Cangkuang Temple in Leles Sub-District, Garut Regency
Some tourists may miss the fact that Garut City also has an interesting temple to visit. The name is Cangkuang Temple and it resides in Leuwigoong Village. In terms of region, it belongs to Leles Sub-District, though. This Hindu temple is also the part of Kampung Pulo area. The fact is that Cangkuang is the only Hindu temple in Sunda land and it resides next to an ancient landmark called Embah Dalem Arief Muhammad Tomb. Like other temples, the site is popular among tourists to do several activities like photography, relaxation, family recreation, and exploration. Some people even come to the temple to learn the history.
Cangkuang Temple is considered unique due to the fact that it is located in the midst of small isle of Cangkuang Lake. That means tourists should spend some efforts in order to approach the temple, as they need to get to the island first. Despite the effort, the reward is quite satisfying. Not only tourists can see such historical temple once arriving at the site, but they also enjoy the serene nuance. Thanks to the pristine environment and fresh air. Somehow, visitors can find peace during the visit!
Exploring Cangkuang Temple
For a more comfortable and efficient tour, tourists should consider hiring a guide when visiting the temple. Another reason is that they can get thorough information regarding the site. In terms of name, for example, Cangkuang is a type of Pandan leaves. The locals gave the name due to the presence of those leaves that grow on the site. People who live in nearby villages even take advantage of the leaves to make numerous traditional items like mats, wrappers, and coverlid.
The tour guide may also tell tourists regarding the history of Cangkuang Temple, in fact. It is said the temple was found in 1966 by a group of researchers. At the time, these people were looking for an ancient tomb and Shiva statue in Kampung Pulo Hill. Here is the unique thing. The temple indeed belonged to Hindu society (during the 8th century). However, there is an ancient Islamic tomb located next to it. Well, no further information is available to explain such unique mystery though.
Another thing that tourist can do on the site is to explore the temple thoroughly. Cangkuang Temple resides on an area of 4.7 x 4.7 meters and it has the height of 2.49 meters. Inside, tourists may find a historical statue having the crossed-legged pose. According to experts, this is a Shiva statue due to the presence of “Nandi” head. It is a little bit disappointing because the statue doesn’t come in a good condition. Even the face is damaged due to the age. Have no worries. It remains a good object for photography due to its historical value!
- Situ Bagendit
- Wanaraja Square
- Karang Pawitan
- Situ Sarkanjut
How to Get There
From Bandung City, a trip to Cangkuang Temple may take about 1 hour and 22 minutes. It is because the distance is 52.7 km. For those who look for a faster trip, they can take advantage of Nanggeleng – Cirahayu Street though. The first destination is none other than Garut Regency. Next, tourists should head to Leles Sub-District and reach Leuwigoong Village afterward. The last thing to do is to find a boat service and reach the island located in the midst of Cangkuang Lake.
Where to Stay
- Bukit Alamanda Resort
- Paseban Hotel
In the Journal of Nature (a scientific journal of high repute), Mounce et al (2017) revealed, widely that Botanical Gardens around the world have collected at least 105,634 species or equivalent to 30% of all known plant diversity worldwide. However, it was also disclosed that there are an estimated 75% of species that have not been conserved in the tropics. Therefore, the Bogor Botanical Gardens which incidentally located in the tropics and are included in the oldest botanical gardens in Southeast Asia, must be able to answer the conservation challenges…
The Bogor Botanical Gardens are the only natural destination in the middle of Bogor city with 87 hectares area. The transportation support capacity is very adequate to access this tourist location. Easy toll access and public transportation access are widely available, which are added values ??for the existence of this tourist location. The existence of the Bogor Botanical Gardens itself cannot be separated from the historical value of the existence of the Dutch in the colonial period, where it is known that the Bogor Botanical Gardens was founded by the…
Ranca Upas is one of the tourist destinations in Bandung. Here you can camp while looking at the herd of deer and stunning scenery. Ranca Upas is a tourist spot located in Rancabali District, Bandung Regency, West Java. Ranca Upas is also known as campground, which is a favorite place for nature lovers. At Ranca Upas you can camp in the meadow on a hill of about 1700 meters above sea level. The view in the morning really amazes like being abroad. Moreover, the cool air makes the atmosphere more…
Last year, the waterfall or in local language called as ‘curug’, became a very popular tourist destination for tourists. Its presence in remote areas makes tourists more curious and feels challenged to reach it. Local waterfalls are also crowded because at that time Indonesian citizens were hit by boredom due to the Corona virus pandemic which forced them to cancel their vacation plans. West Java is not only famous for its beautiful beaches and mountains. The area, which is divided into 18 districts and nine cities, also has tourism potential…