The approximately 1700m high volcano Kelud has become one of the tourist attraction in East Java. A infrastructure has now been created. A paved road leads to a car park up the mountain Kelud. From there, a path leads through a tunnel directly into the crater.
In the crater itself, there was until the last activity in 2007 a beautiful crater lake. I by myself was lucky still to cool
my calves in sulfur water of Kelud crater lake. Since 2007, visitors can now admire a lava dome inside the crater. That is a
200m high pile of black rock, from whose cracks and crevices still rising steam. The black cathedral is an interesting
contrast to the lush green cliffs of the surrounding caldera. Always a good photo shot.
The mountain itself offers a beautiful scenery. But already the drive there, through the lush grounds fields and plantations of East Java and through many small villages, offers a lot of variety and the opportunity to visit a local market and watch the hustle and bustle of the local population.
Things to do near Kelud
If you visit the volcano Kelud, you should not miss a visit to the Dholo Waterfall close by. The street turns a small mountain road up to a parking lot. From there you walk a 1km long staircase down into a deep valley. Already the descent rewards with insights into the lush green of the tropical rainforest that covers the slopes of the valley. At the bottom you stand under a 125m high waterfall. The pleasantly cool temperatures also invite to a picnic.
On the trip to the volcano Kelud you will pass the village of Wates. In the center of Wates you can find one of the local markets in which the farmers of the surrounding area sell their products. All kinds of local fruit and vegetables, spices, chicken and fish, as well as a colorful life offer plenty of photo opportunities. In Wates the market is active from early morning until lunchtime. You will not find any other tourists, so you will be the real attraction on the market on this day.
Travel to Kelud
You can reach the volcano Kelud via the city of Kediri. Kedir has good railroad links. It is therefore advisable to use an "Eksekutiv" class train. From Kediri Station to the volcano can be reached in a 45-minute drive.
The problem here is that there are no taxis available in Kediri. The increasing prosperity of the population has meant that every family now has a motorcycle. All taxis have given up their businesses a few years ago. It is therefore advisable to organize all your transfers through a hotel in Kediri. Hotles have always drivers available. You should calculate for a car and driver with about Rp 800,000 per day.
Alternatively you can arrive via Surabaya. The drive from the Juanda Airport in Surabaya takes about 3 hours and costs around Rp 500,000.