Matang Keladan Hill in Aranio Sub-District, Banjar Regency - Indonesia
Some passionate travelers have recognized the presence of beautiful hills in Banjar Regency. In fact, they regularly visit those places to enjoy either trekking or photography. For first-timers, though, it sounds daunting when choosing one during the visit later. Have no worries. Matang Keladan Hill can be a good choice for them. Where is it? As the name suggests, it resides in Matang Keladan (Tiwingan Lama) Village and belongs to Aranio Sub-District. Despite the long trip and challenging routes, it is worth the effort! The site offers both amazing scenic views and peaceful atmosphere to visitors, after all.
Some trekkers consider Matang Keladang Hill has an easier route as compared to others, though. Well, it is because they have explored lots of places and compare them all. For first-timers, on the other hand, it takes a little bit preparation before heading to the site. The route is indeed steep (about 60 degrees) and it takes much stamina to get to the top of the hill. Approximately, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the top (from the village). Thus, tourists should at least carry enough bottled water, snacks, and others.
Exploring Matang Keladan Hill
The trip to reach the hill and the trekking experience to the top of the hill both are quite tempting. It satisfies everyone’s desire to get closer to nature. The journey starts from either Martapura City or Banjarmasin, actually. Once arriving at Matang Keladan Village by any type of transportation service, tourists can start trekking and reaching the top of the hill. It takes some time, but it is quite worth it. The scenery is amazing and the atmosphere is comfy. Thus, no one feels bored or tired while doing it.
Here is important information. Tourists should pay the entrance fee in order to explore the hill. The start point is in Tiwingan Lama Village, actually. Have no worries. The fee or ticket is quite cheap even though it costs more during holidays or weekends. In the village, tourists are also able to hire a local guide and a potter before heading to the top of the hill.
Now, it’s time to enjoy the real deal. Matang Keladan Hill features distinct landscape so tourists should have prepared good stamina. In the early trekking, it feels comfortable and relaxing. Later, though, it becomes more tiring over time once tourists encounter the steep landscape. Despite the tiredness, no one should give up! It is because the reward is too good to overlook. After arriving at the top of the hill, tourists would be astonished by the scenery!
- Pine Island
- Patrabulu Hill
- Mawar Mountain
- Riam Kanan Reservoir
- Panayar Waterfall
How to Get There
From Martapura City, the first destination would be Aranio Sub-District. Once arriving there, tourists can continue the trip and visit Matang Keladan Village right away. The distance between Martapura and the hill is 29.7 km, so the trip may take about an hour. Make sure to take Ir. PM Noor Street, though. Later, it takes 30 more minutes to reach the top of the hill by trekking.
Where to Stay
- Padjio Hotel
- Riawahyudi Hotel
- Shangrilla Hotel