Bandung Volcano ( Tangkuban Perahu ), approximately 30 kilometers north of Bandung and about 1 hour drive, is an active volcano. Tangkuban Perahu peak is situated at a height of 2,084 meters (6,837 feet). With its distinct flat-peak shape, locals have affectionately labelled it the “upsidedown boat.”
A number of craters in Tangkuban Perahu shows that this mountain is still active, seen by the sulfur and hot water in the base of the volcano. The craters are Ratu Crater, Upas Crater, Domas Crater and Jurig Crater. Kawah Ratu also known as the Queen’s crater is the biggest one. It is nearest to the entrance and the mostly visited crater. Kawah Upas is next to Ratu which is tough to reach because of the dangerous terrain leading to it. Kawah Domas lies lower than the Ratu crater.
The first thing will strike you on the approach to the summit will be the stench of sulphur. Once you will reach at the crater rim you can see a beautiful view down below into the bubbling grey liquid at the bottom. Near crater, the local community has built a corridor of reed-covered huts, ready to quench your thirst and satiate your hunger. Among the stalls, you can discover local souvenirs.
Although Tangkuban Perahu is categorized as an active volcano, this status does not discourage tourists from visiting this site. A lot of local and foreign tourists visit Tangkuban Perahu to get a glimpse of its well-known beauty. The natural beauty found in this site is unique. It is also a wonderful family holiday destination. Being able to take a photograph near a volcano is a rare opportunity and this memory will last a life time. It is best to go early to avoid the flock of tourists and to feel the cool weather of the highlands.
So if you plan to visit Bandung Volcano (Tangkuban Perahu) try to leave early in morning. You will enjoy the cool morning breeze on the drive up the highlands. More importantly you can have all the good spots for taking great photos without the crowd ruining your shots.