Kawah Putih – the White Crater

During my summer holiday as a student I travelled to Indonesia, to visit my friend who lives in Jakarta.

According to her, Bandung is popular as a holiday spot for people there. So, she came with me to show me the attractions.

Today, I’ll introduce the volcanic crater Kawah Putih (white crater), which is located south-west of Bandung in West Java.

Although in my country we travel around on public transport or drive cars, something I found interesting in Indonesia is the popularity of private drivers. From Jakarta, the main city of Bandung is around a 3 hour drive and Kawah Putih is another 2 hours or so away.

 

At the road leading to the crater, they handed out some face masks. I wondered why at first.

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Up the steps

 

When we arrived at the crater, I could understand why. We were hit with a sulphur smell. If you have been to natural mineral hot springs, you will know what I mean. It is a bit like rotten eggs.

 

It was worth it though to see the beautiful lake.

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Lots of local tourists

 

I saw lots of local tourists who came to the site, but not many foreigners.

 

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Local visitors

 

There were lots of opportunities to take pictures. My profile picture on Facebook is actually taken here!

 

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Selfie

 

The lake was opaque and a milky blue-green.

 

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Blue-green water

 

This boulder had lots of markings on it. I think people were signing their names.

 

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Markings on the rock

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You can see that the sand is also a yellow colour. I think it is from mineral deposits that come from the water.

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Overall the crater Kawah Putih was a highlight of my trip to the West Java area. I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to this part of Indonesia!

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