KETAPANG INDAH HOTEL
A charming property set within a tropical garden in the emerging tourism destination of Banyuwangi on the coast of East Java, indonesia
As a family orientated hotel, it features a collection of comfortable guest rooms and cottages spread across a generous landscape shaded by mature coconut palms.
Covering six hectares, Ketapang Indah Hotel extends to a stretch of volcanic black sand beach with inspiring sunrise views over the Bali Strait. The property blends traditional Javanese hospitality with more contemporary styled facilities to anticipate the needs of both leisure and business travellers.
Ketapang Indah Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty and culture of East Java. The volcanic crater lake of Ijen is a magnificent turquoise colour and the site of a labour-intensive (source: www.ketapangindahhotel.com)
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Address : Jl. Gatot Subroto Km. 6, Klatak, Kalipuro, Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur 68421
Phone : (0333) 422280
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Inside Cultural Trip
Banyuwangi regency is on the easternmost end of Java Island and serves as a port connecting Java and Bali. The name Banyuwangi itself is Javanese for “fragrant water,” a reference to the Javanese folktales of Sri Tanjung.
Every year the regency attracts 1.5 million local tourists and 30,000 overseas tourists to explore the area. Banyuwangi, after all, has a lot of things to offer, from camping to surfing.
Being the east-most city on Java, this is where the dawn first rises in the morning throwing its welcoming rays over Java, this lush green but also most densely populated island. Banyuwangi Regency extends over an area of 5,800 square km, comprising southern beaches brushed by the Indian Ocean, to impressive Mt Raung that stands at 3,282 meters and Mt Merapi at 2,800 meters above sea level.
The town of Banyuwangi is the gateway to your explorations to watch wild animals roam freely in the reserve of Alas Purwo, the oldest game reserve on Java, go trekking through the savannah of Baluran, or find secluded and untouched beaches at Pulau Merah or G-Land, and travel to Sukamade Beach where turtles come to hatch their eggs. Mountain climbers can hike up from Banyuwangi to the stunning Ijen Crater and be amazed by blue flames that spring out among the yellow sulphurous rocks, cut and gathered manually by traditional miners.
Kuwung Festival is an annual parade, which becomes a showcase displaying the authenticity of Banyuwangi , both cultural richness, customs, maupaun excellent potential displayed by representatives of 24 sub-districts of Banyuwangi District.
As many as a thousand people marched through the protocol as far as 2 kilometers. The route covers the start of the front office of Banyuwangi regent on A. Yani road, PB road. Sudirman, road Satsuit Tubun to finish in Blambangan Park.
In addition to the running parade, Kuwung Festival is also packed with a parade of ornamental cars.Local potentials, such as handicrafts and tourist destinations are also packaged in Kuwung festivals.The excitement is felt with the accompaniment of typical music, such as hadrah, kundaran, and jaranan in this authentic cultural festival of Banyuwangi. (source: The Jakarta Post)
The word “Gandrung” comes from the Javanese word that means “desperately in love”. It means that they are in love with the goddess of the rice paddy, Dewi Sri, that brings prosperity to the people of Banyuwangi who are mostly employed as farmers. In gratitude for the good harvest, the people organize a performance which is called “Gandrung” because the farmers were in love with the goddess of the rice paddy.
The Gandrung performance used to be performed at night, running from 09 PM until 04 AM. This traditional art is performed during the day as well to especially welcome distinguished guests.
Gandrung dance that dominated with special orchestration is one of traditional art in Banyuwangi and become the characteristic symbol of Banyuwangi. So, in every event Banyuwangi always has similarity name with Gandrung. In fact, Banyuwangi is often called Gandrung City and in almost every corner of Banyuwangi, we can found Gandrung dance statue. Gandrung is often perform in many event, such as; marriage, Pethik Laut (marine ceremony), circumcision event, anniversary, and the others events. (source: www.eastjava.com)
Solong beach is a romantic beach surrounded a panoramic and wonderful beauty. From a distance, spreading out The Bali strait appeared with sailor’s boats and ships come and go frequently.
The nuance of natural beach grown up a lot of coconut trees surrounding it and equipped green grass which formed orderly in keeping as well as white bended design alley connected variety of angle beach. Setting breeze and waving coconut’s leaves effected Solong beach cools off although the weather is warm that make everyone is reluctant to leave.
Just laying down on the grassy field, playing sway and relaxing with hammock. It will be secured delicately in which carried out the beach not wide.
This food is Banyuwangi’s traditional dish which it is never bored to taste. It is made by sticky rice cooked with coconut milk, placed banana’s leaf, served in warm condition with grating coconut as the topping. The salty taste is melting in the mouth, making which you never forget it.
Banyuwangi is one of the best coffee producer in Indonesia. Its fragrant aroma special Arabica coffee added acid taste and bitter coffee. They are mixed well that make Banyuwangi’s coffee which its enjoyment is forgettable. The best way to enjoy this coffee is by manner of kopi tubruk (coffee tubruk) where coffee seed, in powder form, poured with boiling water without filtered again. When coffee powder has precipitated, it is ready to drink.
