Situ Patengan (“situ” means lake), or also known as Situ Patenggang, is a natural lake located about 1.5 hours ride by car from Bandung, West Java, to the south. It is in Ciwidey area to be precise. The temperature in the surrounding area of the lake is quite cool, since it is in a highland, approximately 1,600 meters above sea level.
Local people believe that there is a love story related to the existence of the lake. It is said that long long ago, in the era of many kingdoms in Java, there was a prince called Ki Santang who fell in love with a beautiful princess called Dewi Rengganis. Unfortunately, both families disagreed, and they made a special effort to separate the loving couple.
Even separated, their love was not fade. Almost everyday Dewi Rengganis was crying while waiting for her lover, so her tears flowing to a valley and became a beautiful lake. Local people called the newly formed lake as Patengan, which was derived from the word “pateangan-teangan” which was a Sundanese term that means longing for each other.
At the end of the story, the couple was united by love. They met each other in an island at the middle of the lake. People called the tiny island, as Love Island, and up till now they believe that couples who visit the island will have eternal love like that of Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis.