Photo: Oh so pretty.

Candi Kedaton day trip

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Candi Kedaton is a small, incomplete 14th century Majapahit temple on the slopes of Gunung Argapura in Tiris, some 50 kilometres southeast of Probolingo, and though the temple is important historically and harbours some exquisite detailed carvings, this is one for the hardcore candi chasers only.





To reach this remote area can take hours and is via a punishing road that resembles a riverbed in parts, however if you have a day to spare and are up for a bit of adventure, you can combine a trip to the temple with other sites in the area which include some lovely lakes, a waterfall and an awesome natural hot spring. Pack your swimmers, but also pack a jacket—it can get mighty cool in the hills.

The roads can be a bit hit and miss up this way. Photo taken in or around Candi Kedaton day trip, Probolinggo, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The roads can be a bit hit and miss up this way. Photo: Sally Arnold

The journey to Candi Kedaton is incredibly scenic, as the road winds though the mountain villages rice terraces and coffee plantations, it’s easy to forget that you are on an island filled with millions of people. Once you reach the village of Andungbiru, look for the small sign indicating the path to Candi Kedaton. It’s a short walk down a steep and narrow track to the temple which is enclosed in a cleared grassy fenced area amidst the surrounding jungle.

Built of grey volcanic andesite rock, Candi Kedaton resembles an altar—a six metre square platform standing only a couple of metres high with a small squat staircase leading to the flat top. Detailed relief panels surround the sides, and the carvings are in very good condition depicting scenes from the Mahabharata sagas of Arjuna and Garuda. Some missing panels are replaced by unadorned stone and a couple of these “lost” reliefs can be found in the Probolinggo Museum.

Candi Kedaton: for the hardcore candi chasers only. Photo taken in or around Candi Kedaton day trip, Probolinggo, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Candi Kedaton: for the hardcore candi chasers only. Photo: Sally Arnold

Adorning the outer sides of the balustrade is a relief of a miniature Majapahit style candi, a symbol of Mount Meru, the centre of the Hindu cosmos. An inscription in Sanskrit stating the date in the Saka calendar 1292 (1370 AD), is clearly visible on the left balustrade which dates the temple to have been constructed during the reign of Majapahit King ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
Public transport is not available to Candi Kedaton and the Tiris area and is best reached by hiring a car or motorbike/ojek for the day. A car is the more comfortable option as the roads are not great—it took us three hours to reach the temple from Probolinggo on a motorbike. The trip is not recommended for novice motorbike riders, hire an ojek instead.

An ojek will set you back around 200,000—250,000 rupiah for the trip. We recommend Wahid Efendi T: (0812) 3406 9091; WA: (0813) 3608 8685. From Probolinggo head east along the north coast road in the direction of Bayuwangi, after around 20 kilometres turn right into Jalan Raya Pesawahan heading south and follow the signs to the lakes and temple.

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Candi Kedaton day trip
50 kilometres southeast of Probolingo

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