Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine May 2019 - Page 102

Travel / Tasikmalaya 1 I  walk down the earthen steps in half an hour. The closer I get, the louder the sound of the rushing water. is a breathtaking sight as it descends among the dense green forest of Mount Galunggung. I am greeted by Andi Ramdani, the head of Parentas, who gives me a cup of fresh coffee brewed from the village plantation. Parentas coffee is grown from Arabica beans in volcanic soil at 1,300–1,500m above sea level. “Since I was little, I've enjoyed playing at the waterfall, but several years ago it got busier with visitors after it was often posted on social media,” Andi says. I walk down the earthen steps in half an hour. The closer I get, the louder the sound of the rushing water. Suddenly, I realise I am wet from the spray – and my camera has also been sprayed, making it difficult to take photos. I can 100 only stare, speechless, at the two waterfalls, each dozens of metres high. We next visit Dengdeng waterfall, which is 62km south of Tasikmalaya City – ‘only’ the final 2km of the road is damaged. I am amazed to see that the waterfall is so wide and cascades over three levels. The first level at its mouth is 9m high, the second is 11m and the third is 13m. The waterfall ends in a magical-looking blue pool, surrounded by the peaceful greenery of the forest. Two men are fishing and enjoying the serenity of one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Indonesia. 5 senses: taste Meatballs E/ Tasikmalaya is nicknamed ‘Meatball City’ because there are so many sellers and variants of these scrumptious snacks. The tastiest meatballs can be found at Bakso Firman, Jl. Dr. Sukardjo No. 103, Panglayungan, at a price per portion of Rp20,000. I/ Tasikmalaya dijuluki “kota bakso” karena banyaknya penjual dan variasi baksonya. Bakso urat terenak di Bakso Firman, Jl. Dr. Sukardjo No. 103, Panglayungan, harga per porsi Rp20.000. 2