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Experiences

To discover the real, unspoiled East Java means a visit to the town and surroundings of Blitar, a small charming town surrounded by the remains of the Majapahit Kingdom hundreds of years ago. The surroundings and the road to the town are bordered by beautiful rice fields and countryside sceneries of East Java, whereas the beaches around Blitar present the natural untouched beauty of the South Sea.

Cultural Courses

COOKING CLASS

Introducing a unique hands-on kitchen experience that exposes guests to centuries-old tradition in Indonesian gastronomy, speficially Javanese cuisine, embracing authentic, indigenous cooking techniques and ingredients. Glimpse into the beautiful simplicity and exotic richness of Indonesian cooking and dining culture.

The half-day cooking class starts with a becak (cycle rickshaw) trip to the local market for fresh ingredients, and cooking in a kitchen designed to resemble an Indonesian streetside food stall from centuries ago.

GAMELAN CLASS

Experience the splendour of Javanese traditional instrument presented by esteemed gamelan musicians. Hotel Tugu Blitar’s Gamelan Class is designed to provide an insight into the significance of art to the Javanese, in everyday practice and in an spiritual context. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Excursions

BICYCLE DAY TRIPS

The pristine East Java countryside is best discovered on a good old bicycle, where off-the-beaten paths tempt with natural beauty and unspoiled wonders, where history and culture are preserved and celebrated, where tales of romance and mythical legends echo through the town .

Blitar is a small charming town where most of the remains of the Majapahit Kingdom still stand timeless, including the largest and most beautiful Hindu temple complex in East Java, Candi Penataran. It is also the hometown and final burial ground of Soekarno, the legendary first President and proclamator of Indonesia’s independence.

EXOTIC TREATS IN NATURE

A journey to unwind and relax in the tranquility of Java’s nature starts with a ride to the forest of Pacuh National Park and Anak Kelud Volcano. Relax in the serenity of Blitar’s country scenery of lush coffee plantations, emerald rice fields, and the magnificent Anak Kelud Volcano – one of many volcanoes that gives shape and drama to Java’s landscape.

Walk under the shades of hundred-year old trees, feel the sun on your face and the soft cool winds in your hair. Sip the hot, freshly brewed Java coffee from our very own Kawisari Coffee Plantation on the slopes of Mount Kawi as you take in the picturesque picnic mid-way in the fresh mountain air.

THE HIDDEN TREASURES

Blitar is a small charming town surrounded by the remains of the Majapahit Kingdom hundreds of years ago. The surroundings and the road to Blitar are bordered by beautiful rice fields and countryside sceneries of East Java, whereas the beaches around Blitar present the natural untouched beauty of the South Sea, offering a unique expeditions to discover the true beauty of East Java.

A PERFECT DAY AT SECRET COVE

A 45-minute car journey will take you through charming little Javanese villages, before arriving at your private little paradise: a beautiful secluded lagoon, all yours for the entire day to play, swim, fish or to just sit back and relax as you trace the path of the sun in the sky.

As the sun dips below the horizon, your private romantic dinner with original recipes from the locals who live nearby begins. Sit back and indulge in the rich, exotic flavors under the starry skies as you bask in the afterglow of a perfect day.

THE HIDDEN GEM OF BLITAR

Blitar has retained its indigenous Javanese character with its traditional market, the old town-square ‘Alun-Alun’, and public transportation dominated by becaks, the old-style tricycle vehicle. Discover lost temples and secluded beach, as you journey through lush tropical landscape, verdant rice fields and countryside sceneries.

THE LOST TEMPLE
PRIVATE DINNER FOR TWO

The Hindu temples at Penataran are the largest intact Majapahit temples, and the finest examples of East Javanese architecture and sculpture. The temples were inherited from the Majapahit kingdom’s golden period, during the governance of King Hayam Wuruk, and are located on the lower slopes of Mount Kelud, around twenty kilometers north of Blitar. Reserve the private sunset dinner at the Penataran Temple and find yourself transported into another world with the charm of ancient beauty.

COFFEE PLANTATION DAY TRIP

Offers the luxurious experience of the trip to Kawisari ( about 800 m above the sea level) and Sengon ( about 400 m above the sea level) coffee plantation which is located in Wlingi- Blitar, East Java. You will see the beautiful view along the way to the both plantations. These plantations are surrounded by two mountains, Kelud and Kawi mountain.It is plant a type of best quality of coffee and produced with a secret receipt from Dutch era.

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