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Written by Stephanie Peeters
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap, Candice Neo and Dawn Pillay

Hidden natural attractions in and around Yogyakarta

For those wanting to go astray, how about wandering away from nicely paved roads and heading into the wilderness of Yogyakarta?

You may have heard about the extraordinary activities and attractions you can check out and considered planning an affordable weekend getaway there with your family and friends, but if you are a traveller who seeks to explore the unexplored nature, you’ve arrived at the right place.

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Here, we’ll bring you on a journey to the hidden depths of Yogyakarta, bound to enchant you!

1. Cross a suspension bridge over crashing waves: Sinden Beach & Kalong Island

Up for some adrenaline-inducing adventure?

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Sinden Beach is not your typical romantic white sand beach, but a rugged one flanked by a high cliff right next to the sea.

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You can explore the adjacent Kalong Island – an untouched coral island overgrown with wild flora – by crossing a suspension bridge high up with the ferocious waves crashing beneath you. As the sea breeze shakes the bridge and the salty waves kiss your cheeks, take every step with caution – one misstep can be very costly!

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After you complete your thrilling journey, don’t forget to take a deep breath and admire the beautiful landscape all around you.

Are you up for the challenge?

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Sinden Beach & Kalong Island

Address: Jepitu Village, Girisubo Sub-district, Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Special Region 55883
Getting There: From the city of Yogyakarta, Sinden Beach and Kalong Island are located approximately 80km (two hours’ drive) away. The location is before Wedi Ombo Beach, and not far from Jungwok Beach. Coordinates here.
Opening Hours: 06.00 – 17.00
Entrance fees: Beach – Rp.6,000 (approximately USD 0.45) | Suspension bridge – Rp.25,000 (approximately USD 1.87)
Parking fees: Motor – Rp.3,000 (approximately USD 0.22) | Car – Rp.5,000 (approximately USD 0.37)

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2. Unique coral formations – Watu Lumbung Beach

There are many exotic secret beaches hidden around Jogja, and Watu Lumbung Beach is one of them.

Watu Lumbung Beach has very interesting rock and coral formations. Duck through a huge stone with a hole in the middle creating an arch and carefully pick your way over the rocks,  this beach is surrounded by small green hills too!

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There’s plenty of exploration to be had – just be sure to be really careful when adventuring through Watu Lumbung Beach.

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Watu Lumbung Beach

Address: Wonosari, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Getting there: Coordinates here


3.  Surround yourself with the raw nature of Java: Air Terjun Kedung Kandang

You’ll stop in your tracks when you set your eyes on this jaw-dropping scenery. The combination of rice paddies, gently cascading waterfalls and turquoise water is simply idyllic.

The tranquil Air Terjun Kedung Kandang, located in the village of Mount Butak, cascades down 6 levels of the terraced rice fields.

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You’ll only get to see this wonder of nature during the rainy season.

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To get there, a bit of trekking is required. But don’t worry, it is a scenic walk along a nature path where you will be treated to views of the mountains, hills, rivers and farmers in the rice paddies. Make sure you bring water and light snacks along with you.

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Air Terjun Kedung Kandang

Address: Nglanggeran, Patuk, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta
Getting there:  From Yogyakarta take the direction to Wonosari Road and head towards Putat. At some point on the way you will start seeing signs that leads you to Air Terjun Kedung Kendang. The ride is 26,9 kilometer, taking approximately 49 minutes to get here.
GPS: S7 ° 51’20.2 “E110 ° 32’06.3”
Entrance fee: By donation

4. Did the Mayans visit Watu Giring?

This enchanting place is decorated with high limestone rocks, caves and amazing views.

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The varying heights of the limestone rocks allow you to climb up to the top and gaze at the magnificent view. Watu Giring is actually a former mining site, but the stone structures resemble ancient ruins or even Mayan temples.

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On sunny days, when the sky is clear blue, you can see Mount Merapi rise up in the distance – a stunning backdrop to an epic photo-worthy moment.

