Waterfalls and Coffee Plantations
While travelling around Java we made a couple of stops to break up the journey and this allowed us to understand the breadth of the country. We visited the Coban Pelangi Waterfall - named because of a rainbow that often catches the spray of the falls. The waterfall itself is very impressive – a thin torrent that shoots through jungle. It’s a very lush area, with bright green foliage growing all around.
On the way between Malang and Biltar we visited a working coffee plantation – very much a small-scale operation with machinery dating from early 20th century. It was really interesting to get into the countryside, away from Java’s busy cities. Pristine nature surrounded us, and we saw a kingfisher here and heard a Javan eagle (Indonesia’s national bird).
On the way to Borobodur temple complex, we stopped to visit a rural village eco-project at Candirejo. We met with some inhabitants and watched tempeh (soy cake) being made and we had a go at playing the gamelan.
On the way to Borobodur temple complex, we stopped to visit a rural village eco-project at Candirejo. We met with some inhabitants and watched tempeh (soy cake) being made and we had a go at playing the gamelan. We also stopped off for a look at the ‘Chicken Church’, a huge kooky church in the shape of a chicken. A strange sight that you won’t forget in a hurry! Borobodur felt a little busier than the lesser-known temples at Prambanan although if you explore not only the top floor but the lower floors too, you’ll find them to be generally quieter. The bell-shaped stupas are quite a sight overlooking the often-misty paddy fields and forests, with volcanoes in the distance.
If you’d like to find out more about Java and work out an itinerary that will suit your specifics, please call Rob.