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14 Best Things to Do in Wonosobo, Central Java Indonesia

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Wonosobo is part of Central Java Province that is located about 120 km from southwest of Semarang, the capital of Central Java. Wonosobo consists of Wonosobo City and Regency of Wonosobo. Most of Wonosobo is a mountainous area. In the East there are Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing. While in the North there is Mount Prau which is part of the Dieng plateau.

Wonosobo can only be reached by road. In addition to private vehicles, visitors can use buses departing from Jakarta, Semarang, Yogyakarta or Magelang. Economy or business class is available for passenger’s option.

Wonosobo is well-known for its mountaineous scenery. The view of Mount Sindoro and Sumbing itself from the city will make you feel totally enchanted. Visitors can enjoy cool and humid weather all the time. The quiet and peaceful Wonosobo keeps many exciting tourist spots. So friends, let’s find out the best things to do in Wonosobo Central Java Indonesia.

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1. Visiting Warna Lake
The number one on our best things to do in Wonosobo is visiting Warna Lake. The lake has a calm water surface and is surrounded by shady green trees. The wonderful lake, which is situated at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level, has a unique phenomenon that the color of the lake is often changing.

The colors that often appear on the surface of the lake are green, yellowish white and blue sea. This phenomenon occurs because the water contains high levels of sulfur. So, when it is hit by sunlight, the color of the lake appears colorful. The most recommended time to visit Warna Lake is in the morning until noon. While in the afternoon most likely the lake is misty. Warna Lake is located at Dieng Wetan Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

2. Visiting Pengilon Lake
The next best thing to do is visiting Pengilon Lake. The beautiful lake has clear water so it looks like a mirror. That’s why the Javanese people call this lake “Pengilon” which means a mirror. It’s believed that if a good person reflects in the lake, he / she will look handsome / beautiful. If a bad person reflects, he / she will look bad.

Pengilon Lake is located right next to Warna Lake. Although the two lakes are close together, the Pengilon Lake does not contain any sulfur. The price of entrance ticket to Pengilon Lake has become one package with Warna Lake, so visitors no need to pay anymore.

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3. Visiting Sikidang Crater
Sikidang Crater is situated on flat ground so it’s easily reachable by visitors. The magnificent crater is famous for being able to move around. On average once in 4 years, the crater pool will move or as if jumping in one area like a deer (kidang in Javanese). That’s why the locals named it Sikidang.

In addition, visitors can also see hot mud burst and thick white gas billowing in the air. Sikidang crater has high levels of sulfur, therefore the smell of gas is very stinging and poisonous. Visitors are advised to wear masks and to obey signs in the crater. Visitors are also forbidden to light a fire and to smoke. Sikidang Crater is located at Dieng Wetan Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. It’s just 800 meters from Warna Lake. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 6.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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4. Visiting Wadaslintang Dam
Wadaslintang Dam was built in 1982 and inaugurated in 1988 by President Soeharto. The dam is 116 meters high, 10 meters wide, 650 meters long and able to accommodate 443 million cubic meters of water. Its water is supplied from the Medono River, Lancar River, Somagede River, Tritis River and Waturangkang River. The dam functions as an irrigation source, power plant, fish farm, and tourist attraction.

Wadaslintang Dam is surrounded by beautiful hills and forest. The weather in this place is cool so visitors will feel comfortable. Visitors can take a walk down the dam, rent a boat to get around the dam or just fishing. Wadaslintang Dam is located at Sumber Rejo Village, Wadaslintang District, Wonosobo Regency. It’s about 40 km from downtown Wonosobo. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 4.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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5. Soaking in Kalianget Hot Spring Bath
The water of Kalianget Hot Spring Bath comes directly from natural hot springs. The water is accommodated in two pools with a depth of half to one meter. It’s believed that the water, which contains sulfur, can cure various skin diseases. Soaking in hot water, in the midst of a cold Wonosobo temperature, is really comfortable and relaxing. Visitors can also try the bathrooms which use hot water.

In addition, there are regular pools to play water. The pool with a depth of three meters is for adults and half meters for children. Kalianget Hot Spring Bath is located in Kalianget Village, Dieng Tourism Area, Wonosobo Regency. It’s about 3 km from downtown Wonosobo. At the gate of Kalianget Hot Spring Bath visitors need to pay the entrance ticket Rp 3.000 and at the pool area visitors still need to pay Rp 3.000 to soak. Opening hour is 7 am – 7 pm.

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6. Visiting Winong Waterfall
The Winong Waterfall area has a stunning natural beauty. Along the way to the waterfall, visitors will be spoiled with views of pine forests, rice fields, salak gardens and clear river streams. From the parking lot to the waterfall is just 15 minutes walk. Winong Waterfall has a height of 80 meters with a shape like a slide and flowing on a black stone wall. With a slope of no more than 70 degrees, visitors can climb up to the top of the waterfall. Winong Waterfall is located at Winongsari Village, Kaliwiro District, Wonosobo Regency. It’s about 35 km south of downtown Wonosobo or 1 hour drive. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 2.000 on weekdays and Rp 3.000 on weekend. Opening hour is 8 am to 5 pm.

