Bandung have always been known for its scenic mountainside views, and Tebing Keraton is one of the best viewpoint in the city. Located within Ir H Djuanda Forest Park North Bandung, Keraton Cliff offer breathtaking view of the verdant hills and forest with a sight of rice paddies stretching out in the distance and the green mountains in the background. It is simply majestic it might makes your heart tremble in awe. Many people said that the scenery gets even more mesmerizing during sunrise and during sunset.
Discover Keraton Cliff: Hidden Paradise of Bandung
Keraton Cliff's Name
'Keraton' in Indonesian means 'a kingdom'. That probably makes you wonder if the site was really a place of an ancient kingdom in the past? Well, the truth is no historical records that mentioned it to be a site of any ancient kingdoms. You'll get so many versions of the story, you might get a different answer if you ask a different person. But the most common ones are the one which the locals received a vision of a palace sitting atop of the cliff. While the other version mentioned that they dreamt of someone who told them to name the place so. It is mostly just a local lore that passed down for generations, even so it does give the cliff some depth.
Things to Do in Keraton Cliff
Now probably you're wondering, how did the mythical kingdom folklore came to anyone's mind? You should visit Keraton Cliff very early in the morning, you'll get the answer immediately. The sight of the entire hills and forest blanketed with thick fog is simply mesmerizing and mythical. It would definitely makes sense to built a castle on top of the cliff, just so you can enjoy the view everytime you woke up. If you're not a morning person, you can opt to come in the afternoon to watch a spectacular view of the sunset. You can also camp in for a night or two in the camping ground located just few steps away from the forest area.
Ir H Juanda Forest Park
While you're in Keraton Cliff, you might as well visit Ir H Juanda Forest Park just a stone's throw away from the cliff. Ir H Juanda Forest Park or locally known as Taman Hutan Raya Ir H Juanda is a spacious conservation area housing over 2500 types of plants from 40 familia and 112 species. The forest park was named after Djuanda Kartawidjaja, the last Prime Minister of Indonesia in 1966, and managed by the Forestry Service of West Java Provincial Government. Ir H Juanda Forest Park is highly popular to be a perfect place for morning and afternoon strolls. It is also a perfect place to escape from the sun's heat.
Attractions Nearby Keraton Cliff: Maribaya Hotspring
The best way to warm yourself after a cold morning in Keraton Cliff is soaking in a hotspring, so Maribaya Hot Springs should be in your go-to list next. Located 6 miles away from the cliff, the spa service boast numerous hotspring pools surrounded with the serenity of Dago mountains. You can enjoy soaking inside one (or two) pools available with different fees while taking in the beauty of nature. There are gazebos and sun loungers nearby the pools for those who would rather to stay dry and enjoying the view.
Attractions Nearby Keraton Cliff: Begonia Garden
Just a bit further from Keraton Cliff is an astounding Begonia Garden located in Jl. Maribaya 102A, Lembang. You'll find colorful begonia flowers nurtured in this botanical garden, they are all well-groomed you might even think that you are being transported to the Eden garden. While you'll stumble across begonia flowers most of the time, you will also notice that the botanical garden also consist of other types of colorful flowers, vegetables, and even fruit trees. You are also allowed to harvest some of the fruits right from its tree and bring them home. Children and adults are both in love with this botanical attraction.
Attractions Nearby Keraton Cliff: Moko Hill
Visiting just one viewpoint Bandung is never enough, so you can continue your journey to Moko Hill right after you visited Keraton Cliff. Moko Hill is counted as the highest point in Bandung. That means, you'll get to view the entire city and its surrounding mountains from this place. Moko Hill have become one of the most popular attractions in recent years, particularly after the emergence of Instagram. If you're looking for a spot with great scenery in Bandung, definitely give Moko Hill a shot.
How to Get Tickets?
To access Keraton Cliff, you will have to pay Rp 50.000,- or about $3.29 for foreign tourists, while locals only have to pay Rp 12.000,- or $79. Different admission fees are applied if you visit other attractions other than the Ir H Juanda Waterpark.
How To Get Around?
Some places are reachable by only walking from Keraton Cliff, while you must ride on a motorcycle or a taxi to reach other attractions.
What Should I Wear?
You're about to go on a hike, so think about uneven terrain and sweats. Wear the most comfortable clothes that enables you to move easily and a pair of comfortable hiking shoes. But don't forget to bring a jacket if you're going to Keraton Cliff in the morning.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Keraton Cliff is either early in the morning or few hours before sunset. Not only will you get the best view, the weather will be much cooler at those times.
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How To Get There?
It is best to rent a car or motorcycle to get to Keraton Cliff, as not many public transportations are available for this route. Take the route to the Ir H Djuanda Forest Park and keep on driving until you find two-ways sign with one direction pointing to Bukit Pakar, and the other one to Tebing Keraton. Pick the latter and the cliff shouldn't be too far away.