Visiting Garut City in West Java Province, Indonesia
One thing may come to tourists’ head when they heard a word “Garut”. It is none other than an Indonesian traditional snack called “Dodol”! Well, the region offers than such delicious and sweet snacks though. It is because visitors can find numerous tourist attractions and watch some traditional performances there. Not to mention they can try some local foods and drinks aside from Dodol. Garut is, overall, a worthy vacation destination for everyone! For first-timers, though, it is important to learn more information and trivia regarding the city before visiting it. It may help them to enjoy the vacation and explore the region efficiently, after all.
When it comes to nuance, Garut Regency offers a refreshing atmosphere. It is because most parts of the region consist of mountains, including Papandayan, Cikuray, and Gunture. These mountains are, in fact, some of the best tourist attractions that everyone can explore. Moreover, in the south part of the region, some beautiful South beaches reside! What about the residents? Well, they are indeed friendly and often throw a smile even at outsiders. All tourists would feel comfortable there, for sure.
Exploring Garut City
Before exploring the city, everyone should at least learn some information regarding the history of Garut Regency. It is said the founders decided to change the original name of the region (Limbangan) in order to prevent misfortunes. The name Garut derives from the word “Gagarut” which means “got grazed”, actually. During the look for a new place to be chosen as the new governmental region, one of the committees got scratched by bushes back then. No wonder, they decided to name it that way.
Once hearing the history of Garut Regency either from the locals or a tour guides, tourists can explore the city immediately. In this case, they should never miss the chance to enjoy various types of local foods and drinks! Dodol Garut is the best snack to buy for sure. However, other famous delicacies are available including Liwet Rice, Aci Ball, Fresh Goyobod, Cibiuk Condiment, and many others! Here is the tip. Tourists should buy them from local eateries instead of hotels. Why is that? The price is way cheaper!
The next thing to do in Garut Regency is to enjoy various Indonesia’s local performances or ceremonies. The most popular one, in this case, is Badeng. It was founded in 1800 during the influence of Wali Songo and Islam. What is it, actually? The performers may dance and play traditional musical instruments in an open area. Tourists would enjoy it, for sure!
- Cihurip Peak
- Batu Waterfall
- Cibadak Waterfall
- Nyogong Waterfall
- Ngaleng Waterfall
- Karang Pakpak Beach
How to Get There
The distance between Bandung City and Garut Regency is 129 km. That means tourists need to spend about 3 hours and 46 minutes to get there. This can be done by any type of transportation service, as well. For those who look for a faster trip, they should only take Nanggeleng – Cirahayu Street.
Where to Stay
- Ciawi Twin Villa
- Wirakalingga Hotel
- Eka Jaya Hotel