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    The world's best national parks

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    Pangandaran National Park

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Krakatao visited the Pangandaran National Park in West Java, Indonesia, in March 2014. He says a highlight of the park is definitely the natural caves. One unique feature of the island is its white sand beaches. He was inspired to visit the park because it is not a typical spot to visit in the country. 'It's one of those unnoticed destinations in the Indonesian archipelago,’ he said. He also adds that the park was hit by a tsunami back in 2006, and hundreds of people were killed. 'I visited the place a year later and had a chance to visit a refugee center,’ he added.
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    It was a skulking monitor lizard who greeted us at the little-known Pangandaran National Park, in West Java, Indonesia. The national park is situated next to the west beach and the adjacent white-sand beach in Pangandaran, 6 hours by road from the capital, Jakarta. Very few world travellers know about the existence of this national park here. The Park accommodates at least 6 caves one of which is man-made. The Japanese made this during WWII to house PoW and to store ammunition. Needless to say, the natural ones are more scenic and hide intricate formations of stalactites and fauna inside them.
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