Places to visit

The Tranquil and Thrilling Citumang River near Pangandaran

Overview

The Citumang River near Pangandaran with its clear blue water, runs through green thick forests deep in the Cijulang area along the south coast of West Java .  Its banks are decorated with beautiful boulders withbranches of trees and bushes picturesquely bending over the river. As the water flows on, it enters an astonishing cave. Here, tranquility greets visitors warmly. The only sounds heard are the sweet harmonny of nature:  music created by gurgling water and the soft whispers of the wind as it makes its way through the trees, accompanied by the many unique sounds of hidden animals.

This river of tranquility is located at the Bojong Village, in the Ciamis Region, about 15Km west of Pangandaran. The name Citumang is given by the locals who believe that a certain crocodile with a broken leg once lived in this river. The crocodile’s name was “Si Tumang”, while “Ci” means : river.   Hence the name Citumang given to the river.

As you walk among the high cliffs, the rush of the river can already be heard. Passing the cliffs, the stunning beauty of the river is unveiled. Its clear blue water slowly invites you to jump in. When you walk further up stream, you will find a waterfall with a huge tree that has dangling roots like ropes that you can hang on to. This is a perfect place to follow your adrenalin rush: imagine yourself as Tarzan, swinging from its roots to jump down into the river.

Further upstream, you will find a rare natural wonder. The water from the river drops down and disappears into the earth to reappear downstream, just like a natural plumbing system. The place is located at the tip of a cave called Taringgul cave, and the flow of the river down into the earth is called “Sanghyang Tikoro” or translated means “the God of the Throat”.

The river’s characteristic and relatively fast current makes it a perfect place for special activities like body rafting and watertubing. Instead of using inflatable boats or kayak, body rafting literally uses the body (obviously, wearing safety equipment such as helmet and life vest) to navigate through the river.

Equally thrilling, watertubing is a special type of river rafting that uses inflatable donut shaped “tubes” instead of boats or kayaks. Here, ‘rafters’ and ‘tubers’ will get the chance to enjoy the splendor of the Citumang River at its finest, both in its tranquility and equally thrilling side of the river.       

Citumang River is also a perfect place to bring your kids and family. Here, you can teach them the values of nature, the importance of the environment, and a place where to spend quality time, not only with each other, but also with the surroundings. As city activities become more stressing with each passing day, wash your stress away by soaking your weary head in the cool, clear, fresh mountain water. Close your eyes and just let all your burdens flow downstream.  A trip to the Citumang River is the closest you can get to finding an F5 button in your life, so while you’re there, just hit it! Refresh!

To Stay

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Java Lagoon Hotel

Karang Tirta, Desa Sukaresik Kec.Sidamulih Kab.Ciamis Pangandaran West Java

Pondok Indah Beach Hotel

Jl. Pamugaran 46396 Pangandaran

Century Hotel Pangandaran

Pantai Barat Bulak Laut Street No.86 Pangandaran

Panorama A La Plage

Jalan Pamugaran , no 1 . Boulevard 46396 Pangandaran

Hotel Malabar

Jl. Pamugaran 128 Pangandaran

Panorama A La Plage Guest House

Jalan Pamugaran No. 1, Boulevard, Pantai Barat, 46396 Pangandaran

Mango Guesthouse

Jalan Baru Bulak Laut RT03 RW02 Dusun Karang Sari 46396 Pangandaran West Java

Nyiur Resort Hotel

Jl. Bulak Laut 55 Pangandaran

Puri Indah Beach Hotel

Jl. Bulak Laut No. 12 Pangandaran

Hotel Paluvi

Jl. Bulak Laut No. 86 Pangandaran

Surya Kencana Seaside Hotel

West Beach Street 46396 Pangandaran

Aquarium Hotel

Jl. Pantai Barat No.87 Pangandaran

Tips

  • Best time to visit the Citumang River is during the dry season between June to September.  During the rainy season, the sky is overcast and the road is a bit slippery.
  • For Photographers, the Citumang River is very recommended for its beautiful natural landscape.  

Get There

Citumang is located half way between Pangandaran and Green Canyon. The only public transportation that can take you there is the ojek, a motorbike taxi commonly found in many areas on Java. You can also rent your own bike and follow the road that leads to Citumang.  If you take your own ride, the best way to get down to the Citumang River is from Cibenda, the local Market, through Panyingkiran’s narrow road and green rice fields until you reach the parking lot. From there it’s a 25 minutes’ walk before you get to the river.

To Do

Body rafting and water tubing are obviously the special menu  for a trip to the Citumang River. Here you can enjoy clean fresh waters and a pristine environment in the most exciting way.
As an alternative to  beach or sea activities around Pangandaran,  Citumang  can be a perfect side trip. Next to swimming in the fresh mountain water, try hiking and caving among the many other activities you can do at Citumang. Citumang also offers stunning scenery for photographers, beginners and professionals alike.

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