Taman Lele in Semarang City, Central Java Province
It is true that Semarang City offers many historical sites that tourists can explore during the visit. However, do not forget the fact that the city also has many recreational parks to enjoy a family recreation. For example, there is Taman Lele or Lele Park in Ngaliyan Sub-District. To be exact, it resides in Siliwangi Street at Tambakaji Village. It was once a zoo and the name was Tegalareng Park. Due to pollution and other factors, the local government decided to relocate the park and turned it into a recreational site instead.
In terms of nuance, Taman Lele offers a peaceful ambiance and warm environment. It also comes with a total area of 22,173 hectares and consists of many features. The most noticeable one is a small man-made lake surrounded by gazebos. Not to mention many swan boats reside on the lake, which tourists can rent later. What is more? Visitors can find the kids’ playground and swimming pool. The fact is the park also features a mini zoo where rabbits, pythons, peacocks, and local birds are kept by the management.
Exploring Taman Lele
Well, all visitors should not forget to learn the history of Taman Lele during the visit. They can acquire the information from either villagers or a local guide. In terms of name, “Taman” means park while “Lele” means catfish. It is said the site used to be a fruit farm where a giant banyan tree resided. Under this tree, there was a fountain with tons of catfishes in it. No wonder, the locals gave such name to the location. For further information regarding the history, tourists should talk more to villagers.
The good thing is that Taman Lele opens every day. However, the ticket fee varies depending on the occasion. It becomes pricier during weekends and holidays, for sure. It is because the place becomes more crowded at those times. So, what kind of activities can people do there? The first allure in the park is the serene man-made lake. At that spot, tourists can rent a swan boat and explore the lake to their heart’s content. Have no worries. The rent fee is considered affordable.
The next thing to do is to watch some animals at the mini zoo. In this case, tourists should make sure to carry a camera and take some photos of those animals. Later, at noon, they can simply roll out a mat conduct eating together with families. The serene nuance and beautiful landscape may accompany them, as well!
- Ronggowarsito Museum
- Kreo Cave
How to Get There
The good thing is the park is quite accessible from the downtown. In fact, tourists only need to spend about 21 minutes to get there. It is because the distance is 12.3 km from Semarang City. As for the fastest route, it is definitely Siliwangi Street. The first destination is Ngaliyan Sub-District. Next, tourists only need to head to Tambakaji Village where the park is located.
Where to Stay
- Lele Hotel
- Gajah Mada Hotel
- Front One Hotel