Location: Jl. Pancurant Tujuh, Baturraden, Banyumas Regency, Central Java 53151
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HTM: Rp. 10,000
Open and close: 08.00 – 16.00
Telephone: (0281) 681822
Have you ever been to Bogor Botanical Gardens? If not, then you should know that this place is the largest botanical garden in Indonesia with a collection of 15,000 species of trees and plants.
The area also reaches 87 hectares, so you can imagine how vast this place is. Bogor Botanical Garden has also become one of the natural attractions that is crowded with visitors, especially on weekends.
Did you know that Central Java also has a botanical garden? Its name is Baturraden Botanical Garden. The address of this place is Jl. Pancurt Tujuh, Karangmangu Village, Baturraden, Purwokerto 53151, or more easily, the Baturraden Botanical Garden is located at the foot of Mount Slamet, the highest mountain in Central Java. These locations and plans are already on the online map.
Administratively, this botanical garden belongs to Kemutug Lor Village, Baturraden District, Banyumas Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia. This educational tourist spot also occupies a protected forest area managed by PT. Perhutani.
The topographic conditions in this unique tourist spot are sloping to hilly land with a slope of 20% to 70%. The plain of this place reaches 600 to 700 meters above sea level (masl).
With this altitude, the air temperature here ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius with relatively high rainfall, which ranges from 5,000 to 6,174 mm / year. Meanwhile, the vegetation in this area is dominated by pine plants that are decades old.
The Baturraden Botanical Garden is one of the youngest botanical gardens in Indonesia and it is considered that the inauguration is still very new and includes recentlylaunching. Inaugurated on 29 December 2015 by the former president of the Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Megawati Soekarno Putri, however, this botanical garden was designed in 2001.
According to the Head of the Baturraden Botanical Garden Administration Section, the news of the idea for the establishment of this cool tourist spot originated from Megawati Soekarno Putri’s visit at the closing of the Scout National Jamboree. A year after the event, the Central Java Provincial Government then formed a special team to initiate the development of a botanical garden by conducting a feasibility study.
In 2002, exploration and seed delivery began with facilities provided by the Bogor Botanical Gardens. After that, the Forestry Minister’s Decree No. 117 / Menhut-II / 2004 dated 19 April published.
The content of this decree is the Designation of a Limited Production Forest Area of 150 Ha Banyumas as a Forest Area with Special Purpose (KHDTK) which is then designated for research and development forest as well as environmental education in the form of the Baturraden Botanical Garden.
Unfortunately, the construction of this botanical garden had triggered pros and cons, causing the inauguration to be delayed for years. Until finally, this tourist spot was officially opened at the end of 2015, to be precise on December 19, 2015.
The area is also a conservation area ex situ for Javanese mountain plants. This news is also in the kaskus. The logo for this place is not yet known and there may be job vacancies or events such as competitions.
The concept of the Baturraden Botanical Garden is a thematic botanical garden “Java Mountain Plants”. With this theme, automatically the types of plants collected are typical of the mountains, especially those that are typical Mount Slamet.
Various kinds of plants that were collected were ferns, orchids, semar bags, medicinal plants and so on. The plant collection at the Baturraden Botanical Garden includes 116 families, 396 genera, 571 species and 2,637 specimens.
This number is still possible to continue to grow, in line with the addition of plant collections from the mountains of Java. To date, this area has reached 143.5 ha and is dominated by pine, dammar and rasamala plantations as well as several types of rattan.
Various collections of plants are not the only things that can be found in this Baturraden Botanical Garden. There is a spring that looks like a small waterfall here. In addition, the manager provides various facilities such as toilets and prayer rooms.
In addition, several buildings are also intended for visitors to relax and explore such as greenhouses, compost houses, orchid houses, nurseries, official houses, and there are also gazebos and playgrounds such as tree houses, seesaw and slides.
The main thing that attracts visitors is the flower garden which is usually used as a selfie spot or group photo to be uploaded on social media, such as Facebook to be used as a profile picture or just to be shared. More specifically, all the facilities here are free of charge or free.
There are unique things
There is something slightly different in the appearance of the flower garden in the Baturraden Botanical Garden. In the past, the flower garden was left open so that visitors could freely take flowers and take pictures.
However, this caused damage to the flower garden. Visitors seem so happy to take pictures that they forget or don’t realize that they are trampling on the flowers there and destroying them.
Therefore, now the flower garden area is given a fence, with the hope that visitors will not break into the garden and then step on and damage plants just for the sake of taking pictures.
It looks unsightly because the fence is made of bamboo which is arranged in a simple way, but this seems to be quite effective in reducing the risk of damage to the garden due to being stepped on by visitors.
Easy Route to Take
Do you want to go to this Baturraden Botanical Garden? To reach this botanical garden, you can drive from Purwokerto to Baturraden which is about 15 kilometers to the north.
Arriving at the bus terminal in the Lokawisata Baturraden complex, you can take the route to the right, towards the Camping Ground, which is located approximately one kilometer. So far, the road to the location is pretty good.
However, after meeting the Wana Wisata Gate (the gate of the campsite), you will enter a typical winding mountain road approximately 700 meters to the north.
The road conditions here are quite narrow with a width of approximately 3.5 meters, so you have to be extra careful if you use a four-wheeled vehicle. Plus, because it is located on the slopes of Mount Slamet, there are ravines on either side of the road. However, after passing through this narrow road, you will reach the Gate of the Baturraden Botanical Garden.
Baturraden Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. However, if you want to spend the night at this place, you can contact the organizer in advance. Even so, you can also book hotels in the vicinity of this place.
Price of admission
The entrance ticket to the Baturraden Botanical Garden is quite cheap, which is only IDR 10,000 per person. If you buy a one-way ticket to Pancurant Tujuh and others, you must pay a rate of IDR 20,000 per person.
However, this price is only for the entrance ticket, not including retribution and vehicle parking fees which also differ depending on what type of vehicle you are carrying. You can see the details as follows: a car fee of IDR 10,000, car parking IDR 5,000, and a motorcycle parking IDR 2,000.
Visiting nature tourism does not have to be in the wild forest where you have to face various risks. The government has established many botanical gardens as a means of recreation as well as education for the community.
One of them is the Baturraden Botanical Garden. With a beautiful atmosphere as well as the cool air because it is located at the foot of the highest mountain in Central Java, Mount Slamet, will definitely make you feel more at home here. How? Are you interested in relaxing once in a while at the Baturraden Botanical Garden?