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Discovering the Natural Charm of Jambewangi Riverside: A Local Gem in Banyuwangi

Saturday, 02 December 2023 - 00:28
Discovering the Natural Charm of Jambewangi Riverside: A Local Gem in Banyuwangi The campers enjoying their moment living off grid at Jambewangi riverside. (Photo: Anggara Cahya/TIMES Indonesia)

TIMES JAZIRAH, BANYUWANGI – Nestled within the forestry area of Kalisetail Forest Management Unit (BKPH) in Banyuwangi, the picturesque Jambewangi Riverside has become a favored picnic spot for locals and visitors alike. Located at Dusun Paras Tembok, Desa Jambewangi, Kecamatan Sempu, Banyuwangi, this tranquil retreat is a mere 5.7 kilometers from Kalisetail Station, with a travel time of approximately 15 minutes.

Despite the rocky and unpaved road leading to the Riverside within the Perhutani area, commonly known as "jalan makadam," the journey is quickly justified by the breathtaking natural beauty that awaits. As visitors arrive, the challenges of the road are forgotten, replaced by the serene ambiance created by nature.

The river, gently flowing among the rocks, embodies the essence of a mountain spring. The clarity of the water and the lush greenery of the surrounding forest provide a visually refreshing experience. Along the riverbanks, visitors can spread out mats or foldable chairs, dipping their feet into the cool water that seems to flow through their entire bodies.

One of the popular activities at Jambewangi Riverside is fishing, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the picnic experience. It's not uncommon to find groups of young people spending quality time with friends, organizing barbecues using portable stoves or utilizing fallen wood for a warm campfire.

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Life feels complete as one connects with nature, relishing in the pristine environment while indulging in snacks brought from home, ranging from fruits to hearty meals. For those who didn't bring their own food, there's no need to worry. Close to Jambewangi Riverside, there's a local eatery named Warung Bu Topo, offering a variety of snacks and coffee.

The river's gentle flow makes it safe for children to enjoy a refreshing dip, though parental supervision is always advised, considering the rocky riverbed. Beyond picnicking, visitors can engage in various activities such as fishing, barbecuing, or simply reveling in the pure joy of bathing in the river.

"The journey may be a bit challenging, but once you reach Jambewangi Riverside, the breathtaking scenery and the chance to connect with nature make it all worthwhile," Yuslan, a local visitor said (26/11/2023). As a hidden gem in Banyuwangi, Jambewangi Riverside promises a unique and rejuvenating experience for anyone seeking a tranquil escape surrounded by the wonders of the outdoors. (*)

Writer : Khodijah Siti
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