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7. Climbing Sikunir Hill
Sikunir Hill is one of the famous tourist attraction in Dieng plateau. Many visitors come to see the beauty of the golden sunrise from the top of the hill. Sikunir Hill has a height of 2.505 meters above sea level. The climbing route to the top of the hill is not difficult, visitors just need to follow the path that already exists. However, because there is no lighting, visitors must bring their own flashlight. The climbing post opens at 2 am. Climbing to the top of Sikunir Hill takes 45 minutes – 1 hour. Uniquely, at the top of the hill there are many sellers who offer food and drinks. Sikunir Hill is located at Sembungan Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 6.000. The parking fee for motorcycle is Rp 2.000 while the car is Rp 5.000.

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8. Climbing Mount Prau
Mount Prau has a height of about 2.565 meters above sea level. It’s located on the border of five regency namely, Wonosobo, Banjarnegara, Batang, Kendal and Temanggung. Many visitors come to this mountain to see the beauty of the sunrise. Climbing to the Mount Prau through the Dieng route takes about 3 hours. The climbing route is sloping and quite comfortable. And as the day is dawning, visitors can see the sun glowing golden yellow with a tinge of blue sky. The mountains surrounding the Mount Prau are clearly visible with the vast beds of white clouds, as if we were in the land of the sky. Mount Prau is located at Dieng, Wonosobo Regency. The Price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000. Mount Prau is closed for climbing on 5 January to 5 April due to ecosystem restoration.

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9. Visiting Tambi Tea Plantation
Tambi Tea Plantation was established by the Dutch government and has existed since 1865. After independence, the plantation was taken over by the Indonesian government. The plantation area is about 270 hectares and is situated at an altitude of 1,400 to 2,100 meters above sea level. Therefore the weather in the Tambi Tea Plantations is cool with temperatures ranging from 15-24° C.

The expanse of verdant tea plantation with views of the surrounding mountains is the attraction of this tourist spot. Visitors can also watch the process of picking tea leaves, the tea processing in the factory, and of course drink tea. Tambi Tea is almost 80% sold to local and international companies that will be sold back by their own brands. The rest is sold under the Tambi Tea brand. Tambi Tea Plantation is located at Tambi Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. It’s about 16 km from downtown Wonosobo. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 27.500. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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10. Visiting Arjuna Temple
Arjuna Temple is one of the buildings in Dieng temple compound. Besides, there are also Semar Temple, Srikandi Temple, Puntadewa Temple, and Sembadra Temple. Allegedly Arjuna Temple was built around the 8th century AD during the Sanjaya dynasty. The temple has a size of 6 x 6 square meters and faces west. The roof of the temple is tiered with small towers in every corner. Arjuna Temple is a place of worship for the God of Shiva, the supreme god in the belief of Hindus who are famous for the Trimurti (Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma). In addition the temple compound is usually used for Galungan ceremony and Dieng Cultural Festival. Arjuna Temple is located at Dieng Village, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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11. Visiting Dieng Plateau Theater
Dieng Plateau Theater was inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on March 6, 2006. The theater plays an educational movie about Dieng Plateau Area. The 23-minute film tells the story of the origins of the Dieng Plateau, the social life of the Dieng community, the eruption of Sinila Crater in 1979 that killed hundreds of people, the history of dreadlocks of Dieng children, and the phenomenon of dew snow falling in the dry season. The movie is also available in English subtitle. Dieng Plateau Theater is located at Dieng Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 4.000. Opening hour is 7 am – 6 pm.

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12. Visiting Tieng Viewing Station
Tieng Viewing Station is situated at an altitude of 1.789 meters above sea level. The site is an alternative location for those who want to see golden sunrise but do not have time to climb to Sikunir Hill. Every dawn people come to Tieng Viewing Station to enjoy the beauty of the rising sun. Being here is like being in the land of clouds. In the middle of the cool air, visitors can see the Dieng area from the sidelines of the clouds and the majestic towering mountains.

As the sun began to rise, farmers flocked to the fields. While enjoying the scenic beauty, visitors can fill their stomach with various foods sold by street vendors. Tieng Viewing Station is located at Tieng Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000. To enjoy the sunrise, visitors must already be in the station around 04.30 am.

13. Visiting the Rock Wailing Wind
The Rock Wailing Wind is two adjacent boulders located on a hill close to Dieng Plateau Theater. The site becomes a strategic location to enjoy the beauty of Warna Lake and Pengilon Lake from above. The most breathtaking scenery that will amaze visitors is in the morning when the fog began to thin.

The wind is blowing hard on the hill and make a hissing sound like a man’s voice wailing sadly. That’s how the rock got its name. The Rock Wailing Wind is located at Dieng Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000. Opening hour is 7 am – 6 pm.

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14. Visiting the Jalatunda Well
The Jalatunda Well is a former crater or eruption of the mountain in the past that resulted in the emergence of a hole with a diameter of about 90 meters containing thick green water. The well has a myth that is trusted by the surrounding residents. It is said that anyone who can throw a stone to the wall of the well, then his wish will come true. The name of Jalatunda comes from two syllables, Jala and Tunda, which means do not delay.

This could be advice that if you have a wish then do not delay doing it because of laziness or waiting for the right time because maybe the opportunity only comes once. Until now the Jalatunda Well is still used as a place of worship for the believer of Kejawen (belief of Java). The Jalatunda Well is located at Dieng Village, Kejajar District, Wonosobo Regency. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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Well friends, now you know the best things to do in Wonosobo Central Java Indonesia. No doubt Wonosobo has the best Places To Visit in Indonesia with its wonderful scenery and landscape. Let’s visit Wonosobo Central Java Indonesia!

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