teradesa.com Ujung Kulon National Park is located in Banten Province and is included in the Sumur District and Cimanggu District, Pandeglang Regency. According to history, Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn was a German botanist who first entered the Ujung Kulon National Park area in 1846. The existence of this National Park, which is famous among foreign researchers, continues to expand, especially since the eruption of Mount Krakatau in 1883. Despite the fury of Mount Krakatau, which was followed by a tsunami of up to 15 meters, the recovery of ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife in Ujung Kulon National Park and its surroundings developed quite quickly.
The richness of flora and fauna in the National Park, which has an area of around 122,956 hectares, finally succeeded in making the UNESCO World Heritage Commission officially designate Ujung Kulon National Park as a Natural World Heritage Site on February 1, 1992.
In addition to the charm of natural landscapes that amaze the eye, Pesona Friends will also be spoiled by the coastline and the cool atmosphere of the green hills around Ujung Kulon National Park. Some of the top destinations in this National Park include Peucang Island, an island with clear white sandy beaches, which is usually used as an ideal location for snorkeling, diving, and exploring to watch wildlife such as deer, bulls, and long-tailed monkeys.
For lovers of challenging activities, hiking to Karang Copong in the northern part of Peucang Island which presents a beautiful sunset with the background of the high seas is the best choice! Well, when it comes to accommodation, you don’t need to worry, because this island has quite complete facilities for staying. Other islands in Ujung Kulon National Park that have also been equipped with adequate facilities and are visited by many tourists are Oar Island and Umang Island.
Marine tourism on Oar Island Ujung Kulon, Banten
Furthermore, there is Panaitan Island which is a paradise for surfers, Mount Honje which is suitable for exciting trekking spots with friends, and Handeuleum Islands which are filled with mangrove forests and provide exciting activities along the Cigenter River using canoes.
If you visit this National Park, don’t forget to stop by the Ujung Kulon Peninsula to enjoy the Cidaon Grassland, which is a gathering place for bulls, peacocks, partridges and the occasional Javan rhino. A visit to the habitat of other rare animals can also be felt when visiting Curug Cikacang which is the habitat of Javanese gibbons.
There is one unique culinary that you must try when you come here, namely angeun lada. This spicy culinary is a mandatory meal for local people during Lebaran and is generally made from beef offal or chicken meat cooked with a typical Pandeglang regional vegetable called wayang leaf. Due to the abundance of seafood, a variety of fresh fish soups or processed fish such as otak-otak should also be on the list. Interestingly, local people around Ujung Kulon, Pandeglang have a breakfast menu called bubur soup. This porridge does not use coconut milk as in general, but is replaced with vegetable soup complete with vegetable pieces.
Banten culinary specialty, fish otak-otak
Finally, try the aromatic and fresh side dish called pais solempat. This dish is similar to pepes wrapped in banana leaves, but with a filling of rice, pieces of beef or buffalo offal, and solempat leaves.
How to Get There
Well, if you are curious and want to prove for yourself how beautiful Ujung Kulon National Park is, there are two transportation routes that can be taken to get here. The first option is by land which can be easily accessed by car from Jakarta and surrounding areas. You can take the toll road access to Serang City and continue your journey to Pandeglang Regency.