Tinggi Raja White Crater (Kawah Putih Tinggi Raja) is a warm water crater surrounded by white limestone hills located within the Dolok Tinggi Raja Nature Reserve area at Silau Kahean Subdistrict, Simalungun. The crater destination covers a total area of approximately 30 ha (0.1 sq mi), which is about 4 hours from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.
Tinggi Raja White Crater is unique because the area has looked like snow hills with a lake on the upstream and a river on the downstream. You can bath on the hot springs while enjoying the view of the ‘snow’ and pine forest. On the river lane, some stalactites create the caves and the rocks. Further, the natural carpet scenery formed by the flow of hot water through the river makes the rocks like whitish green carpets. You can soak with some privacy near the crater cliff in warm water not only for fun but also for health. The hot spring is believed to contain sulfur as the result of a geothermal process.
What to Expect
You should come to the White Crater before noon. When the day is getting late the puddles will get hotter by the sun. And bring food and drink, as you will not find a restaurant there (just small shop stalls). Beware of dehydration due to the steam from the earth and the sun. Food brought to this location, according to the local people, should not contain pork otherwise it will rain! You can boil eggs in a hot puddle of the crater, and if some eggs are missing you shouldn’t be surprised or get angry. According to the folktale, eggs are the favorite food of Tinggi Raja White Crater ghost waiters.
Travel to this area requires motorcycles or 4-wheel-drive cars due to some bad road conditions. The entrance fee is Rp 30,000 ($2.25) per visitor.