What to do in Garut

Things to do in Garut

This article discusses what to do in Garut, located in the western part of Jawa Island in Indonesia. Garut is often called the "Swiss van Java" due to its higher elevation and cooler climate, offering an enchanting retreat 90 minutes away from Bandung.

What to do in Garut

In 2016, I had the pleasure of visiting this unique place and here's a detailed guide to exploring Garut:

Where to Go:
  • Dodol Factory Visit: Experience the making of Dodol Garut, a renowned sweet confection, at Picnic, a pioneer in Dodol production in Garut.
  • Outdoor Activities: Embark on trekking and hiking at scenic spots like Papandayan Mountain, Haruman Mountain, and Guntur Mountain.
  • Candi Cangkuang: Explore the historical Hindu temple, offering insights into the region's rich cultural heritage.
  • Kawah Darajat (Darajat Crater): This fascinating volcanic crater, similar to others in the region, showcases nature's wonders.

Garut Batik
Batik Garut is being done by locals.

What to Buy:
  • Batik Garut: Discover the artistry of West Java Batik at Rasya Batik Garutan, where you can also enjoy a guided tour of the batik-making process.
  • Garut Leather Goods: Shop for quality leather jackets, bags, and accessories made from locally sourced Domba Garut leather, known for its affordability and durability.
  • Bamboo Craft: Explore the intricate bamboo crafts produced by local artisans, offering unique souvenirs to take home.
Garut Hot Spring Resort
The hot spring resort in Garut.

Where to Stay:
  • Kampung Sumber Alam Hot Spring Resort: Indulge in a wellness retreat at this Sundanese village-style resort, featuring timber villas and rejuvenating hot spring pools amidst lush landscaping.
Garut Nasi Liwet
Nasi Liwet is a Garut local cuisine that must be tried.

What to Eat:
  • Nasi Liwet: Treat your taste buds to this popular local dish, featuring rice cooked in coconut milk and an array of flavorful side dishes. The chilli can be overwhelming.
  • Javanese or Sundanese Cuisine: Explore the diverse culinary offerings in Garut's main town area, where you can savour authentic Javanese and Sundanese delicacies.


Garut beckons travellers with its cool climate, natural beauty, cultural heritage, and delectable cuisine, offering a memorable escape from Bandung's bustling city life.

Whether you're seeking unique outdoor adventures, cultural exploration, or a relaxing getaway, Garut has something unique to offer every visitor. I hope this list of things to do in Garut comes in handy for anyone heading here.
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