Jakarta has an image as a concrete jungle with lots of busyness and traffic jams. The capital city of Indonesia is also known for its air pollution and is a flood-prone area. As the center of business and government in Indonesia, it is only natural that Jakarta does not have many natural attractions compared to other regions.
Even so, you can still find oases full of freshness amidst the dense buildings of Jakarta. There are several spots that you can find to escape from the saturation of the capital. Here are some natural attractions that you can visit in Jakarta.
1. Setu Babakan which is the center of Betawi culture
Setu Babakan is a lake located in the middle of the city and is surrounded by settlements. Has an area of about 32 hectares, this setu is located between two artificial lakes; Mangga Bolong Lake and Babakan Lake. There are many water activities that you can do in this place, the most favorite of which is where people fish.
Another attraction of Setu Babakan is that it is the location of the center of Betawi culture. Its status has even been designated as a cultural heritage. Betawi cultural preservation centers are located in different zones of Setu Babakan. Betawi cultural attractions are often held at this location.
Location: Srengseng Sawah, Jagakarsa sub-district, South Jakarta.
Ticket Price: Free
2. Cattleya Park, once a perverted place, is now a family favorite
This park seems to be the lungs of the surrounding environment which is already dominated by housing and concrete buildings. This park was formerly called Tomang Park, according to the name of the area. At that time, this park had a bad reputation because it was rundown, neglected, damaged, and even become a perverted location. The scrub was irregular and various objects were scattered irregularly here. The location is indeed beside a busy overpass.
After repairs carried out in 2013, this park has changed its face to be beautiful, well-maintained, and a pleasure to visit. His name was changed to Cattleya. Every morning, the park, which is also equipped with a small lake, is a favorite for residents to exercise. Walking down Cattleya Park is also fun, it can cool the mind. This park also has many faces because it can show a variety of scenic backgrounds when viewed from different sides.
Location: Tomang Intersection, RT.15 / RW.1, Kemanggisan, Kec. Palmerah, West Jakarta City
Ticket Price: Free
3. Island hopping in the Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands is a district off the coast of Jakarta. There are hundreds of islands, mostly uninhabited, which have many different tourism potentials. There are islands that are rich in history, exotic ones, and islands that have been transformed into exclusive upscale resorts.
This archipelago has many tourist destinations that are scattered in the Java Sea. To achieve this, you can choose several ports in Jakarta and Banten. The most popular is Marina Ancol. Meanwhile, some of the most popular islands include Tidung Island, Onrust, Pari, Bidadari, and others.
Location: Thousand Islands
Ticket Price: Varies
4. Bumi Perkemahan Cibubur, more than just a camping place
Even though the name is a campsite, it doesn't mean that this place can be used as a camping venue only. There are many other activities that you can try here, although the main function of this 210 hectare area is indeed for Scout development and camping locations. The Camping Ground and Scout Tour Graha (Buperta) Cibubur has repeatedly been the location for the National Jamboree for the Scout Movement.
Buperta Cibubur also has a lake which can be explored by boat. The facilities are also quite complete, both for those who come to camp and those who just stop by for a tour. You can play water in a pool with various depths, perfect for the whole family. There is a prayer room, canteen, and traffic park.
Location: Jl. Campsite and Graha Wisata Cibubur, Ciracas, East Jakarta
Ticket Price: Starting from 6,000 IDR.
5. Learn to love nature at the Allianz Ecopark
Ecopark is trying to present educational tour packages to its visitors. This 34 hectare park used to be a golf course in the Ancol area which was later transformed into a cool park. Not only to cool off from the hot air, this park also teaches the importance of a green lifestyle to all who come.
There are four zones at the Allianz Ecopark. The Eco-Care Zone provides a variety of exciting games, Eco-Art exhibits various art performances, Eco-Nature provides learning about animals and plants and the Eco-Energy Zone provides learning about the use of environmentally friendly energy.
Location: Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, RW.10, Ancol, Pademangan District, North Jakarta City
Ticket Price: Starting from 35,000 IDR
6. Walking along the Pantai Indah Kapuk Mangrove Forest
Coastal areas are usually hot areas because of their low elevation. The air by the sea, especially around big cities like Jakarta, is always hot. But not if you come to Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK). Here, conditions are cooler because the mangroves are well cared for. Not only are they left alive, the mangroves here are also arranged in such a way that they are beautiful to visit.
You can explore the beauty of the mangrove area here by walking on the neat deck or taking a boat together. For something more exclusive, rent a canoe or water bike! If you really care about nature, you can also learn in a short course on how to plant mangroves. The sunset here is also quite beautiful and if you want to enjoy it without rushing home, you can stay in one of the cottages.
Location: Jalan Garden House No.4, RT.4 / RW.3, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan District, North Jakarta City,
Ticket price: 25,000 IDR
7. Mysterious old garden, Taman Suropati
Taman Suropati is an old park that has existed since the Dutch colonial era. Formerly the name of this park was Burgemeester Bisschopplein, taken from the name of the first mayor of Batavia; G.J. Bishop. This park is located in the elite area of Menteng, at the intersection of three important streets of Menteng Boulevard (now Jalan Teuku Umar), Orange Boulevard (now Jalan Diponegoro), and Nassau Boulevard (now Jalan Imam Bonjol). That said, this park is also known as the zero point of the Republic of Indonesia.
This park also has many mystical stories that are difficult for logic to digest. You can ask about the mysteries in this park to the traders around it. This park also houses the works of sculptors from ASEAN countries entitled "The Spirit of ASEAN".
Location: Jl. Taman Suropati, RT.5 / RW.5, Menteng, Menteng District, Central Jakarta City.
Ticket Price: Free
8. Cheap tours at Ragunan Zoo
Like most other zoos, Ragunan is one of the cheap tourist destinations with natural nuances in Jakarta. Ragunan is an old zoo, founded in 1864. With an area of about 140 hectares, Ragunan has a collection of hundreds of animal species and offers a green and cool environment.
Apart from its animal collection, Ragunan Zoo is also very popular as a place to exercise for local residents. Of course in the holiday season, the situation is very crowded. However, on normal days, especially in the morning, Ragunan is an ideal place for jogging. The clean and cool air makes it very comfortable to explore.
Location: Jl. Harsono RM No.1, Ragunan, Kec. Ps. Sunday, South Jakarta City.
Ticket Price: 4,000 IDR.
So, those were eight natural tourist attractions in Jakarta. From small islands to cool parks, Jakarta has several oases that you can come to to unwind, escape from the busy life of your day.