Alas Purwo – A Potential Tourist Resort in East Java

Alas Purwo is located in the eastern part of Java exactly 65 km away from Banyuwangi. According to the classification of botanist from Germany, Schmidt and Ferguson is a tropic rain forest, the state land is less productive covered by sediment, and it has a few gaps. It has buffer zone of approximately 1,303 ha. There are such animals, like: tigers, deer, monkeys, buffalos, green and belimbing turtles. We can also find many kinds of plants, to mention some, kepuh, mangong bamboo, tomongo and sawo kecik that is black and has beautiful shape. Now one of them has been planted in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.

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There are lots of beautiful places in this vicinity with the potential to be developed as a tourist resort. We believe the places will attract many tourists, both domestic and foreign.

Trianggulasi Beach, Turtle Beach, Pancur Beach, Pandang Sadengan Tower, to mention some, are places of hidden potential. There are also many caves in the surrounding area and the waves are good for surfing at Plengkung Beach. It is more or less 8-10 m wide and 300-400 m long between April – October.

We can go to Alas Purwo by public transportation indeed, but we’d better drive our own car for it is cheaper and more enjoyable. We may have an adventurous trip. From Jember, if going by public transportation, we can take a bus to Benculuk. From Benculuk, we can go on by minibus to kalipait. Then form Kalipait, en route to Pasar Anyar, about 3 kilometers away, the only transportation is “dokar”, a kind of traditional horse-drawn cart that is still used by people in villages or small towns. Pasar Anyar is the office og PHPA, where we can get a permit to enter Alas Purwo. From there we still continue our trip by “dokar” to reach Trianggulasi Beach.

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Plengkung Beach can only be compared with Hawaiian Beaches. Reportedly, it was first discovered by Mike Bonyem, a surfer from America. We observe that the visitor going there are increasing all the time. It may be due to the fact that the transportation is getting better and better.

Trianggulasi is a beautiful beach, with the white sand and the waves which we can enjoy very much. It is often used for religious ceremonies, especially by Hindu people living in the surrounding area. It is marvelous if you can enjoy the sunset on this beach, as we did recently. The sunshine was beautifully reflected by the water as if God, Himself had sent heaven down before our eyes. We have never been so impressed by a panorama as we were that evening on the beach.

Plengkung Beach

Trianggulasi Beach

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Pandang Sadengan Tower is a tall building. From this tower we can see buffalos, gathering and wandering in the grass and lake, and other kinds of wildlife living in Alas Purwo.

Let’s talk about Pancur Beach. It is about 3 km away from Trianggulasi Beach. If we want to go there we have to walk along a foot-path, and follow the coast. When the water ebbs we can run along the beach. Pancur Beach is very close to rows of caves. One of the caves is Istana Cave, also well known as Princess Cave. It takes us no more than 30 minutes to reach from Pancur Beach.

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Until now Istana and Padepokan caves are still used for practicing asceticism. Whenever we come into the cave we find people doing it. In istana Cave there is a grave which is believed to be a holy one.

To villagers, the grave is a place where a “syekh” (a title for a religious teacher) whose ship running shore on the beach was buried. Near to the cave, there is a small lake called “Sendang Srengenge” (sun lake). In all, there are not less than 34 caves in Alas Purwo.


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That is the potential of Alas Purwo. It is reasonable to develop it as tourist resorts, especially to support the government’s program of amazing tourism place in Indonesia without ignoring the main function of it as a wildlife reservation.

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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting indeed. I love to explore old caves. Beautiful area. Thank's for sharing...


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa

Alas Purwo is absolutely beautiful and most certainly a potential tourist resort. Thanks for this interesting introduction of Alas Purwo, prasetio :)


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Ruby (always exploring). Thanks for coming and I am so happy to know that you love to explore old caves. Have a nice weekend!


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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love exploring other countries by reading hubs. This is an informative and interesting article, Prasetio. I enjoyed learning more about Indonesia.


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, MartieCoetser. Thanks for stopping by. I am proud to present this hub for you. I hope you can visit my country someday. Take care!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, AliciaC. Thank you very much for coming. I am glad you love this hub and my country as well. I hope you can travel to Indonesia someday. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

That area in your country looks amazingly beautiful. If the infrastructure is there for tourism, the tourist are bound to come! Thanks for introducing me to this part of the world via your hub. Happy to share it!


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you, Pras, for this beautiful and interesting tour. It would be amazing to travel to Indonesia. The beaches are stunning. I voted up and across (not funny) and will be sharing this hub. Take care my friend. - Audrey


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow, great places to visit since it is school holidays. Do you travel by plane? Which airline did you choose?


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bdegiulio 22 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi prasetio30. What a beautiful place. I would love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing your beautiful country with us.


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM

What a beautiful article! I have never been to your part of the world. It is stunning as seen by your photos and description. I now know what to see if and when I do come to Java. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Peggy W. I am so happy to see you again. I agree with you about the infrastructure. I hope you can visit my country someday. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Audrey (vocalcoach). Thank you very much for your attention to this hub and give your vote. I believe that you'll find many amazing places in Indonesia. I'll wait your visit. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, peachpurple. Welcome to my hub. About traveling by plane, it depend on the location. If the location far away and located in another island, so I choose plane for transportation. There are many options for airlines in Indonesia. Take care!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, suzettenaples. Welcome to my country. I hope you can enjoy the beauty of the places in Indonesia,especially you can meet generous people in Java. Take care and see you :-)

Prasetio


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, bdegiulio. Thank you very much for coming and your attention to my country. Of course, you can visit Indonesia someday. You can put my country on your travel list. Have a nice day!


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This sure looks like a beautiful place. If I was to come, it would be for the bird and animal life.


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prasetio30 21 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, aviannovice. Thanks for coming. This place is great for wild life conservation. take care!

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