Orchid Forest Cikole Lembang is a lovely park in the middle of pine forest. This park is beautifully decorated with lots of various orchids as well as other flowers.
Orchid Forest Cikole Lembang is located on the slope of Mount Tangkuban Perahu, the most famous mountain in greater Bandung area. It is approximately 7 kilometers north of Lembang, right before the entrance to Mount Tangkuban Perahu and across Jayagiri camping site. The coordinates are -6.7802777,107.6361084.
The ticket booth is approximately 1 kilometer from the main road, then we still need to drive another 3 kilometers uphill to reach the parking lot.
As soon as we enter the gate, we will see many orchids in the pots surrounding the lobby. The orchids also planted in the tree trunks.
Why orchid? Because orchids are beautiful flowers from tropical rain forest. As a tropical country that lies right on equator, Indonesia has plenty varieties of orchids.
Most orchids are epiphytes, i.e. they grow anchored to trees in the forest. Although nowadays they are already cultivated in the nurseries and decorating many residences, hotels, and airports around the world, this is the first time I see orchids decorating a pine forest :)
Walking through Orchid Forest Cikole Lembang is fun and exhausting, since the park is located in the slope of a mountain, although the smooth pathway and benches all over the park help a lot.
You could take a break and hang out in the cafe though. It also has an open air stage. It seems they are constructing a food court at the far end of the park too.
Surely the first thing to do in Orchid Forest Cikole Lembang is to enjoy the scenery and cool highland weather while taking beautiful pictures all over the park. Whenever you are tired, you can hang out and relax in the cafe.
Feel adventurous? Keep wandering to the far end of Orchid Forest Lembang and you will find the sky bridge. The bridge is approximately 3 meters above ground, tied to the trunks of the pine trees. They are perfectly safe, since there is a 1.5 meters rope on each side of the bridge for you to hold on.
However, you have to pay additional ticket of Rp. 15,000 to enter this bridge and only 5 persons allowed walking on this sky bridge at any time. It is a one way bridge, once you reach the other end, you can return to the starting point either by using a flying fox or walking on the dirt and stop a while to try on one of the hammocks hanging in the trees.
Are you an adrenaline junky? You may want to try the high rope obstacles there. It’s walking from tree to tree via several planks and ropes hanging high up on the trees.
Don’t feel left behind if you are a senior citizen. Since walking around the uneven park requires a lot of effort, Orchid Forest Cikole Lembang provides a golf cart to take you from the lobby to the sky bridge area and vice versa. Although it may take some waiting time since I only see one golf cart, imagine the queue during peak hours.
Orchid Forest Cikole Lembang is not the only place you can see and enjoy the orchids. Bogor Botanical Garden has two orchid green houses. Taman Bunga Nusantara in Cipanas Puncak is the largest flower garden in Indonesia. If you want to buy orchids, there are many nurseries selling orchids in Cihideung Bandung as well as in TAIP (Taman Anggrek Indonesia Permai) Jakarta.