31 January 2009

Yogjakarta : Hunting Silver In Gede City

Silver CrafterYogyakartaYou can find silver not only in Kota Gede (Gede city), but there’s something different about this city. This place was not just a place to hunt silver crafts, but there are many place you should see, for examples you can see many old buildings, a combination between European and Javanese style. If you want to buy silver crafts for souvenir in Yogyakarta, you should come to Gede city. Gede city is a small town only 10 kilometer upon the South East of Yogyakarta. There are many shop and house which sell silver crafts. Alongside the street, there are still stand old houses netherland debris and house with European-javanese style.

Silver CrafterLong ago, before this city become the center of silver crafts, Gede city was the first capital city of Mataram dynasty, and the first king was Panembahan Senopati. Panembahan Senopati receive this region which was a jungle called Alas Mentaok from Sultan Pajang, King of Hindu dynasty in East Java. Gede city became the capital city until 1640, coz the third king of Mataram Islam, Sultan Agung, moved it to Desa Kerto, Plered, Bantul.

Silver Craftsman existence showed along with Mataram, and also Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) which came to Yogyakarta at 16 century ago. At that time, there are many VOC merchantmen who order household-wares from gold, silver, copper, and brass to the local people.

Rumah KalangThis Mataram dynasty and VOC influence makes those houses looks like the combination between Javanesse and European, also known as Rumah Kalang (Kalang house). The unique thing of Kalang house is, the joglo (the javanesse style) become the main house placed at the back and European style house in the back.

The europen building inclined baroque, with Corinthian and doriq. And as the Joglo, especially the pendopo (large open structure in front of Java mansion, or attached open veranda that serves as an audience hall) was modified, become closed. Generally, javanese Pendopo separated from the main building.

Since 70’s, silver crafts made from Gede city were had a great vogue by foreign tourists; the jewelry, household-wares or other accessories. The location of silver craftsman were apportionment, start from Kota Gede market until Masjid Agung (Great Mosque). There are about 60 store sell these silver crafts.

At least, there are four type product sold :Silver CraftSilver Craft
  1. Filigri (pores/ holed texture),
  2. Tatak ukir (protrude texture),
  3. Casting (printed),
  4. Handmade (need more hand carefulness, such as ring and necklace).
Generally, the products were divided into 4 types :Silver Craft
  1. Jewelry (necklace, bracelet, ring, earring),
  2. Miniature (ships and temple)
  3. Decoration or wall accessories
  4. Other handicrafts
There are two kind of raw materials :
  1. Gilapan : silver foil
  2. Trap or Filigran : silver yarn
Not all of the process use pure silver but mixture between silver and copper. One hundred percent silver mixed with 7.5% copper. If you only use pure silver the craft will be to soft and not strong enough to be a handicrafts. So, copper become the ingredient which function as hardness agent.

Gilapan was organized as sheet or rodding silver, and then strike with special tool like hammer. And them mould-able as design such as teapot, glass, plate, spoon and other handicrafts.

Trap was made from, rodding silver which strike over and over again until thin and longitudinal. After that, pinch with pinch pliers so that form silver yarn using yarn whisk. The silver yarns were placed at a paper appropriate with the design. In order to stick, spread the yarn with silver patri powder, and then heat it using scolding fire, then boiled with alum. Alum was used to wash out the black spot caused by the flame.

The result was amazing, necklace, earring, and brooch. It costs from Rp 20.000 until Rp 30 millions. Kota Gede silver crafts were still had a great vogue to local and foreign tourists. rombongan.

30 January 2009

Tambora Mountain – Sumbawa : Thrilling Enchantment II

Tambora MountainThe Year Without a Summer

The 1815 eruption of Tambora is the most powerful event of its kind in historical time.Volume of the material which burst up to the air attained of about 100 - 150 km3 and the height of eruption column about 30 - 40 km above the summit. Energy estimation attained of about 1.44 x 1027 erg . Since the 1815 eruption, the top part of the volcano collapsed and formed a caldera with 7000 m wide of diameter.

