Baturraden is a place famous for its sulfur hot springs. It’s located 14 KM north of Purwokerto on Slamet Mountain, the second-tallest mountain in Central Java. The mineral contained in the water is believed able to treat some skin conditions.
Surrounded by nature and water as the main element, you can find yourself soaking in small ponds of hot water or stand under a small waterfall and get messaged by water falling from the cliff.
In the area of Baturraden there are 5 tourist objects you can visit. They are separated in different places:
- Pancuran Pitu / Seven Springs
- Pancuran Telu / Three Springs
- Taman Lokawisata Baturraden / Baturraden Garden
- Kebun Raya Baturraden / Baturraden Botanical Garden.
- Telaga Sunyi / Silent Lake
The distance between each object is varies between 2,5 KM – 7 KM. It depends on which route you want to take.
Since all tourist objects are located in a mountain, the roads or paths are hilly. Therefore certain route could be quite challenging and fun to go on foot. But for other route, it is advisable to use a private vehicle or a public transportation. More details about this are explained below.
You could visit all objects in one day. But it’s impossible to enjoy them all in just a day. So if your time is limited and you want to enjoy yourself, pick one place of your choice.
If you really loves nature and adventure, there are still undeveloped spots on the Slamet Mountain to explore. You might need a local tour guide to show you the way. Since it requires you to go through a forest.
Baturraden is run by PT Palawi Risorsis, a subsidiary of perum Perhutani. With the exception of Kebun Raya Baturraden managed by Puslitbang, a research and development center.
If you need a place to stay, there are many hotels and villas around the location. There are also some locals who might willing to rent their room. But you need to ask around.
Near Kebun Raya Baturraden, there’s a camping ground managed also by Palawi. You can go camping there, either by yourselves or in a group. The price is quite reasonable.
Villas are also available at the same area, complete with bathtub, shower, Flat TV , refrigerator, water heater, single bed, double bed, etc.
The most comfortable way to get around is by a private vehicle, a car or motorcycle. But in case you don’t have one, the other alternatives is to ride by angkots/minibuses, angkutan wisata minibus, taxis or ojeks/motorcycle taxis.
Please take a note, that angkot starts to be unavailable around 16.00 – 16.30. To be safe, calculate the time earlier if you still want to ride an angkot to go home. If angkots aren’t available anymore, thus ojeks and taxis are your only choice to get around.
The cost of angkot or ojek in Baturraden depends on distances. The price charged is usually based on estimation, it could be around Rp. 2000 – Rp. 15.000. You can simply ask the driver.
1. You can book a green angkot for a round-trip
If you travel in a group you can book a green angkot for just Rp. 200.000,- for 10 people for a day. Less than 10 people is ok, but the price is still the same. The driver will take you to each location if you wish, wait for you and drive back.
2. How to go to Pancuran 7
If you want to save some money, there are minibuses (angkutan wisata) that drive directly from below to Pancuran 7. The vehicle is a bit different from angkots. It will cost you Rp. 10.000,- for one way trip. The driver usually wait until there are enough passengers before going.
3. How to go to Purwokerto/Bulupitu Terminal
For people who may need to go to Purwokerto/Bulupitu Terminal, you could ride a yellow angkot from Baturaden Terminal.
The weather in Baturraden could change any time. Therefore it is advisable to bring a raincoat.
Traveling Cost Estimation in 2016
The total cost traveling in Baturraden will depend on many factors. But here are some cost example that might occur:
- Red Angkot to Kebon Dalem costs Rp. 4.000,-
- Green Angkot from Kebon Dalem to Baturraden Rp. 14.000,-
- An entry ticket to ke Baturraden Garden costs Rp. 14.000,-
- An entry ticket to Pancuran 3 costs Rp. 10.000,-
- An entry ticket to Pancuran 7 costs Rp. 10.000,-
- An angkutan wisata Pancuran 7 from Pancuran 7 to Baturraden Botanical garden or Camping Ground costs Rp. 10.000,-
- An ojek from camping ground to Telaga Sunyi (Silent Lake) costs Rp. 20.000,-
- An ojek from Telaga Sunyi (Silent Lake) to Baturraden Terminal costs Rp.20.000,-
Total costs are Rp. 102.000,-
The total cost may differ if you use any service or eat at Baturraden. Here are an example of the food price list in Baturraden Garden:
The origin of Baturraden name
There are two versions of the origin of Baturraden:
1. The love story between an Adipati’s daughter and a horse keeper.
Around 10 KM Southwest of Baturraden there was a region called Kadipaten Kutaliman. It was ruled by an Adipati.
