Ndalem Cave in Nganjuk Regency, East Java Province


Visiting Nganjuk Regency during holidays would be a nice choice, especially those who love nature. The region has many interesting natural attractions, after all. One of them is located in Kebun Agung Village at Sawahan Sub-District, which is called Ndalem Cave. The location is on the foot of Wilis Mountain, so it comes with an excellent environment. Moreover, it has multiple types of nuance! No wonder, all visitors would feel a distinct atmosphere during the visit. As for tourist activities, people come to the site for sightseeing, relaxation, caving, photography, and trekking!

The Nuance
Now, it is the time to talk about the nuance. Once arriving at Ndalem Cave, tourists may see a big white name sign right away. It is installed on a hill, which is similar to that of Hollywood’s. The foreign nuance and comfy air would soothe all visitors, for sure. The area is also dominated by grassy lands and tall trees. Not to mention the area is vast and suitable for natural exploration. Due to the mystical nuance, actually, the locals also consider it mystical! Many outsiders are also interested to visit it during the holidays. They want to enjoy both the beauty and sacredness, after all.

Exploring Ndalem Cave
So, what can tourists enjoy during the visit? The first benefit is indeed to learn history. It is said the site once became Raden Ayu Kaji’s hermitage. Back then, that area also became a training center to produce better and stronger youngsters. In order to learn further information regarding the site, though, tourists should hire a local guide beforehand. As an alternative, they should ask villagers or those who live in that area (Kebun Agung Village). These people can also help tourists regarding the route and other interesting vacation spots.

For the information, several other sacred caves also reside near Ndalem Cave. That means tourists can visit them all during the same day of the visit. It is said 4 other caves are located there, including Topo, Payung, Kucur, and Macan Cave. Each of them offers a distinct beauty, so tourists should not miss the chance to visit them all. However, it requires the help of a local guide to find the best route to reach the locations.

The next reason for visiting Ndalem Cave is photography. In this case, the best object to capture is indeed the name sign. It looks majestic and similar to that of the US’s Hollywood. Aside from taking photos, visitors are allowed to explore the cave and feel the mystical nuance directly. Somehow, it is better to visit the site during the bright day. Also, everyone must carry a flashlight while caving.

Nearby Attractions

  • Batu Songgong Hill
  • Waduk Kulak Secang
  • Cinta Hill

How to Get There
Well, the distance between Surabaya and Nganjuk Regency is 112 km. That means this trip would take around 2 hours and 3 minutes. Have no worries. This becomes faster if tourists take the right routes to reach the location. First, it is Surabaya – Mojokerto Highway. Next, tourists only need to take Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway and head to the downtown immediately. From Nganjuk, they can simply take Berbek – Nganjuk Street and head to Kebun Agung Village for trekking. The distance is 19.5 km, so this trip may take around 37 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Nirwana Hotel
  • Djaya Hotel
  • Gerung Hotel



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