Tambora spewed sulphur-rich gases that rose to a height of 28 miles and created a giant sun filter in the northern hemisphere that caused the spring and summer of 1816 to be extremely cold across Europe and North America. Snowfalls and frost occurred in June, July and August and all but the hardiest grains were destroyed. Destruction Tambora Mountainof the corn crop caused farmers to slaughter their livestock. Soup kitchens were opened to feed the hungry. Sea ice formed in the Atlantic shipping lanes and glaciers advanced down mountain slopes to exceptionally low levels. Hundreds of thousands died of starvation as crops failed, touching off a wave of migration to the American South and Midwest. Farmers repeatedly tried to get a crop in the ground, but each time a killer frost withered the tender roots. Corn and grain prices shot up to $5 and $10 per bushel and oats that had been 12 cents a bushel rose to 92 cents. Riots erupted in Britain and France as starving citizens broke into grain warehouses and left them empty. Violence was even worse in Switzerland where the government declared a national emergency and grain purchases from Russia were intercepted at the border and confiscated by hungry citizens.

Tambora MountainIn Indonesia itself, 83,000 died as a direct result of the eruption, most from the hot gases and many from being bombed by hot lava being ejected for miles around Mount Tambora. It has been estimated that 93 cubic miles of ash were ejected, and it took five years before the green shoots of vegetation began to poke through the land covered with volcanic ash to a distance of 250 miles from Tambora.

Giant Tambora Crater
Tambora CraterIt is difficult to imagine standing in the giant craters that this area. Family-Edelweiss family that grows in between the layers, layer plains craters also provide unique. That craters this truly extraordinary. Remote base craters visible Tambora plains that are very broad. Interestingly, on the basis of some of the craters visible grass growing. A small volcano, which is in the midst of craters more exotic and spectacular of the Tambora. In the language of Bima volcano is called Doro Afi Toi, which means a small mountain of fire. Scenery crater walls that tower is also quite high hit. Layers walls shows how big the eruption that time. The morning sun rises from the east to make the scenery more mysterious craters.

A hill that is seen tapering, barren brown color stand firm in the western crater. Hill also known as a "Doro Meleme" - mountains that taper - that is now the highest peak after 1,815 Mount Tambora eruptions. To reach the highest peak, the lip of the crater you still have to walk again with the travel time about 25 minutes. By the need to be skeptical when you are approaching the peak. If you do not want to slip you must walk carefully because the climbing field is covered with sand and gravel.

Tambora MountainAt the top of this you can find a triangle – a height marker - made of cement at approximately half a meter. From here, other than the scenery of craters, are also visible in the far west peak of Mount Rinjani, and of course the seas off. The truly extraordinary.

The Mount that its eruption that has been change the world and its civilization. Is not excessive if a taste when Mount Tambora as world heritage and history of mountain tourism destination Historical or mountaineering.

29 January 2009

Tambora Mountain – Sumbawa : Thrilling Enchantment I

Tambora MountainClimbing mountain will be more exciting if we know the history, potential and the challenges of the mountain because each mountain has its own special characteristic, include Tambora mountain.

Tambora mountain located in Sumbawa island, West Nusa Tenggara. This mountain has a strong eruption history. Almost 2 century ago, April 11st 1815, which is estimated to have more than 4,300 meter high above sea level have destroyed its one third body. Now, the height only 2,851 meter above sea level. It has a caldera, some parasiter cones named Tahe (877 m), Molo (602 m), Kadiendinae, Kubah (1648 m) and a crater called Doro Api Toi which is laid inside the caldera. The volcano belongs to Jazirah Sanggar, Bima, Sumbawa Island. It is situated in 8° 15' S and 118° 00' E.

The attract thing of Mount Tambora is its exceptional spectacular crater. Craters that formed as a result of the volcanic activities at the year of 1815 has diameter. The crater was formed by volcanic activity in 1815. The diameter is more than 7 km and the depth is more than 1 km. To climb up the crater or top of Tambora, you have to follow the climbing line start from Calabai to Pancasila village (+750m) and then wandering the northwestern slope. This village was located at northwest Tambora. was one of the initial point of climbing to the top of Mount Tambora.

Journey through Pancasila village from Bima city or Dompu city, You’ll see typical African scenery. Mountain range, hilly, dry land, yellowish brown sand with underbrush, and savanna field, just looks like Afrika. Even the scenery of the bay and beautiful beaches along the coastal trip in Sumbawa will add the amazing scenery.