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Watu Giring

Address: Villa of Jelok, Pacarejo, Semanu, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: Head towards Jalan Wonosari from Yogyakarta city. The ride is 44.6 kilometers and it takes around 1 hour and 23 minutes to drive there.
Entrance fee: Free
Parking fee: Motorbike Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15) and Rp.5.000 (USD 0.38) for cars

5. Sunrise and sunset from dramatic mountain peaks: Batu Miring

Batu Miring is the place to go for breathtaking panoramic views of Java Island. Go early to watch the enchanting sunrise colour the landscape or in the late afternoon to watch the sun set over the island.

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Batu Miring is surrounded by endless mountains, limestone rocks and lush greenery. There’s no public transport here, so you’ll have to take your motorbike and drive up yourself for a good old adventure.

From the parking lot, a short 200-meter walk will lead you to the foot of the majestic mountain, Gunung Kukusan.

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There are two paths to choose from, which lead to two different peaks. The path on the left leads to Dempok Summit and the other to Kendeng Summit, the highest peak of the two. From both summits, you will be mesmerized by the magnificent mountain views and the peaceful valley below.

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Breathe in the fresh mountain air, listen to the birdsong and reconnect with nature!

If you’re here early in the morning, be sure to wear a sweater as it’s cold! You will surely enjoy watching the landscape rise out of the morning mist.

Batu Miring

Getting there: From Yogyakarta, drive in the direction of Godean. Continue westward in the direction of Kulon Progo until you reach the intersection with Nanggulan. Then turn right towards the intersection of Dekso. Turn left and continue to follow the path towards Samigaluh to find Plono market. Drive in the direction of the Nglinggo tea gardens and continue to the foot of Mount Kukusan. The ride is 28 kilometers and it takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive there.
Parking fee: Motorbike Rp. 10.000 (Approximately USD 0.15) and car Rp.20.000

6. Hang on a Thread on a ‘Cable Cart’ at Timang Beach

Everyone knows that the Gunungkidul Region is home to the most beautiful beaches of Yogyakarta, including the Timang Beach, which is located 35 kilometres south of Wonosari. It exhibits a fulfilling sight of white waves crashing into coral stones and cliffs.

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And that’s not all of it – if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love to try this out:

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Visitors can test their courage by crossing onto Watu Panjang Island on a wooden ‘cable cart’ tied together on pulleys that are not made with the usual steel cables, but with fabric rope!

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Originally used as a means of transportation by local lobster fishermen, those brave enough to endure dangling above treacherous waves can even bring back a lobster for dinner!

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Timang Beach

Location: Tepus, Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55881
Getting There: From Wonosari, head South on Jl. Baron – turn left onto Jl. Tepus – turn left onto Jl. Pantai Selatan Jawa. Coordinates here.
Gondola Fee: 200000 IDR (14.86 USD)

7. An Outbound Trail with a Rewarding Finish: Kalibiru National Park

Take a 1-2 hour’s drive westward from the city and you will immediately notice the decrease in temperature and vanishing buzz of motorcycles. So here, it’s all fresh, cool air and quiet roads – very much best for a retreat from work.

Past the hairpin turns and up the Menoreh mountain range lies Kalibiru National Park, which is built and run by the local residents since 2009, and is gaining a lot of attention from travellers everywhere.

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Unlike most parks that offer the regular outbound activities, the rock climbing and tightrope walking at the Kalibiru National Park is fully scaled and comes with an amazing view from the top of a mountain.

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To finish it off, the flying fox ends at a deck on top of a tree with a view overlooking Lake Sermo, and if you are lucky enough, you might just see the white waves of the south seas crashing on sandy beaches!

