Exploring along The Clearness of Citumang River

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After paying an entrance ticket of IDR 19,000 and a car park fee of IDR. 10,000, I started heading upstream of Citumang River without hiring the services of personal life guard. I would independently go down the river. Of course, it would feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Renting a life jacket was certainly the best alternative to keep myself safe when exploring the river alone. Life jacket was also the best anticipation for newcomer who of course didn’t really understand the variations in river depth.

At upstream of the river, I approached a young man who seemed to be in charge of caring for life jacket rental. I handed over IDR 20,000 to rent a life jacket and then got ready to go down into river.

Just on the edge, I was already amazed by the clarity of its water. The river body was still very green with large plants, the spread of giant river stones at several points along river flow gave an impression that Citumang River was like a river of the past. Meanwhile, in upstream of the river, there was a cave which echoed the gurgling flow of water flow which calmed the situation.

The clarity of its water made this river reflected beautiful gradations of moss green and sky blue. A gradation painted by nature to perfection. Combined with the cool air and quiet situation, it made my heart felt peaceful. Only natural sounds could be heard at the location. Make anyone forget for a moment the hustle and bustle of a big city.

On the other side, a children’s pool appeared to be built to facilitate family tourism. And it appeared in several places written prohibitions on using soap to preventing river pollution.

Not waiting for long, I started to go down. Along Citumang River which its bottom was paved with mossy stones. The cold water made my body fresh. Daring myself to swam in a deep part, I finally reached cave mouth. The dark situation in the cave made me only dare to enter it not far from its mouth. A little worried about the unexpected in there, considering that I was alone in the river.

A thirty minutes later, other visitors started arriving and river situation was a little busier. To avoid excessive crowds, I immediately did body rafting down the river downstream. It flew with river current which cut through giant boulders along the river.

At a distance of 300 meters from starting point, I began to stop exploration. Chose to step aside and got ready to ending my adventure in Citumang River.

If I wanted to go downstream, I would actually be rewarded with a view of a waterfall which looked like a furnace. The furnace form was often called Tumang by local people. Therefore this river was named as Citumang River.

It was nine o’clock  in the morning. I began to hurry to clean myself and get ready to leave Citumang River. I was ready to go to next destination in Pangandaran, namely Batu Hiu Beach.

Enjoying Sunrise at Pangandaran East Coast

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With the e- “Nyiur Resort Hotel” Reservation at my hand, I felt relieved and even more enthusiastic about enjoying a sunrise which would be coming in an hour. I decided to close my eyes for a moment after eight hours earlier struggled to drive “The Silver” from the Capital City. I purposely set my smartphone alarm to avoid falling asleep too much and worrying about losing the earth show which was about to come.

The alarm literally woke up me who were about to miss. I immediately headed for shoreline and headed to bamboo pier bridge which jutting out towards sea. Then sat down in the shade of hut at the end of pier bridge. Meanwhile view at the east began to appear a red tinge ready to open the dawn show.

The show at Pangandaran East Coast began…..

A dazzling dawn was displayed on a natural screen on eastern horizon. Visitors began to busy arranging their respective cameras. Tripods began to acquire every corner of hut. Cameras with various brands started to light up to capture that beautiful moment. Meanwhile I only entrusted my naked eyes to capture that special moment.

As usual, special show of sunrise is a brief moment and requires serenity to enjoy its beauty. The orange tinge vanished as I walked towards the west side of beach to enjoying morning activities of local fishermen who started landing outrigger boats which loaded with fish from the sea last night. That was the modesty of local fishermen who earn a fortune in the ocean with perseverance and patience.

When the sun moved higher, Pangandaran West Coast was more desolate, the air starts to raise its temperature, my gaze which was fixed far to the horizon stopped. I jumped off an empty outrigger ship which I sit on, grabbing the rudder of “The Silver” again. “Can’t check-in yet …“, I lightly muttered when I reopened a Pangandaran tourism map. “As long as it’s still morning, I will be better to take a far destination….“, I began to measure map scale and my finger pointed at a destination. “Yes, Citumang River ….“, I lightly thought. I came to Pangandaran Beach without a plan. This was an incidental journey in my adventure history.

Now “The Silver” was advancing to Parigi area on north side of Pangandaran Beach. Getting farther on, “The Silver” started crossing green rice fields with young rices. The road wasn’t wide but more than enough to cars for passing each other, a village road was also comfort enough for four wheels to pass.

Driving for about 25 kilometers, in 30 minutes I arrived at a special parking lot for Citumang River tourism spot. A tour officer came to me and started handing me tour ticket and parking ticket after I confirmed that enjoying the beauty of Citumang River was the purpose of my arrival.

A tour guide as well as a life guard also came over. He offered assistance services to navigate Citumang River from upstream to downstream. But I decided to just do it by myself. Enjoying nature alone was the best way to absorb all its beauty values.

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