Tambora MountainJourney to The Mountain

If you start your journey from Lombok island, you can take a bus from the Bertais bus terminal (close to Mataram, Lombok Island) to Kadindi, Sumbawa Island. This is a 19-hr bus ride which includes 2 hours on the ferry between Lombok and Sumbawa. The bus ticket is 120,000 rupiah per person, and arrival time is about 5-6 am. There are departures every day, at the same time.

At the Kandindi bus terminal took ojek Pancasila. That was a short ride which cost 15,000 rupiah per person. To climb Mount Tambora you should report and a permit to the Village Head of Pancasila, or to the club where nature local people, K-PATA. In it you can get as much information about the ascent of Mount Tambora point before climbing. If you need a guide, you can use the energy from the K-PATA members have been trained enough and know the terrain of Mount Tambora. The guide will give you all the thing you need during the journey to Tambora; a porter, a tent, cooking utensils, and buy crackers, rice, coffee, sugar, noodles and water for a 2-day / four-person trip. The price of the guide was 200,000 rupiah and that of the porter was 175,000.

After leaving the village of Pancasila, you will travel through the paths wide enough that can be used by four-wheeled vehicles. In the left and right along the way, you go from the village of Forest Gate Pancasila is the coffee plantation area. Places of interest that you will pass at the beginning of the journey are a complex nation of worship Hindu Temples. In the complex of worship are equipped with public toilets and some rooms as a place of simple people who want to perform Hindu worship.

To arrive at the door of the Forest Village Pancasila takes about 2 hours. You can use ojek (motorcycle taxi); more quickly. Approximately only takes about 30 minutes. In the forest gate you will find several building of coffee plantation.

Tambora MountainThen, after the Forest Gate, you will cross wide enough paths, and a sloping uphill. It was a former street car propelled the results of the wood in the forest Tambora. Throughout the trip visible paths that it is more plant bushes and reed. But also plant timber remnants of the green have begun to return. Understandably only logging company that operates the place has been closed since 4 years ago. Tambora forest was damaged and is now open for the little sprout start again. Until finally climb after about 1 hour coverage, you will arrive at 1st Post. In this place you can rest for a while. Source of water is approximately 10 meters on the left side of the road trails that form the flow of water from pipes who were inside the plastic drum which is also the source of water villagers at the foot of Mount Tambora.

Tambora MountainOn the journey to the next post, the climbing field character is not much different with the previous, still sloping, and uphill with a thick vegetation which quite humid. However, during crossing the paths you must be alert. Then you also have to be careful so that the tree across the forest is quite big because in some places, footpaths appear as fork. And after a travel of about 2 hours from the previous post you will see a simple wood hut. That means you have arrived at 2nd Post. As in the 1st Post, the there is adequate water resources, such as small river that is also located near the post.

Tambora MountainFor the next post, from 2nd post the climbing point is down to the creek. After crossing the point and then climb quite steep and sloping back to the forest vegetation, this is quite humid. If lucky, you can also find forest chicken along this path. You will continue through the paths that vary and a sloping uphill and must cross several fallen trees. Until approximately one and a half hours you will travel through the savanna area means the 3rd Post is not far. In this place there is also such a simple hut house and half the wall under the zinc. The area is quite flat and the surrounding area of about 15 people can be accommodating tents with a capacity of 3-4 people. Here, there is also the source of water located approximately 250 meters from the post. That is why this is the last place for overnight before climbing to the crater or the top of Mount Tambora on daybreak on the next day. Usually, climbing to the top is carried out starting at 01.30, or early days, as well as I do. To the top of the climber is usually only bring light supplies, the others left in the post.

Tambora MountainTrip to the 4th Post after the previous post, you will find one of the uniqueness of Mount Tambora, called pulus forest. The plant leaf and stem full of thorns it is fine that will make your skin tingle and if the heat. To avoid use clothes that covers your body. Forest nettle to grow along the climbing route between the Post 3 with Post 4 can be taken about 30 minutes. The area is quite flat in the pine forest. In the journey to the next post, which also can be reached in about 30 minutes, the forest has begun to wane nettle and switch to grass vegetation and small trees. Some areas are more open. At the time the weather is sunny in the west you can see the scenery of Mount Rinjani, Moyo Island and Satonda Island. Post 5 in the area is quite protected from the wind because the trees cover. Here, there are also simple hut.

