East Java

Down a spur that branches from the main road just after the Hindu temple, Sadengan grazing ground has the largest herd of banteng (wild cattle) in Java. Keep an eye out for the birds hopping along their backs in a search for ticks and other insects, and lovely herons often glide into the frame. Kijang (deer) and peacocks can also be seen here from the viewing tower. This beautiful meadow, backed by rolling, forested hills, is a 2km walk from Trianggulasi.

Alas Purwo also has a small population of ajag (Asiatic wild dogs), jungle fowl, leaf monkeys, muntjac deer, sambar deer and a few leopards. Some rangers even swear they've seen tigers here, which is almost certainly untrue. Or is it? Either way, they can arrange interesting (but often fruitless) nocturnal leopard-spotting expeditions for around 100,000Rp.

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Nearby East Java attractions

1. Ngagelan


The turtle hatchery at Ngagelan is set in a protected, fenced-off plot behind the beach, where rangers who have collected the eggs keep them piled and…

2. Gua Istana & Gua Padepokan

4.99 MILES

From Pancur, a trail heads 2km inland through some good forest to Gua Istana, a small cave, and another 2km further on to Gua Padepokan. Both contain…

3. Blambangan Museum

27.58 MILES

Located in the same building as the tourist office, this small museum is devoted to culture from the area, with batik and traditional costumes, ceramics…

4. Hoo Tong Bio Chinese Temple

28.21 MILES

One of the few sights in Banyuwangi is this dragon-encrusted temple, built in 1784. It’s well worth a peek.