Photo: It can be a bumpy ride.

Citumang (Green Valley)

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Less well known than its popular cousin Green Canyon, Citumang, also known as Green Valley is an attractive small river gorge with picnic and camping grounds, waterfalls, cave swimming, hiking and beautiful natural scenery, as lush and green as the name suggests.





From the ticket entrance, a ten-minute walk along a picturesque jungle path alongside the river opens to a shady grassy area and clear swimming hole. A manmade pool filed with small fish offers “fish therapy” where you can dangle in your toes for a tickly “massage” or perhaps just a free feed of your dead skin to the fry. A couple of muddy overgrown trails lead further into the bush, but from the state of them we guess most visitors prefer picnicking on the grass or swimming in the river.

Some take a leap. Photo taken in or around Citumang (Green Valley), Pangandaran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Some take a leap. Photo: Sally Arnold

Like Green Canyon, the water is a beautiful turquoise green flowing from a natural cave, but with less strong currents and gentler rapids, making it more suitable for families. By far the most popular activity at Citumang is body rafting, a delightful pursuit floating along the river, gazing at the overhanging jungle. This fun diversion is also less challenging than the more adventurous option at Green Canyon and is possible to do year round, an excellent plan B for when Green Canyon is too dangerous for swimming.

Rafting here costs 75,000 rupiah per person per hour with a lifejacket supplied, but no helmet or other protective gear. Locals said they were unnecessary, but we’d be wary jumping off rocks without protection and would probably take the less foolhardy sliding into the river option instead. Local legend is that drinking the water dripping from the cave will bring everlasting youth, but we’d suggest bringing a water filter if you wish to test ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Citumang (Green Valley)
17 km west of Pangandaran, 25 km northeast of Batu Karas
Mo–Su: 08:00–16:30
Admission: 24,000 rupiah on weekdays and 29,000 rupiah on weekends for foreign tourists and 19,000 rupiah on weekdays and 24,000 rupiah on weekends for Indonesians.

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