We spend our second full day in Malang by first visiting the wonderful Wonosari tea plantation in the early morning. This striking area was about an hour drive from the Kampong Tourist Hostel in Malang. The car ride was quite pleasant and we drove along many picturesque farmlands and hilly areas. I think the tea plantation might have been created by the Dutch in the early 20th century as there were some signs pointing to this at the plantation.
The Wonosari tea plantation area is quite popular with tourists and travellers. It’s not really surprising because there are many outdoor activities available in that area, and the weather is fresh and cool, and the surroundings provide some startling and scenic views. Everything adds up to create a relaxing and quite lovely place to visit as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and work. Not to mention that the place is located on the slopes of Gunung Arjuna, a nearby quaint mountain. There is a small entrance fee for vehicles, but the tea plantations can be explored freely.
After parking our car we walked up to the plantation and just strolled around the many rows of tea plants for a while. It was quite beautiful and serene and I would highly suggest visiting this place very early in the day. It was still very quiet and not crowded. Some people were jogging on the paths between the tea plants, while a young boy was racing his horse around the area as well. It was calm and cool.
All in all, this is a very serene place and we had the time and opportunity to explore the walkways between the tea plants without the crowds, talk with the local workers about the plantation, discover weird insects, and just enjoy the natural environment in a peaceful way. I kind of regret not buying some fresh honey from a local beekeeper over there as his produce looked so delicious.