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Kalibiru National Park

Address: Kalibiru, Hargowilis, Kokap, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta 55561, Indonesia
Phone: +62 813-9294-7249, +62 813-9202-3122
Opening hours: Park Open 24 Hours
Entrance Fee: 5000 IDR (0.37 USD) | Outbound Package: 35000 IDR (2.60 USD)

Official Website

8. Chill in a Lagoon by the Sea: Wedi Ombo Beach

Always wanted to take a relaxing dip in the ocean but end up getting washed to and fro by the constant waves? At the Wedi Ombo Beach in Gunungkidul, you can soak peacefully in the salt water as you watch the sun sink into the horizon.

Wedi Ombo Beach Swimming Man

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Surrounded by neatly stacked coral rocks, you might even start to think that the lagoon at Wedi Ombo Beach is man-made.

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Be wary of the tide levels here though.

Wedi Ombo Beach Lady and Tides

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Wedi Ombo Beach Lady and Tides

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High tides have been seen to overflow into the lagoon, bringing its violent waves along. In a worst case scenario, the sudden gush of water creates a current strong enough to pull people towards the sea, possibly hitting coral rocks and causing injuries.

Wedi Ombo Beach

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Wedi Ombo Beach

Location: Balong, Girisubo, Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Getting There: From Siung Beach, head towards the Tepus Junction and turn right, stay on the road and your destination will be on the right side of the road. Coordinates here.

9. Seasonal 45-meter waterfall oasis: Curug Setawing

Nestled in the Menoreh mountains lie a waterfall oasis called Curug Setawing. This stunning sight is located in the traditional Javanese village Jatimulyo, behind the market of Jonggrangan.

Curug Setawing has a majestic height of 45 meters and the water comes straight from the mountains, so it’s wonderfully cool and fresh. Take a swim if the weather allows it!

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Curug Setawing is a natural sight that you can enjoy only during the rainy season. During the dry season, it’s almost a drought here!

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From the parking lot, you’ll get to enjoy a scenic walk down that leads directly to the waterfall. On the way, you will be surrounded by beautiful lush green nature and emerald rice paddies. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a snack and drink from the roadside stalls and rest on the bamboo benches or gazebo while you take in the scenery.

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To get there, prepare for a road that goes up sharply through Mount Menoreh. Make sure you get your motorbike ready before you go! On the way there, you will pass by mini waterfalls and caves that are well-worth a visit, such as Goa Seplawan and Goa Kiskendo.

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Curug Setawing

Address: Dusun Jonggrangan,, Jatimulyo, Girimulyo, Kabupaten Kulon Progo, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: Head west towards the direction of Godean – the Godean Market – crossroad Nanggulan – Market Kenteng – District of Girimulyo – Market Jonggrangan – Niagara Setawing. The ride is 26.5 kilometers, taking approximately 34 minutes.
Entrance fee: By donation
Parking: Rp. 2000 (Approximately $0.15) for a motorbike

Website

10. Meditate Behind a Watery Curtain at the Luweng Sampang

Here, you can appreciate the contoured lines made by layers of rocks stacked thousands of years ago, only to be sculpted beautifully by the humble power of water, continuously running and eroding curves that resemble the canyons of Colorado.

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Dip your feet and splash around in the cool refreshing water straight from from the mountains of the Sewu Mountain Range. Satisfy your curiosity and explore the chambers and tunnels hidden behind the eternal curtain of water.

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Unlike most of its kind, Luweng Sampang is so secluded that you don’t need to pay an entrance fee, not even a donation for the upkeep (yet)!

So make time to visit this exquisite spot for some solitude while you still can.

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Luweng Sampang

Address: Jl. Juminahan, Desa Sampang, Kecamatan Gedangsari Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta.
Getting There: From Yogyakarta City, head towards Solo and take a right towards Gantiwarno City Hall. Head towards Jogoprayan Village and follow the river towards Sampang Village. Ask the locals for directions, a lot! Coordinates here

11. Risen from the ashes: Plunyon Kali Kuning, Sleman

Plunyon Kali Kunung has been a well-known tourist attraction long before it was destroyed by Mount Merapi’s eruptions in 2006 and 2010.

Hot and cold lava had spread across these fertile lands, and the only thing surviving this catastrophe was Plunyon bridge and the dams.

