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Cukang Taneuh, Indonesia’s Green Canyon in West Java

September 2, 2009

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Entrance to Cukang Taneuh

America has its Grand Canyon, and Indonesia has it’s own version of a different hue. Green Canyon is a site comprising a river, a cave system, and waterfall in West Java. Located some 31 km south of Pangandaran Beach. Although locally known as Cukang Taneuh, the name Green Canyon was used by French travelers when they first discovered it in 1993. And the much user-friendly name has stuck ever since. And thanks to these intrepid Frenchmen, West Java now has a pretty spectacular adventure destination.
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The boat ride to Cukang Taneuh

Green Canyon is part of Cijulang River that goes subterranean as it enters a cave full of beautiful formation of stalactites and stalagmites. These caves are flanked by two big imposing green hills. Hence, the name! Green Canyon is only accessible by boat, which can be rented at the Ciseureuh dock.

Taking the plunge in the natural pool, Cukang Taneuh

Taking the plunge in the natural pool, Cukang Taneuh

At the entrance of the cave, you will be greeted by the Palatar waterfall, drenching all who enter, marking the beginning of an exciting adventure. And as you venture forward you’ll find a natural pool nearby, with its fresh and cool water, inviting a dip anytime.
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And if you’re up to test your nerves, and are really into extreme activity, you could opt to go inside the cave. What’s the big deal, you might ask? Well, the entrance to the cave is through a very narrow opening, and in the only way in is by crawling. Fun as it may sound, however, it’s advisable to explore the caves with a local guide. But it’s worth the trouble of getting there. Sure makes West Java really different from only the picturesque manicured tea plantations. As that’s the sight most travelers are most impressed with.

Source: Amazing Indonesia

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