Tangkuban Perahu, The Legendary Volcano with Many Craters


There are many mountains in the Bandung Area. However, the mountain that is best known to everyone, not just the surrounding population, is Mount Tangkuban Perahu. This volcano is shrouded in a legend that has spread throughout Indonesia.

A crater in Tangkuban Perahu. via instagram/nachoceanodroma1969

At present, Mount Tangkuban Perahu is a tourist destination that is also really popular and visited by many tourists every year. This mountain does have a lot of charm and is always interesting to explore.


Enjoying the view at the volcano. via Instagram/pammybowie

Administratively, Mount Tangkuban Perahu is situated in the Cikole Village, Lembang District, West Bandung Regency. The volcano is located on the border between West Bandung Regency and Subang Regency.

From the center of Bandung City, this mountain is only about 20 kilometers away. It’s just that the time needed to reach the top of the mountain will be a little longer because the terrain is quite challenging.

The legend of Tangkuban Perahu

The mountain from another angle. via Instagram/c_k05

According to the legend that’s being passed down through generations of the Sundanese community, Tangkuban Perahu was created from an upside down boat. The legend says that Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi, who without his knowledge was his own mother. Dayang Sumbi knew that and ask for impossible stipulations if Sangkuriang wants to marry her.

Homes at the edge of a crater. via Instagram/seandalt

Sangkuriang eventually failed to meet the requirements. Frustrated by his failure, Sangkuriang was angry and kicked the boat he made himself. The boat all upside down and turned into Mount Tangkuban Perahu.

Lots of craters

The craters. via Instagram/deniramdaniiii

The main attraction of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain are the nine craters, some are still geologically listed as active craters. The names of the craters are Domas Crater, Ecoma Crater, Jarian Crater, Jurig Crater, Lanang Crater, Pangguyangan Badak Crater, Ratu Crater, Siluman Crater, and Upas Crater.

The three most popular craters are Domas, Ratu, and Upas. Ratu Crater is the largest on this mountain and shaped like a giant bowl.

Green vegetation

The misty vegetation. via Instagram/guntarajourney

On the slopes of Tangkuban Perahu, you can also find lovely tea plantation. This is the Lembang Sukawana tea plantation, owned by PTPN VIII. If you are done enjoying the craters at Tangkuban Perahu and want to enjoy the freshness of exploring the tea plantation here, you only need to pay a ticket of IDR 2,000. You can even see several waterfalls in this are like Curug Tilu, Curug Bugbrug, and Curug Putri Layung.

The general view of Tangkuban Perahu. via Instagram/ip2b.official

Tangkuban Perahu is still an active volcano that is always interesting to visit. This mountain, although not too tall, has an important place in the heart of Sundanese people.

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