Looking for the best spots for hiking in Bandung, Indonesia? Well then, you have come to the right place. After spending 11 months in Bandung, I have uncovered quite a few off beat places to hike or grab a drink or two in the city.
In this article, I will take you down memory lane with me and share my experience of hiking upto Tebing Keraton or the Keraton cliff.
My Indonesian friends told me about this epic, newly discovered scenic spot which literally went viral on social media. This is a great place to catch the sun rise in Bandung. I knew I had to see it, but, sadly, I am not a morning person. So, my friends and I decided to catch the sunset instead and finally made our way to Tebing Keraton.
How to Reach Tebing Keraton
It is not really a hidden place but well, you won’t find it on the map – like many other awesome spots in Bandung. So the best way is to go with a local or just ask around after you reach Dago. Tebing Keraton is situated in Forest Park lr. H. Juanda and I will explain the easiest route to the place.
From Terminal Dago, take the road which leads to Bukit Dago Pakar. Keep going and on left you will see Resor dago pakar. Once you enter, you will pass some cafes like Stone cafe and even the dago highland resort on your left. Go towards North Bukit Pakar and as you keep going uphill, you will see some lovely greenery and enjoy a bit of nature while driving to your destination. Continue till you see ‘Warung Bandrek’ – That’s literally the closest landmark.
Now, you will be “forced” to park your vehicle since ojeg (Bike taxi) owners closed a road 2 years ago to increase their revenue. They will charge you around $4 (per person, negotiable) to take you up the rocky climb on the bike. However, if you want the real experience – hike it! It’s moderate level hike of around 30 mins. Yes, it is surely steep but very much do-able. I mean, I did it, right? So, you can too!
Entry to Keraton cliff is around IDR 75,000 for foreigners (Approx $6) – I went in as local so I am not sure if this price has fluctuated since.
Why is Tebing Keraton One of the Best Spots for Hiking In Bandung
Ah okay so here’s the best part. We enjoyed a stunning view of the forest and a mesmerizing sunset in the bustling small city that evening. Once you reach the top and pay entrance, you can see lush green forests of Forest Park lr. H. Juanda in the deep valley of Bandung.
This view is so amazing and just when you think it cannot get any better, you see a rope hanging on top of the cliff – yes, you can literally rappel down those cliffs, with help of the rope and go as far as you want.
Please note – There are no security or safety personnel there so go down the cliffs at your own risk and be very careful as rocks can be slippery, especially during rains.
You can choose a cliff of your choice and just sit and enjoy the uninterrupted view away from the crowds.
Going up the cliffs is bit of a pain too but remember this time you have to hike downhill towards the parking lot, so it kind of gets balanced.
Hiking in Bandung is a lot of fun as the city is so scenic with pleasant weather throughout the year. It’s the perfect spot for adventure or relaxation – choose your poison and enjoy your stay in this lovely town.
Have you ever been to Bandung? Tell me about your experience in comments below or just share your favorite hike. I am all ears!