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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Penetrating Quiteness towards Pangandaran

That winning prize hadn’t been redeemed for almost two years. December before the end of last year, I won an internal competition at the company which I worked for. Entitled “Education Consultant Training Camp“, I and other colleagues were being trained and tested in the mastery of profound knowledge for a sake of embedding good personal capabilities as a professional who being engaged in education. At the end of this training stage, I proudly came out as winner. That victory provided a meaningful reward in the form of a overnight stay voucher for IDR 1,000,000.

That morning, I felt tired after performing the Eid al-Adha Prayers in the courtyard of an elementary school near where I lived. I sat down enjoying a glass of coffee and a few pieces of fried cassava. This is the first day of a long weekend break in the last week of September.

Yeah, my holiday just ends at home…“, I lightly muttered.

Surfing in cyberspace to enjoy the beauty of Grand Canyon, I suddenly remembered a term…. Yupz, “Green Canyon”. It was in Pangandaran if I wasn’t mistaken. Now my cyberspace surfing screen lead to one of beaches in the south of West Java.

The distance isn’t far to be covered by a four-wheeled vehicle ….“, I started to get excited.

I decided to make a call for one of marketing support staff at my company. Putri was her name.

Putri, Can I can my competition prize two years ago?. But this was really sudden“, I briefly said through my smartphone.

Ah, you always like sudden things. Please try to emailing our boss, if she’s OK, I’ll take care of it later ”, Putri was like that when she spoke to me. A little fierce, but that was normal for me.

I didn’t send an email, nor did I sent any messages, I immediately picked up my smartphone to call the boss. The result was unexpected, I got access to use the voucher during that long holiday weekend.


I explained to Putri where I was going and the planned hotel entry date. Usually Putri would do it quickly. She already understood such matters.

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At nine o’clock in the evening, I grabbed my favorite backpack which I had prepared since morning, I threw it into back seat of “The Silver” (my Toyota car). Exiting the public garage, I started driving The Silver to Pangandaran Regency, which was 250 Km from my residence in the east of Jakarta.

Armed with hot coffee in a tumbler, my eyes strongly glared at Cikampek and Purbaleunyi toll road sections which had long routes.

Exiting Cileunyi toll gate, I didn’t stop. Now my feet were stepping on gas pedal deeper and combing a dark route to south of Java Island. Nimbly swerving on Nagreg incline, bending following road contours to Lingkar Gentong, Tasikmalaya and then deciding to stop for a moment at a Refueling Station in Banjar City.

I took a sip of my hot coffee for a moment, getting ready to cross a quiet street off the southern route of Java Island towards the coast. I never worried about the safety of this tourism route which I would go through even though the situation would definitely be quiet.

I was 75% in completing my journey. Not thinking much longer, now I was back to drive The Silver to south, through village, forests and quiet rice fields streets. Several times I let some motorbikes overtake me, as if they were farmers who rushing to rice fields. I didn’t know why they left so early in the morning? Some of motorbikes looked like they were going to the same place as me, there were long sticks of fishing rods on their backs.

Sleeping enough on this noon made me able to survive from the onslaught of sleepy during eight hours of driving.

At 5 am, my arrival in Pangandaran was accompanied by a WhatsApp message which sent by Putri. I was so curious about hotel name which listed on a PDF document which containing a hotel booking invoice that was paid off with my company budget. “Nyiur Resort Hotel”, that was hotel name which I managed to read.

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