Then, climbing to the crater lip or peak again resumed. The zone near the top of the vegetation slowly changed from a type of plant trees and bushes. The uphill climbing routes around the serpentine groove some hill that feels longer. However, the scenery is beautiful and stunning you can see along this path. At the far appears that the peak of Mount Tambora colored brown and barren. Meanwhile in the West appear with ocean islands located around the island of Sumbawa. By the morning crowing sound of chicken sounded forest replication. Lip craters near the footpaths into the sand and have-stone. Once across the last set of pine trees, you will arrive at the sandy terrain of the area means the lips have been increasingly close. Until the end you will see phenomenal spectacular scenery. A giant crater spread widely before you.

The best time to hike on Tambora is in August, still dry season.

24 January 2009

Kupang - East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) : Waterfall or Beach?

Oenesu WaterfallKupang, Capital city of East Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) province had lots of amazing tourist area. At least there are two tourists locations which always visited by domestic or foreign tourists, especially Australia. They are Oenesu waterfall (17 km from Kupang city) and Lasiana Beach (12 km from Kupang).

Oenesu waterfall is the main tourist destination. At holiday or weekend, this place visited more than 1,500 people. You have to go along the trip about 17 km with flawless asphalt pavement. Then, before you enter the waterfall the street become a little bit damage, but you still can move on your trip with public transportation or private wheel. Even at rainy season, you can reach this place because the road not muddy and flood. All cars can park next to the waterfall.

Oenesu WaterfallMany people came to this place to celebrate their anniversary, religious purpose or just looking around the scenery of the Oenesu waterfall, complete with the sound of wild animal near the jungle. This location is 0.7 hectare, located at subdistrict West Kupang. You can make this place as small adventure with your family, crossing small rivers and climbing small hill around the waterfall. Many protected animals live in here, if you dare you can make interaction with the wild animal.

According to Apeles Bangkoles (28 years old), Oenesu waterfall security guard, you have to pay Rp 1,500 for adult to enter this location and Rp 1,000 for children. The parking costs is Rp 2,000 for four wheels and Rp 1,000 for two wheels.

This waterfall has unique attractive power. Oenesu has four level, recreation facilities, camping, and jungle adventure. You can take a bath or swim in the lake, fell the falling water to your skin, it feels great. Fell the mountain air while hear the birdling, and the friction branch make a nature harmony. You can enjoy the scenery on summer or rainy season, because the waterfall never stop.

Lasiana BeachThe other tourists location you must see in Kupang is Lasiana beach, 12 km from Kupang. Many people came in this beach at daybreak to see the sunshine and at afternoon to enjoy the beauty of the sunset shine. This place was well known since 1970. In the beginning 1980 many foreign tourists from German, Australia, England, and USA came by. Almost every Sunday they swim and surfing at the bay. Sometimes they lay down to be expose on the white sand.

In December 1990 to January 1991, Lariana beach crashed by 6 meters height wave, and overthrow Batu Nona (Lady Stone). Batu Nona is a coral stone, 15 meters height with lady with waving hand shape. Now, this “lady fall a sleep” and getting close over, buried under the sand.

Lasiana BeachLasiana beach still become the most favorite place for Kupang citizen until now. Every Sunday, thousand people sight seeing this beach, especially on Sunday or national holiday. They bathe, swim, ate roasted corn, epeh banana, and coconut.

The sand surface is flat with declivity about 5-10%, suitable for play football. The san is white, clean and shining. The Bottom of the sea is sand, not mud as many other Timor beach. That why the water is clear.

What a very wonderful scenery.

Kaimana – Papua : Millions of Unforgettable Enchantment

Triton BayKaimana city, West Papua not only have its lengendary song “Senja di Kaimana” but also has gracious sea view. So, if you want to enjoy the pleasure of beach and sea, you don’t have to go far away to Hawaii. Come to Kaimana.

