Tasikmalaya Regency is a regency in the province of West Java, Indonesia. Located in the southeastern region of Priangan (Preanger), the Regency is by far the biggest and the most important regency in East Preanger. The Regency is administered from Tasikmalaya City, which however is administratively independent of the Regency (the area and population of the Regency exclude the City). Most of the Regency features green fields, predominantly occupied by agriculture and forestry, whilst farmers settled as the majority of its population. Tasikmalaya regency is well known for its handicrafts, salak (zalacca), whilst nasi tutug oncom (hot steamed rice mixed with oncom) known as the Regency’s famous dish. The Regency is also known as a major religious centre in West Java, which has more than 800 pesantren (traditional Islamic boarding schools).
"Tasikmalaya Regency is Religious / Islamic, Forward, and Prosperous 2025"
Realizing the community of faith, devoted, qualified and independent,
Ensuring a strong economy based agrbisnis excellence,
Establishing good governance (good govermance),
Realizing Infrastructure area evenly with the aspect of a beautiful environment and sustainable.
Tasikmalaya Regency is divided into 39 local Districts and Singaparna resides as the Regency's capital subdistrict. These 39 Subdistricts are subdivided into 351 villages.
The land of the Regency is predominantly hilly, especially in the southern area of the Regency. Some are mountainous, as appeared in the northwestern part where Galunggung highlands reside. It is only 13.05% of the region of where its low-lying areas are elevated from zero to 200 metres. Meanwhile, the average elevation of the regency is 200 to 500 metres. The rest is elevated into the highest point of Mount Galunggung 2,168 metres.
The Regency is traversed by volcanic chains of Java island, where land naturally grants rich and fertile soil, and provides an abundance of water resources. Tasikmalaya Regency is also lied on a low-cavity mountainside, which supplies the Regency more rainfall catchment and water absorption area. These advantages are supported by the Regency's tropical rainforest climate where the region experiences heavy rainfall.
The area is known for producing silk goods printed with batik, paper umbrellas, and handbags woven by hand from bamboo and pandanus leaves. The production of handicrafts for domestic and international consumption is an important local industry; in 1998 and 1999, export of handicrafts earned 2.6 billion rupiah for the region.
The regency was a major centre of early support and organization for Darul Islam, an Islamist group formed in 1948 to resist Dutch attempts to retake Java after World War II, and, after the Dutch were defeated, to establish a state in Indonesia governed by Islamic law. Like the rest of Preanger Regencies, the climate of Tasikmalaya Regency is normally a tropical rainforest climate. It receives an average annual precipitation of 2.072 mm. Although it experiences heavy rainfall the Regency gets considerably an equable amount of heat. The average daily temperature of the regency are mildly varied, it ranges from 20° to 34°C at lowland areas and 18° to 22°C at the upland areas.
Tasikmalaya Regency comprises an area of 2,563.35 km2. It is bounded on the east by Garut Regency, marked by Galunggung highlands, from southwest along to the northwest. Far to the north, the Regency borders with Majalengka Regency and continued to the southeast with Ciamis Regency. In addition, the Regency shares it shape with Tasikmalaya City, which lies off on a small area of the northeastern border. Whilst to the south, Tasikmalaya Regency is circumscribed by Indian Ocean. Tasikmalaya Regency's greatest distance from north to the south is about 75 km, and about 56.25 km from east to the west.
Tasikmalaya Regency is one of Indonesian foremost tourist destinations. It has a number of tourist attractions. They are accessible, even though most of them are located deep in the rural area of the Regency. Tasikmalaya Regency's tourist destinations mainly offer their local and natural beauty other than established recreational facility. In the southern area, where the Regency borders to Indian Ocean, tourist destinations are primarily the coastline of the Regency, which features caves and a number of beaches. To the interior where the land mostly hilly and characterised by tropical rainforest, waterfall, natural hot springs, and archaeological sites are the tourist most visited places. Among Tasikmalaya Regency's tourist destinations are Kampung Naga (Dragon Village). It features an exotic and idyllic traditional village where the inhabitant lives within a strong ancient Sundanese tradition. Whilst Mount Galunggung's volcanic crater offers a magnificent scenery, featuring a tranquil lake surrounded by rainforests. A number of natural hot springs are issued nearby the mountain, and became parts of the Regency's tourist destinations.
List of tourist destinations in Tasikmalaya Regency
Ponpes Suryalaya, Cakrabuana site, Geger sunten site, Cipacing hotspring, Pamoyanan hotspring, Rajapolah handicrafts' centre, Citiis waterfall, Z. Mustofa grave, Pamijahan sacred grave, Manonjaya mosque, Tanjungmalaya, Cirahong bridge, Gimbal and Cilangkap sites, Kabuyutan Ngarantengah site, A. Dewi Sartika grave, Sukapura museum, Batik of Sukaraja, Baginjing grave, Cigunung hotspring, Bumi Rongsok site, Cimanintin waterfall, Rangga Wulung cave, Cibalong hotspring, Cupu Agung cave, Hulu Kuya cave, Malawang cave, Arca and Wayang caves, Nyai cave and Ciodeng cave, Jasper Geopark, Karangtawulan beach, Cimanuk beach, Sindangjaya beach, Padabumi beach, Kalaparea beach, Sheikh Zaenudin sacred grave, Garuda Ngupuk, Parat cave and Lalay cave, Cimaranggi cave, Cipatujah beach, Cipatujah hotspring, Bubujung beach, Joglo sacred grave, Sarongge cave, Ambu Hawuk cave, Dengdeng waterfall, Sindangkerta/Taman Lengser beach, Pamayangsari beach.