Goa Putri (literally means Princess Cave) 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 south 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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic Indonesia