A few months ago, I took a day trip to Rancabali district Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. From Central Jakarta, I went to toll Cikampek, Cipularang, Purbaleunyi and exited at the toll gate of KOPO. From there, you will see directions to Ciwidey. A four-wheel trip takes about 2 hours (Jakarta – Kopo toll gate) and 1.5 hours from Kopo toll gate to Rancabali location (because the road is uphill, the road is not too wide and twisted so the average speed is 30km/hour – 60 km/hour).
But the journey to Ciwiday is very pleasant, because the scenery on the right and left are really amazing. I saw beautiful green hills, vast tea gardens in several locations, various vegetable gardens and fruit gardens. The first location that I went to was the Glamping Lakeside Rancabali Tour located in JL.Situ Patengan, Rancabali, Ciwidey West Java with operational hours (07.00 am -07.00 pm).
When we arrived to our destination, we were greeted with spectacular views of the lake surrounded by tea gardens, jungle, resorts (with unique houses lined up) and a unique restaurant named “Resto Bahtera.” To get to the location, you pass through an Instagrammable wooden bridge.
I could not wait to get to the top of the restaurant to taste the menu while looking at the scenery around. To get to this tourist spot, we bought tickets at the price of 20.000/person. Worth it for this cozy place! This resto is 3 floors and there is indoor & outdoor location. The menu available was quite diverse. It had a variety of seafood, home cooking, grilled fish, various snack foods such as grilled banana chocolate cheese (one of my favorite), various coffee and juice and several other beverages.
In the late afternoon, I started to make my way back. On the way back, I had a quick stop at a restaurant located in the hot spring (Ciwidey Valley Resort). The location of the restaurant was quite enjoyable, with a blue mountain background. There is a unique giant bird cage! The menu offered a variety of Nusantara cuisine as well as various fresh juice drinks.
For about two hours, I relaxed at Ciwidey Valley Resto. For those of you who come to West Java, do not forget to spend a day visiting Rancabali. Allow yourself to feel the coolness of the atmosphere of the mountains, beautiful Lake Situ Patenggang and the sensation of walking in the middle of a stretch of green tea gardens as far as the eye can see.