“If you go straight, you can reach Dieng, mas,” said Mas, our driver, Wawan, when he passed a T-junction.
But for now, our goal is still to Curug Bajing in Petungkriyono, Pekalongan Regency, so now turn left first. Actually the distance is not too far, but the condition of the Petungkriyono road which is slightly damaged makes the speed unable to maximize.
Not to mention if you pass by a car from a different direction, you have to be very careful because the road is not wide enough. The cliffs on the left and right are also very scary even though the scenery is amazing.
“Wow, don’t take pictures of Wedhus (goats) again in the car, man,” said a mother blushing when I took her picture from the car window, while the mother was in a car that was transformed into public transportation in Petungkriyono. If you don’t use a private vehicle, you can take a car like this public transportation from Doro Market below.
Our car passed on a fairly narrow road. Until there had to be a motorbike rider who got down and helped to direct the car so it didn’t fall into the ravine.
Finally, after almost an hour from Curug Sibedug we drove and passed a truck several times, we arrived at the parking lot of Curug Bajing.
We had lunch at a warung near the entrance counter. It’s a bit late lunch as we miscalculated the travel time. Red rice, pomfret fish, chili paste, stir-fried anchovies tauco, and warm tempeh mendoan went straight into my stomach without permission. Then closed with Wedang Ginger which tastes too sweet for me when in Central Java and its surroundings.
After our late lunch, I started down the path to the waterfall. The distance is not far, only 300 meters. Actually, we wanted to go to Curug Lawe which is closer, but the trekking takes 30 minutes, so we prefer the trekking which is less than 5 minutes because it wants to rain hehe.
On the road there is a bridge building that propagates above the trees. The selfie tree is his name. It’s made for purposes selfies each. Be careful when taking selfies! Did you know that more people die from careless selfies than shark bites every year?
Curug Bajing began to be seen from afar. The size is much bigger than I expected. It was probably almost 100 meters high. Seeing the water discharge and its height, I don’t think anyone dares to swim under this waterfall. Just hearing the roar of the water from far away gave me goosebumps.
In front of this waterfall, there are many gazebos that are quite large in size. Not bad can be used for spoiled picnics while enjoying the roar of the Bajing waterfall. With an entrance ticket of Rp. 6000 for holidays and Rp. 4000 on weekdays, this Bajing waterfall has complete and clean facilities.
There are several interesting and very instagram-able photo spots. But the most interesting thing is the colorful heart-shaped photo spot. Interesting, but I don’t like it because the colors don’t really blend with nature. Even though the natural color of the wood is enough, it will be better. I think you know, hehe.
The drizzle began to turn into rain. Slowly the fog began to fall to cover Curug Bajing. It means we have to go home. The weather on the mountain is erratic, so it’s a good idea to prepare an umbrella or raincoat if you come here.
To get to this waterfall, it takes a fairly tiring journey from Pekalongan city. The roads are indeed damaged, but it is reported that this year Pekalongan Regency has allocated Rp 41 billion for infrastructure improvements, including to improve access to Petungkriyono.
But in my opinion, the sacrifices that we make are quite paid off by seeing this dashing and mesmerizing waterfall. So don’t just shop for batik when you go to Pekalongan, stop by Petungkriyono to enjoy this enchanting piece of Central Java’s nature.
Let’s go to Pekalongan!
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