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A morning rice field view in Purbalingga, Central Java (Shutterstock/Maspoer)
Purbalingga regency in Central Java offers more than just its signature snack of tempe mendoan (fried battered soy cake). The area also has several tourist attractions that you can visit during the Idul Fitri holiday.
As compiled by KompasTravel, here are five places worth exploring in Purbalingga.
1. Owabong Waterpark
Located on Jl. Raya Owabong, Bojongsari, this family vacation site is quite affordable yet offers a great variation of rides. For only Rp 35,000 (US$2.43) per person, visitors can enjoy a wave pool, foam pool, children snorkeling pool, adult snorkeling pool and other interesting rides.
2. Lawa Cave
One of the most famous natural tourist sites in Purbalingga is Lawa Cave, also known as Golaga. The name of the cave, Lawa, is the Javanese word for “bats”. However, the cave is particularly famous for its display of beautiful ancestral rocks under colorful lights.
The cave itself is 5 kilometers wide and 1.5 kilometers long. Visitors can visit the cave from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. The entrance fee is very affordable at Rp 10,000 on weekdays and Rp 15,000 on weekends.
3. Serang Lembah Asri tourist village
This village in Karangreja district is designed for family recreation. Visitors can enjoy water rides and flying bicycle rides, as well as visit a complex of mini houses called Kampung Kurcaci (Dwarf Village).
The tree houses among the Amboyna pines have also become a favorite place to take pictures. Not only that, but travelers also can explore the nearby Serang Highland and strawberry fields during their visit.
4. Kutabawa Flower Garden
Like the name suggests, the garden offers a beautiful view of flowery fields along Jl. Gunung Slamet, Karangreja district. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors only have to pay Rp 5,000 to enter.
5. Purbasari Pancuran Mas
The site is a complex of integrated educational parks located in Purbayasa village, Padamara.
Within the complex, visitors can visit the Toyoshuka Planet Aquarium, River World, Bird Park, Waterbook, Kraca Bungur Hall and Bird Palace after paying a Rp 20,000 entrance fee.
The site has won several awards, including the 2018 Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA) from the Tourism Ministry. (gis/kes)