Exe = executive class, Bus = business class, Eco = economy class.
Note: Economy class is not airconditioned and are not recommended. Business class is also not airconditioned, also not recommended, use it only if you cannot get the executive class. Executive class is comfortable and air conditioned.
A number of Hindu temples/historical relics of an ancient kingdom.
Air Terjun [Waterfall] Dolo, located on the eastern slope of Gunung [Mount] Wilis, some 20 km west of Kediri. Drive west from the town centre [crossing the Brantas River along the way, and passing through the Semen Bus Station] towards Pohsarang. About 5 km before Pohsarang you will see a fork. If you are heading towards this waterfall, take a left turn. [WARNING: the first 50 metres of this road, past the fork, is quite steep].
For more details about Pohsarang, please see below.
Christians and Catholics can visit Pohsarang for a pilgrimage or simply enjoy the beauty of a traditionally designed, Hindu-Javanese style church complex. It is notable for being the site of a famous Maria Grotto [the cave of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ] and a spring equipped with several water taps, where you can get some water [ready to drink] after saying a prayer. It is believed that praying here and taking some water from this spring ensures that your wish will come true. There is also a series of "Stations of the Cross" [known locally as "Jalan Salib" = Way of the Cross] with beautiful sculptures depicting various stages of Christ's crucifixion.
NOTES: There are some touts offering souvenirs especially during the high season - ignore them! Souvenir shops and eateries abound at the site.
Lotus Garden Hotel & Resort. Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprapto 26,
[+62 354] 779999. A bit out of the way but has a nice decor with Chinese antiques at the lobby, a koi fish pond surrounding the restaurant. Welcome drink constitutes a small glass of guava juice. Nice buffet breakfast.
Madiun, a city to the west, of similar size although less crowded. Well known for Nasi Pecel - the local version of "salad rice". This is also a stopover for those heading to the Telaga ["Pond"] Sarangan in Magetan regency - see the Magetan page for more details.
Blitar to the south: the birthplace of Indonesia's first president - Dr. Ir. Soekarno.
The tourism town of Batu to the east. Once you drive past Kandangan, the route becomes more scenic but also more dangerous. Watch out for sharp turns along this winding road, a valley right beside the road [near Pujon - about the last 5-10 km of the trip] possible landslides at this road segment during the rainy season, and reckless bus drivers. On a happier note however, this scenic route passes through a tropical forest, the beautiful Selorejo dam with a mountain backdrop, and a mountainous terrain up to the Batu town border. You are also rewarded by stunning views of the Coban Rondo waterfall [in the Pujon area] which is a short trip away from the main road. The waterfall is a short walk from the parking area.
In a nutshell: feel free to take this route if you are going to Batu, given that you are visiting during the dry season and you exercise extra caution. Please refer to the Batu page for more details. If you have some history or tendency of motion sickness, bring some Antimo tablets with you. [This is an over-the-counter medicine, and therefore can be purchased at pharmacies, most supermarkets and even some minimarkets].