Ungaran Mountain in Semarang Regency, Central Java Province
It is, without a doubt, Ungaran Mountain becomes one of the best tourist attractions in Semarang Regency. Even though it is a kind of volcano, there is no sign of volcanic activity there. Thus, everyone is allowed to explore the mountain freely. Not to mention, it has become the home of tons of natural and historical attractions including the famous Gedong Songo Temple. Even Bandungan Tourist Area resides there! This explains why people keep coming to the mountain over time regardless of where they come from. In terms of region, it is bordering with Ungaran City in the east side and Ambarawa City in the south.
In terms of size, Ungaran Mountain has the height of approximately 2050 meters. As mentioned before, there is no volcanic activity recently so it is considered a safe volcano. Despite the fact, visitors may find hot springs at the feet of the mountain. The locations are in Gonoharjo, Kendal, Limbangan, and Gedong Songo Temple actually. As for the facilities, tourists can find lots of inns and hotels scattered in different parts of the mountain especially Bandungan. Not to mention the mountain comes with several trekking routes including Mawar Basecamp, Gedong Songo Trek, and Promasan. The first one is considered the most famous, though.
Exploring Ungaran Mountain
The first allure in Ungaran Mountain is definitely related to the history. It even has many other names including Ngroengroengan and Karundungan! The rumor has it. There is the tomb of Dasamuka located beneath the mountain! He was buried alive by Hanoman due to the bad behaviors. It is also said Hanoman lives in a nearby mountain called Telomoyo in order to watch Dasamuka over time. He is afraid that such monster might revive suddenly. For further information, tourists can talk more to the tour guide.
The next allure is none other than the panorama. For the information, the mountain comes with 3 fabulous peaks! The tallest one is indeed Ungaran Peak. The others are Botak and Gendol Peak, which are also suitable for trekking. As for the forest, the mountain has several majestic references especially Montane Forest (which is considered the most famous one). What is more? Located in the slope of the mountain, tourists may find a well-known archeological site called Gedong Songo Temple. Somehow, it becomes the signature tourist attraction there.
What is next? Many people also come to Ungaran Mountain to enjoy trekking and camping. As for the best camping ground, it is called Mawar Camp (which is also the trekking checkpoint). In the morning, the sunrise shines beautifully! While at night, sparkling lights of nearby buildings look so fabulous! It is definitely a complete site to enjoy an adventure and exploration, isn’t it?
- Mawar Campground
- Bukit Paralayang
- Goa Jepang
- Corong Waterfall
- Umbul Sidomukti
How to Get There
For those coming from Ahmad Yani International Airport, they need to spend about 1 hour and 44 minutes to get to Ungaran Mountain. It is because the distance is 34.8 km, but it becomes faster if they take Raya Semarang – Boja Street. There is no need to hire a local guide, in fact.
Where to Stay
- Rini Hotel
- Sinar Bahagia Hotel
- Jelita II Hotel
- Griya Persada Hotel