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Blue Flame at Ijen

Ijen Crater has been calling mountain buffs and nature lovers for years with its wonders. This is no ordinary crater as it shoots and sparks a blue fire to the air. The image of blue flames blowing out of the crater resembles a giant stove. Some see it as an imaginary land in the fairy tales that come to life.

From East Java’s capital Surabaya, hop on a train and stop at Jember Train Station. From the train station, take public transportation angkot to Arjasa Bus Terminal in Jember. Next, stop at Arjasa and take another small elf to Bondowoso Bus Terminal. From Bondowoso Bus Terminal, get on a minibus called elf bounds for Sempol Village.

Once the adventurers have landed in Sempol Village, get a motorcycle taxi ojek to Ijen. It is, of course, more convenient to reach the destination by car or motorcycle. In that case, start the trip from Banyuwangi Regency, still in East Java. From Banyuwangi to Ijen is about 35 kilometers, taking two hours of driving. Despite its simple route, Banyuwangi – Licin – Paltuding – Ijen, the road is heavily damaged. 

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Coban Sewu Waterfall

The water source comes from the majestic Mount Semeru that travels down to Glidih River. The river then channels the water to Tumpak Sewu, the well-guarded treasure of Sidomulyo Village. Locals call this smaller version of Indonesia’s Niagara Coban Sewu Waterfall.

The two have sewu at the end, which means a thousand in Javanese. This refers to the numerous cascades that go into free fall at the same time. Thus, they together create a thousand waterfalls, Tumpak Sewu, which covers the steep cliff sides. The distance between the main entrance and the waterfall is roughly 100 meters.

It is located at Sidomulyo village, Pronojiwo, Lumajang district

From Probolingo:Bus from Probolinggo (Bayuangga bus station) to Lumajang (Minak Koncar bus station): IDR 10k-20k (basically any bus heading to Jember or Banyuwangi will pass by Lumajang) 50++ km trip distance reached in around 90 minutes

Bus from Minak Koncar (Lumajang) to Dampit: IDR 20k-30k (stop at Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls gate entrance in Sidomulyo village, Pronojiwo) 50++ km trip distance reached in around 2-3 hours.(https://www.rifkysetya.com/tumpak-sewu)

From Malang:Terminal Arjosari, Malang, hop on a bus to Lumajang via Dampit. Stop at Tumpak Sewu, not far from the border gate of Malang-Lumajang. Near the border, there is an alley with a sign says Tumpak Sewu. March into the alley and after 200 meters, adventurers will see the waterfalls’ entrance.  Economy bus 30k, AC bus (Ladju, Akas, Sandy Putra bus) 60k. (https://idetrips.com/tumpak-sewu-waterfall/)

By Private Car:To visit Tumpak Sewu from Probolinggo you will need to organise a taxi/driver to take you. Drivers in Probolinggo mainly offer tours to Mount Bromo, so you may need to ask around a to find a driver that will take you to the waterfall. The owner at Colorbox hostel agreed a price of 500,000 Rupiah for a day tour to Tumpak Sewu waterfall. We split this cost between 3 of us, which made it was a fairly cheap day out! In total, the drive from Probolinggo takes around 3-4 hours.

If you want to visit Tumpak Sewu from Malang you will also need to find a driver in the area. Be prepared to negotiate but realistically expect to pay around 500,000 Rupiah for a return trip. It takes around 2-3 hours to get there from Malang.There are 2 entrances to Tumpak Sewu – the east entrance and the west entrance. We strongly recommend visiting from the east entrance as the walk to the falls is much better!

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Beautiful Scene in Bromo

Mount Bromo (2,329m) is easily recognized as the entire top has been blown off and the crater inside constantly belches white sulfurous smoke. It sits inside the massive Tengger caldera. with a diameter of approximately 10km, surrounded by the Laut Pasir (Sea of Sand) of fine volcanic sand. The overall effect is unsettlingly unearthly, especially when compared to the lush green valleys all around the caldera.

The major access point is Cemoro Lawang (also Cemara Lawang or Cemora Lawang – blame the East Javanese accent!) at the northeastern edge of the caldera, but there are also trails from Tosari (northwest) and Ngadas (southwest). The village of Ngadisari, on the road from Probolinggo about 5.5km before Cemoro Lawang, marks the entrance to the national park. Both Cemoro Lawang and Ngadisari are rather picturesque, with brightly-painted houses and flower beds outside.

. Here are some of my pictures taken there.

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Do in Malang

  • Go to the Brawijaya Military Museum after 9pm. There are a lot of youngsters hanging outside and there is food. This is the perfect place to meet new people
  • Take a tour of this fine old city by pedicab.
  • Take a walking tour of the beautiful Dutch colonial-style houses in the neighbourhoods around Jalan Ijen
  • Visit the Alun-Alun – the central town square – to the south of one of the city’s main thoroughfares of Jalan Basuki Rahmat. Particularly busy on a Sunday evening.
  • Volunteering,  ProFauna Indonesia gives the wonderful opportunity for anyone to volunteer in the organization. The activities in these projects will be decided based on your skills and experiences. By becoming ProFauna’s volunteer, you will experience to be part of the wildlife conservation works in Indonesia while learning Indonesian cultures and witness its beautiful nature. 375 USD.
  • Visit the local bird market and flower market – you can see lots of unique birds and pets, as well as get a glimpse into local culture here.
  • Mount Bromo –. There are many “sunrise” tours available to Mount Bromo that can be booked at Helios Hotel (see “Sleep” section) and other locations. This is the “safe” (yet arguably dull) way to get there. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can rent a motorbike and go see the park by yourself. The ride takes about 2-3 hours each way. This ride is also not suggested for inexperienced motorbike drivers and it is not suggested that you do the ride when it is dark, so seeing the sunrise may not be an option unless you want to stay there over night. However, going later in the day guarantees that you will be at the main sights at a time when it is not swarming with tourists and you will have the freedom to chose when to stop, where to eat and where to go. Driving through the “Sea of Sand” on your own bike can be particularly exhilarating, though somewhat challenging. Many of the people working at the hotels will tell you that the roads are too dangerous and that you can’t rent motorbikes in Malang. Neither of these things are true. You can rent 150cc manual dirt bikes/ trail bikes for 200,000 rupiah a day from “MOTO East Java” (+628123399902). The roads heading there and back are usually in pretty good condition after recent repaving that was completed in early 2016, though they are very steep. Riding with 2 people on one bike may require that the passenger gets off and walks for a few short distances during the steep inclines, but it is by no means not doable. If you head to Cemoro Lawang using a map or GPS, you should have no problem figuring out where to go from there.  
  • Ref: wikitravel.org
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Great Malang!