The Adipati of Kadipaten Kutaliman loved horses and he employed a gamel or a horse keeper. Beyond his knowledge his daughter fell in love with his horse keeper and a romance happened between the two of them.
After awhile the Adipati found out the forbidden love between the two of them. It evoked his anger, thus the he threw them out of his residence.
In the wandering the Adipati’s daughter gave birth to a son near a river, thus the river was named Kaliputra (Son River). It’s located around 3 KM north of Kutaliman.
In their journey, the couple found a great place. The view was amazing and beautiful, and the air was cool. Both of them decide to build a home there. They called the place Baturraden. Batur means a servant and Raden means a noble. The place is now known as Baturraden.
2. The Journey of Syeh Maulana Magribi
Syeh Maulana Magribi was a prince of a land called Rum – Turki. After a fajr prayer he saw a bright light rising high on the Eastern Sky. Curious about the light, he took his servant who was also his best friend, Haji Datuk and his army to sail across the ocean to investigate the origin of the light. At the end he anchored in Gresik – Java.
That mysterious light appeared again in the west. So they sailed again and followed it landed on Pemalang. At that place the prince order his army to return home, while he and his best friend go to east to find the source of the light and at the same time spread Islam.
One they they found a hermit. He leaned on a Guava Tree and from his body came out a light rising high above. The hermit was a Budhist.
In short, syeh Magribi and the hermit tested each other strength in a match. At the end the hermit lost and promised to convert to Islam.
The hermit turned his name onto Syeh Jambukarang (Guava Rock). Because he leaned on a Guava Tree surrounded by many big rocks.
Syeh Maulana Magribi took Syeh Jambukarang to become his son in law and he got 5 grandchildren from Syeh Jambukarang.
Later Syeh Maulana Magribi change his name into Mbah Atasangin and stay in Banjarcahyana. There he suffered from incurable itch. Then he received a revelation to go to Gora Mountain to get cured. Thus he went with his best friend to the west.
On Gora Mountain, Syeh Maulana asked Haji Datuk to stay on guard, while he climbed the mountain by himself. At the top, he found a place that has a lot of steam and from rocks came out 7 springs. He took a bath for a few days and he get cured gradually.
Syeh Maulana Magribi returned to his best friend and said, “Look at me I am cured (selamat), so I’ll name this mountain Slamet mountain.”
The word Baturraden itself derives from the loyalty of his servant, Haji Datuk who stayed in guard while he was on the top of the mountain. Thus Syeh Magribi named that place Rosuludin which mean batur yang adi (baik) or Baturadi (A good servant). Then in time the name changes to Baturraden.
The tourist objects in Baturraden.
Baturraden has 5 tourist objects that you could visit, they are:
This place is located at the most bottom among the other Baturraden tourist objects. You can reach it with an ojek or a green angkot. If you want to go by an angkot you can ride it from Kebon Dalem. The journey took probably 30 min or less, in a distance of 14 KM.
The entry ticket of Baturraden Garden will cost you Rp.14.000,-.
In Baturraden Garden there are some playground and facilities, such as a flying fox, a swimming pool, a fish therapy, a water bicycle, a sulfur hot water bath, a small theater in a Foker F28 plane, etc. Some cost you some money, some don’t.
Baturraden Garden is a great place to spend your time with your family. The environment is beautiful and natural.
There are many people selling foods and drinks, starting from pecel to rabbit satay.
Your travel will become more challenging if you decide to climb up to Pancuran Telu and Pancuran Pitu.
Pancuran Telu and Pitu
The word Telu and Pitu are in Javanese, which means 3 and 7. The name derives from the number of hot springs spraying from a rock.
The following photo is Pancuran 3. Their position is below the ground level. There are some stairs, thus you can walk down below to take a shower under the springs in a boxy small space.