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Although the bridge carries scars from the eruptions, it still stands tall and is perfectly safe to cross. Don’t forget to stop for a photo opportunity here!

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You can also trek, cycle and camp here too. The land is green again with scented pine forests, and the river flows gently through the scenic landscape with majestic mountains as the backdrop.

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Plunyon Kali Kuning

Address: Kedungsriti, Umbulharjo, Cangkringan, Hargobinangun, Pakem, Kabupaten Sleman
Getting there: From Yogyakarta – drive to Jalan Kaliurang, pass by the Pakem Market and turn right (east) towards Kali Kuning. Plunyon Kali Kuning is located 25 kilometers from the city of Yogyakarta and it takes around 1 hour to drive there.
Contact: 0811-2950-811
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance fee: Rp. 3.000 (Approximately USD 0.22)

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12. Of waterfalls and blue lagoons: Grojogan Lepo Dlingo

Grojogan Lepo Dlingo has three waterfalls that flow gently downhill, creating four natural pools coloured in different hues of calming blue.

You can enjoy a bath in the clear blue water while surrounded by lush tropical greenery and rocks. Climb up there only to jump back into the refreshing water!

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But make sure you know where to jump! The first pool has a depth of two meters, just perfect for a cliff jump but the second is only waist-high. The third is a shallow pond with turquoise water and the fourth is also two meters deep but narrower.

You can even rent a tube to float away on the water.

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The site is managed by the locals and it’s kept superbly clean. Around the pools, you can lounge around in the comfortable hanging chairs.

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Feeling peckish? Sit down at one of the many roadside stalls and get a noodle soup and a drink!

Grojogan Lepo Dlingo

Address: Pokoh 1, Dlingo, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: Head towards Imogiri Road and go west towards Mangunan from Yogyakarta City. From the Mangunan market, go in the direction of Dlingo, then Hamlet Pokoh and finally, follow signs to Lepo Niagara. The ride is 28.9 kilometers, which will take approximately 1 hour.
Contact: 0878-3960-4559
Opening hours: 6am – 6pm
Entrance fee: donation based
Parking fee: Motorbike Rp.2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15) and 10.000 (USD 0.75) for cars

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13. Romantic scenic walk through heart-shaped bridges: Wisata Hutan Mangrove

Wisata Gutan mangrove, located near Congot Beach (7 kilometers away), is a wonderful place to visit.

Handcrafted bamboo bridges have been built among the greenery, allowing visitors to walk above the water in the mangrove swamp, which covers a total of 3 hectares. If you’re tired after a nice scenic walk, you can rest in the hanging chairs and snap some photos.

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In the late afternoon, when the hottest time of the day is over, you can take a sunset walk over the mangrove with your sweetheart – it’s actually very romantic! Some bamboo bridges are even heart-shaped.

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An intimate boat ride over the mangrove water costs only Rp. 5.000 (approximately USD 0.37).

Wisata Hutan Mangrove

Address: Pasir Mendit, Jangkaran, Temon, Kabupaten Kulon Progo, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: From Yogyakarta, drive in the direction towards the Wates. Keep going straight until you reach an intersection with a horse statue. Turn left towards Purworejo and continue straight to the terminal Wates. Find Padang Restaurant and turn left at the next intersection towards Congot Beach. From here, follow the signs to the Mangrove Forest. The ride is 48.5 kilometers, and would take around 1 hour and 13 minutes to get there.
Opening hours: 06am – 07pm
Entrance fee: Rp. 4.000 (Approximately USD 0.30)
Parking: Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15) and 5.000 for a car (Approximately USD 0.37)

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14. Natural bath and waterfall ‘spa’: Blue Lagoon springs, Sleman

The crystal clear, turquoise-coloured water of these Blue Lagoon springs, also known as Tirta Budi, is a dream come true for every traveller.

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These natural blue lagoons are fed by natural springs way up in the mountains and the water is super fresh and cool. Perfect for swimming during another hot tropical day in Indonesia!

