Pulau Weh (Cot Kulam)


Elevation: 630 m (2,067 ft) Prominence: 630 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSpesial Province: Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
Google Earth: kml Other names: Cot Kulam
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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┬ádensely 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.
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): bandaaceh


Origins and Meaning

Cot Kulam means ‘pool hill’ in Acehnese (Mark Durie, 2011).

Links and References

Wikipedia English
Wikipedia Indonesia

2 thoughts on “Pulau Weh (Cot Kulam)

  1. If you need transport (a motorized becak which can seat 2 people) give the excellent Mr Deni a call (085260165827 or 085270881964). No more than Rp300,000 for a full day exploring the island, including Kilometer Zero, Jaboi volcano and whatever else you want to see. He took delight in telling us he was Christian, and Christians only make up 1 percent of the population! Lovely chap with a funny laugh.

    To do Cot Kulam would probably require a full day of its own in order to find a suitable guide and get up there and back down. We just didn’t have a long enough time to give it a try. Plus the beach at Freddie’s was calling. Next time.

  2. The ferry out to Weh cost about Rp60,000, then an ojek to Freddies resort was Rp25,000. Delighted to find out that there definitely is a trail to the top of Cot Kulam and I hope to go back there before too long. In the meantime, you might want to call Ricky on 0852 60857666 who works at Freddies and can speak great English and will try to find a local guide for this mountain.

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