Before I start, I should warn you that this post contains a lot of photos 🙂
Early this month, Anggi (we work at the same office/school) asked me whether I want to join her and her friends’ trip to Green Canyon….yup, you read it correctly GREEN CANYON not Grand Canyon 🙂 I was planning to share this for my Indonesia Banget post…but 17 of this month is too far to share my current activity. let’s just say that this is a Special Indonesia Banget edition 😉
First of all, let me explain you what Green Canyon is!
From local people, this place is called as Cukang Taneuh (it used Sundanese – a traditional language used by people of West Java) which means The Land Bridge or The Soil Bridge (I am not sure which one is the correct one as tanah has two meanings in English). In 1990, a tourist from France saw the beauty of Cukang Taneuh and called it as Green Canyon because it looks like Grand Canyon but the color is so green.
Green Canyon is in Desa Kertayasa, Kecamatan Cijulang, Ciamis, Jawa Barat (West Java). It is 393 km from Jakarta, the ride takes about 8 to 9 hours. It is also located around 31 km from Pangandaran Beach and also close to Batu Karas Beach and Batu Hiu Beach. Because all those beaches are near our main destination we decided to visit them all. I will divide the photos based on the places.
These are my photos…to anyone who come across these photos, please don’t use them without my permission. Tolong jangan gunakan photo-photo berikut tanpa izin dari saya atau setidaknya berikan link ke halaman ini.
We arrived at Pangandaran Beach around 4 pm. Some of my fellow travelers wanted to ride banana boat on the East Beach…Anggi, Winda and I wanted to capture the sunset. Unfortunately, the sun hid behind the cloud…but I amstill happy with the view. The current was so strong in this west beach.
Here are my favorite photos (Click on the photo to have a better look). If your cursor hovers above the photo, I wrote something on each photo (tho not always)
We left Pangadaran early in the morning because we didn’t want to get to Green canyon and found so many people there. Green canyon was sooooo beautiful. The photos I have here did not do any justice to the real one. The river was so green and clean. There was no trash in it (unlike all rivers in Jakarta). The rocks were incredible, a feast to my eyes.
On the boat to the main view, we could see the greenery on both sides of the river and big rock with amazing shapes. There was also water dripping down the rock. Near the entrance of the main view, the dripping water became intense as if we were in the middle of heavy rain.
From here, we had to swim to the next spot. I couldn’t take out my camera as often as before. The current was so strong, it was hard to swim even with the help of the life jacket. In some parts,the river was really deep. There was a rock people used to jump down the river,it was around 9 meters from the water surface.
On our way back to the boat station (I don’t know what to call that place so I made this word up). The sun was already high and I could get better photos than before. The water looked greener than before.
My next visit, which was to Batu Karas beach and Batu Hiu beach, can be seen in page 2 🙂
I don’t want to make this post becomes TOO long.