PUBLIC HALL SABHA SWAGATA
Public hall of Sabha Swagata is the place of stay of Banyuwangi’s regent. It is different from commonly public hall, in this place you will find harmoniously atmosphere as well as it has unique building and beautiful inside. Inside there is guest house that is the same bunker as well as beautiful spots to take picture. The Public hall is very homey with spreading out cool green color. no far from guest house, there is osing’s tribe costum that attained the age of hundreds of years as well as an old well which become a part of the legend of Banyuwangi city.
Pecel pitik is one of the traditional food always served in Osing’s tribe custom ceremony in Banyuwangi. For osing’s tribe people, Pecel Pitik is a food believed a sacred food because it is just served at a special custom ceremonies such as hajatan, ceremonial meal, and clear village. It is made by special ways and there are some avoidances that can be not broken when it is cooked. This food have been hereditarily bequeathed and It is one of special menu for osing’s people.
In addition to its sacred property, this food is also very unique food in serving it because there is grated coconuts, crushed peanut and seasoned flavour in the result that special taste. Besides they used the meat, it is taken from spring chickens which are about 7-8 months age.
JANGAN UYAH ASEM
Jangan Uyah Asem or Osing tribe people commonly called it Uyah Asem. “Jangan” in Bahasa means vegetable soup. This kind of food has differences with others culinary, it is served only in particular event.
Uyah Asem is made by free-range chicken and papaya. Free-range chicken is selected to become main ingredient because have solid texture than boiler. Its taste is salty. Making this food needs simply spices such as red pepper, chili, tomato, sugar and salt which is finely pounded. It can be added with slice sour carambola in order to make it is more sour and delicious. The way to cook, boiling chicken till well-done then put slice unripe papaya and spices which are finely pounded. Cooking them till soak and it is ready to serve.
This food is proper to enjoy in warm and accompanied with rice, condiment us, and crackers. The gravy is spicy, sour and salty which it make you warm cause its spicy but so delicious.
HOW TO GET TO BANYUWANGI
(Flight, Train, Bus, and Ferry)
Banyuwangi has a well connected transportation, you could get here from other part of Indonesia easily by flights, trains, buses, and ferries. Here we will write a post about “How To Get To Banyuwangi.”
- HOW TO GET TO BANYUWANGI BY FLIGHT ?
Flight to Banyuwangi only availabe from Surabaya and Denpasar (Bali), flight operates by Garuda Airline and Lion Air twice in a day that takes time mostly at noon. All flights depart from Banyuwangi will be held from Blimbingsari Airport, it is one hour drive from Banyuwangi city center. So make sure you will arrive there in time, the best way to get to Blimbingsari Airport is by hiring a taxi as there is no public transportation available to go to the airport. Taxi will cost you approximately IDR 150.000, there is also airport bus operated by DAMRI from Blimbingsari Airport to the center.
- HOW TO GET TO BANYUWANGI BY TRAIN ?
Banyuwangi has well connected train, you could get there easily from other part of Java. Train is the second best option after flight, it is the most popular transportation for Indonesian. Nowadays, Indonesian trains have already improved a lot, more comfort as all trains are equipped by AC, more secure as there is always guards on the train, and cleaner. Here are trains that you could take to get to Banyuwangi :
Train From Yogyakarta To Banyuwangi
There is a direct train called SRITANJUNG which depart from Lempuyangan Train Station in Yogyakarta at 6.30 AM to Banyuwangi with arrival time 9.00 PM. It is economic long distance train that also make a stop at Surabaya, Probolinggo, Jember, and cost you for IDR 94.000.
Train From Surabaya To Banyuwangi
Train travel from Surabaya to Banyuwangi have more options, economic, business, and first class train leave daily from Surabaya Gubeng Train Station. Here the list :
- Mutiara Timur Siang | Departure 08.30 am – Arrival 03.00 pm | From IDR 85.000 – 150.000
- Sritanjung | Departure 01.15 pm – Arrival 09.00 pm | From IDR 94.000
- Mutiara Timur Malam | Departure 10.00 pm – Arrival 05.00 am | From IDR 100.000 – 200.000
Train From Malang To Banyuwangi
There is only one train available daily from Malang to Banyuwangi called Tawang Alun Train which depart at 3.45 pm then arrive in Banyuwangi at 11 pm (cost for IDR 65.000). Tawang Alun is an economic long distance train, equipped with AC and food court.
- HOW TO GET TO BANYUWANGI BY BUS ?
Travel by bus to get to Banyuwangi could be doable from most cities in Java such as Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Probolinggo, and Malang. What you need to concern is some busses will not go directly to Banyuwangi as it is a transit bus. Banyuwangi main bus station is “Terminal Brawijaya”, located at Jalan Brawijaya about 10 minutes drive to the city center. Bus prices is varied depend on the departure city, Surabaya to Banyuwangi mostly cost IDR 150.000 / Person (AC and Direct Bus).
- HOW TO GET TO BANYUWANGI BY FERRY ?
Ferries only connect between Bali and Banyuwangi, the ferries run 24 hours non stop which means there is always a ferry cross every 15 minutes. Actually it will need 45 minutes to cross, we have also traffic on sea that will make your crossing time take almost 1.5 hours. To cross by ferry will cost IDR 6.500 / Person, please buy the ticket at the official ticket counter to prevent scam practice.
Source : www.kampungosing.com