Releasing fatigue on Gumitir Mountain
Gumitir Mountain is located in the Silo District, Jember-Banyuwangi border, it is 39 km from Jember and 60 km from Banyuwangi. Gumitir area offers many offerings. From cafes to coffee plantation tours.
The Gumitir area is directly adjacent to the Banyuwangi Regency in the west. If you from Surabaya to Banyuwangi choose via the Jember route, you will pass this area. The road is winding.
When you arrive on the way down Gumitir Mountain, you will see this rest area. As a sign, you will be able to see a gate that reads “Cafe & Rest Area Gumitir”.
In this rest area, you can stop by Rolas Cafe. This name is taken from the name of the manager, PTP XII. It is located rather protruding from the Jember-Banyuwangi highway. This cafe is located at an altitude of 680 meters above sea level (masl).
Cafe Rolas offers many menus. There are fried chicken, fried duck, fried cassava, fried banana, and of course special coffee processed by PTP XII. You can enjoy the dish at the gazebos.
Finished eating, you can enjoy views of the forest from a giant chair. This chair has a large size, 3×3 meters with a height of 2.5 meters. This chair can accommodate five people. From this chair, you can see a stretch of 1,165 hectares of Robusta coffee plantation.
In addition to cafes, the Gumitir mountain tourism area manager also provides coffee garden tours, games (ATVs, flying fox, horse riding), and campsites. If you want to visit the garden, you can rent a horse, rabbit carriage, or rent a vehicle provided.
The Dutch Colonial Heritage
If you ride a vehicle, you will be taken to a former coffee-making factory that has been used by the Netherlands. Along the way, you can see some coffee workers taking care of and sometimes picking coffee.
While enjoying the garden’s beauty, the driver, who also acts as a guide, will explain the plantation’s ins and outs.
Once you arrive at the former coffee processing factory used by the Dutch colonial government in the past, you will be welcomed by the factory guide. The guide will take you around and explain in detail all the equipment places in that place.
From the factory yard, you can also see the railroad bridge that was built by the Dutch. The length is 178 meters. Once satisfied at the factory, you can visit the train tunnel. To reach this tunnel, you can walk in a relatively close distance. There are two train tunnels here.
First, the Garahan Tunnel was completed by the Dutch in 1902 and had 113 meters long. The second is the Mrawan Tunnel, a length of 690 meters completed in 1910.
The Mrawan Tunnel is the longest train tunnel in Indonesia. This tunnel from the Dutch colonial government is one of the favorite places for visitors to take pictures. This tunnel penetrates the Gumitir mountains which are located between Jember Regency and Banyuwangi Regency.
But first a minute. You can only see the tunnel and the train line from above. Officers do not allow visitors to come down and enter the tunnel. Because the Banyuwangi-Surabaya railroad line is still active.
It is feared that if visitors enter, suddenly a train will pass. Don’t worry, the view from the top of the tunnel is also quite charming. You can take pictures by taking the background of the tunnel mouth or the railroad tracks.
But if you want to penetrate the tunnel, PT KAI provides a special train commonly called a tourist truck. This tour can be ridden from Kalibaru Station, Banyuwangi.
They provide two carriages that can only be filled with 12 passengers. With this train wagon, you will be able to enter the tunnel. The guide will later tell the history of the tunnel construction.
Where to stay
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