Puncak Highland Tour: An Essential Travel Guide for Tourists
Where is Puncak?
Puncak means “peak”, is the highest land on the slope of Mount Gede Pangrango. The highland connects Bogor city and Bandung city. The highest level is located on Puncak Pass with an elevation about 1,500m. This place is located about 85 KM south of Jakarta city and takes about 2 upto 2,5 hours driving from Central Jakarta on weekday. Puncak is a popular excursion area for Jakarta’s people. Every weekend, there are many tourist from Jakarta spending their weekend on this highland area. That is why Puncak is best visited on weekday. The highland can be visited easily from Jakarta by car. If you don’t have car, you can take a bus or hire us to take you there. You can contact us to arrange this Puncak tour. After we made an arrangement, our driver will pick you up from your location in Jakarta, Bogor, or Bekasi.
Want to learn more about Puncak? Below guide will make it easier to uncover Puncak:
- How to Reach Puncak from Abroad
- How to Go with Us
- One Day Tour Puncak
- One Day Traffic System
- Few Days Tour Puncak
- Where to Go in Puncak?
- List of Recommended Hotels
- Food & Restaurants
How to Reach Puncak from Abroad?
The closest International airport to Puncak are Soekarno–Hatta International Airport Jakarta and Husein Sastranegara Airport Bandung. Start from Jakarta is more convenient than Bandung because there are toll roads from airport Jakarta until Ciawi: airport toll & Jagorawi toll road. The Jagorawi Toll Road connects the capital city of Jakarta to Bogor city and Ciawi. It is why the name is Jagorawi, the short for Jakarta – Bogor – Ciawi. From Ciawi exit toll, the road becomes narrow and hilly. The road is lined with many restaurants, convenient stores, vegetables stalls, food stalls, hotels, petrol stations, etc.
How to Go with Us
If you have made arrangement with us, our experienced driver will pick you up from your location (whether it is your hotel, apartment, home, airport, or train station) using a comfortable car. Start early morning after you have your breakfast is better to save time. Time to pick up and the address of your pick up point or hotel in Jakarta or Bogor should be informed a day before. It is better to start from the location you are staying at in Jakarta city, not from Jakarta International Airport, because the airport is located outside of Jakarta and it would be takes time to wait for the passport and luggages checking; and takes time to drive from airport, except if your arrival is in the early morning or you want to stay in Puncak for few days.
One Day Tour in Puncak
If you have only one day free time and want to visit highland with beautiful scenery from Jakarta, the only good choice is Puncak. One day tour to Puncak is best to be done on weekday, because traffic is very busy on weekend (Saturday-Sunday) and holiday. Thus, there is one way system every weekend and holiday.
Not many places can be visited in a day tour on weekend/holiday. In a day trip from Jakarta or Bogor city, you can visit few most important places for you. Recommended places you can visit can be read in the next chapter below: Where to Go in Puncak?. Places to visit is actually flexible, depend on your interests and time permits. You can also combining you Puncak trip with tour in Bogor by visiting Bogor Botanic Garden first before going to Puncak.
One Way Traffic System
Puncak is a popular getaway destination for Jakarta people. There are many people visiting Puncak especially on weekend, causing bad traffic along Puncak road. That’s why every weekend and national holiday, local police enforce one way rule to manage the heavy traffic. Here is the schedule of the rule. Please note that sometimes the schedule is applied at different time depend on traffic condition. The system is not applicable for motorcycle.
- 09:00 – 11:30 AM, One Way Up from Ciawi exit toll gate until Puncak Pass. It means, cars/vehicles from Puncak Pass going down to Jakarta or Ciawi toll would be blocked. Cars need to wait until One Way Up is finished or find an alternative route.
- 11:30 AM – 03:00 PM, Two Way.
- 03:00 – 05:00 PM, One Way Down from Puncak Pass to Ciawi entrance toll gate.
- 09:00 – 11:30 AM, One Way Up from Ciawi exit toll gate until Puncak Pass.
- 11:30 AM – 03:00 PM, Two Way.
- 03:00 – 06:00 PM, One Way Down from Puncak Pass to Ciawi entrance toll gate.
Few Days Tour
You have much more flexibility if you spend few days in Puncak. By spending more than one day in the highland, you can visit much more beautiful tourist attractions. Don’t worry about accommodation because there are some nice hotels and villas located on the hills area. Food? There are many restaurants selling food with yummy taste that you must try. There are many choices for food: Indonesian food, Dutch food, Arabian food, etc.
Where to Go in Puncak?
Below are the top attractions in Puncak.
