Ungaran is in Central Java.
Ungaran is a small town immediately south of Semarang, essentially an outer suburb. It is easily reached by public transport or taxi. It is at a higher altitude on the slopes of Mount Ungaran. If you are in Semarang for a few days and need to get out of town, there are a couple of places to consider visiting.
Semarang taxis consider Ungaran to be within the city limits, so are happy to travel there. If traffic isn't too heavy, the journey will not be much more than 30 minutes.
A couple of 2-3 hour hikes to waterfalls are possible on the slopes of Mount Ungaran close to the town.
- Curug Lawe (Twenty five waterfalls, Kalisidi village, Ungaran Barat district (In Kalisidi village, at the Sumur Gunung intersection take the road to the Zanzibar clove plantation. Once on that road, any villager will know the start point for the hike.). Actually two waterfalls close by each each, Curug Lawe and Curug Benowo (curug is Javanese for waterfall). The first part of the hike is along the side of an irrigation canal, followed by a section across fairly rocky ground. There is the chance to see black Javanese leaf monkeys. They are usually active in the early morning.
- 1 Curug Semirang, Gintungan hamlet, Gogik village, Ungaran Barat district (On the road from Semarang to Solo take a road off to the west at the junction in front of the Ungaran Cantik hotel.). A couple of hours hike through nutmeg plantations and natural forest. Some small food stalls have been set up near the waterfall.
- Hills Joglo Villa, Desa Keji RT. 06/01, Mapagan, Keji, Ungaran Barat (Most taxi drivers know the nearby larger Balemong hotel. Keep going past that for a couple of hundred metres till you see the large circular red sign pointing you off to the left side.), ☏ . A collection of traditional Javanese houses, each set up as a villa. Swimming pool.
Try checking out the other nearby hill towns of Bandungan, Kopeng, Ambarawa and Salatiga, or keep moving further south to the attractions of Yogyakarta or Surakarta, or the Dieng Plateau to the southwest.