The Enchanting Situ Patenggang Lake in West Java
Surrounded by vast stretches of lush green tea plantations, Situ Patenggang is an enchanting lake that offers not only picturesque scenery but also cool, fresh air and a quiet serenity.
Situated some 1,600 meters above sea level, Situ Patenggang is located near the market town of Ciwidey, in the Bandung Regency, just a little over 50 Km from the city of Bandung, capital of West Java Province.
Expressed In the local Sunda language, “Situ” means Lake, thus Situ Patenggang means Lake Patenggang.
The vast tea plantations that spread like a massive natural carpet provide a dramatic setting over the 45,000 hectares lake. The total are of the natural park itself covers 123,077.15 hectares. Decorated by rows of sheltering trees and soft green grass on its banks coupled with nothing but the sounds of nature, the lake truly offers a refreshing ambience. Located on the foot of Mount Patuha, just below the Kawah Putih Crater Lake, Situ Patenggang shares both its enchanting mist and cool climate.
The area was once a natural reserve before it was transformed into a Nature Park in 1981. West Java’s distinct trees such as the Puspa and Saninten are still found abundantly in the area. Amidst the surrounding forests, a rare primate called Surili (Presbytis comata) can also still be found and heard near the lake. With depth ranging from 3 to 5 meters, the lake is also habitat to various fish such as nila, tawes, and carps.
What makes Situ Patenggang special is the small island located in the center of the lake called Sasuka Island or better known as the “Romance Island” and the existence of a certain stone called the “Love Stone”.
There is a local myth which suggests that anyone who visit the Love Stone and encircles the Romance Island will meet his or her true love, while couples will be blessed with everlasting relationship.
The myth is linked to the romantic legend that shrouds the creation of Situ Patenggang. It is said that the water that fills the lake which comes from the Cirengganis River, in fact, has its souce from the tears of a princess named Dewi Rengganis. Dewi Rengganis was said to have been very devastated when she was separated from her one true love Ki Santang. For years the couple searched for each other until they finally met at the exact spot that is now called the Love Stone. The legend is also what gives the lake its name, which, in the Sunda language, “Pateangan-teangan” literally translated means “searching for each other”, that later turned into “Situ Patenggang”.
Situ Patenggang is open for the public daily from 06.00 to 18.00 West Indonesia Time with entry tickets costing Rp 6,000 for domestic tourists and Rp 19,000 for international tourists.
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