Tea Walk or Horseback Riding in Gunung Mas Tea Plantation
Puncak is famous for its tea plantation. The tea hills are wide-spreaded along the area. Here you can visit Gunung Mas tea plantation, where you can walk through the plantation or ride horse for further and easier trip around the garden. In the morning, if you are lucky, you can also see some employees, tea pickers working by picking tea leaves using scissors. The tea leaves are not processed in Gunung Mas anymore, because the factory is now not operational. The operational is moved to another factory in Cianjur and Bandung. The trucks will come for picking up the leaves. Although the factory is not operational, you can still visit this old dutch factory showing the old machines and providing tea gallery for visitors to buy merchandise, tea bags, or just taste a cup of local tea.
Paragliding – Fly to See the Beautiful Panoramic View of Puncak Highland
Going further by car after exiting Gunung Mas, you will see beautiful scenery of tea gardens and hills on the left and right of the main road. On the highest level, you will reach Puncak Pass. It is the highest place cars can reach and can be parked. You can take few photos here. If you brave enough, you can ask the driver to take you to Paragliding hill and jump from the hill with altitude about 1345m only using a parachute.
Taman Safari – Get an Awesome Experience by Feeding Animals at the Safari Park
Feel another shocking experiences by visiting Taman Safari. At this park, you will not only enjoy the beauty of its nature, but also can interact with thousands animal inside the park, especially while driving through. Visit this place to see animals from all around the world live in their habitat.
Before reaching Taman Safari, our driver will suggest you to purchase some carrots and bananas. You will see lots of stalls selling carrots before entering the park. With the carrots in hand, you can feed some animals while driving through the park. The animals are aggressive enough. They will come to your car window and asking for carrots or bananas. But not all animals can be fed. When entering the wild animals area, you must put up your window. Our driver will warn you about it.
Cibodas Botanical Gardens, A Wonderful Place to Relax
Breathe fresh air in the 85 hectares botanical garden located on the slopes of Mount Gede. See the green scenery, tall trees, Rhododendron flowers, Sakura garden, beautiful river, moss garden, the giant flower Amorphophallus titanum, water banana, and many more. It is also a nice place to do exercise, riding horse, picnic with families, or just relax and read a favorite book under the trees near the big pond in the middle of the garden.
Little Venice, the Miniature of Italian Venice
Not only carrying the concept of “Venice miniature city”, in this small city of water, there are also many miniature cities concepts from Europe and Asia. Just like in real Venice, you need to take a boat to do sightseeing. Along the way you can see the beautiful architecture of the buildings that make the atmosphere become more romantic.
Cheerful Your Day by Visiting Taman Bunga Nusantara
Standing on an area of 35 hectare, there are hundreds of plant and flower varieties nicely styled in its own theme. It is Nusantara Flowers Garden. Nusantara means nationwide. But don’t assume that all flowers brought to the garden are from inside Indonesia. They are from all over the world!
Hike to Reach Cilember 7 Waterfalls
Curug 7 Cilember has seven waterfalls located on different elevations. The most visited waterfalls are waterfall 7, 6 and 5 because they are easily accessible from the entrance. The unique thing from this waterfall is: the smaller the number of the waterfall, the higher and harder the location to be reached. There are no easy access to reach waterfall 4, 3, 2, and 1.
Atta’awun mosque is a big & beautiful mosque located in the middle of the hills. Not only has function as a worship place, this mosque is also popular by many tourists as a place to take a rest for a while while traveling around Puncak. The mosque was built in cooperation between Gunung Mas tea plantation company and local people. The name “Atta’awun” was derived from Arabic word which means mutual cooperation. The architecture of the mosque is very unique. The shape doesn’t look like a typical mosque but rather giant mushrooms. The building is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a small river flow.
Kota Bunga Villa Estate
Kota Bunga is a Villa Estate area built on an area of approximately 125 hectares, surrounded by mountains and hills. In the estate area, there are about 2500 houses built in thematic design. In the estate, there are some facilities for visitors and residents, such as swimming pool, factory outlet, Little Venice, mosque, atv rent, etc. There are many types of villas for rent: Cartoon, Osaka, Denhaag, Bangkok, etc. Shown in the photo is Cartoon type Villa.
Telaga Warna Lake
It is a small lake located in the middle of forest near tea plantation. The color of the water normally has moss green color. But sometimes the color is gradually changing. The atmosphere is quite peaceful. Visitors can enjoy the surrounds by taking a small raft. People can also find some wild monkeys around the lake.
Recommended Hotels in Puncak
People choose to stay at highland area because they want to relax themselves and to reduce their stress after working in a crowded city area with air polution. If you plan to stay in Puncak, no need to worry about accommodation. There are some nice hotels & villas here. They provides good services and facilities that help you enjoy your holiday and stay relax while breathing fresh air and see beautiful nature. Below are our recommendation.