You can also immerse yourself into small ponds near Pancuran 3 and enjoy the hot water. For women, it would be better not to wear a bikini. Wear something that’s more covered. Because the majority of people in the region are Moslem, revealing your body skin too much is considered inappropriate.
As you can see, the water looks turbid. It’s not because it’s dirty, but because of the sulfur contained in the water. If you want to bring home sulfur with you, you can buy it at the location.
At the same place there are also people offering a sulfur message service.
At Pancuran 7 you can’t soak yourself into ponds, because there aren’t any and the springs are actually on a small place. But not far from the spot, there’s a small cave called Selirang. The water from Pancuran 7 flows and falls from the cliff right in front of the cave. Down there you can enjoy a natural water message.
The terrain to reach both places isn’t easy. Especially for you who never excercise or overweight. Although the distance only 2,5KM and there’s already stairs from dirt and rocks, but the way up is steep.
For elderly this route is certainly not for them. It would be better to use a mean of transportation to Seven Springs.
Two photos below are to show you the terrain to the springs.
If you decide to go up from Batturaden Garden, it is advisable for you to:
- Wear a flexible pants.
- Wear a good shoe for trekking.
- Bring some food, because you’ll be very hungry after you arrive at Pancuran Pitu. The journey is very exhausting.
- Bring with you sweet tea in a bottle, because you may need quick energy.
- Prepare some cloth if you want to get wet at the top.
- Go to toilet first before you climb up, because the toilet is quite far.
- If you don’t bring with you some food, there are people selling food and drinks up there.
To enter the area of Pancuran Telu and Anda you need to pay for an entry ticket each Rp. 10.000,-
If you don’t want to go back through the same route, you can ride a minibus. But usually they wait for enough people, and that could take some time.
The distance from the top to the bottom using the road route is farer, which is 7 KM. The road is not good, mostly dirt and hilly. It is not advisable to walk on food, unless you really love terkking.
From the top to Baturraden Botanical Garden is only 4 KM.
Baturraden Botanical Garden
The objectives of this place is to conserve plants growing on Slamet Mountain. Although they have also a tourism objective, but they don’t focus themselves on that area. Therefore the place isn’t designed like the other recreation places.
Some objects you can see inside:
- Orchid House
- Kartam Waterfall
- Medicine Garden
- Nepy House
- Liana Garden, Tree House & tree Track
A camping ground
This place isn’t actually a tourist object, but you set your tent here. You can camp alone or in a group.
The place also offers also several activities packet for children or corporation, for example:
- Outbound Kids
- Village Touring
- Forest Friend
- Outbound for Team Building
- Outbound for Training
- Jungle Trekking
- Wet Trekking
- Resort Trekking
The price ranges up to one million rupiah per person, depending on the type of activities and duration.
If you don’t have your own equipments you can also rent:
- Platoon Tent
- Dome Tent for 4 or 6 people in capacity
- Sleeping bed
- Sound system
- SL Electric Lamp
- 500wt flood light
- Mega phone
- Folded chair
- 8x12m Tarpaulin
- Handy Talky
At the location there’s also a pendopo a big and wide place with roof without walls that can be used for various activities, including a wedding, if you like a green wedding concept.
There’s also a mushola. If you are a moeslem you can use it to do your prayers. The bathroom is also seperated for man and woman.
If you want to use the Villas, the camping ground also provides three modern Villas full furnished. Each room can only be filled with maximum two person.
For the price you can call the markeitng office on (0281) 681616, email: [email protected], facebook www.facebook.com/palawibaturaden.
Telaga Sunyi / Silent Lake
Not far from the camping ground there’s Silent Lake. The entry ticket costs Rp. 10.000.-
There are people who suggests don’t go swim in the lake. Because there’s somekind of a small tunnel connected to another place. This tunnel could somehow suck people in. But there are also other people saying that’s only a myth.
At the location Inaguide doesn’t see any warning sign suggesting not to swim and there are people swimming inside the small lake.
The road from the camping ground to the Silent Lake is hilly and there’s no public transportation, except ojeks. If you want, you can walk on foot, but it feels like doing a trekking from Baturraden Garden to Pancuran Pitu.
Meanwhile the walk from the entry gate to the lake itself is easy.