Gandrung Hill in Kediri Regency, East Java Province


Tourists don’t have to spend much money on getting a nice vacation experience. It is because they can simply visit natural places like Gandrung Hill in Kediri Regency. The exact location is in Medowo Village and it belongs to Kandangan Sub-District. The complete name is Gandrung Tanggulasi Hill. Despite the unofficial status, it has a good popularity among both locals and outsiders. It is because the hill offers a hilly panorama and other natural potentials. Thus, visitors can do several fun things like trekking, photography, and hanging out in nature with either friends or families.

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Gandrung Hill is refreshing. The location is in a highland, after all. Here is the best feature. The locals have built a man-made giant tree on the site. The best part is tourists are able to climb it and enjoy sightseeing from the top. Have no worries. The safety is excellent, so everyone can get on it without hassles. The next satisfying facility is the presence of bamboo gazebos, which are arranged neatly. Tourists can use it for relaxing and resting, therefore. What is more? Lots of Durian trees grow in that area!

Exploring Gandrung Hill
The first thing that makes Gandrung Hill popular is indeed the panorama. Tourists come to the site for sightseeing and photography. They want to feel the comfy nuance of the hill and watch the stunning panoramas on the horizon. However, the trekking route and accessibility require an improvement. It is because the route is narrow, so tourists should give more efforts to explore it. Along the way to the top of the hill, everyone can see green panoramas and feel the refreshing air indeed. Thus, don’t forget to take photos of it.

Gandrung Hill is located on the height of 700 meters above the sea level. No wonder, it feels so rejuvenating up there. The peaceful atmosphere is also suitable for relaxation regardless of the time. For the best air, though, it is recommended to come early in the morning. Here is another important tip. Tourists must try climbing the viewing post or the man-made giant tree for the best views. It takes some efforts to get up there, but the reward won’t disappoint.

For those who don’t want to spend much energy, they should sit on the available bamboo benches instead of going trekking. Everyone can use the facility, freely, in fact. Later, before going home, it is also recommended to buy some Durians directly from the owner of the trees. As mentioned before, many Durian trees grow there. One thing, it is better to come only during the fruiting season.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tanggulasi Outbound Site
  • MTF Garden
  • Tretes Waterfall

How to Get There
The prime destination is Kediri Regency, so tourists should get there first before reaching Gandrung Hill. For those coming from Surabaya City, in this case, they may spend around 1 hour and 59 minutes. It is because the distance is 120 km. Still, the trip can be faster if tourists take both Surabaya – Mojokerto, and Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway. Once they arrive at Kediri, the next destination would be Medowo Village at Kandangan Sub-District where the hill is located. The distance is 28.1 km, so the trip would take around 48 minutes. As for the best route, it is Pare Kandangan Street.

Where to Stay

  • Selorejo Hotel
  • Dewi Banowati Hotel
  • Hidayah Inn

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