Maria Cave in Semarang Regency, Central Java Province
Lots of tourists are interested in visit Semarang Regency in order to enjoy a peaceful vacation in the highland. It is because the region has many beautiful natural attractions located on the slope of the mountains, actually. For instance, there is Maria Cave in Amabarawa City. To be exact, the location is in Kerep Village and it belongs to Panjang Sub-District. Another name is Kerep Cave and it has been visited regularly by the Catholics regularly. These days, though, many tourists visit the site in order to conduct exploration, photography, and sightseeing. In fact, everyone is allowed to enter the site regardless of the religion and where they come from.
The first reason why Kerep Cave is always crowded is the strategic location. The site is located near to Semarang – Magelang Street (which is only 900 apart). This explains why people can easily find the location and access the site without hassles. In terms of nuance, the fresh air and pristine environment welcome everyone. Not to mention the cave is surrounded by beautiful landscapes of trees, flowers, statues, souvenir stores, eateries, and excellent facilities. Those significant factors determine the quality of praying and relaxation, no?
Exploring Maria Cave
According to the management, the site has been there since 1954 and it has undergone several improvements and maintenance as the time goes by. The good news is everyone is allowed to enter the location freely! There is no ticket fee at all! Moreover, people can come regardless of the religion. What they need to consider is to give a charity to the management, which is not an obligation.
So, what can tourists do in Maria Cave? The most common thing to do is definitely photography. Visitors are allowed to explore the site to their heart’s content and take photos of any available objects! As for the most famous object to capture, it is none other than Bunda Maria Statue (having the height of 42 meters). Beneath the statue, tourists can also find a beautiful painting telling the story of Jesus’s life as well. The next famous object is the chapel on where the Catholics perform a worshipping and pilgrimage. Everyone is allowed to pray at that place too, in fact.
The next recommended thing to do is to relax at the available park. The landscape is perfect, featuring many ornaments, pools, and plants. Not to mention some dioramas reside telling stories related to the Bible. Later, before going home, it is recommended to visit nearby souvenir stores and buy some unique religious items! Do not forget to buy delicious foods like Sate Kelinci at the available eateries! The location is near to the parking area, actually.
- Palagan Monument
- Kereta Api Museum
- Sendang Sumbers
How to Get There
For those coming from Ahmad Yani International Airport, they can directly head to Maria Cave by any local transportation service. The distance between those locations is 48.1 km, so the trip may take approximately 58 minutes. As for the best route, they should only choose Semarang – Solo Highway. Once arriving at Ambarawa City, their prime destination is Kerep Village where the village resides.
Where to Stay
- Griya Wijaya Hotel
- Baru Hotel
- Crown Guesthouse