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You can hang around all day, swimming, climbing up the rocks and jumping into the water again and again. Massage your back with the natural waterfall and take in the peaceful natural surroundings as you relax in a gazebo by the side of a lagoon.

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Want to meditate? The environment is perfect for total relaxation of the mind!

Blue Lagoon Springs

Address: Widodomartani, Ngemplak, Sleman, Widodomartani, Ngemplak, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: This place can be accessed relatively easily. From the center of Yogyakarta, keep driving along Jalan Kaliurang and after 13 kilometers, you will see a junction where you can turn towards Jangkan. Keep driving until you find Jangkang Market. From the junction at Jangkang Market, it is just 100 meters to the Blue Lagoon.  The ride is 16.5 kilometers and it takes around 36 minutes to drive there.
Contact: 0838-3087-9441
Opening hours: 6am – 5pm
Entrance fee: Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15)

15. Fresh mountain air and the scent of pine forest: Puncak Becici

This secret of Yogyakarta sits high up on a hill in a pine tree forest. A beautiful ride from the city brings you to this secret spot in no time. Here, you get to breathe in the fresh mountain air, away from the noise and smog of the city.

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Puncak Becici is managed by the locals independently, so your visit actually helps to support the local community.

From the parking lot, a 15-minute walk through the scented pine forest will bring you up to the hilltop where you can see magnificent views over the countryside of Java. On the way there, you will pass by little huts where you can buy some snacks, and if you’re tired, take a break on the pine wood benches or in the gazebos along the way. You can even enjoy a picnic stop in the wonderful natural surroundings of Puncak Becici.

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The best time to go is in the early morning when you get to see a clear view of the city, rising up from the early morning mist.

On clear days, you can even see Mount Merapi and Mount Sindoro rise up in the background. If you drop by in the late afternoon, you’ll be greeted by a magical sunset view just before a sea of stars appears in the night sky. So romantic!

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You can sit on the treetop platform for the best views and an amazing experience (and slightly scary for some) as you gaze down into the valley below. Prepare to wait for your turn for this photo opportunity – but trust us, it’ll be worth it! Along the way, there are many scenic spots perfect for Instagramming too – on the edge of the roadside (protected by an iron fence), in the gazebos or on the swings.

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There is also a camping site on the premises.

Puncak Becici

Address: Gunungcilik RT. 07 / RW. 02, Muntuk, Dlingo, Muntuk, Dlingo, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: On the road to Patuk, head towards Jalan Imogiri Timur, follow the road until you get to the imogiri market. Then, follow the sign towards Orchard Mangunan. The road climbs up here. Follow it until you hit another intersection, turn left towards the pine forest of Mangunan, keep following this road until there is another intersection and you will see a small sign saying ‘Puncak Becici’ and hold on straight. The ride is 21.9 kilometers, taking approximately 49 minutes.
Contact: 0896-6697-4733
Opening hours: 5am – 7pm
Entrance fees: Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15)
Parking: Rp 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15) for a motorbike and Rp. 5.000 for a car (Approximately USD $0.37).

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16.  See the sun rise over distant Borobudur and the city of Yogyakarta: Puncak Suroloyo

You’ve probably already visited Java’s main tourist attraction – Borobudur.

But surely, you haven’t seen these ancient Hindu temples from the summit of Puncak Suroloyo. It’s mystical, beautiful, and way less touristy than the temples themselves!

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Puncak Suroloyo is the highest peak of the Menoreh Hills, 2000 meters above sea level. The best time to come here is in the early morning, just before sunrise. Watch the island get sprinkled in sunlight and you’ll see not just Borobudur but the city of Yogyakarta too, from high above in the clouds, surrounded by the hills and endless stunning tea plantations of Java.

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There are three viewing posts at Puncak Suroloyo – Suroloyo, Sariloyo and Kaendran. To get to these peaks you have to walk up hundreds of steps, which are thankfully shaded by trees.

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You can stay overnight at one of the basic yet charming homestays around Puncak Suroloyo, so you can catch an extra hour of sleep before dusk or dawn.

