Dieng Plateau on the island of Java, Indonesia

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General information about the Dieng Plateau

The Dieng Plateau is a high–altitude plateau in central Java (Indonesia), located at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level, 105 kilometers from Yogyakarta (Dieng Plateau on the map). It is notable for the fact that there are many interesting natural attractions formed by volcanic activity and activity: geysers, volcanic lakes, hot springs, inactive volcanoes. In general, the plateau itself is actually the caldera of a huge extinct stratovolcano Prahu (Prahu) with a diameter of 11 kilometers. Here you can make several trekking or hiking routes, climb to the top of one of the mountains to meet the dawn, and many more different kinds of tourist activities. In addition to natural attractions, there are at least 400 ancient Hindu temples and their ruins of VIII–IX centuries of construction.

The Dieng plateau is still little known among foreign tourists, although tourists from Indonesia have long mastered this place, and for good reason. It is really very interesting here, and there are no other such places on the island of Java, and perhaps in the whole of Indonesia. The plateau is quite extensive, there are several villages on it, the population of which is hired mainly by growing natural potatoes, which are very much appreciated in Indonesia. In other places of the island of Java, it simply does not grow, it is very hot, and here at an altitude of 2000 meters it yields up to 4 times a year.

In the evenings, even in the hottest season, it can be cool here, take warm clothes. Even during the day, it's cool under the scorching sun while riding a motorcycle, you need a jacket. And if you plan to climb Mount Prau with an overnight stay, you need to warm up to the fullest, there are even frosts.

Dawn on Gunung Prau

Seasons on the Dieng plateau, when is the best time to go

The best time to travel is the dry season, which runs from May to October. From November to April, the amount of precipitation is much higher.

Seasons on the Dieng plateau by month, when is the best time to go

Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
                       

* the best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit

Current weather on the Dieng Plateau and forecast

Weather on the Dieng plateau by month

Средняя температура on the Dieng Plateau по месяцам
янв фев мар апр май июн июл авг сен окт ноя дек 27.8° 27.6° 28° 28.6° 29° 28.4° 28.2° 28.2° 29° 29.2° 28.8° 28°
Осадки on the Dieng Plateau по месяцам
янв фев мар апр май июн июл авг сен окт ноя дек 370.5мм 378.7мм 195.1мм 192.1мм 139.7мм 100.6мм 45.1мм 47.4мм 76.2мм 145.7мм 225.3мм 304.6мм

How to visit the Dieng Plateau

Ideally, you should come here for a few days, stay in one of the hotels or climb Mount Prau (Gunung Prau) with an overnight stay in a tent at the top and meet the dawn. You can, of course, spend one night at the hotel, explore the sights of the plateau in the afternoon, and then climb the mountain and spend the night there, or vice versa. In general, two full days will be enough to fully get acquainted with the plateau.

There are several dozen hotels and guest houses in the villages on the plateau. The cost of accommodation will cost from 70,000 rupees per room for one, and from 100,000 per room for two. There are no khostaals here, but for budget accommodation you can find on-site homesteads.

You can search and book hotels on the following safe sites:

But if you don't have the opportunity to spend the night and climb the mountain, then you can come here for at least one day to get acquainted with the most important sights. Such day tours are offered from Yogyakarta, but to be honest, you will spend most of your time on the road, and you will not see much.

The plateau is a national park, and a symbolic fee of 10,000 rupees is charged at the entrance to it (0.64 USD). After payment, you are given a ticket that allows you to visit several conventional attractions for free, mostly observation decks, but there is nothing particularly interesting on them, so you can skip if there is a shortage of time. Further, access to individual attractions is paid additionally, some are visited for free.

How to get to the Dieng Plateau

The Dieng plateau is located 100 kilometers from Yogyakarta, and it is best to get here through it. You will have to get there only by land, there are no other options. The nearest airport and the nearest railway station are also in Yogyakarta.

