Magetan is a small hilly town on the eastern slope of the 3265-metre Mount Lawu or Gunung Lawu in Indonesian, near the Central Javanese border.
From other parts of East Java: by bus or car, usually from Madiun. Magetan is about half an hour away from Madiun, to the west.
From Central Java [heading east]: by car, through Karanganyar to Tawangmangu on the western slope of Mt Lawu. You can have a stopover here to enjoy the famous Grojogan Sewu Waterfall. [Grojogan Sewu literally means "The Thousand Waterfall"]. Then continue your journey on to the Cemoro Sewu mountain pass, which marks an entrance into East Java. The main tourist attraction of Magetan, named Telaga [Pond] Sarangan, is 5 km down the mountain slope.
This road is easily accessible by car, although considerably steep.
By public minivans.
Telaga Sarangan which is a small lake 10 km west of the town centre, some 1200 metres above sea level. Has stunning views with a mountain backdrop. There are some hotels and a restaurant near the lake. You can walk around the lakeshore [a rather long walk], hire a motorboat or ride a horse.
Some waterfalls near Telaga Sarangan [for the adventurous]
CULTURAL/LOCAL CUSTOM NOTE: There is another small lake near Telaga Sarangan, which is called Telaga Wurung [literally "Lake of Cancellation"]. Those who have a girlfriend/boyfriend but have not got married are advised not to visit this lake, otherwise their relationship would split. Here the "cancellation" means "being cancelled from getting married".
Hire a motorboat for a round trip on Telaga Sarangan
Ride a horse to get around this lake
There are a restaurant and some "warung"s [simple, small eateries] near the lake - Overpriced!
The town also has some restaurants.
Hotel and backpackers hostels [losmen] near Telaga Sarangan
Madiun a medium-sized town famous for its Nasi Pecel - a salad rice with a spicy peanut dressing.
Back to Tawangmangu, a mountainous tourist spot in Central Java [about 15 km to the west].