The best time to come is during the dry season.

Puncak Suroloyo

Address: Keceme, Gerbosari, smigaluh, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Getting there: From Yogyakarta, head towards Godean – Sentolo – Kalibawang – Suroloyo. The ride is 34.5 kilometers, taking around 1 hour and 19 minutes to drive.
Contact: 0856-4345-5685
Entrance fee: Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15)

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17. Magical views of a tri-coloured lake: Telaga Biru Semin

In the hills of Bukit Ngentak, on the border of Central Java and 400 meters above sea level, lie this beautiful blue lake.

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Telaga Biru Semin was formed by the white-stone mining in the hills of Candirejo. While the mining still continues today, travellers have started to discover this beautiful blue lake as a place of rest and recreation.

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Tourism is slowly developing, which may put an end to the mining. The lake is stunningly blue and the ponds in the lake transform into different colours, so it’s a magical view to take in.

The blue lake is surrounded by lush tropical greenery, just the perfect setting for a day of ultimate relaxation.

Telega Biru Semin

Adres: Karangwuni, Weru, Candi Rejo, Sukoharjo, Candi Rejo, Semin, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Jawa Tengah
Getting there: Yogyakarta – Jalan Solo – Prambanan -Klaten – Cawas – Semin – Watu Kelir or Yogyakarta – Wonosari Road – Piyungan – Patuk – Wonosari – Karangmojo – Semin – Watu Kelir. The driving distance is 55.5 kilometers, and will take around 1.5 hours to get there.
Entrance fee: free
Parking fee: Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15)

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18. Adventure on underground rivers: Kalisuci Cave Tubing

Here’s an underground river adventure that awaits you at Kalisuci Cave Tubing.

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Watch a video here.

You will be going down the river, tubing and body rafting, passing caves and fast river currents while surrounded by raw nature. A true outdoor adventure indeed.

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You’ll be equipped with a life jacket, headlamp, helmet, knee and foot protection and you will be accompanied by a guide.

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This river adventure costs 70.000 (approximately USD 5.22) per person with a minimum of 5 people. Otherwise, the minimum price is Rp. 350.000 (approximately USD 26) for a private boat with a guide.

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Complimentary noodles and hot tea are offered after finishing this river adventure.

Kalisuci Cave Tubing

Address: Jetisa Wetan, Pacarejo, Semanu, Pacarejo, Gunung Kidul, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta. The ride is a 60-kilometer drive, which will take around 1.5 hours.
Phone: +62 812-2944-9004
Opening hours: 7.30am – 4pm
Entrance Fee: 70.000 (approximately USD 5.22)
Parking: Rp. 3.000 (Approximately USD 0.22), car Rp. 10.000 (Approximately USD 0.75).

19. Take in incredibly lush green views – Bukit Panguk Kediwung, Bukit Watu Lumbung

There’s something to be said of vast verdant natural views and how spectacular they are. Bukit Panguk Kediwung delivers that in spades and more.

Make your way to the viewing platform that will give you ample photos to fill your Instagram feed with. To get there, you’ll have to make your way through a winding path and similarly great views.

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Once there, you’ll find that the winding stroll is more than worth it thanks to the unforgettable sight Bukit Panguk Kediwung provides!

Bukit Panguk Kediwung

Address: Kediwung, Mangunan, Dlingo, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Coodinates here
Opening hours: 05.00 – 18.00
Entrance fees: Parking fees from 2,000 – 5,000 Rupiah (Approximately 0.15 ~ 0.4 USD)

20. Beach waterfall that flows directly into the sea: Jogan Beach

Hidden behind the Sewu Mountain Range lies a rarity that’s hardly seen elsewhere in Indonesia – a waterfall by the beach that falls directly into the sea.

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Known as Jogan Beach, it sits humbly on the south coast of the Gunungkidul region of Yogyakarta, facing the vast Indian Ocean.

