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  • 1 Mushroom Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Lembongan

    This beautiful bay of white sand against a backdrop of cliffs hewn by erosion is named after astonishing mushroom-like coral formations visible in places. Teeming with multi-coloured fish, its turquoise lagoon is ideal for diving. Viewed from Jungutb..

  • 2 Panorama over Bandung Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jalan Juanda RI - Bandung

    Make your way up to the Dago teahouse perched above the city in the heart of one of the chic districts. From here you can enjoy a superb panoramic view over Bandung and its surroundings and set off on a lovely walk that takes you to a pretty waterfal..

  • 3 Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Bandung

    Although it hasn't erupted since 1969, the low-lying Tangkuban Perahu ("Capsized Boat") volcano is active. The smoke, bubbling pools and sulphur fumes give the impression of having reached the ends of the earth, even though the road leading..

  • 4 Ciwidey Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Ciwidey

    Clinging to the slope of a superb gorge whose sides have been sculpted into paddy fields, Ciwidey ( 25km south of Bandung) is famous for its blacksmiths. From here the road disappears into the forest and 10km on a road to the left leads up to Kawah P..

  • 5 Mount Papandayan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Cisurupan

    One of Java's most active volcanoes, with an easily accessible crater (2 622m) at Samarang. When it erupted in 1772 it killed 3 000 people and it last stirred as recently as 2002. It is a 30min walk through bubbling pools, smoke and sulphur deposits ..

  • 6 Mount Galunggung Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Cisayong

    Despite its placid appearance, the Galunggang (2 201m) has a fiery temper. From time to time the volcano likes to shake up the peaceful torpor of the surrounding countryside. Even though the eruption of 1982 was not as violent as that of 1822 (4 000 ..

  • 7 Pangandaran National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jalan Kidang Pananjung RI - Pangandaran

    The dense jungle of Taman Nasional Pangandaran that covers the tip of the peninsula offers the chance to see macaques, kijang deer, hornbills, gibbons and maybe even the spectacular rafflesia patura, a giant flower. A recreational area has been added..

  • 8 Green Canyon Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    35 km à l'ouest RI - Pangandaran

    A tourist hotspot of the Pangandaran region, the Green Canyon (35km) owes its name to the colour of the little river that formed it. It gets its green colour from the volcanic alluvium in its waters (which turn brown when it rains). After sailing upr..

  • 9 Sono Budoyo Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    27 Jalan Trikora RI - Yogyakarta

    Without a doubt one of Java's most interesting museums. The collection includes Dong-Son bronzes from East Indonesia, megalithic statues from Wonosari and opulent bronze Hindu goddesses (10C-12C). The art of Majapahit (East Java) is represented with ..

  • 10 South Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Parangtritis

    After Imogiri and its royal necropolis, head for another place of pilgrimage, the coastal village of Parangtritis, realm of the goddess Nyai Loro Kidul, protector of the sultan's line. The beach is popular, but strong currents make swimming dangerous..

  • 11 Mount Merapi Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Selo

    The most active volcano in Indonesia is also its most sacred: one of the two poles of the symbolic axis that joins it to the Indian Ocean and underpins the architecture of the palace of Yogyakarta. Standing at 2 914m above sea level and covered with ..

  • 12 Candi Bima Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Dieng

    Well preserved and unique, this is the most interesting of the candis on the Dieng Plateau, with its architecture typical of Northern India: a wide projecting front porch and a pyramidal superstructure with horseshoe niches.

  • 13 Gedong Songo Site Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Bandungan

    Approximately 110km of spectacular roads with stunning views over the surrounding volcanoes separate the Dieng Plateau from the Gedong Songo site. The omnipresent volcanoes (Sumbing, Sundoro, Merbabu and Lawu) loom on the horizon, around temples risi..

  • 14 Candi Mendut Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Magelang

    Built in 800 by King Indra, Candi Mendut can be recognised by its cubic shape (its roof, most probably stupa-shaped, was never completed). The stairs and external walls are decorated with low reliefs and bodhisattva. But the main interest of the temp..

  • 15 Candi Brahma and Candi Visnu Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Prambanan

    The epic Ramayana story is recounted on the outer wall of Candi Brahma. The statue of this god to whom temples are rarely dedicated in India occupies the sanctuary's only chamber; it is also the case of the statue of Visnu in the twin temple, Candi V..

  • 16 Candi Plaosan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Prambanan

    Candi Plaosan is a complex of temples 2km from Prambanan, and combines Hindu and Buddhist decorative elements. The sanctuary is thought to celebrate the union of a Buddhist princess, Sailendra, and a Hindu king, Sanjaya, the two dynasties that shared..

  • 17 Candi Sari Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Kalasan

    Although dating from the same period as Candi Kalasan, Candi Sari has a radically different style. This handsome building with three parts, which stands on a high base and is topped with stupas, is more reminiscent of Candi Plaosan. Like the latter, ..

  • 18 Mount Lawu Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Solo

    To the east of Solo stands Lawu Volcano, with its dark green velvety-looking slopes, on which tea plantations grow alongside paddy fields and forests. Two little known Hindu temples, Candi Sukuh and Candi Ceto, are hidden in this setting of untamed b..

  • 19 Candi Sukuh Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Solo

    One of the most mysterious and fascinating of Java's temples, Candi Sukuh (15C) dominates the Solo plain from 900m above sea level. The remarkable iconography of its reliefs and statues has boggled specialists as it does not correspond to the norms o..

  • 20 Candi Ceto Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Solo

    On the slopes of Lawu Volcano, 1 200m above sea level, Candi Ceto stands like a mirage rising out of the mist and greenery. It is a contemporary of Candi Sukuh (c 1468-1475) and devoted to the same cult. However, its seven terraces are reminiscent of..

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