Trawas is a small mountainous district in East Java, about 1.5 hours by car from Surabaya, the capital city. Surabayanese people often visit this place on weekends to get a "retreat" from a bustling and competitive life.
From Surabaya: Go to the Waru highway entrance and take the "Malang/Pasuruan" direction. Exit the highway/ toll road at the Sidoarjo checkpoint and continue to drive until you reach a junction (at Porong). Turn right and follow the sign to Gempol and keep driving until you see a sign on the right, stating "Tretes". The road will start to climb, rather steeply in some points, keep driving until you see a sign to Trawas (on the right side) which is a steep winding road.
BE CAREFUL: The road is very steep - probably at an angle of more than 45 degrees. Check the condition of your car's machine before driving to Trawas.
Sightseeing: lots of pine trees and flowers along the road. There are lots of nice villas (which can be rent, but even if you decide not to rent them, they are still nice to see)
Washing face and hands at Jolotundo Spring - about 10 km uphill from PPLH. This spring was a royal bath in the ancient times. It is believed that those who wash [and drink] from this very clean spring will look younger.
PPLHa.k.a the Environmental Education Centre at the village of Seloliman - about 30 minutes from the main street. Here you can gain plenty of knowledge about Indonesian medicinal herbs, fruit and vegetable plants including the rare ones. You can also learn about organic farming, Javanese traditional culture,alternative energy - to name but a few. It is a favourite destination of Interpid and has a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional cuisine made from fresh ingredients without artificial food additives. Its "bungalows" provide a natural and pristine setting with a private outdoor bathroom. The staff are friendly, some speak English and will help you arrange for village exploration upon request.