Java’s sacred sites

The sites explored in Bandit Saints of Java are a small serving from Java’s rich smorgasbord of sacred places. At least one hundred sites that are documented – and many more that are currently undocumented – attract pilgrim visitors from afar. Thousands of smaller sites are holy to their immediately surrounding communities but are not strictly speaking pilgrimage sites because they do not attract visitors from distant places.

Follow the directions under this menu tab to visit the sites described in Bandit Saints of Java. The directions were accurate at the time the book was researched (1997-2017) but access routes, transport services and timetables change. The GPS coordinates given are accurate to within twenty metres. They can be typed into Google Earth’s search box to show you exactly where a site is located. If you have global positioning on your mobile phone or on another device, the coordinates can help steer you to the site.

The directions assume you will be using public transport where it is available. Some places are not accessible by public transport, but the directions are applicable whether you are using a taxi, private car, motorbike-taxi or walking. Some sites cannot be immediately accessed by road, so you may have to walk at least part of the way to reach them. Check local sources of information before setting out.

A few sites can be accessed only if you have a high level of strength and fitness. Observe the warnings in the entries below, especially if you plan to visit Langse Cave or the summit of Mount Lawu.

And be ready to roll with the unexpected.

Now, click on the menu header Java’s Sacred Sites above to see a drop-down list of the sites visited in Bandit Saints of Java.