The volcanic complex in Central Java, known as the Dieng plateau, which comes from Di Hyang that literally translates to “Abode of the Gods”. This scenic delight and is littered with beautiful Hindu and Javanese temples, including eight small temples that are said to be from the Kalinga Kingdom, which were once part of the 400 temples that were built by the followers of Hinduism. Apart from that, tourists usually venture into the land for activities like trekking and for visiting the various active volcanic craters.
The place is best known to international travelers for its Carica syrup and Mie Ongklok which are locally available in the main town of Dieng, Wonosobo, along with the delicious banana sweets that are most popular amongst the natives of the places.
Historically, apart from the religious significance that the place holds, it is also known for being a part of the guerilla campaign led by General Sudirman during the Indonesian War of Independence. Tourists can also choose to detour into the nearby towns like Purwokerto, Semarang and Yogyakarta.
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Volcanic Craters- Dieng plateau is known for being home to various volcanic craters, known as kawah in the local language. The most popular one to visit is the Sikidang crater, along with the Candradimuka crater and the Sileri crater. The Sikidang crater is popular for the sulphur smoke that can actively be seen, as they are constantly getting emitted out of the large holes. Private tours in cars can be booked by small groups of people, with local drivers who act as tour guides for visiting these craters, and the Sikidang crater has an entry fee of 30,000 IDR per head.
Arjuna Temple Complex- The Arjuna Temple complex is the most popular attraction out of all the other temples in the locality, as the region is known for being home to many such religious places. The complex is of great historical importance as it includes some of the earliest Hindu temples in Central Java, and the construction of these temples marks the onset of the chain of temples that were built in and around the region later on.
Telaga Warna- Telaga Warna, popularly known as the colour-changing lake, is most frequented because of the scenic beauty it has to offer with its reflections of the colours blue, green and purple. Visitors can relax at the location in the morning and afternoon hours and can take a leisurely stroll along the lake to find a balcony at the edge where they can unwind and enjoy the picturesque lake. Also, it is highly advised not to visit the lake after night falls as there tends to be a heavy fog around the water body along with unpredictable weather.
Sikunir Hill- Apart from casually trekking around the highlands and experiencing the local culture and people first hand, Dieng plateau is also known for the views of a beautiful sunrise that can be caught from Sikunir Hill. The foot of the hill itself can be reached by hiring a car or a bike, from where visitors are required to hike up the hill for about half an hour or so to reach the peak in time for sunrise.
Perahu Hill- Another peak known for its sunrise viewing spots, visitors need to start at around 3:00 a.m. and then hike up the hill for almost two hours, with the trek culminating in some of the best views around.
Documentary of Dieng Plateau at the Dieng Plateau Theatre- Explore and learn about the Dieng Plateau's rich heritage and customs through an hour-and-a-half documentary screened at the Dieng Plateau Theatre.
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