park is a forest preservation area that extends about 25.000 square meters on the north coast of East Java. Located at Situbondo (on the east border of Java Island). This park also protected some endangered plant and animal species such as: Tamarindus Indica, Bos Javanicus, coun alpinus etc.

Beside that, you can enjoy the panorama of savannah and mount Baluran (inactive volcano) in the center of area that becomes habitat of many exotic animals such as wild pigs, deer, peacocks, wild chicken, some species of monkeys and also bulls as the protected animals in the area.

Peacock in Baluran

Wild monkey in Baluran

In Baluran National Park, you can see a historical place called “Gua Jepang” (Japan Cave). Gua Jepang is one of historical witness that in this place (Baluran National Park) was happened battle between Indonesia army against Japanese army. Because unequal power, there are a lot of Indonesia army who died in that battle, so this place also called Batangan. Gua Jepang has wide about 12 km that contains in 2 chambers. The north chamber was used to save the weapon, while the south chamber was used as a fissure to see an enemy.

Beside Gua Jepang, in the Baluran National Park, you also can see Bekol savannah. It's about 12 km from the entrance Baluran National park. You will see a flock of deer, bulls, etc, in the morning and in the afternoon (when the sun goes down) to do their activity. You also can see their activity and behavior of those animals from the height.

Bama beach is located in the east of Baluran National Park. You can see the original beach and the fantastic panorama in here. Beside that you can see the mangrove forest, Bama source and Mantingan source. One of special moment here is that you can see monkey with the long tail (Macaca fascicularis) that fishing crabs with their long tail. If you like go on food, you can pass the truck and you can see the beautiful panorama of Bama Beach on the height. Just with 15,000 Rupiahs per person you can spend the night in Bama Beach to enjoy the beautiful panorama at night here.

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