Dieng Plateau Road
  • Rented transport

    There is no local transport here, so it's best to come here by rented transport and go around everything yourself. Otherwise, you will have to move between the sights on the plateau on foot or by taxi or hitchhiking. It will not be possible to rent transport on the spot, there are no rental offices.

    The easiest and cheapest way to rent a motorbike for a trip is in Yogyakarta, which will cost from 80,000 rupees for a machine, and from 60,000 for a semi-automatic machine per day. To rent, you will need category A rights, and preferably international rights in the form of a booklet. About how and where to rent a motorbike in Yogyakarta, in detail here... From Yogyakarta, you will have to travel more than 100 kilometers, which will take at least 3 hours in one direction. For this reason, by the way, we highly recommend spending the night on the plateau. You can include a visit to Borobudur in the route there or back, you will have it almost on the way.

    The roads on the plateau are good everywhere, asphalt leads to every landmark, except for the peaks of the mountains, of course. The routes to the mountains have real climbing camps, to which asphalt leads. In these camps you can leave transport, relax, eat, leave things in the luggage room under supervision. Parking near attractions is paid, 3000-5000 rupees.

  • Excursions

    Another easy option to visit the plateau is excursions from Yogyakarta. There are one-day and multi-day, but multi-day is not easy to find, almost everywhere offers simple one-day for 10 hours. Taking into account the travel time on the plateau itself, you will spend only a couple of hours, during which you will visit the Arjuna Temple complex, Lake Telaga Warna and the Sikidang Crater geyser, which of course is only a small part of the local attractions.

  • Public transport

    If neither excursions nor rental of transport are suitable for you, then you can get to the plateau by public transport. The main and only point of entry is the town of Wonosobo, from where small buses costing 15,000 rupees often depart during the day. They depart from the city center from Alun Alun (central square).

    In turn, you can get to Wonosobo with transplants:

    • From Yogyakarta from the bus station to Magelang, there is a bus transfer to Wonosobo (see more about transport and how to get to Yogyakarta here ...).
    • From Jakarta there are direct buses to Wonosobo, or take the train to Purwokerto, and change buses there. You can also take the train to Yogyakarta, but this turns out to be a longer route.

Attractions on the Dieng Plateau, what to see

  • Arjuna Temple Complex / Arjuna Complex

    The ancient Hindu temple complex dates back to the VIII-IX centuries A.D. For many centuries it was abandoned, and reopened only in the XIX century. This is a fairly extensive complex in terms of area, it is worth allocating at least an hour for inspection. Input 30,000 rupees (1.92 USD), the same ticket visits the Sikidang crater. Arjuna Complex on the map

  • Sikidang Crater / Sikidang Crater

    Sikidang Crater or Kawah Sikidang is the largest and most famous crater on the plateau, filled with boiling water with the smell of hydrogen sulfide. Nearby, in a fenced area belonging to Sikidang, there are several smaller craters and streams of boiling water. Be careful, in some places the ground is sinking, and boiling water is under it, it is better to walk around the territory along equipped paths and bridges. Input 30,000 rupees (1.92 USD), the same ticket visits the Arjuna temple complex. Sikidang crater on the map

  • Color Lake Telaga Warna

    A really colored lake of turquoise color, and its shades vary depending on the time of day and the angle of inspection, and, by the way, this is the most expensive attraction, the entrance for foreigners costs 100,000 rupees on weekdays (6.41 RUB), 150,000 on weekends (9.62 USD). You can not swim, the water in it is dangerous, bubbles of sulfur dioxide rise. Therefore, during a visit, it is simply inspected from one of the viewing platforms and photo shoots are arranged, and the bravest tourists can bypass it along the perimeter along an equipped trail with a length of about 2 kilometers. Along the trail, you can also look at the smaller colored lake Telaga Pengilon and the cave temple of Gua Semar. Colored lake Telaga Warna on the map

  • Kailasa Dieng Museum / Museum Kailasa Dieng

    A small museum that displays archaeological finds and statues discovered during the excavation and restoration of temples on the plateau. There are no signatures in English, so you won't understand much, but you can come here after visiting the Arjuna complex for 10 minutes, especially since the entrance costs only 8000 rupees. museum on the map