With leafy, colonial-era boulevards and a breezy climate, Malang moves at a far more leisurely pace than the regional capital, Surabaya. It’s a cultured city with several important universities, and is home to a large student population. The central area is not too large and is quite walkable.

Established by the Dutch in the closing decades of the 18th century, Malang earned its first fortunes from coffee, which flourished on the surrounding hillsides. Today, the city’s colonial grandeur is quickly disappearing behind the homogeneous facades of more modern developments, but there’s still much to admire for now.

With a number of Hindu temples and sights outside the city, Malang makes an ideal base to explore this intriguing corner of East Java.

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In a city of such great cultural and historical significance there are lots of cultural attractions and any visitor to Malang should dedicate some time to exploring these.

There are also a number of beautiful sights in the rural areas surrounding the city.Balekambang Beach, south of Malang

  • Balekambang Beaches, (about 60 km south of Malang). There are actually three beaches here: Balekambang, Ngliyep and Sendang Biru. All three are quite beautiful, are close by to each other and locals most often refer to all 3 as just Balekambang. It is best to visit on weekdays as this is a very popular weekend escape and it can get get crowded. It is not safe to swim here but these are great relaxation beaches which offer some stunning coastal scenery. There is an offshore island called Pulau Sempu which can be visited by chartering a boat from Sedang Biru beach. At Balekambang beach there are three little islets just offshore which are attached to the beach by walkways. Of the three beaches, Balekambang itself is perhaps the most attractive but all three are worth visiting. The beaches are easily day-tripped from Malang in a car but for the adventurous there are basic places to stay at and around all three. Rp 10,000.  
  • Ijen Boulevard, Malang. This is a quite beautiful street in the city. It is lined with well tended bougainvillea against a backdrop of old colonial structures. The street houses a number of interesting buildings including the Brawijaya Army Museum, Catholic Church and the city library. You should take in this area as part of a becak or walking tour of the historic downtown area. 
  • Padepokan Seni Mangun Dharma (Mangun Dharma Art Center), Desa Tulus Besar Tumpang, (psmd@indo.net.id). Arts centre dedicated to the research, promotion and performance of traditional East Javanese artforms including dance, batik, shadow puppetry and carving. Superb place. Dance performances can be arranged on demand and are of excellent quality as the dancers are trained from childhood. Their motto is Rescuing the Arts of East Java.  
  • Purwodadi Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Purwodadi, Pasuruan), Jl Raya Purwodadi (about 20 km north of Malang), (kriblipi@bogor.wasantara.net.id), [1]. Opened in 1941, This is one of the four official botanical gardens in Indonesia (the others being the headquarters at BogorBedugul in Bali and Cibodas in West Java. The 85 hectares of gardens house an impressive collection and the splendid Baung waterfall. 

Singosari Temple near Malang

  • Singosari Temple (Candi Singosari), Singosari, Malang (about 12km north from Malang). This well preserved Hindu temple dates from 1300AD and is a reminder of the great Hindu kingdoms that ruled East Java before the arrival of Islam. A visit to the nearby bathing pools at Ken Dedes combines perfectly with Singosari Temple. Ken Dedes was the wife of the first King of Singhasari (later Singosari) and these bathing pools are believed to have been part of the royal court. There are some quite wonderful statues here. The whole area has some other fine relics from the early Hindu kingdoms including Candi Jago and Candi Kidal. Ask your guide or at Singosari Temple for further directions.  
  • Taman Rekreasi Senaputra (Senaputra Park), Jalan Brawijaya, Malang. Traditional East Java dances every Sunday morning at 10AM in the park during the dry season only. Every last Wednesday of the month there is a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet show starting at 10PM.  
  • Brawijaya Military Museum, Jalan Ijen. M-Th 08.00-14.30 / F 08.00-11.30 / Sat-Sun 08.00-13.00. Museum of East Java’s famous Brawijaya garrison of the Indonesian military. Interesting relics of Indonesia’s revolutionary war of the late 1940s, as well as the communist purges of the late 1960s. An insight into the country’s turbulent and violent past. Worth at least 45 minutes to an hour when walking through the Jalan Ijen area.  
  • Sempu Island, Sumber Manjing Wetan. M-Th 08.00-14.30 / F 08.00-11.30 / Sat-Sun 08.00-13.00. Sempu Island is one of most beautiful island in East Java. Sempu Island is an island located 800 meters from the southern coast of the province of East Java, Indonesia. The island is 3.9 km long and 3.6 km wide. Its topography is largely rolling hills whose altitude ranges from 50 to 100 meters above sea level. The coastline consists mainly of limestone cliffs characteristics of the façade of the island of the Java. Point of interested in Sempu Island is Segara Anakan.  
  • Museum Tempo Doeloe [read tempo dulu] – literally means “olden days museum”.
  • Ref: wikitravel.org