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Amazing Kelud volcano

The town of Kediri is not of much interest for tourism, but the regency Kediri is. The area extends from Wilis mountain in the west to the volcano Kelud in the east. On the slope of Wilis mountain one can visit the 125 m high Dolo waterfall.

Kelud volcano rivals Merapi in activity, but is lower and it is quite easy to reach the crater. After the eruption of November 2007 a smoking lava dome rose up where there used to be a crater lake, and the man-made tunnel for draining the lake now produces scalding hot water. Kediri regency government has upgraded the road to the crater, which has now become a prime destination for a local outing. If you have been to Bromo and Ijen, your next destination should be Kelud volcano!

The Kelud crater is about the same distance from Kediri and from Blitar. We prefer Blitar as a base, because there are more 'must-sees' in the neighbourhood.

UPDATE
The February 13th, 2014, eruption has made our account of Kelud volcano invalid. We passed by on February 28, when one was still not allowed closer than 3 km from the crater. But the guide who brought us that far on motorbike told that he had walked to the crater anyhow. Parking, tunnel, hotspring, everything has disappeared, and the crater become much deeper than before.
It remains to be seen what the attraction of the volcano will be after the mountain has quietened down. At the time of writing the attraction is disaster tourism. During weekends it is quite crowded at the nearest village Ngancar, from where one can approach by motorbike up to the limit imposed by the police.
See our travelogue Kelud after the February 2014 eruption for the changes in the landscape.

Historic interest of Pare town

We based ourselves in Pare for visiting Trowulan, and found two temple sites near Pare as well as a hospital in Pare dating from colonial times.

  • Last visit to Kediri: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 3, 2014
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