  • Candi Bima Temple / Candi Bima

    A free-standing temple, rather just a pagoda. Very high, you can enter inside, the entrance is free. Chandi Bima on the map

  • Cultural Center Dieng Plateau Theatre

    It is visited by a ticket that you will receive at the entrance to the plateau for 10,000 rupees, or you can pay for it here. In fact, this is a mini-cinema where they show a film about the history and origin of Dieng. At the time of our visit in 2019, there was only Indonesian. There is also a good view of the surroundings from the site of the center, and there is a free toilet. Cultural center Dieng Plateau Theatre on the map

  • Lake Sileri / Kawah Sileri

    Lake Sileri is filled with hot sulphurous water, but is not equipped for visiting. For safety reasons, it is impossible to approach its shores, there is no passage, but if you ask the locals, they will show you a path through the field to get closer to the lake. It is not worth visiting it on purpose, there is nothing interesting, unless you are purposefully interested in little-known places for tourists. Admission is free, Sileri Lake on the map

  • Sumur Jalatunda Crater

    The Sumur Jalatunda crater or well, apparently, was once the outlet of lava or volcanic gases, and today there is water at the bottom. The diameter is small, about 50 meters. You can go directly to the edge of the crater through the field and forest. The entrance fee is 10,000 rupees, parking is 5,000. Sumur Jalatunda crater on the map

  • Sikunir Mountain / Sikunir Hill

    Sikinur Mountain, or rather just a hill, is the easiest place to meet the dawn. There is an observation deck upstairs, you can even set up an overnight camp, but it's much easier to spend the night somewhere in a hotel, and arrive here half an hour before dawn, and go upstairs from the parking lot in 15-20 minutes. Admission costs 10,000. Sikunir Mountain on the map

  • Mount Prau / Gunung Prau

    This is a real mountain, not a hill like Sikunir. Its height is 2565 meters, and it is the most popular, highest and well-equipped mountain in Dieng for hiking (Prau Mountain on the map). At the foot there is something like a climbing camp Basecamp Gunung Prau with parking, cafe, shop, recreation room, luggage storage. Here you will also need to pay for the entrance of 50,000 rupees (for foreigners). The ascent to Prau is simple, the trail is well marked, besides, there is always someone walking along it from local tourists.

    For a simple climb, you will need nothing but endurance and water, but it is advisable to go in good trekking shoes and with trekking poles. It will take from 2.5 hours to climb, depending on your physical condition, so in principle you can go up and down during the day. But the problem is that after lunch, clouds or fog usually cover the sky and the plateau, and there are few chances to see anything. Therefore, the most popular way to visit Prau, as well as other local peaks, is to climb in the evening with equipment, spend the night at the top, and meet the dawn. You can rent a tent and a sleeping bag at the camp. Clothes should be taken very warm, there are frosts at the top. You can join one of the groups of local tourists and climb with them, everyone here is very friendly and happy to help.

  • Mount Bisma / Gunung Bisma

    The height is 2365 meters. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading up, but all are surmountable by tourists even with minimal hiking and trekking skills. There is no base camp and equipped route here, the trails are not marked on the maps yet either, so you'll have to find out the route from the locals in the village, or even better, join a group of local tourists, but they don't come across here as often as on Prau. Mount Bisma on the map

All that is described above are only the most famous tourist places, but besides them there are hundreds more lakes, craters and geysers on the Dieng plateau, which are little known to tourists. It is easy to find and visit them using Google maps or people's Organic Maps or Open Street. Along the roads there are signs for places of interest, and large billboards with maps that will help you navigate. There is also a tourist information center where there are free maps with marked attractions, you can get oral advice, book accommodation, hire a guide. The information center is located along the main road almost after the very entrance to the plateau (information center on the map). But keep in mind that some of them are on private territory, and some are dangerous because of sulfur dioxide and boiling water. Pay attention to the warning signs before going to such places.

Dieng Plateau

Dieng Plateau Map

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