One of the tourists object is Triton bay. From Kaimana to Triton bay is very easy, only takes 1.5 hours trip. After pass the Bicari cape, you’ll find Namatota strain (also known askami Erana strain) and Namatota island.

Triton BayTriton BayHere you can see very wonderful scenery, a mountain with whale shaped. Inside it, you’ll find many picture, sun, human palm and scull. Origin people consider this place as sacred place and they don’t know for sure when those pictures made. This island has lots of mystery.

Triton BayEvery 8.00-12.00 am (local time), if the weather good and the sea calm, you can see a herd of whales and dolphins looking for food and they are very active with their groups. This place was “fishing bank” for the whales, dolphin and other fish. Tourists also can see Mangiwang fish or “stupid shark”. They called it stupid because they walk through the sand using their fin and eat infant shrimp.

This place is very suitable for diving and snorkeling lovers. Triton’s coral also famous for its soft coral. CI Kaimana survey found 868 species of coral fish, include 10-14 new species (10-13 endemic).

Triton BayTriton BayYou can find the biological variety by : 959 species of FakFak/Kaimana coral fish, bank heal seascape (BHS) 1,323 species (24 endemic). FakFak/Kaimana coral 471 species, plus 16 new species and BHS 560 species and Mantis FakFak/Kaimana shrimp, 28 species and BHS 57species (8 endemic). And for the coral reef fish diversity index, predicted about 1,194 species of coral fish at Fakfak, Kaimana. Besides, there are, 234 species for Triton Baycoral sea categorized as foodfish target, Comercially or traditionally. For comperation, Thailand only have 174 spesies of coral fish. Coz of the variety of the fish, this place also suitable for fishing.

Triton bay also have legend suh as The sinking of China ship Ming dynasty and England ship.

Your journey will be more joyful to Umbrom island. You can swim in here, the sand is white. Not far from Umbrom island, you can find Kelelawar island (Bat island), They called it because when Triton Baythe sun start to disappear, thousand bats come out from their nest, then fly to Kaimana city.

To keep Triton bay and Kaimana sea everlasting, Kaimana local government establish an area for 597,747 hectares (counted four miles from sea coast) as Kawasan Konservasi Laut Daerah (KKLD) or Sea Conservation Region. As young generation have to support and help every government program to protect our environment.

Leang Leang Cave - South Sulawesi : Observe The Ancient Palm

Leang Leang CaveOne hand can attrack many people. That was offered by historical tour cave at Leang Leang, Bantimurung, Maros, South Sulawesi. Leang Leang means cave in Sluwasi. This object is very close to human life in the past, the caves at the Karst mountain range (limestone) not just attract tourist but also scientist.

From Makassar, You can start your journey with bus and spend about one hour. But if you start from Sultan Hasanuddin airport, Maros your journey can be more concise. Using angkot (public transportation), from airport we can use ojek (motorcycle public transportation), then ride pete-pete (another public transportation) to Maros Station. From this station we go to Bantimurung, again using pete-pete, and the last one is your ride ojek to Leang Leang Cave location.

Leang Leang CaveThe road to the cave is not quite good, it’s like driving boat through the waving sea. But the scenery is wonderful; big black stones in pile and the specific character for limestone. Approach the Leang Leang the road is good again.

In that area, there are two caves you should come. PettaE and Petta Kere. The distance between two caves are not so far. The first cave can be seen just you enter the tourist area which made like garden with place to rest. The streets has already reconstruction to make light visitor walking. The path is not too steep, the height is only 3 meters from the surface.

Leang Leang CaveThere is fence in front of the cave about 1.5 meters. From the fence, the palm can be seen because the cave is not too deep. If you observe carefully, there are five palm, but only three palm still intact. Other than palm, there are also pig and lance head, all were red.

You’ll get new challenge when visiting the second cave, Petta Kere. From PettaE cave, you can take a walk to Petta Kere, the distance between two caves is 300 meters. The pavement footway is made from pulverized bricks and small stones. There are two ways to enter the cave. The first way is fine, but the second way pass through a constrict steps between rocks.

