Bukit Batu Ngroto in Nganjuk Regency, East Java Province
Many passionate tourists have recognized Nganjuk Regency’s tourism potential, especially related to waterfalls. Well, the region has other natural attractions for them to explore in fact. Highlands are not an exception. As for the reference, tourists must not miss the chance to visit Bukit Batu Ngroto. “Bukit” means a hill, actually. The location is in Margopatut Village and it belongs to Sawahan Sub-District. That area is also known for its amazing secluded waterfalls, in fact. Another name is Batu Songgong Hill and it has a nice popularity among both locals and outsiders. So, what can be found there?
The beauty is unique. Once tourists arrive on the top of the hill, they may find lots of orange rocks that are scattered on the ground. Some of them are flats, while others are tapering. The site also features a short grassy landscape, which is suitable for relaxation. The hill is located on the north part of the slope of Wilis Mountain, in fact. That means it also offers stunning horizon panoramas. This stone park somehow becomes a nice place for photography, sightseeing, and hide-and-seek! Not to mention the air is fresh up there.
Exploring Bukit Batu Ngroto
It is true the prime reason for visiting Batu Ngroto Hill is to explore the stone park and watch those unique rocks directly. In order to reach the top of the hill, though, tourists must spend some time and stamina. Have no worries. The trekking route is considered easy. The main allure is the group of dry rocks located on the hill. Visitors usually take photos of those objects and take selfies while standing in front of them. Their only consideration is the time of the visit. Everyone should come during a good weather. Otherwise, the rain or cloudy weather may ruin the photos.
For the information, the hill faces the east. That means visitors have the chance to witness a stunning sunrise in the morning. What they need to do is to reach the top of the hill before the sun rises. The refreshing air in the early morning would soothe them, as well. The stone park has a total area of about 1 hectare. It is said a hundred of stones reside in that spot! The next noticeable feature is the presence of a pathway, having the form of a rounded and S letter. This pathway is formed with stones, actually. Located in the midst of this park, a stone monument resides!
According to the locals, those stones were arranged since the reign of the Dutch. Who arranged this place, actually? History has it. It was General Sudirman. The prime motive was to give a sign or border between Sawahan and Ngetos Sub-District. These days, though, the site has become a new vacation spot in Nganjuk Regency. Thus, tourists must drop by in this location later.
- Nongko Ijo Pine Forest
- Sungai Batu Adventure’s
- Sumbermanik Waterfall
How to Get There
Despite the seclusion, the accessibility to Batu Ngroto Hill is considered easy. Tourists only need to reach Nganjuk Regency first. From Surabaya City, in this case, the trip would take around 2 hours and 3 minutes, as the distance is 112 km. The first route to take is Surabaya – Mojokerto Highway. Next, tourists must take Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway. After arriving at Nganjuk Regency, their next destination is none other than Margopatut Village at Sawahan Sub-District. The distance is 24.9 km and the best route to take is Sawahan – Berbek Street. This trip would take around 48 minutes. Lastly, from the village, the last thing to do is trekking to the hill.
Where to Stay
- Pohsarang Hotel
- Selopanggung Hotel