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Garut: The Hidden Beauty of West Java

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 19 2011   /  08:00 am

Majestic mountain: The picturesque view of Mount Papandayan can be seen from Garut.Two hundred kilometers’ drive from Jakarta, the dusty roads dried out by the scorching sun will suddenly bring you into dramatic greenery where mountains feel close, suggesting heaven may not be too far from the city hell.

Welcome to Garut, the sign placed on two columns resembling a gate says. And after that, brace yourself for endless panoramic views of mountains that seem to astonishingly encircle the region popularly known as the Switzerland of Java.

This area’s magnificent beauty has been widely recognized around the world since colonial times.

Even legend Charlie Chaplin visited Garut twice to embrace the serene beauty of the region, which is guarded by three mountains — Papandayan, Guntur and Cikuray.

The comedian first came here in 1927, then came back in 1935, sta...