Telaga Merdada

A B-grade attraction if there ever was one

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What we say: 3 stars

Again, a B-grade attraction if there ever was one, Telaga Merdada is located on the large circuit that takes in the likes of Kawah Candradimuka and takes you through the stunning scenery around the valleys of Pasurenan and Condongcampur.

Telaga Merdada is a large lake sitting at the base of an even larger kilometre-wide, steep-sided crater which is often shrouded in mist and rain. The usual array of farms is present here too, but after having come from the stunning views around Condongcampur, it's hard to get excited about this scenery. It is however a very peaceful area and taking a rest under a tree by the side of the lake is a fantastic idea if the sun is still shining.

Backtracking up the hill 100 metres from the entrance to Sumur Jalatunda, a turn off leads to a road which travels 2.4 kilometres through the farmed valley to the village of Pasurenan. At Pasurenan, turn left and follow the road for 6 kilometres until the signposted turn off to Telaga Merdada. From the Telaga Merdada turnoff, continue along the road for 3.3 kilometres to reach the main Dieng intersection once again, thus completing the large circuit.

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