Blitar Tourism Travel Guide and Tourist Information.
Blitar is the second small regency in East Java province. Blitar is noteworthy for being the hometown of Indonesia's first president, Soekarno. It's a sleepy place that's got a tiny business district as well as ancient Hindu temples called Penataran temple. Blitar city has principle “Kridho Hangudi Jaya” (work hard to reach the glorious) and its motto “Blitar Kota Patria” (Blitar the defender of the nation that well-regulated, cleanly, beautiful, and safety), also known as heroic city, student city and peaceful city.
Blitar city has try to build its city as ‘Patria’ city which supported by it commerce system. Blitar government chooses the tourism sector as the main product to increase its economic region. Beside that, Blitar also has tourism objects as the others East Java regencies. The tourism objects that also has known by the public are Penataran Temple which is the ancient Hindu temple, Tambakrejo beach with its fantastic waves, Serang beach that commonly held Larung Sesaji Ceremony, Soekarno Graveyard which is one of Blitar religious tour, traditionally event in Blitar such as Grebeg Pancasila, etc.
Blitar Regency is one of the second level regencies that located between 112° 14 - 112° 28' East Longitude and 8° 2 -8° 10 South latitude covering 1,588,79 km2. Blitar boundaries are :
North side: Kediri and Malang regency
South side: Indonesian Ocean
East side: Malang regency
West side: Tulungagung and Kediri regency
The wide land area is 32.578 km2. It is separated by Brantas River that flowing from east to west. North side: 848.79 km, fertile land with declivity 0 - 2%. Kinds of land are regosol, litosol, and main material volcanic of quartz sand smooth texture and little rough texture.
Blitar regency is divided into 3 sub districts, and 20 districts, they are : Bakung district, Binangun district, Doko district, Garum district, Kademangan district, Kanigoro district, Kesamben district, Ngeglok district, Panggungrejo district, Ponggok district, Sanankulon district, Selorejo district, Srengat district, Sutojayan district, Talun district, Udanawu district, Wates district, Wlingi district, Wonodadi district, Wonotirto district, Gandusari district, Selopuro district.
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Penataran Temple is the largest and most important Hindu temple complex in East Java. It lies just 10 Kilometers north of Blitar on the lower slopes of Mount Kelud. It had said that this temple was dedicated to the Siva and use for at least three hundred years, from the 12th to 15th centuries. Most of the buildings, which can be seen today, however, were constructed during Majapahit's golden century.
The layout of the temple is similar to that found in the Balinese Pura today. A number of small buildings are scattered within a sacred, walled enclosure, with the largest and most important temple at the rear of the complex, Hindu legends, among them the Ramayana epic, are carved in relief on the temple walls and terrace foundations.
Penataran tourism is the supporting tourism area near the Penataran Temple. In this area, we can find swimming pools for adult and children, also water bike pool, artificial lake and children playground.
Sawentar Temple is located at Sawentar village, Kanigoro district, to the east of Blitar. The temple shows similarities in form to Kidal temple. A tentative date of around the early to mid 13th century has consequently been assigned to it. The base of the temple lies several meters below the present ground level, a result of having been buried under a mass of lava, presumably from an eruption of nearby Mt Kelud. The site was excavated during the early years of this century. This temple seems reside on a pool. At first found, the temple had covered by mount dust.
Sawentar temple is also called as Cungkup temple. A small yoni pedestal lying within the temple's central chamber depicts a figure of Garuda, suggesting that the monument was dedicated to the god Wishnu. The key keeper is enjoy to tell about the history of Sawentar temple and around it. This temple has often visited by many Hinduism people. Some of them have stay for a minutes and having some ceremony, sit in front of the gate and getting pray.
Plumbangan Temple is located near to Wlingi district, in the middle of Plumbangan village, Doko district. Actually, this site is not a temple, but a gate similar to Jedong temple. This temple lettered built in 1312 (1390 A.D). This site has entrance and trapezium roof. At first sight, Plumbangan temple looks like Niche that pinch the entrance of Kidal temple.
This site surrounded by many resident houses and located near to Malang – Blitar highway. According to its key keeper, there was a Buddha temple here. But now on, it never use for religion activity anymore. He very pleasure to receive many visitors here, because both foreign and domestic tourist are rarely visit the temple.
Tambakrejo Beach is located about 30 km from Blitar city, in Tambakrejo village, Wonotirto district. In this location, in every first Suro month (the new year in Java calendar) is performed a "Larung Sesaji" Ceremony, and visited by thousands people from various areas.
The south sea (Indonesia Ocean) waves splashing and the sunshine in the evening, make the situation feel peaceful. It is compatible for the townsman who had bored with the metropolitan life. They can enjoy the natural beach with its beautiful waves and beautiful sunset. The visitor can make some activities in this beach such as; swimming, sun bathing, fishing, canoeing, etc. Tambakrejo Beach has white sandy that spread along about 10 km. The wave is also not dangerous for the visitors who want to swim here.
There is rubber forest around the beach that adds its beautiful nature. And through the way you can see the dry lime hill. When arrive at the beach, the visitors can see the blue sea and canoe that already to accompanied to the sea. You can enjoy the fresh morning air and seafood in Tambakrejo Beach.
Jolosutro beach is located in Ringenrejo village, Wates district about 45 km from Blitar city. This beach is one of Blitar beach as part of the South Sea. Jolosutro beach has very beautiful south beach waves that splashing in the sea. Many tourists who want to refresh their mind commonly visit this natural beach. They can swim, sun bathing, fishing, canoeing, etc in this beach.
