Sari Ater Hot Springs, Lembang, Indonesia


Nothing beats a nice soak in a hot spring, especially after you’ve been walking around a lot! After our visit to Tangkuban Perahu Volcano, our guide drove us downhill to Sari Ater Hot Springs Resort in Ciater district.  Sitting in the middle of a tea estate, the spacious retreat has dozens of natural mineral springs fed by heat from surrounding volcanoes. The water contains iodium and sulfur, which is good for people with skin problems and rheumatism.


Since we came on a Friday, we almost had the whole place to ourselves. The park was well maintained and clean, while the railings had just had a fresh coat of paint. There were facilities like camping grounds, swimming pools, restaurants and tennis courts


One of the main springs in the area is built around a small waterfall called Curug Jodo. The water was crystal clear  and looked so inviting! Too bad we didn’t bring a change of clothes because the trip here was kinda impromptu ;__;


There are massage therapists stationed all around the park. They’ll be in the water massaging your feet, for a small fee.

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Seems to just wash your aches away… 🙂


A parent was trying to get his kid in the water, but he was adamant about not touching any. His screams were as if he was being led to slaughter, lol.


Pops and the Moomikins.

That sounds like a cool name for a band.


There were creepy statues of frogs, Komodo dragons and scaly rhinos all around the park, for some reason.

Entrance fees depend on which pools you plan on visiting, but I think we paid 20,000 IDR.

Again, since it might be hard to get public transport here, I suggest hiring a private driver or a cab. 🙂 The charges are about 500,000 IDR (Rm150 – USD35+) a day.


Rainbow Falls – Curug Cimahi, Bandung

Note to self: Don’t drink Starbucks frapp after 10pm… unless you want the sugar rush to keep you up all night. 


Leaving the hustle and bustle of downtown Bandung, the scenery becomes increasingly quaint and gorgeous. Tall modern buildings disappear: to be replaced by swathes of flower gardens and vegetable farms on either side. These are packed so closely together that they sometimes block the view of the valley below, only for the car to pass by an open area to reveal how far up the hills we’ve driven. Bikes, vans, and modified trucks putter up and down the narrow roads, some laden with fresh produce.



Our first stop for the day was Curug Cimahi, also known as ‘Air Terjun Pelangi’. Dubbed ‘Rainbow Falls’, the waterfall comes alive with bright lights at night, creating a magical, fountain-like effect.

While we couldn’t catch the night view, the scenery in daytime was no less beautiful.


Pathway leading down to the falls. They can be slippery though so it’s best to wear some rubber shoes.


Stunning. Flowing from the Cimahi river, the falls cascade some 87m  into a crystal clear pool, the force of the spray creating a soft mist at the bottom. All around, trees bursting with greenery reached up to the skies above. It was like being in a secret garden, yet to be sullied or touched by man. I felt really humbled and in awe at Mother Nature’s beauty.


The air was as clean and refreshing as only mountain air can be. Felt like we were the first ones to breathe it in, right from the source! Birds chirped and sang in the trees, the temperature was cool and just full of positive energy. Now I know why people come to meditate in the mountains 😀


It was 587 steps to the bottom, where the pool was. I didn’t fancy the climb back up, so we stopped by at a platform to take in the sights. There are several platforms built into the hillside, so visitors can take a rest while hiking up/down.


Spotted some wildlife 🙂


If you’re headed up to Bandung’s star attractions, Tangkuban Perahu volcano, then stop by the Curug Cimahi falls on the way. The entrance fee is minimal and you’ll be blown away by how pretty it is. Great place to relax the mind and just get away from the stresses of life for a while. You’ll leave rejuvenated! 🙂

Entrance fee: 12,000rp before 5pm; 15,000rp (RM4.50 – USD1.10) after 5pm.

Jalan Kolonel Masturi, Desa Kertawangi,

Kecamatan Cisarua, Kabupaten Bandung Barat,

Jawa Barat, Indonesia.

Getting There 

Public transport is not the best in Bandung, but visitors can take the local ‘Angkut’ vans following the Ledeng-Sukasari line from Ledeng terminal. Alight at Sukasari Terminal, and the falls are a 15-20min walk from there.

Other options: take the Cisarua-Lembang line, or from Cimahi, from Terminal Pasar through the Cimahi-Cisarua line. From Bandung City: Hop on the St-Hall-Lembang line from Bandung station, before switching to Lembang-Cisarua line.