Located an hour’s drive away from Solo, Tawangmangu is a mountainous area along the slope of Mount Lawu that has been famed since the Dutch colonial era.
At the top of the vast and cool Kemuning Tea Plantation lies Cetho Temple with an archway that resembles the grand Pura Lempuyang Luhur in Bali.
If you plan to visit, make sure you use a vehicle that is up for the hiking challenge!
After that, head straight to Bale Branti for a warm drink. This outdoor resting spot is the perfect place to relax and have a nice chat while enjoying the fresh mountain breeze.
The area has several dramatic waterfalls, but the cream of the crop has to be the the Grojogan Sewu Waterfall that is 81 metres tall. It’s in fact the tallest waterfall in Central Java!
You can also swim in a pool of fresh mountain water, laze in the gazebos or take on the thrill of the flying fox! If you’re bringing the little ones, they will have a lot of fun at the outbound area, playground, and kids’ swimming pool.
Last but not least, Tawangmangu also is the perfect destination for horror lovers.
On Sekipan Hill, there is a horror-themed recreation park where you can take selfies with “ghosts”. But fret not – they’re only statues dressed in scary costumes and body paint.
Though of course, they will give you a good pump of adrenaline and a proper fright!