|Elevation:||630 m (2,067 ft)||Prominence:||630 m|
|Ribu category:||Spesial||Province:||Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam|
|Google Earth:||kml||Other names:||Cot Kulam|
Weh island is a small volcanic island to the northwest of the island of Sumatra. It is a wildlife protection area and is attracting more and more visitors – especially foreigners. Cot Kulam has not erupted in historical times and is densely forested, offering only limited views. It is reported that a hike to the top is possible, via Gunung Sarong Kris which is better-known and adjacent to Cot Kulam. The likely place to start and ask for help is at the village of Batee Shok (about 110m above sea level).
In addition to the highest peak, there is another site of great interest known as ‘Jaboi volcano’ or even simply ‘Gunung Merapi’. It is a large active crater with numerous sulphur holes just 200 metres from the main road. It is free to enter and is a wonderful place to take photographs. You can even see the coastline from the top of the crater area at the edge of the burnt trees.
|Getting there||There are a couple of ferries per day between Banda Aceh and Pulau Weh. At present this includes a departure at 9am from Ulee Lheue (Banda Aceh) and 8am from Balohan (Pulau Weh). The fast ferries take just 45 minutes and costs around Rp75,000.|
|Accommodation||Lots of options – but make sure you book in advance. I heartily recommend the excellent Freddies at Sumur Tiga.|
|Permits||Take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.|
|Water sources||Unknown – assume none.|
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Origins and Meaning
Cot Kulam means ‘pool hill’ in Acehnese (Mark Durie, 2011).