Gajihan Hill in Semarang Regency, Central Java Province
Bandungan Tourist Site is quite popular, especially among those who live in Semarang Regency. Moreover, many vacation destinations reside in that area including the one called Gajihan Hill. Another name is Kembar Cemanggal Hill, actually. It is located in Cemanggal Village and belongs to Bergas Sub-District. Being one of the best hills in Ungaran, it has attracted lots of visitors over time especially those who love outdoor activities and adventure. The good thing is the site is quite accessible from different villages like Munding, Lempuyang, Bonombo, and Cemanggal Village itself. Thus, everyone won’t have any issue in getting to the location.
“Kembar” means twin in Indonesian. As people may expect, there are two hills located close to each other. Not to mention they have a similar appearance and size. Plus, both of them are accessible! What about the nuance? In terms of size, the hills are moderate and they come with lush plants and trees. The trekking route is considered easy, as well. As for the natural attractions, the site offers a complete option including religious tourism, waterfalls, and stunning panorama. Visitors can even see Rawa Pening Lake, Telomoyo Mountain, and Merbabu clearly from up there!
Exploring Gajihan Hill
The most common reason for visiting Gajihan Hill is definitely to enjoy hiking or trekking. Tourists only need to reach the checkpoint first at Cemanggal Village before trekking to the top of the hill. Moreover, there is no need to hire a local guide as the route is considered easy. Aside from hiking, people also come to the hill to explore all natural attractions including the famous Tirto Wening Waterfall. According to the locals, the water is drinkable due to its clarity and freshness. This explains why tourists use the spot to rest for a while before continuing the trekking activity.
The next allure Gajihan Hill is the presence of an ancient tomb of Syech Syarif. According to the locals, this person had a significant role in the formation of Cemanggal Village. It is also said he lived in the era of Walisongo. No wonder, the Islam culture seems strong in that area. Have no worries. For further information regarding the tomb, tourists can talk to villagers or the keeper later.
What is more? Another allure in Gajihan Hil is called Watu Lumpang. Tourists can find it near to the local farms, located on the slope of the hill. In terms of function, it is the landmark used to notify the land freedom. Another function is to worship Goddess Sri (the God of Fertility). As for tourists, they can take advantage of the site to conduct photography and learn more information about it, though.
- Umbul Sidomukti
- Paralayang Hill
- Coblong Village
How to Get There
For those coming from Ahmad Yani International Airport, they can take any local transportation service and head to Gajihan Hill right away by taking Semarang – Surakarta Street. The distance is 36.8 km, so the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 4 minutes. Once arriving at Cemanggal Village, the last thing to do is to conduct a short trekking to the top of the hill.
Where to Stay
- Grand Panorama Hotel
- Taman Sari Hotel
- Bergas Indah Hotel