The name Cimahi was taken from the Cimahi river that flows through the city. It is thought that the word originated from the Sundanese language, literally meaning “enough water”. Many residents of the city get their water supply from the river, as they have done for centuries.
It was used by the Dutch throughout their colonial occupation as a centre for military training. In 1975, it was designated as the first administrative city in West Java and became the third such city in Indonesia.
These days it is most often visited by residents of nearby Bandung who are looking for a weekend getaway. Visitors to Cimahi appreciate the lack of traffic clogging the city’s streets, the beautiful vistas available from nearby mountains and the ubiquitous greenery prevalent throughout the city.