Situ Patengan, also known as Situ Patenggang is one of the best lakes in Sunda. Located 1600 meters above sea level, it has cool climate. Hence, it is an ideal place for tea plantations.
The tea plantation, which looks like a green carpet covering the hills, surrounded this lake. Together with the pine forest and the greenish lake they form a very beautiful and relaxing view.
Situ is the sundanese word for lake. Patengan or Patenggang derives from
Sundanese words pateang-teang, meaning looking for each other. This is
based on Sundanese legend of the love story between Ki Santang and Dewi
Rengganis (Dewi means a goddess).
According to the legend, Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis were very in love, but they were separated. Many years had passed when they met again at Batu Cinta (love stone) in Situ Patenggang.
To celebrate the reunion, Dewi Rengganis asked Ki Santang to build a lake and a boat in that area. Today, the lake is called Situ Patenggang. According to the legend, the boat became a tiny island in Situ Patenggang, called Pulau Asmara (Amour Island). This island is also known as Pulau Sasaka.
The legend is concluded with the saying that lovers will have everlasting love if they visit Batu Cinta (Love Stone) and walk around Pulau Asmara (Amour Island).
Apart from believing the legend, the best part of Situ Patenggang is its scenic view and cool weather. Here are some ideas of fun activities we can do while appreciating this beautiful lake:
Glamping Lake Side Rancabali is a new resort located across the lake from Situ Patenggang entrance. The boat shaped restaurant is right on top of Batu Cinta. Thus, we can reach it by renting a boat. Alternatively, we drive back to the direction of Kawah Putih and drive through the main entrance.
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Situ Patenggang is located in Ciwidey. It is a favorite family vacations destinations in Sunda, due to its beautiful scenery and proximity to Bandung. Thus, it is very crowded during Sundays and national holidays, especially the Ied Fitr holiday. People comes in big buses, private cars, and motorcycles. Usually the traffic jam is inevitable since the road is quite narrow and the parking lot is limited.
Do you know that Situ Patenggang is only 7 kilometers away from Kawah Putih? One is the most beautiful lake in Sunda and the other is the best crater in Sunda. The best of all they are both located in Ciwidey!