How green was my valley
Published/Last edited or updated: 27th January, 2018
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.
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 the theory.
Change rooms are available and a couple of warungs in the carpark sell snacks and drinks. Hordes of locals head here on weekends and holidays, so take the opportunity to make some new friends, although it still attracts fewer people than Green Canyon and is often very quiet midweek. Most locals swim in shorts and T-shirts or longer rather than swimming costumes, so if you don’t want to offend, we suggest you do the same. Wear river shoes if you plan on body rafting.
A short walk along the river leads to the midrange Hau Eco Lodge with modern shipping container rooms over the rivers edge, an excellent getaway-from-it-all spot to stay if you wish to explore this area further.
If you only have time for one activity in the region, Green Canyon is more spectacular, but we’d suggest visiting both. Citumang is 17 kilometres from Pangandaran, 25 kilometres from Batu Karas and 18 kilometres to Green Canyon. As with most activities in the area, the easiest way to visit is to arrange a day tour though one of the numerous travel agents in Pangandaran or hire an ojek or taxi to take you directly as there is no public transport.
Address: 17 km west of Pangandaran, 25 km northeast of Batu Karas
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º32'18.27" E, 7º38'43.19" S
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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.
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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