The second cave is a little hard to reached, The height is about 20 meters from surface. But don’t be afraid, there are new circle iron stairs available. According to Hasan Basri, the guard post, the stair was built last year. “Previously, there is straight stairs which complained by visitors. Too exhausting and too appaling,”he said.

This cave keep picture more that PettaE. There are about 27 palm picture, But only 17 intact. A fat pig lies with a lance step to the heart. There also trash like scallop shell and snail scattered around. Those picture were discovered by archaeologist from Netherland, HR van Heekeren and CHM Heeren Palm at 1950. There are other hundred caves can be visit more than 50 caves were under government protection- but the easiest cave can be reached are only the two caves.

According to several scientists, include Heeren Palm, The picture of palm in the cave is palm woman. There were 5,000 years old and the size is not to big and not made at the same time. There is a tradition for people around said, palm with five fingers means disaster repellent, while palm with four fingers means expression of griefstricken. Those pictures was made by stick the palm to the wall cave, then spraey with red liquid. There is still no certainly the liquid material, Some said from red mineral (hematite) that available around the cave (at the stones and at the base river around the cave), other said stones from chewed latex tree like betel vine.

Taman Nasional BantimurungThis place is not only interesting for tourist and scientist but also for businessman. Maros-Pangkep limestone area ranges from 43,750 hectare was divided, 20,000 hectare for mining and the rest area for Taman Nasional Bantimurung conservation. So, don’t be surprised, there are two official statement, one is tourist area, Balai Pelestarian Peninggalan Purbakala (BP3) culture and tourists department and industry of marble.

According to the Maros-Pangkep tourists guide, there are lots of marble company and limestone, beside two big cement company, PT Semen Bosowa and PT Semen Tonasa, which have to struggle to obtain the land with caves from the ancient man.

Martapura - South Kalimantan : Hunting Gemstone

Martapura South KalimantanHave you ever heard Martapura? Usually people connect Martapura with jewelry, diamond and gemstone. Not surprising that since long time ago Martapura was well known as diamond biggest producer in Kalimantan, in fact the biggest producer in Indonesia. The truth is eventually Martapura start to change. This region is not only for hunting gemstone but also for family tour.
The capital city of South Kalimantan is Banjarmasin. Total area for martapura is 36,985 km2. South Kalimantan province has two big city, Banjarmasin and Banjarbaru with eleven regency. One of the regency is Banjar regency, the capital is Martapura.

GemstoneMartapura is famous for its diamond and this city also has the biggest Islamic base, indicated from Madrasah Darussalam. No wonder if beside local devisa source, tourist to Martapura also become the second devisa source. Everyday Cahaya Bumi Selamat Complex stores (about 87 diamond and gemstone stores) is very crowded because it’s visited by tourists from South Kalimantan and outside South Kalimantan.

According to Muhammad Sardi chief security Ahmad Yani street, The visitors in this market can be reach to 10,000 people (Monday to Friday), at the weekend or holiday can be reach to 20,000 people. Parking area only fit for 389 cars and if it’s not enough anymore visitors have to park their car at Al Karomah mosque not far from there.

Gemstone Store“Many visitors hunt diamond and gemstone for souvenir, previously. Now, visitors not only hunt diamond, but also to enjoy the special Martapura food. There are also playgrounds for children and rest areas,” said Sardi couple days ago. People also interest with Al Karomah Mosque which the biggest mosque in Kalimantan. This Mosque has a unique roof with many colors at the top, and has a very unique high tower.

The architecture inside the mosque is also very unique just like the outside. Hot outside but cool inside. “If you stop by in Martapura looking for gemstone, don’t forget to visit this mosque,” said Sardi promoting.

To reach this diamond trade Martapura area and Al Karomah Mosque, you only need one hour trip from Banjarmasin and takes a half hour from Syamsudin Noor airport, Banjarbaru.

Two years ago government has renovated this area by add more playgrounds and rest areas for tourists while enjoy the specific Martapura food in front of the jewelry stores. Sardi admit proud because many tourists who come to Martapura always satisfied with the service of officials of diamond store and Al Karomah mosque. They very friendly and very cooperative with all visitors.

