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Keraton Cliff Bandung Highland
The View From Keraton Cliff Bandung. Img: Wikicommons/Aswaralif

Tebing Keraton, or Keraton Cliff Bandung, has been a trending topic in the social media lately. Ever since its internet fame in 2014, many visitors have come to witness its beauty. At 1,200 meters above sea level, it provides a view of Bandung from above.

The green carpet of trees below matches the blue mountain in the back. The thick layer of white mist rolling on the slopes gives it an exquisite touch. Keraton Cliff Bandung is actually a part of Forest Park Conservation Area (Tahura) Juanda, Bandung, West Java. Long before its viral existence on Instagram, the locals were the only ones coming here.

They once called it Tebing Jontor; tebing means cliff while jontor means protruding. It is given the fact that the front end of the cliff is sticking out. A local, simply known as Ase, later changed its name to Tebing Keraton in 2014. In Sundanese, it means a natural opulence or luxury worth of admiration.

Keraton Cliff Bandung Observation Deck
Keraton Cliff The Observation Deck. Img: Flickr/AgustinusDimas

Imagine dots of clouds against the bright blue sky framed with mountain and lush forest. Nowadays, it is not always about seeping in its panorama in silence anymore. Many climb their way up here to snap the most courageous gravity-challenging pictures.

Keraton Cliff Bandung Attraction

The cliff has been gratifying everyone’s narcissistic temptation by being an instagrammable photo background. It is very common to see tourists crowding this site with their smartphones on hand.

Selfie Spot

Camera mode is always on, ready to immortalize every moment and pose. Here, the favorite corner to capture selfie-worth memories is near the edge of the cliff. Don’t get too close to the edge though as the consequences can be fatal. The youngsters, in particular, are very much into this idea of striking daredevil poses.

Late teen tourists will walk along the steep brink and stop inches before the end. They will later pull off dangerous moves—sit, stand, jump, lie down—on the verge. That might seem harmless but remember; a merciless deep ravine is waiting below.

Photographers’ Paradise

For photographers, this is the perfect place to make countless of natural, unobstructed, landscape images. Up to the horizon and beyond, it is nothing but dense vegetation, mountain, and sky. No skyscrapers or any other man-made structures in sight so it offers a flawless scene. With or without the brightly shining sun, Keraton Cliff Bandung is still mesmerizing.

Forest Park Bandung
Keraton Cliff Bandung is Part of Forest Park Conservation Area. Img: Flickr/AgustinusDimas

It is very vibrant under the sunlight while it is mellow in the dusking sky. Other than landscape photography, it is also an ideal place to do some time-lapse. Try to set up the tripod and let the camera do its thing. Capture each moment as the sun slowly rises up and paints the world golden.

Everything gradually turns to orange and vermilion as it makes its way to the west. Up here, even the everyday routine of the sun is thousands of times better.

Cycling

Since almost everything about nature is healthy, why don’t make the whole thing even healthier? Outdoor lovers should hop on their bikes and step on the pedals to the cliff. Not only does it burn more calories, it offers more intimacy with the green surrounding.

Rows of tall pines and dry sandy paths welcome travelers to spend some time together. The track can be challenging as it is rocky and not fully covered with asphalt. The wavy dirt path requires all cyclists to be highly alert and cautious. The terrain is not always flat and easy as it goes up and down.

Forest Park Conservation Keraton Cliff Bandung
Keraton Cliff Bandung offers 360 degree view to the Forest Park. Img: Flickr/AgustinusDimas

Even though it is not a piece of cake, but the reward is much sweeter. Keraton Cliff greets the exhausted cyclists with its cooling pine-scented breeze and magnificent scenery.

Spend a Night in a Tent—Why Not?

This option fits the sunrise and sunset seekers so they won’t miss any moment. There is no need to commute from a hotel in a downtown area. They will save lots of time, and money, for the glorious pictures of the sun. And that is all thanks to the camping ground available at Keraton Cliff Bandung.

It is almost the size of a football field and can contain hundreds of tents. Gigantic pine trees surround the area, conveying a sense of tranquility to the campers. Basic facilities such as public restrooms and little mosque mushola ensure a convenient stay. If guests bring their own tent, they only need to pay Rp 40,000 per night. The officials, however, provide a full service—tent, sleeping bag, etc—at Rp 140,000.

Keraton Cliff Bandung Opening Hours

Vacationers can come here every day from 5 AM to breathe the refreshing morning air. It is open until 7 PM so everyone has enough time to enjoy their visit. However, it is best to come during the dry season due to safety reasons. The rocky dirt road can be very slippery and treacherous in the rain.

Keraton Cliff Bandung Opening Hours
Every day 05:00 - 19:00 WIB

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Keraton Cliff Bandung Entrance Fee

As most of the tourist destination, foreign visitor will have to pay extra to enter Keraton Cliff Bandung area.

Keraton Cliff Bandung Entrance Fee
Foreign Rp 76.000

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Keraton Cliff Bandung Facilities

For a relatively new tourism destination, Karaton Cliff has almost every facility as mentioned before. To introduce the local delights to the tourists, the natives set up food stalls. Those stalls are lining up near the entrance and selling street snacks. They sell hearty meals that include rice and other dishes such as chicken too.

How To Get To Keraton Cliff Bandung

Despite Bandung’s growing number of public transportation angkot, Keraton Cliff Bandung is not accessible by angkot. Concerning its narrow dirt path to the top, it is better to take a motorcycle. Start the journey from McDonald’s outlet in Simpang Dago, go straight up to Dago Terminal.

Take a right turn near the terminal that leads to Bukit Dago Pakar. Follow the signs that say Bukit Dago Pakar as it is close to the destination. Take a left turn to Tahura and make a right turn to Bukit Pakar Utara. Follow the road until a humble eatery Warung Bandrek (Warban) shows up.

From Warban, it is two kilometers away to Karaton Cliff, approximately an hour by foot. The serene greenery and chill wind will make each step less grueling and more enjoyable.

Keraton Cliff Bandung Address & Location

The highland located in Ciburial Village, Cimenyan West Bandung District, West Java 40198.

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