1. Novus Giri Resort & Spa
The hotel located in Cipanas area with beautiful green scenery and is completed with good facilities. It is a good hotel for relax and enjoying a quality time with your beloved one or your family. Facilities people like are: Bamboo Restaurant, beautiful rabbits in the rabbit farm, horse riding, and spa.
2. Taman Safari Lodge
You can opt to stay in a hotel room, Caravan, or Tree House Bungalow. Caravan and Tree House will give you the best experience, especially if you stay with your children. If you stay here, you can get a discounted price for entering Taman Safari park. If you stay here, it is advisable to bring your own car, or rent a car from us, because there is no taxi here. The location is also little bit far from entrance depend on your room location.
3. Jimmers Mountain Resort
Jimmers Mountain Resort is an ideal hotel for you who want to get a beautiful mountain view right from your room. It has a very big swimming pool. Sadly, it is not close to the main route and has a narrow access.
4. Pesona Alam Resort & Spa
This hotel is located about 5 minutes driving before Taman Safari’s entrance gate. It has great mountain view, beautiful swimming pool, and nice outdoor pine forest meeting area. Guests can choose to stay in a room or villa. For great flexibility, if you come with your big family, I recommend you to stay in a villa. It has few rooms in one Villa, just like a home. You will feel stay at home here. Unlike other hotels, the earliest time to book a room in this hotel is 2 months before your arrival. So you cannot book the room you want if your arrival or check-in time is more than two months.
5. Villa Puncak by Plataran
Escape yourself from busy activities in your city by staying at a private villas for relaxing and recharging your energy. The villas are located in the middle of beautiful garden with river view. They have spacious room and big living room. It is great for family getaway.
6. Puncak Pass Resort
It is the first hotel in Puncak and located on Puncak Pass. This Dutch heritage hotel was established in 1928. The resort provide Dutch atmosphere building and Dutch dishes since colonial period. And off course they also provide Indonesian food.
7. Sahid Eminence Hotel Convention & Resort
A new & modern hotel with breathtaking view of mountain, rice field, and river. You can enjoy the sound of river behind the hotel. You can also trekking on the rice field. They have good facilities such as spacious room, roof top cafe, archery, gym, swimming pool, kidzone, spa, flying fox, etc.
8. Royal Safari Garden
Royal Safari Garden is a fun hotel for family. Mostly, children would like to stay here because there are many displays of living animals and activities for family like Bird Park, Rabbit playground, Elephant rides, camel rides, and many more. Normally you will get special discount voucher or cash back to visit Taman Safari Park if you stay here.
9. Seruni Hotel
The hotel is built in Balinese, Javanese and European style. The lobby, the dining room, and the corridors are all decorated with golden Balinese carvings. They have sculptures at almost every corner of the hotel. This hotel is also equipped with complete facilities like gym, swimming pools, spa, and restaurants. The hotel is very big, but the road to access the hotel is narrow, bumpy, and located in a small village.
10. The Grand Hill Hotel
Located at an uphill beside the main road of Puncak, the hotel is traditionally designed with Javanese and Balinese influence. It provides 89 luxury guests rooms, 6 villas with private pools, and 5 function rooms. The hotel has two nice restaurants: The Grand Hill Bistro-Café which provide international food, and Kupu-Kupu restaurant which provide an authentic Indonesian cuisine.
Recommended Restaurants in Puncak
1. Bumi Aki
Bumi Aki is a famous restaurant. The line is always long every weekend. No wonder, because their Indonesian & Sundanese foods are delicious. Fried gurame fish, nasi goreng kampung, tumis genjer, chicken satay, and fried baby fish are recommended to be tried. Their mountain & vegetable farm views are also beautiful.
2. Puncak Pass Resort Restaurant
This restaurant is located at Puncak Pass Resort. As a Dutch Heritage resort, they serve Indonesian and Dutch cuisine like Poffertjes, Beef Croqutte, Bitter Ballen, Pannekoek, oxtail soup, hot bandrek (ginger tea), etc. This restaurant is well designed in a simple and natural concept. It is a nice outdoor restaurant, equipped with wood furniture, and has beautiful green hills view.
3. Rindu Alam Restaurant
Established since 1980, Rindu Alam is a legendary Indonesian restaurant situated at Puncak Pass, with an elevation of 1,445M. This restaurant offers a dining experience with breathtaking tea hill scenery. Rindu Alam serves a variety of Indonesian & Sundanese food. Popular foods from this restaurant are: Nasi Goreng Dadar Gulung (Omelette Fried Rice), Ikan mas kecil cabe hijau (fried baby fish with green chili), grilled goat, satay, Gurame fish, petai bean, and Campur Sari (mixed food, consist of anchovy, green chili, chicken, duck eggs, and fried shrimp).