Martapura South Kalimantan“Majority about 98 percent of the people of Martapura is Islam and has Arabic decline. They don’t want Islam and Arabic decline scratched with bad thing. That’ s why for every people who want to rent place or location to sell in here have to join a training for a month about ‘How to serve tourist appropriately with Islamic Rules,” said Sardi.

For you, diamond buyer, be careful! Always pay attention for the diamond you bought. Ask straight to the owner about the originality of the diamond. The real and fake diamond can not be different except if you analyzed it with special tools.

If buyers don’t ask "is this the number goods or not?", the owner will say "this is the number one goods". But, if you ask them to check and analyze the gem, they will be pleasure to do it. If it’s known not the number one diamond, the price will dramatically drop.

Teleng Ria Beach - Pacitan : New Heaven For Tourist

Teleng Ria BeachSlowly but surely, the sun starts to shine. The blowing wind and the pounding of the wave complete the scenery of Teleng Ria Beach.

Teleng Ria beach is a bay. The beach was placed between two high plain which is part of lime South mountain range, start from Kidul mountain through Trenggalek. This beach was face to Indonesian ocean. Although this beach shined with an intense sunshine, the air feels cool and chilly just like an air at the mountain.

The wave is quite small, and this is good for the surfer, especially for the beginner. Between June – August, Teleng Ria beach become the place for jellyfish to migrate. "Usually between June – August, there are lot of purple jellyfish show in this beach," said Hamdoko Coordinator of Baywatch (Teleng Ria beach guard).

"More tourists came here than last year. Last year many seller only got Rp 50,000, but now their income is increase," said food and beverage seller around the beach. The same thing is also happen with kusir dokar (horse drwan buggy), Visitors who rent dokar for traveling around the beach is increase than the last year. "The tourist who rent my dokar is much more than last year. I almost can not take a break for a while," said the horseman with his strong Java accent.
Since September 15th 2008, Teleng Ria Beach management was taken by PT. EL JOHN Tirta Emas Pariwisata officially. With private management, Teleng Ria Beach wished to be better and can give positive contribution for Pacitan in tourism.

Teleng Ria PoolTo make this beach more luxury, several facilities that already exist will be fenced. There are also facilities increment around Teleng Ria Beach, such as art plaza, plaza for play children, and plaza kuliner. "We’re going to build playground for children which is educative and make children more creative", said Ardy.

Development and construction Teleng Ria beach region also involve people of Pacitan, especially people around the Teleng Ria beach. "We want people feel the benefits of the place that we manage, and also raise up the people properity”.

One of the real act is EL JOHN asking the fishermans to get more income through rent their boat for the visitor of Talang Ria Beach. "At certain season fisherman not go to the sea, so we give them chance to rent their boat. The sharing income is 70 percent for the fisherman and 30 percent for the management", said Ardy.

Although the wave not big, Teleng Ria Beach is quite representative for surfing. The wave is suitable for the beginner. "Many people who want to learn how to surf came to this beach, such as Semarang and other city near Pacitan", said Choirul, the manager of Pacitan Surfing Club.

Teleng Ria beach is become one of the favorite place for foreign tourists who want to enjoy the pleasure of beach. "The foreign tourist who come to this beach is not too much, but they happy because this beach is not too crowded", said Choirul.

Another attract thing why many foreign surfer choose Teleng Ria is because the beach ambience still quite. "Foreign tourist who came in here is from Australia and Switzerland. They happy came here because it’ quite doesn’t like Bali. So. They don’t have to compete to get the wave".

Teleng Ria BeachTeleng Ria beach was located in Pacitan, about 3 Km from downtown. Only take 10 minutes to Teleng Ria beach from the town square. Pacitan was located in Java South Beach and border on central Java province. You can reach the beach faster from Yogyakarta (Only takes 3 hours trip). The road from Yogyakarta to Pacitan is very good but not to wide, fit for two cars and two ways.

If you have a plan to leave from Yogyakarta, it takes 3 hours trip to reach the beach utilize Jogjakarta-Pacitan travel. It costs around Rp 40,000 - Rp 50,000. Another alternative is utilize bus, start from the Pacitan bus station, you pay Rp 12,000/man then take angkot (public transportation) to Prengkuku which costs Rp 2,000/man. Enjoy The luxury of Teleng Ria Beach.

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