Merapi Mt. via Kaliadem to Prambanan cycle ride
Merapi Mt. via Kaliadem to Prambanan cycle ride
TOUR CODE : BSJBB-001
This is a great way to enjoy Gunung Merapi via Kaliadem village. From the Kaliadem village you will hopefully enjoy a magnificent view of this very active volcano and see the ravines which the molten streams of lava created. Then go down for cycle ride through some beautiful central Javanese countryside and sleepy villages. The guide will get you geared up on your bikes (helmets and water provided). As you pass through the various villages and countryside you will have plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and your guide will also be able to show you the locals engaging in various activities such as tobacco harvesting, rice farming and snake fruit plantations. You will also stop at various small temples that are regularly unearthed in the area and you can see the original carvings which may date back as far as the 8th century. Once you have reached the plains at the bottom of Merapi you will reach Candi Plaosan, just a short distance from Prambanan.
Candi Plaosan was not only one of the last major Buddhist temples to be constructed before Hinduism and then Islam became the dominant religions but it was also the largest in scope. Because of its somewhat isolated location, this temple complex has not received the same level of interest and care that has befallen central Java’s more famous temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.
However, those willing to venture a bit off the beaten path will find a visit to Candi Plaosan to be well worth the effort. The complex itself is made up of 174 small buildings, 116 are stupas and 58 are shrines. Many of the buildings have inscriptions dating from the 9th century and the detailed reliefs, restored in 2010, are incredible to see. The huge Prambanan complex was built in the middle of the 9th century, about 50 years after the construction of Borobudur. Unfortunately there is very little early history about the complex but it is thought to have been constructed to commemorate the return of a Hindu dynasty to Java. It is thought that during the latter stages of construction a powerful earthquake or volcanic eruption struck central Java causing many deaths. This was believed to be a message from the Gods and Prambanan was quickly abandoned as the population fled to east Java. Similar to Borobudur the temple complex lay buried in layers of ash and it was only in 1811 that a surveyor in the service of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, came upon the temples by chance. Despite their rediscovery Prambanan remained neglected for decades until reconstruction was started in earnest in the 1930s. In 1991 the temple complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and now most of the temples within the inner compound have been restored however work remains on going following an earthquake in 2006. Although there are 237 temples in the Prambanan site the inner compound contains the most beautiful and best restored. The relief panels found on these temples are of incredible detail and the 47 metre high Shiva temple in the central compound is a real master of construction. Shiva is known as the Destroyer and inside the temple are several chambers containing statues of Shiva and other Hindu Gods related to Shiva. Either side of the Shiva temple are two other temples dedicated to Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Keeper. Also visit to tofu home industry closed to Plaosan temple.
Please note the route is largely downhill so a high level of physical fitness is not required, however these small roads can have heavy traffic so keep your wits about you, your guide will be with you all the time and your vehicle will be following.
Lunch will be taken near Prambanan at Kaliopak Resto and can be done before or after the temple visit just let your guide know when you would prefer.
Price : USD 85,-/person Minimun 2 persons
What is included :
- AC transportation
- English Speaking Guide
- Mountain Bike
- 1 X Lunch, Miniral Water
- Entrance Fees : Kaliadem, Prambanan, Plaosan
- Parking Fees.
Time schedule :
09.00-09.30 Start Warung Bakso – Pasar Ikan photo stop enroute via jalan kampong
09.30-09.45 Pasar Ikan on visit
09.45-10.00 Pasar Ikan to Morangan Temple
10.00-12.00 Morangan – Plaosan stop at Pembuatan Batu Bata, Pengeringan Tembakau, dan Pasar Traditional, Pabrik Tahu via jalan kampong
12.00-12.30 Plaosan temple on visit
12.30-12.40 Plaosan to Kaliopak Resto ( Cycling finish at Kaliopak Resto )
12.40-13.40 Lunch at Kalipoak Resto
13.40-13.50 Kalipoak Resto to Prambanan
13.50-15.00 Prambanan temple on visit
15.00-16.00 Back to Hotel
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