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Batu city (Kota Batu) is a former Dutch hill retreat surrounded by mountains like the Arjuno and Welirang. Due to its attractions, wide range of resorts and villas, and cool hilly climate, locals from nearby Malang and Surabaya always flock here for a weekend getaway; just like people from Bandung and Jakarta going to Puncak every weekend. This article will cover things you need to know on how to go to Batu and Batu points of interest.
What to see in Batu
Besides offering a wide range of short-term accommodations like hotels, resorts, villas, and chalets, this alluring town also offers many popular theme parks and attractions: Secret Zoo, Museums, Parks, and others. The town is also a major agricultural centre with apple orchards and orchid nurseries located almost everywhere.
Jatim Park (Jawa Timur Park) 1 & 2
Jatim Park is a recreation park that has educational elements for kids. Over the years, it has become an iconic theme park in East Java with 36 rides.
There is a difference between these 2 parks: Jatim Park 1 focuses more on the entertainment aspect with thrilling theme park rides while Jatim Park 2 has more educational value for children, allowing them to learn more about natural science, biology and animals.
Jatim Park 1
Address: Jl. Kartika No. 2, Sisir, Batu, Sisir, Kota Batu 65315, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 0830 hours – 1630 hoursContact: +62 341 597777
Jatim Park 2
Address: Jalan Raya Oro-Oro Ombo No.9, Temas, Kota Batu 65315, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 1000 hours – 1800 hours
Contact: +62 341 5025777
Batu Secret Zoo is located on a land area of 14 hectares and is part of East Java Park 2 (Jatim Park 2). There are the unique Pohon Inn Hotel and one-of-a-kind Wildlife Museum.
Some of the animal collections in the Widlife Museum include animals from various habitats; Asia and Africa.
Address: Jl. Oro-Oro Ombo No.9, Temas, Kota Batu 65315, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 1000 hours to 1800 hours (Best time to visit is at 1100 hours)
Contact: +62 341 597777
Transportation Museum (d’Topeng Kingdom Museum)
Museum Angkut is a transportation museum and located on a 3.8-hectare plot of land on the slopes of Mount Panderman. It houses over 300 traditional and modern transport collections. The museum is divided into several zones decorated with landscape model building from Asia, Europe to America.
In this museum, there is also a flight vehicle simulator located on the 3rd floor.
Address: No. 2, Kota Wisata, Jalan Terusan Sultan Agung, Ngaglik, Kota Batu 65314, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 1200 hours to 2100 hours (Best time to visit is at 1400 hours)
Contact: +62 821-4446-8002
Eco Green Park
Eco Green Park is one of the newest attractions and parks in Batu (opened in 2012). Besides serving as a leisure destination, the Eco Green Park was builtt to provide an educational platform for those who wish to learn more on the environment ecosystem.
It introduces a concept that blends nature, culture, environment, and the art that is inspirational, exciting, and educational.
This tour is perfect for family recreation, especially as educational tours for children. There is also an animal petting zoo onsite for children to enjoy!
Address: Jl. Oro-Oro Ombo No.9A, Temas, Kota Batu 65314, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 0900 hours to 1700 hours (Best time to visit is at 1000 hours)
Contact: +62 341 597777
How to go to Batu
It takes roughly 4 hours by car from Surabaya to head southwards to Batu. The road in between from Malang to Batu is constantly jammed, thus, please plan ahead of time.
From Surabaya city centre, you are to take the Kramat Djati buses to Malang Arjosari Station. The frequency of the buses is every 2 hours. The estimated cost is SGD2/MYR6/USD1 per person/way. From Malang’s Arjosari Station, you can take the Argo taxi to Batu. It will cost you an additional SGD 8/MYR24/USD6. The entire journey should take not more than 4 hours.
Alternatively, if you would like to opt for public train, from Surabaya’s Gubeng Station, head to Lawang Station. From Lawang Station, you are able to take the taxi to Batu. The train journey is an estimated 1 hour 30 mins (minus the need to go through traffic jams) and will cost you in the region of SGD5/MYR15/USD3 per person. The taxi from Lawang to Batu on the other hand may cost higher – 30km journey and will cost you at least SGD18/MYR54/USD14