Best time to travel to Java

Tangkuban Perahu

Visit Bandung's most famous volcano and try some food cooked on its heat

Tangkuban Perahu in Java 2020 - Best Time
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Tangkuban Perahu is a popular hiking destination located 25 kilometers north of Bandung. You can approach the edge of the crater, view hot springs with boiling mud up close, and even try some eggs boiled on the hot surface of the volcano. You can also explore the forest on the slopes of the volcano and enjoy the stunning views that go as far as the Java Sea on a very clear day.

From Bandung, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu seems like an upside down boat, and that's what its name means. There was a local legend of Dayang Sumbi, a beauty with the power of eternal youth who sent away her son Sangkuriang for disobedience. After many years the son returned home, didn't recognise his mother and fell in love with her. Dayang Sumbi gave him a task to build a dam on the river to conquer her heart but made sure he failed it. Sangkuriang kicked the dam and the unfinished boat he built, resulting in the creation of Tangkuban Perahu.

The overall view of Tangkuban Parahu's Ratu crater and the souvenir stalls 2020
The overall view of Tangkuban Parahu's Ratu crater and the souvenir stalls

Last eruptions of the volcano took place in 1969, when Kawah Ratu spewed some ash and barrages. There have also been some signs of activity in the 90s. The best time to visit the volcano is the dry season from June to September.