Photo: Steaming!

Kawah Kamojang

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Kawah Kamojang (Kamojang Crater), is the sight of a geothermal power plant on the slopes of Gunung Guntur in West Java. The cool mountain air and pleasant, relaxed atmosphere of the surrounding dense forest peppered with multiple bubbling lakes and high pressure steam vents make this region a popular local picnic site.





The first geothermal well was drilled here in 1926 by the Dutch colonial government, this 60-metre deep shaft is known as Kawah Kerata Api or (Steam) Train Crater due to its narrow high powered vent and the deafening screeching train-like sound it produces. Later a modern geothermal energy plant opened in 1983—the first of its kind in Indonesia.

An open-air steam bath. Photo taken in or around Kawah Kamojang , Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

An open-air steam bath. Photo: Sally Arnold

The main attraction at Kawah Kamojang is to wander around the various vantage points to take in remarkable geothermal activity, getting up close to the fumaroles, steaming ground, hot lakes, mud pools and hydrothermally altered surrounds. Although many parts of the area are blocked by the nearby power plant, it doesn’t really detract from the spectacle and the plant’s labyrinth-like network of pipes that snake up over the road convey a somewhat “Brazil-like” surreal atmosphere.

As you approach the site, a large steamy mud lake, Kawah Manuk quietly bubbles away before the main entrance gate where an entry fee of 100,000 rupiah weekdays and 150,000 rupiah weekends and holidays is payable by foreigners (less for local visitors). Some of the more dangerous vents such as the blasting Kawah Kerata Api are cordoned off so you can’t get too close.

Beautiful in an eerie kind of a way. Photo taken in or around Kawah Kamojang , Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Beautiful in an eerie kind of a way. Photo: Sally Arnold

The most popular spot visited here is Kawah Hujan, a hot spring with temperatures of 95º–98º C. Local visitors strip down (modestly to shorts and T-shirts) to bask in the mildly sulphurous steam of this natural outdoor sauna. Near the main carpark, a bunch of warungs serve up pretty standard fare such as noodles and rice.

Kawah Kamojang is situated about 23 kilometres northwest of Cipanas (Garut). It’s not the most spectacular volcanic region in Java, yet it is far from unimpressive and makes a pleasant half-day excursion. If you are also plan on visiting Gunung Papandayan (you should) see Kawah Kamojang beforehand or you may be disappointed.

The steaming is very much done in the natural environment. Photo taken in or around Kawah Kamojang , Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The steaming is very much done in the natural environment. Photo: Sally Arnold

Getting to Kawah Kamojang can be a bit of a hassle as public transport doesn’t travel this far. Private transport can be hired from Cipanas for the one-hour plus picturesque journey.


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Kawah Kamojang
23 kilometres northwest of Cipanas (Garut)
Admission: 100,000 rupiah, 150,000 rupiah on weekends

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