The scenery around Kampung Naga is breathtaking in every sense of the word.
It first comes into view when commencing the long walk from the carpark at the top of the hill and continues to amaze as you proceed down the stairs and into the ricefield-carpeted valley below.
While descending the hundreds of stairs, the view opens up into a mixture of dense jungle, patchwork ricefields and old houses with traditional roofs made from material sourced from coconut trees. Add a touch of smoke to the mix and the glow of the afternoon sunlight and one can safely say that you will gasp at this magnificent sight.
Kampung Naga is a traditional village which still practises many of the old animist ways of their ancestors, many of which were once practised all over Java. Today the villagers also embrace Islam, but with a healthy dose of ancestor worship to a create a unique culture. Interestingly, the village isn't connected to the electricity grid, meaning gas lamps adorn houses and car batteries power ancient radios and black and white televisions.
Guides offer to take visitors through the village for a donation of about 15,000 rupiah per person, but this is entirely a personal decision. If choosing not to hire a guide, it's polite to leave a donation in the village donation box down by the mosque.
Come here for the fabulous scenery and a glimpse into Indonesia's traditional past.
How to get there
Kampung Naga is 20 kilometres southeast of Garut and is usually visited en route to or from Pangandaran on the southern coast. Buses to Kampung Naga from either Garut or nearby Tasikmalaya cost 7,000 rupiah and take 45 minutes to an hour. The main train line to Bandung, Central Java passes through Tasikmalaya and this makes a good transit point for those coming from or going to Yogyakarta and beyond.