There could be new options for getaways in West Java, Indonesia, which are Situgunung Lake and Sawer Waterfall. These two are located in Sukabumi. The air is so fresh since it is under the mountain slopes. The fog can be so thick that you may not be able to see the view clearly. It looks wild, but it is safe enough for exploration.
How to get there.. (Driving a car from Jakarta)
Take route via Jagorawi Toll Road heading to Kota Sukabumi. After you take exit from the toll road, you will pass some local market. Expect the traffic jam when you pass through the market. Just after Cisaat Local Market, turn left to Situgunung. Just follow the main road and you’ll find the entrance gate.
Where to stay if you plan to visit overnight
You may find some homestay during your way up, but if you are lucky you can get the room in the villa cemara in front of the gate. The price is so cheap and affordable for backpackers. Or, you can camp around the forest.
Best time to enjoy the view
People said it was best to enjoy the lake in the morning while watching the sunrise. But, please note the trekking road is rocky and could be very slippery after the rains. Bring your flashlight to make it happen.
On the other hand, it’s better to go to the Sawer waterfall around midday, not too early and not too late since the temperature could be cold up there. However, one of the bikers said that mass of people come during the midnight at specific dates to take a bath. There is a myth that the water can help cure the disease. That is why the name of the waterfall is Sawer which means Grace. You can walk or rent the bike to reach the waterfall.
Taken using pocket camera Canon IXUS 115 HS.