The atmosphere of the Kuta Traditional Village, Karangpaningal Village, Tambaksari District, Ciamis, West Java (

Kuta Traditional Village is a traditional hamlet that still survives in Karangpaningal Village, Tambaksari District, Ciamis Regency, West Java. This traditional village is inhabited by people who are based on local wisdom, by holding pamali culture (taboo), to maintain the balance of nature and maintain the order of social life. One thing that stands out is in terms of forest conservation, while maintaining the preservation of springs and palm trees for their source of life.

From an etymological point of view, Kampung Kuta means a village or hamlet surrounded by “Kuta” or a barrier in the form of cliffs. According to stories circulating in the local community, long ago the cliff served as a barrier to enemy attacks from outside, when Kuta Village was to be made a kingdom by Prabu Ajar Sukaresi. The story of the actions of the King who became the ruler of Kuta Village was very influential for its citizens in the future.

Kuta Traditional Village, Karangpaningal Village, Tambaksari District, Ciamis, West Java (

Kampung Kuta consists of 2 RW and 4 RT. This village is bordered by Dusun Cibodas to the north, Hamlet Margamulya to the west, and to the south and east by the Cijulang River, which is also the border between West Java and Central Java.

This village is categorized as a traditional village, because it has similarities in the form and physical materials of building houses, the existence of traditional leaders, and the existence of customs that bind the community. One of the legacy of ancestral teachings that must be obeyed by the people of Kuta is the construction of houses. If it is violated, the people of Kuta believe that disaster or danger will hit their village. Customary rules state that the house must be in the form of a stage with a rectangular size. The roof of the house must also be made of thatch or fibers.

Kuta Village traditional house (

Kuta Village is an indigenous community who still firmly holds and carries out traditions with the supervision of kuncen and traditional leaders. Belief in prohibitions and the existence of spirits or supernatural powers is still visible in their view of the sacred place in the form of a sacred forest. The sacred forest is often visited by people who want to get safety and happiness in life. However, in the sacred forest it is not permissible to ask for something that shows greed such as wealth.


Prohibition in the sacred forest (

To enter the sacred forest area, a number of restrictions were imposed, namely the prohibition of using and destroying forest resources, wearing official clothes, wearing gold jewelry, wearing black clothes, carrying bags, wearing footwear, spitting, and making noise. Even to enter this Sacred Forest, you are not allowed to wear footwear. The goal is that the forest is not polluted and remains sustainable. Therefore, the big logs still look solid in Leuweung Gede. In addition, water sources are still well maintained. On the edge of the forest there are many springs that are clean and often used for washing your face.

Nyuguh Traditional Ceremony

Nyuguh Traditional Ceremony (

According to the ancestral heritage, the serving event must be held on the banks of the Cijolang River which is directly adjacent to Cilacap Regency, Central Java. Once the nyuguh event was not held, suddenly the whole village got a disaster. Rice ready for harvest was badly damaged, while a number of livestock were found floundering to death. Residents believe that the damage occurred because the Padjadjaran “emissary” was not served food. As a result they are looking for their own food by destroying the village.

The journey to the Cijolang River is about five kilometers. Now, Pak Kuncen has started the ritual again.

The Nyuguh ceremony was held on December 14, 2014 (

Prayers were offered again before residents ate the available food. After praying, all residents then eat the food brought from the village. Typical food that must be present at every ceremony.

This Nyuguh Traditional Ceremony is a traditional ritual ceremony of the Indigenous Village of Kuta, Kec. Tambaksari Ciamis Regency which is always held on the 25th of Shapar every year.

Inap Desa (Homestay)

For those of you who wish to stay at the Kuta Traditional Village, there are Village Inaps of approximately 50 (fifty) houses with a capacity of 3 (three) people per house.


Route to Kuta Traditional Village (

To go to the village the distance that must be taken from the city of Ciamis Regency is about 34 km to the north. It can be reached by using public transportation to Rancah District. Meanwhile, from Rancah District, they use a rented motorbike or ojeg, with winding asphalt road conditions, and a fairly steep incline. If you go through Tambaksari District, you can use public transportation or ojeg, with similar road conditions.

More information contact

Kuta Traditional Village
Karangpaningal Village, Tambaksari District, Ciamis Regency, West Java
Tel.: +62 812 2281 3316 (Mr. Wendry)