Located two hours’ drive away from Yogyakarta city, Jogan Beach is often overlooked by most visitors as it requires an additional several hundred metres’ walk from the more commonly known Siung Beach parking area.

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Perfect for those looking for a bit of privacy.

The waterfall flowing into the sea is not just an astonishing sight.

Visitors brave enough can enjoy a freshwater shower beneath the waterfall by either rappelling or climbing down the rocks. But be careful – although the rocks have been installed with wooden hand-and-foot grips, they may still be slippery, especially during the rainy season.

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The obstacles don’t just end there – past the jagged coral rocks is the habitat of thousands of tiny crabs that won’t hesitate to snip at your feet! They may be only a painless pinch at first, but a few dozen might just become a nuisance.

Are you still up for the challenge?

Jogan Beach

Location: Tepus, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Getting There: From Yogyakarta City, head East towards Wonosari. turn right Southwards onto Jl. Kasatrian towards Pantai Siung, a well known recreational beach. Your destination is a 400m walk from Siung Beach. Coordinates here.

21. You don’t need to Visit Africa to See Sand Dunes: Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo

Stare into the sunset as you recline back on sand dunes with your toes buried beneath the sand, as calming winds carve linear patterns as far as the eye can see. Here, time stands still and you forget that you are in Central Java.

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Ever wanted to try sandboarding? Save yourself from planning an expensive trip to Africa or the Middle East. Simply travel here in Yogyakarta for a more accessible alternative. You can also rent ATVs, and instead of camels, there are horse rentals too – so it’s time to unleash your inner Indiana Jones!

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And yes, you can also take pre-wedding photos here (many couples have done that before) – Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is a unique photogenic sight rarely found anywhere else in Indonesia.

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To end the day, you can head over to the nearby infinity pool of the Queen of the South resort and enjoy the sunset.

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Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo

Address: Jl. Pantai Parangkusumo, Kec. Kretek, Kabupaten Bantul, Yogyakarta 55772. Coordinates here
Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Entrance Fee: Free | Rides range from 50000 – 150000 IDR (3.71 – 11.15 USD)

22. Descend into Jurassic Park at the Jomblang Cave

Jomblang Cave was formed thousands of years ago when a patch of land measuring 300 metres across dropped into a sinkhole. Till now, the vegetation in the cave consists of weeds, mushrooms, ferns and even large trees that remain untouched and preserved over hundreds of years.

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Descending down to almost 80 metres from the mouth of the cave, you can start to smell the damp aging trees standing by layers of rocks built up over the centuries, both a thrilling and exciting experience!

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During the right time of the day (somewhere between 10am to 2pm), the sun’s rays shine through the opening, illuminating the forest below, creating a mesmerizing sight to feast your eyes on.

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Because of the remote location and limited daily visitors, make sure you make a reservation with the contact person for a tour package (including transportation) beforehand, since not many locals know about the place. Bring spare clothes to change into, including an extra pair of socks, unless you don’t mind lugging a smelly lump of dirt home.

Check out Firsta’s blog about her Jomblang cave experience!

Jomblang Cave

Address: Semanu, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Phone: +62 811 117 010 | +62 878 3867 2111
Opening hours: 10:00 – 14:00
Entrance Fee: 450000 IDR (33.50 USD)

23. Daredevil’s Trek Towards a Mystical Cave: Langse Cave

(Warning – this trek is extremely dangerous. We do not encourage readers to try it unless you are very experienced in rock climbing in dangerous places.)

Self-proclaimed adrenaline junkies might even think twice before jumping onto this one – the path to the Langse cave has claimed countless number of lives over the years, but that still hasn’t stopped the most dedicated monks from reaching their sacred place for meditation.

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Stretching about 750 metres in length, the pathway might not seem to be much of a difficulty at first. Visitors are greeted with a stony pathway surrounded by vegetation. After that comes very short and steep staircases along the sides of limestone cliffs and a 400-metre-drop into despair on the right. So, a flat but very narrow ledge equipped only with wooden handles nailed on the walls is what stands between you and the cave.

