Mt Ijen near Malang
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR MALANG
Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
The Tumpak Sewu Waterfall ( Air Terjun Tumpak Sewu) is located near Sidomulyo- Pronojiwo, around 70 km south-east of Malang ( 2 1/2 hours drive along a winding road) between Turen and Lumajang. Further south near the island called Pulau Sempu is a beautiful as yet undeveloped area with safe swimming and a natural rainforest with bushwalking tracks. There is no public transportation to the area and off-road vehicles are necessary.
The Forestry Department is still undecided whether to log the rainforest or not. Being one of the last areas of natural primary rainforest in Java, the long-term tourism potential is there to be developed. Hopefully the rainforest will remain. The nearest town to the area is Turen on the Karangkates-Lumajang road.
The mountain resort of Selecta is a pleasant day’s outing.
Temples near Malang
The Hindu-Buddhist Singosaren Kingdom in the 13th Century built Candi Singosaren which is 22 km to the north in Singosari District (on the way to Selecta), and Candi Kidal and Candi Jago in Tumpang District, which 14 and 17 km to the south-east of Malang.
Candi Panataran is an extensive temple complex, south-west of Malang near the town of Blitar. On the road to the temple from Blitar is the mausolem of the first president of Indonesia, Ir. Sukarno, who was born at Blitar. Indonesians of all walks of life come to pay homage to the man who did so much for the emerging Indonesian nation.
MT Ijen is situated 280 km to the east of Malang, via Probolinggo and Banyuwangi, or via Banyuwangi if coming from Bali. Mt Ijen is famour for the “blue fire” crater (pictured above). Tours from Malang usually take 3 days and 2 nights.