White Crater, Ciwedey

Kawah Putih

Kawah Putih, or direct translation into English White Crater, is situated in Ciwedey, which is about a 2 hours drive from Bandung. Bandung is a popular shopping destinations for many Singaporeans, Malaysians and also Indonesians. This dormant volcano is located in Ciwidey, Bandung, West Java. It is about 2,300 from seawater level.
Kawah Putih 1856, Java-Album, Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn

An Aerial View

An aerial view from the NNW shows the two summit craters of Gunung Patuha volcano in the foreground​. Steep-wall​ed Taman Saat crater (left) is located NW of lake-fille​d Kawah Putih (right). The dashed circle at the middle left marks the Tugeslibde crater. Photo published in Taverne, 1926 “Vulkaanst​udien op Java,” (courtesy of Volcanolog​ical Survey of Indonesia)​.


I’ve personally been here twice, and the reason i would always recommend this place to my friends as one of the must see, if they are around Bandung is because, this is one of the most “uncommercialized” spots in Indonesia. Do not expect to buy any souvenirs here. This place has remained in its pristine self. Something that i appreciate.
On both occasions, my friends and I travelled early, leaving the hotel in Bandung at about 4:30am. We arrive in Kawah Putih at about 6 – 6:30am, depending on how fast you drive. The journey is not a boring one either, as you get to really see beautiful kampongs (villages) and stretches of padi fields on both left & right side of the roads. Not forgetting also, an occasional mule or cows. They get the right of way always.
Following are some of the photos i took. There is really no words to explain the serene beauty the place that Kawah Putih is. I choose to go early, so that i can capture pictures of the place without any “humans” lol. One point to take note though is to bring a bottle of water with you. The sulphuric volcano emits this sulphur gas, and it really makes out throat dry and uncomfy. Bring a mask if you can.

The gate


The crater is quite massive, and i try to show that via this picture 😛

Me by the edge of the White Crater


ok ok, i admit, i own 70% of the shadow 😛

I would recommend to go early for another reason, it gets hot fairly quickly with no shade… The fee to drive your car up is about 150,000 Rupiah. I read in other sites, sometimes the price changes.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elle
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:54:50

    Your photos are gorgeous Georgia. This looks like a really great place to visit. Thanks for sharing.


    • Georgia
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:54:32

      Many thanks for your kind words Elle 🙂 Do come back often, as i try to add more photos to my other adventures in Indonesia 🙂


  2. Leesan
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:19:15

    Georgia, yyou forgot to mention that it might be a bit cold in the morning..some those r afraid of cold..suggest to just wear long sleeve or sweater. Em…


    • Georgia
      Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:35:08

      Ha ha yes. Luckily you reminded me. It cold & windy at around 6am… but soon, it gets hot. so, remember to take a sweater or layer your clothes 🙂


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