It has beautiful nature scenery that interests the visitor and soft sand that spread along the beach. The blue water and sea wind that greet the visitors also became the uniquely of this beach. Try to visit thiss beach and find its nature beautiful of nature beach in Jolosutro beach.
Serang Beach is located in Serang village, Panggungrejo district, about 40 km from Blitar city. In every Suro month (new year in Java calendar), it has performed Larung Sesaji ceremony in this beach. In this location, also utilized to see Ramadhan and determined holiday of Idul fitri.
Serang beach has natural beautiful of beach. It spreads white sandy along the beach. The visitors can have many activities in this beach, such as swimming, sun bathing, fishing, canoeing, etc. This beach is one of the famous beaches in Blitar regency. Visit Serang beach, and you will find a new experiences in your trip that unforgettable. Beside that, the visitor also can watch the traditional ceremony in this beach that held in every year.
Rambut Monte Temple.
Rambut Monte tourism is located in Krisik village, Gandusari district, more or less 30 km from town Blitar. This temple is an altar for Hinduism at Majapahit Empire era. There is clear pool and big water that formed a lake. This Lake has welt by hundreds of scarce fish and also sanctify by the local public.
Some while, there are a few people try to fishing in this lake, or have a family recreation and enjoy the fresh air because there are many trees around the lake.
Embultuk Cave is a natural cave with beautiful stalagmite and stalactite. Embultuk cave is located in Tumpakkepuh village, Bakung district, to the south of Blitar city with a distance of about 40 kilometers. This cave is about 1500 meters long and about 3 meters wide and high.
In full of stalagmite along the length about 1,5 km, you will feel forbear to stay with impressing atmosphere, underground water voice add the natural impression. The visitors have to use ‘petromak’ lamp and double clothes.
Embultuk cave is the only cave in Blitar that presents its unique stalagmite for the visitors. The tour to this cave is crowded of visitors on school holidays, and the road to the cave has been renovated and can be passed by four-wheel vehicles.
PETA and Trisula Monument.
In 1945, Blitar city has become the center of PETA rebellion army, fight against Japan army that is leading by a Soedanco Soepriyadi. To honor the hero, it built a Monument, which located in front of ex-PETA station, precisely in Soedanco Soepriyadi Street. The monument is formed a man statue that raise his right hand, as the symbol that he never give up to fight. The statue seems wear Japan army uniform, complete with his hat. This monument is aimed to memorized this hero in order to support the young generations spirit in continue Indonesia struggle to become a great country.
Beside PETA Monument, Blitar city that save many strugle history, also has Trisula Monument. This monument is also aimed to memorize one of Indonesia struggle in reach the peace and independence life. The monument has inspirited by Trisula operation.
The Trisula operation in 1968 was done to destroy the remainder of the communist party in South side of Blitar. This operation was so successful because of the good cooperation between the Indonesian Armed Force and the Indonesian citizens. The spirit to destroy communism in Indonesia has to be inherited to the coming generation, and this is the reason of the building of a monument, that is the "Trisula Monument".
One of the tourist attractions in Blitar municipality is the tomb of Soekarno, an Indonesian proclamation reader and the first President of the Republic of Indonesia. It is located at 60 Slamet Riyadi Street, Bendogerit village, Sunan wetan district, about 2 kilometers from Blitar city.
The architectural "Joglo" dominates the tomb. It is in East Javanese style and combined with Gateway of Bentar. Beside the main building formed cover grave house of ‘Bung Karno’, this graveyard complx also completed with support building that is; Gapura Agung (The Great Gate), Mosque, and hall; which make the visitor feel comfortable to pilgrim in this location. There is also the complement building, consist of the grave manager house, public relax place, park area, and park. The impression is as great as the first president himself when he was still alive.
The tomb is visited by many pilgrims and opened for public. A lot of people come to visit at the time of memorial ‘Khol’ (the day of the death) of the Indonesia’s proclaim. The average of the visitors’ is amount to 150,000 per year, including both domestic and foreign visitors.
The great name of Soekarno invites the tourists to have pilgrimage tour to this graveyard. They feel astonished with the great president Soekarno, so that they pray in this graveyard to ask the benediction.
Gebang Palace (House remain ‘Bung Karno’) is Soekarno’s parents’ residence. This building is remaining to historical building in Blitar. This palace is not far from Bung Karno Grave about 2 km southerly, precisely in Sultan Agung street 69 Blitar. In that house, is always held an event called ‘Haul’, which visited by many people, and a lot of artistry that presented in Haul event. Soekarno’s family also commonly meet in this palace.
Grebeg Pancasila is a birthday ceremony of Five Principles (Pancasila) on 1 June, which design as cultural event. This ceremony differs from other ceremony. The Ritual of this ceremony contain of 3 (three) fundamental subjects that is:
1. Cultural Ceremony
2. Kirap Gunungan Limo (Five Mount Pageant)
3. Kenduri (Traditional Party)
This ceremony is always held once in a year at Blitar regency. It aimed to memorized the making process of Pancasila that become the base of Indonesia law. The ceremony followed by all of people in Blitar and commonly support by Indonesia government.
Kyai Pradah Gong (The Sacred Washing Ceremony).
The other Blitar traditional ceremony that annually held is the sacred washing ceremony of Kyai Pradah Gong. This traditional ceremony is followed by almost all of Blitar society. The sacred washing ceremony of Kyai Pradah Gong is a traditional ceremony, which has been inherited from one generation to the other generation in Blitar district society. Besides, it is meant to flourish the traditional culture. It is also meant to give blessing for those who bring or showered by the used water of the ‘gong’ (one of Javanese instruments).
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