Serokadan customary village, Apuan, Susut, is not only famous for its natural and pristine potential. The area adjacent to Apuan village also has a cultural heritage in the form of Candri Manik Temple and a number of the other arts remaining to survive am
When it comes to providing services to visitors, management of the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction has an excellent understanding. In this low season, its party did the arrangement to the region starting from the arrangement of walkways, gardens, statue of monkey and rejuvenating the existing plants. “We make physical improvement and prioritize the procurement of equipment and means of the attraction as well as the cleaning tools. Hopefully, in the peak season the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction will be clean and beautiful,” said the Operations Manager I Gusti Bagus Suryawan.
Suryawan admitted that his party would create a tourist attraction in the middle of the forest by creating trekking pathways. Thus, visitors would be able to see the uniqueness of Alas Kedaton in a better way. Local diversity of plants and small animals other than monkeys and fruit bats could be watched here. Visitors having more time, added this former hotel employee, would definitely love to take advantage of the facilities. They included students who were enjoying their school holiday and would relax longer. The trail would be made more beautiful with mosaic stones spreading along some 800 meters. This made the access to the monkey kingdom more attractive. “We will not charge additional fees for visitors who enjoy the trekking path in the jungle. With the admission fee they can take advantage of the existing facilities, including the coverage of insurance,” he said.
Option of the visitor walkway in the middle of the forest consisted of three types in accordance with the distance covered. For those having a short time, they could pick out a half temple and a quarter of the forest. They could enjoy recreation at the temple courtyard park, have a look at the forest and see the show of fruit bats and snakes. It took only 15-20 minutes. The second option lasted around 20-30 minutes to fully surround the temple and enjoy half of the jungle trek. At the end, visitors would also be entertained with bat show. Meanwhile, visitors having longer time of around 30 minutes to an hour could fully surround the forest which covered an area of 6.5 hectares. At the end of the trip, visitors could also enjoy a bat and a snake show.
Suryawan added the arrangement of object had been started since the beginning of December 2013 with the works of installing mosaic stones in the outermost courtyard of the temple area measuring 1,444 square meters. Besides, it was also resumed with the arrangement of footpaths, parks and beautifying the wantilan hall equipped with monkey statue as the icon. To provide a sense of comfort, the management also built border wall between the property belonging to local residents and the object along 150 meters. As an effort to create a clean environment, his party had purchased a special three-wheeled motorcycle to transport the waste.
On regular days, explained Suryawan, the waste volume was not too much. However, on feast days with the flood of visitors the volume of waste was often quite a lot. “We can haul the waste for 4 times using the motorbike. The organic waste is processed into humus while the plastic waste was recycled and then sent to collectors,” he said. This arrangement, explained Suryawan, was purely using the funds obtained from the management of tourist object and the assistance from Kukuh customary village. “Arrangement of this temple has spent over IDR 400 million. The arrangement of the pathway trek in the jungle will also be taken from this post of fund,” he said.
Distribution of the ticket sales of guest entering into the Alas Kedaton, Suryawan said that 35 percent of gross revenue went to the Kukuh Customary Village, 20 percent to local governments in the form of a levy and 45 percent for the operating costs including maintenance, development, promotion, employee salaries, monkey feed and social funds. (BTN/015)
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