14 Top Things to Do in Pekalongan, Central Java Indonesia
Pekalongan is part of Central Java Province that is located about 101 km west of Semarang, the capital of Central Java. Pekalongan consists of Pekalongan City and Regency of Pekalongan. The land in Pekalongan is generally flat. Most of it is dry land, only about 30% in the form of rice fields. The average temperature in Pekalongan from year to year has not changed much, ranging from 17°-35° C.
Because it’s located in the lane Pantura, Pekalongan is often bypassed by vehicles with the route of Surabaya – Jakarta or vice versa. Therefore Pekalongan can be accessed by buses or trains. Visitors may embark on trains depart from Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya or Malang. Economy or business class is available for passenger’s option.
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Pekalongan is famous for its batik, from classy handmade batik to economical print batik. Besides, Pekalongan has amazing panoramic view, since its position is on the north coast of Java. So guys, let’s find out the best things to do in Pekalongan Central Java Indonesia.
1. Visiting Pasir Kencana Beach
The number one thing to do in Pekalongan Central Java Indonesia is visiting Pasir Kencana Beach. The beach is well worth a visit for its beauty, cleanliness, and stunning view of sunset. Pasir Kencana Beach also has a bridge that is built on the edge of the beach namely Bridge of Love. This bridge is very instagramable.
Pasir Kencana Beach is equipped with facilities such as art stage, water rickshaw, food stalls, benches, mosque, and bathroom. Besides enjoying the scenery, visitors may also fish and relax. Pasir Kencana Beach is located at Pantai Street, Wonokerto, Pekalongan City. It’s about 4.5 km from downtown Pekalongan, or around 20 minutes by car. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 2.000 on weekdays and Rp 5.000 on weekend. Opening hour is 6 am – 9 pm.
2. Visiting Slamaran Beach
The next destination is Slamaran Beach. The beach is located east of Pasir Kencana Beach, bordered by the Fishery Port of Pekalongan. The view on the edge of Slamaran Beach is a long concrete dike with a pile of stones on the outer. Without the dikes, the sea water will penetrate deep into the mainland.
Slamaran Beach has very beautiful scenery, fresh air and a wonderful view of sunset. The facilities on the beach are parking lot, food stalls and boat rental. Slamaran Beach is located at Pantai Dewi Street, Krapyak Lor, Pekalongan City. It’s about 5 km from downtown Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 3.000 on weekdays and Rp 5.000 on weekend. Opening hour is 6 am – 6 pm.
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3. Visiting Depok Beach
Depok Beach has a beautiful view with the presence of palm trees around the beach. Under the shades of palm trees, visitors can relax and spend time with their family. The waves that are relatively calm make Depok Beach a perfect place for playing water and sand.
Depok Beach is equipped with facilities such as food stalls, restroom, bathroom, and a large parking area. The beach is located at Blacanan, Siwalan District, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s about 1 hour drive from downtown Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000. Opening hour is 7 am – 10 pm.
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4. Visiting Curug Bajing Waterfall
Curug Bajing Waterfall is decorated with stratified water flow and large rock forming slide. The waterfall height may be nearly 100 meters. The roar of the waterfall, even from far away, will amaze visitors. For safety reasons, visitors are not allowed to bathe or swim because the whirlpool is dangerous.
Curug Bajing Waterfall has complete facilities such as gazebo, food stalls, restroom, trash cans, room for prayer and parking lot. The waterfall is located at Tlogopakis Village, Petungkriono District, Regency of Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 4.000 on weekdays and Rp 6.000 on weekend. Opening hour is 9 am – 5 pm.
5. Visiting Curug Muncar Waterfall
Curug Muncar Waterfall is at an altitude of 1,249 m above sea level. Therefore visitors must prepare themselves to walk climbing and winding roads. Along the way visitors will enjoy beautiful natural scenery and cool breeze. The waterfall has a moderate stream so visitors may bathe under the waterfall.
Curug Muncar Waterfall is equipped with facilities such as restroom, hall, playground and camping ground. It’s better to visit the waterfall on weekdays because there will be less visitors. Curug Muncar Waterfall is located at Curug Muncar Village, Petungkriono District, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s about 2 hour drive from downtown Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 3.000. Opening hour is 9 am – 5 pm.
6. Visiting Curug Bidadari Waterfall
According to the legend, Curug Bidadari Waterfall is an angel bath. That’s how the name of the waterfall came from. Visitors can see that the height of the waterfall is not so high when compared with other waterfalls. On the left right side there is a towering rock cliff. Around the waterfall there are 5 pools that have different depths that can be used to bathe and swim.
Besides enjoying the beautiful of Curug Bidadari Waterfall, visitors may swim and play to feel the freshness and clarity of the water. The scenery around the waterfall is also beautiful. Along the path to this waterfall visitors will see various vegetations that are dominated by plantations, such as rubber, cloves, coffee and bamboo. Curug Bidadari Waterfall is located at Purbo Jolotigo Village, Talun District, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s about 2 hour drive from downtown Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 3.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.
