The Citarum River lives the people of West Java. The river which crosses 270 Km is a vital source of livelihood that provides water for consumption, irrigating rice fields, and living habitats for flora and fauna. In the past, West Java people loved Citarum River’s clear water. Unfortunately, this river was declared the second dirtiest river in the world. Garbage and waste pollute the waste. Currently, Citarum River is getting better. Even, there are a lot of tourism destinations along this river. Generasi Hijau must visit and enjoy the wonder of this river’s natural tourism. Here are the 3 most recommended Citarum River tourism for you!
Let’s start our tour along the Citarum River in Situ Cisanti. This lake is upstream of the Citarum River which and popularly called Kilometer 0 Citarum. The lake covers 5 hectares of area. Situ Cisanti is located in Tarumajaya, Kertasari, Bandung City. You need to travel for approximately 2 hours from the center of Bandung Regency to get to this destination. After being revitalized by the West Java Provincial Government, the lake became a more beautiful tourist attraction.
Situ Cisanti offers the beauty of the natural charm of the mountains and the eucalyptus forest. This destination is suitable for you who want to enjoy a fresh natural ambiance. Moreover, you can walk around the lake by motorboat with friends and family. To enjoy this destination, you only need to spend IDR 15,000 per person.
Compare to Situ Cisanti, Saguling Reservoir also offers stunning natural beauty. Similar to Situ Cisanti, the reservoir area is surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. Therefore, tourists like to take pictures. Visitors can also camp on the reservoir banks to enjoy the night full of stars. Uniquely, there is a bunker called Batujajar as a historical relic of the colonial era. This bunker is also a favorite photo spot for visitors. Furthermore, this reservoir has a small island called Sirtowo that you can also visit. For the Generasi Hijau who like a culinary tour, you can enjoy delicious dishes at floating restaurants.
Besides becoming a tourist area, the Saguling Reservoir is used as a Hydroelectric Power Plant (PLTA) and fish farming. This hydropower plant is capable to generate 1400 megawatts of electricity. This hydropower plant provides electricity for all residents of West Java. Meanwhile, visitors can also learn about fish farming in ponds on the banks of the reservoir.
Sanghyang Heuleut is an ancient lake located around the Saguling Reservoir. After visiting the Saguling Reservoir, Generasi Hijau can continue the tour to this lake to get a different experience. This lake was formed from the eruption of Mount Sunda. The water that flows through this lake comes from the ancient Citarum River. The Citarum River flows into the lake and forms a waterfall that brings more beauty. The tour manager only charges IDR 15,000 to enjoy the lake. This tourism area is located in Cipanas Village, Rajamandala Kulon, Cipatat District, West Bandung Regency.
To enjoy the beauty of the lake, you have to struggle first. It needs trekking for approximately one hour to reach the lake. However, your hard work will pay off with the clarity and freshness of the water that is tempting to swim. Therefore, the manager provides a life vest rental if you want to swim in the lake. If you don’t want to swim, you can take pictures of the lake surrounded by cliffs and mountains. One more fun activity that you can do here, explores hidden caves! Yes, there are two hidden caves called Sanghyang Tikoro and Sanghyang Poek caves.
That’s the wonder of 3 must-visit Citarum River tourism. To maintain its beauty, we have to maintain the cleanliness and sustainability of the Citarum River ecosystem. Don’t let this river be judged as the dirtiest for the second time. Implementing sustainable consumption and production behavior is one solution that we can do together. This effort is also supported by the Citarum Repair program which seeks to solve the problem of plastic waste in Citarum River.