Goa Putri is a leading tourist destination in South Sumatra province. It is located 230 kilometers from Palembang, or 35 kilometers from Baturaja, the capital city of Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU). This cave is located about one kilometer soth of Sumatra trans road connecting Baturaja and Muara Enim.
The cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites. Stalactites are deposits of calcium carbonate which hang from the ceiling and can be found in limestone caves. Stalagmites are icicle shaped rocks facing upward which can be found on cave floors. In Goa Putri, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form pillars. This cave also has a pond fed from the caves waters which originate from the Semuhun River, which empties itself into the Ogan River.
The pond makes this 20 meter wide and 160 meter long cave more beautiful. In some parts of the cave are wide stones where you can sit and sleep. The cave is dark although some 5 watt lamps are installed in various locations. This dim light gives the cave a very magical feel. To enjoy Goa Putri, visitors must pay Rp 5,000 (50 cents US) per person and Rp 10,000 (1 US Dollar) for parking.
Food stalls are not available in this place.
This tourist site does not provide any shops selling souvenirs but you can take away water from the princess pond in a small amount, so don’t forget to bring along bottles.
Tourists can stay in a number of cheap hotels available in Baturaja. If you wish to continue your journey to Lake Ranau, it is best if you stay in Muara Dua. There is only one hotel and one inn in this small town, located near Tengah Batu Bawah market in Muara Dua.
This amazing cave is famous for its stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors can enjoy this scenery while sitting on the rocks and taking pictures. Please don’t forget to wash your face at the pond of Prince Dayang Merindu. Local inhabitants believe that those who wash their faces in the pond while praying, will have their prayers come true.
You can walk through a steep and slippery path for about 200 meters. Most of this area is still closed to visitors due to dangerous and dark paths that are usually occupied by bats which you will hear when entering this cave.
Upon your arrival at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II airport in Palembang, you can take a rented car to Goa Putri, 230 kilometers away. If you wish to take public transportation, you can take a bus going to Baturaja from Palembang bus station. From Baturaja to Goa Putri, several forms of public transportation plying the Baturaja – Muara Enim route are available. Public transportation in South Sumatra usually operates based on when the markets in the city are crowded.
If you wish to drop by Goa Putri, please don’t forget to bring food, mats and plastic bags because visitors are allowed to enjoy the cave while sitting on a big rock, some said used as a meeting room for kings high-ranking state officials. Please use the plastic bags to collect your trash after eating. Don’t forget to bring along a flashlight and anti-slip sandals in anticipation of the dark caves slippery paths.