7. Climbing Mount Kendalisodo
Mount Kendalisodo has a height of 1,695 m above sea level. The journey to the top takes about 2 hours. The slope of mountain is planted with vegetables by villagers. Pine trees also thrive on this slope. Visitors usually climb Mount Kendalisodo at night so they can see sunrise at the top of the mountain. The view of sunrise is absolutely breathtaking. Visitors must pay extra attention when climbing. Tracking track is quite steep and the land is somewhat unstable. Along the road there are several stops for resting places. Locals call the top of Mount Kendalisodo as Hanoman Peak. Once visitors reach the peak, taking pictures in front of the Hanoman Peak sign is a must do. Mount Kendalisodo is located at Tlogohendro Village, Petungkriono District, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s free entry. Visitors only need to register before climbing.
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8. Climbing Mount Rogojembangan
Mount Rogojembangan has a height of 2,117 m above sea level.. The journey to the top takes about 4 hours. Along the climbing route to the top, there are three stops. The journey to the first stop tends to be easy and flat. So does the journey to the second stop. The extreme path, which is a steep cliff with an extreme slope, begins when heading to the third stop. There is even a trek that can only be passed by utilizing the roots and branches of trees. After the third post, the journey is more difficult. But it all paid off with a beautiful view from the top of Mount Rogojembangan. Visitors can see the exotic Mount Slamet in the distance. And certainly the view of sunrise is the most anticipated. Mount Rogojembangan is located at Petungkriono, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s free entry. Visitors only need to register before climbing.
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9. Climbing Pawuluhan Hill
Pawuluhan Hill is a perfect place to enjoy the sunrise. The hill is still natural and its trekking path is relatively not so steep. The journey to the top takes about 1 hour. Throughout the journey visitors can enjoy the panoramic view, green rice fields, green forest, cool air, and sometimes can also meet wild monkeys. Once visitors reach the top of Pawuluhan Hill, they can camp while admiring the scenery around. Sunrise view from here is unquestionably amazing. Pawuluhan Hill is located at Klesem Village, Kandangserang District, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s about 3 hours from downtown Pekalongan. It’s free entry. Visitors only need to register before climbing.
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10. Visiting Watu Ireng Hill
Watu Ireng Hill, or Black Stone Hill, is a type of monolith stone, which is a single large stone. The stone, that is black and very hard, has an area of about 2 hectares. It remains a mystery how this Black Stone Hill can be formed.
From the hill, beautiful natural scenery will feast the eyes of visitors. As far as the eye can see, there will be forest, pines, rubber trees, and green rice fields. The top of the hill is also the right place to watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset. Watu Ireng Hill is located at Lambur Village, Kandangserang District, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s about 3 hour drive from downtown Pekalongan. The place is free entry.
11. Visiting Linggo Asri Natural Tourism
Linggo Asri Natural Tourism is the right choice for family vacation. The place provides a variety of rides ranging from open parks, children’s playground, swimming pool, zoo, outbound, rafting, forest tracking to camping. Linggo Asri is also known as a breeding ground for protected animals and wildlife.
Every year Linggo Asri Natural Tourism organizes Syawalan event that happens a week after Idul Fitri. A variety of typical Pekalongan food is presented in this event and can be enjoyed for free by visitors. Linggo Asri Natural Tourism is located at Linggo Asri Village, Kajen District, Regency of Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 6.000 for adults and Rp 3.000 for children. Opening hour is 9 am – 5 pm.
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12. Visiting Mangrove Park
Mangrove Park is an area of restoration and development of mangrove forest in the northern coastal area of Pekalongan. The park was inaugurated by the Minister of Forestry on December 17, 2013, The park has also developed into an attractive tourist area.
Mangrove Park has facilities such as meeting rooms, show rooms and book collections. Visitors can learn about nursery and planting of Mangrove. To get around the mangrove forest, motor boats are provided at a cost of Rp 10.000 / person. Mangrove Park is located at Panjang Indah Street, Pekalongan City. It’s free entry, visitors only need to pay parking fee. Opening hour is 9 am – 7 pm so you can enjoy this great Pekalongan attractions.
13. Visiting Batik Museum
Batik Museum is the place to preserve the history of batik. Besides, the museum develops batik, especially Pekalongan batik, as Indonesian culture that has lasted hundreds of years. Batik Museum was inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on July 12, 2006. The museum also collects batik from various regions in the archipelago such as Papua batik, Banten batik, Garut batik, Cirebon batik, Yogyakarta batik, Solo batik, etc.
Batik Museum consists of several rooms, i.e. exhibition room, batik shop, library, seminar room and batik workshop room. The museum is located at Jatayu Street, Pekalongan. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5,000 for adults and Rp 1,000 for children. Opening hour is 8 am – 3 pm.
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14. Visiting Kletak Dam
Kletek Dam was built during the ethical politic of the Dutch colonial (1900-1930). In addition to paying indebtedness to the Indonesian nation, the dam was built for the sake of irrigation of sugarcane plantations. Kletek Dam is the meeting point of two rivers from Doro and Karanganyar. Because of the confluence of these two streams, locals believe the dam is filled with mystical things.
Nevertheless, the scenery around the dam is very beautiful. Many people visit the dam in the afternoon. Kletek Dam is located at Kedungwuni, Regency of Pekalongan. It’s free entry. Ok guys. Now you know the best things to do in Pekalongan Central Java Indonesia. Let’s travel to Pekalongan, Central Java Indonesia.
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