This is the beginning of my note. As long as I live in Central Java (I am from East Java), I have visited Dieng Plateau three times. On May 2012, July 2012 and yesterday. Every visitations, I came to different places within the beautiful plateau. With its more than 2000 meters above the sea level in average, Dieng Plateau covers six regencies such as Banjarnegara, Batang, Kendal, Pekalongan, Temanggung and Wonosobo. However, the best way to reach Dieng Plateau is via Wonosobo as it has got better road and easy access (except when there is a landslide). Tourists from Jogjakarta prefer to pass Wonosobo to Banjarnegara as its access.
Dieng Plateau is famous of its vegetables crops as well as its iconic Purwaceng (Pimpinella Pruatjan) and Carica fruit which preserved, as well as its legendary temples and craters.
There were three places I visited yesterday. For the first, Telaga Warna or Colored Lake. It is located in Dieng village, Wonosobo and it has got many beautiful places to be visited. Actually Telaga Warna was formed of crater and sometimes you can smell its sulphur. The color is usually between milky green, green or sometimes dark. In its milky green part, there’s no any fish, but in other parts I could see some ducks swimming. Besides Telaga Warna, there is another lake called Telaga Pengilon. Those twin lakes are surrounded by Dieng mountains and it gave fenced effect, particularly in the early morning.
In some parts, you can find bubbling holes either in the shore or the greenish part of lake. It is caused of sulphur content. Besides those twin lakes, there are several caves used for meditations named Gua Semar, Gua Pengantin, Gua Jaran and Gua Sumur. Those caves are considered sacred, that’s why I can find some offerings put there. Even I could find wild berries because my friend told me about the secret place (If you’re lucky). It tasted sour and sweet. My friend said it is good for hikers for energy sources.
Telaga Warna has got good facilities such as dustbins, musholla (praying place), toilets and souvenir shops. It’s better for coming with your friends or the locals who know exactly about this place.
Telaga Warna 1