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Upon reaching the Langse Cave, the smell of incense and jasmine fills the air. Visitors can even bathe with natural spring water found in the cave, fresh for a meditation session in a place so peaceful that the only sounds you can hear are crashing waves.

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Do you think it’s worth the risk?

Langse Cave

Address: Parangtritis, Kretek, Bantul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta
Getting There: Located a few minutes from the Parangtritis Beach. Head towards the hilly area passing by the ‘Queen of the South’ Resort, and Parangndog Hill. Your destination will be at the end of the road. Coordinates here

24. An almost-unknown natural blue lagoon: Kedung Lesung, Jeketro, Kaligesing

Kedung Lesung is an oasis that you have seen perhaps only in the movies! A true secret of Java island, this 2.5-meter-deep turquoise lagoon is hidden away in the Purworejo regency.

Enjoy being surrounded by unspoiled nature and swim in the blue. The road to Kedung Lesung is rough so don’t expect a nicely paved road to get to this hidden beauty. But what you can expect is a warm welcome by the people of Purworejo.

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Here, you’ll see ancient trees, breathe in the cool fresh air just like in the mountains and the water is delightful!

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Not much is known about this blue lagoon, so if you love to explore, head over to see it for yourself and discover more!

Kedung Lesung

Address: District purworejo, purworejo regency, Central Java
Getting there: Approximately 1 hour and 31 minutes’ drive from the center of Yogyakarta (41.2 kilometers).

25. Cliff jump, fly and swim at this two-colored waterfall: Air Terjun Kedung Pedut

This two-coloured waterfall, located in the tourist village of Jatimulyo, features stunning unspoiled nature, bamboo bridges and thrills such as cliff-jumping and flying fox over the river valley.

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Take a dip in the shallow natural pond beneath the cascading waterfall, relax on the bamboo seats and enjoy drinks and snacks from the local food stalls.

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From the parking lot, you can take a 200-meter scenic walk down to the waterfall area where you can bask in the beautiful tropical nature.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love all the fun you can get up to at Air Terjun Kedung Pedut too!

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Watch an inspiring video here.

The Flying Fox costs only Rp. 15.000 (approximately USD 1.13). Please do check the safety conditions before flying!

Air Terjun Kedung Pedut

Address: Jatimulyo, Girimulyo, Jatimulyo, Girimulyo, Kabupaten Kulon Progo, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Getting there: Head towards Jl. Godean, cross the river at progo. Continue to Jl. Kiskendo, go right to Goa Kiskendo. From here, go left to Jatimulyo tourist village. The ride is 33 kilometers, approximately 1 hour and 6 minutes’ drive.
Contact: 0877-3772-8207
Entrance fee: Rp. 6.000 (Approximately USD 0.45)
Parking fee: Motorbike Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD 0.15), Car Rp. 5.000 (Approximately USD 0.37)

26. Former limestone mining site: Tebing Breksi

The Breksi Cliffs was formed millions of years ago, and when you arrive, you’ll breathe in an ancient soulfulness.

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For a long time, Tebing Breksi had been a mining area, but when volcanic ash from the ancient volcano Nglanggeran was found, it grew into a cultural heritage site.

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You’ll notice some sculptures that have been carved into the limestone hills during the mining period. And the landscape surrounding these limestone cliffs are simply stunning!

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Tebing Breksi

Address: Sambirejo, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta
Getting there: From Yogyakarta, head straight towards the Prambanan temple. At the Prambanan market, take the road on the right in the direction of Piyungan. From there it is about 3 km to Tebing Breccia. Find directions to go to Candi Ijo, take a left turn and follow the road for 1 kilometer. The road to Tebing Breksi is rocky and uphill. The ride is 17.9 kilometers, which will take approximately 36 minutes.
Opening hours: 6am- 8pm
Entrance fee: Free
Parking fee: Motorbike Rp. 2000 (Approximately USD 0.15)  and Rp.5.000 (USD 0.38) for cars

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