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Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap, Cisca Lim, Soma Dutta, Stephanie Peeters
Assisted by Antonius Yudi Sendjaja, Shasya Pashatama, Muhammad Yanuar Firdaus, Cathrine Theodora Sukotjo
Edited by Jiayi Ng, Candice Neo

The centre of Javanese arts and culture, Yogyakarta (pronounced as ‘Jogjakarta’, or ‘Jog-ja’ for short) is a city with culture and customs as rich as they were centuries ago, governed independently by a traditional Sultanate system which differs from the rest of Indonesia.

If Jakarta were to be the heart of the nation, powering the economy and the industries, Yogyakarta is the soul, keeping the spirit in perfect balance and harmony.

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Contrary to that in larger cities, life in Yogyakarta is a lot more laidback. The locals are friendly, the food is good, and there’s an endless list of places to go to.

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Besides well-known historical and cultural landmarks such as the many temples left behind by ancient civilizations, Yogyakarta is a gold mine of astonishing natural landscapes that reminds you of Mother Nature’s greatness.

So if you’re wondering where to go, here’s our take on the best that Yogyakarta has to offer.

Next: No. 31 – 43 things to do in Yogyakarta

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1. Family Fun in a Unique Wonderland: The Lost World Castle

If you think a majestic castle can only be found in far away Europe, The Lost World Castle in Yogyakarta will prove you wrong.

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Upon stepping inside the castle, you’ll be totally mesmerised by the endless eye-opening attractions, ranging from the magnificent European-themed castle (complete with medieval adornments), sakura trees, Indian huts, and Stonehenge replicas to a lifeless dinosaur figure lying on the dried river.

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Here, it’s easy to get lost in the magical wonderland vibes and forget that you’re still in Yogyakarta.

For those who love snapping Instagrammable photos, The Lost World Castle is the perfect place to do so. How about sitting on the Iron Throne and channeling your inner Queen Cersei or Daenerys? Breaker of Records, Taker of Awesome Photos, Mother of Filters, it’s time to take your place as the rightful ruler of the Instagram universe.

Still not unique enough? Go explore the Hobbit house, Paradise Gate and 3D gallery. You’ll never run out of options.

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The best time to visit is during a clear day, so you can even spot the majestic Merapi and Yogyakarta landscape easily from a distance!

The Lost World Castle

Address: Desa Kepuharjo, Kecamatan Cangkringan, Kabupaten Sleman, DI Yogyakarta 55583
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 6pm | Saturday – Monday 6am – 6pm
Entrance fee: Rp 25,000 (approximately USD $1.90)

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2. 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.

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Are you up for the challenge?

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)

3. 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.

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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.

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: Rp. 5000 (USD 0.37) | Outbound Package: Rp. 35000 (USD 2.60)

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Explore the Secret Beaches of Yogya’s South Coastline

Lying adjacent to the Indian Ocean, the 110-kilometre-wide shoreline of Yogyakarta’s southern region is home to numerous alluring beaches, offering unspoiled tropical beauty.

So step off the beaten path, and you’ll be rewarded with untouched beauty like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

4. 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 Timang Beach. 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:

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!

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: Rp. 200000 (USD 14.86)

5. Yogyakarta’s Instagram Star: Pantai Samas Sunflower Garden

This sunflower garden is a novel selfie spot that has become an instant sensation on Instagram.

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Though not particularly big and located just 5 minutes away from Pantai Samas (a humdrum beach that most people neglect), this sunflower garden has successfully attracted nearly 2000 people a day during the peak season.

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Curious about why this place is such a hit? Come visit and find out for yourself!

Pantai Samas Sunflower Garden

Address: Jalan Lintas Selatan, Desa Srigading, Kecamatan Sanden, Kabupaten Bantul, Yogyakarta.
Coordinates here.
Opening hours: 6am – 5pm
Entrance fee: Pantai Samas: Rp 5,000 (approximately USD $0.40), Sunflower garden: Rp 5,000 (approximately USD $0.40), Picking flowers: Rp 10,000 (approximately USD $0.75)

6. Unique coral formations – Watu Lumbung Beach

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

Duck through a huge stone with a hole in the middle creating an arch and carefully pick your way over the rocks. Tthis beach is surrounded by small green hills too!

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Watu Lumbung Beach

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

7. 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
Photo via ant_droid, Nita Thalia

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.

8. 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.

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

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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.

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.

9. Underground Cave Tubing on Nature’s Lazy River

Bored of floating on the usual waterparks? You should try the lazy river at the Goa Pindul.

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Feast your eyes on the beauty of the stalactites and stalagmite rock formations carved on the walls over hundreds of years ago, some with special attributes such as the 4th largest stalactite in the world, or stalactite rock formation believed to enhance ‘manliness’.

Visitors looking for a jolt of adrenaline are welcome to take a leap of faith off a six-metre tree trunk into a lagoon!

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Not challenging enough for you? Try a more testosterone-pumping alternative – body rafting at the Kalisuci Caves, with faster river currents that rush through twists and turns past a boulder-filled obstacle course.

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So you can still get your adrenaline rush without giving up the spectacular sight of underwater river caves!

Goa Pindul

Address: Dusun Gelaran 1, Desa Bejiharjo, Karangmojo, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta. Coordinates here
Phone: +62 812-2944-9004
Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00
Entrance Fee: Local – Rp. 35000 (USD 2.60), Foreigner Rp. 50,000 (USD 3.50)

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Kalisuci

Address: Semanu Kabupaten, Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55893
Phone: +62 877 3879 4513/ +62 878 3974 0730/ +62 817 412 2826
Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00
Entrance Fee: Rp. 70000 (USD 5.20)

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Underground Journeys through Jogja’s Mystical Caves

In Yogyakarta, home of the magnificent karst areas of Mount Sewu, at least 600 caves have been recorded, with most remaining pure and untouched. These mysterious spots are unquestionably the paradise for daredevils who love seeking thrills.

Are you game enough for an unpredictable adventure through the earth’s darkest depths?

10. 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.

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!

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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: Rp. 450000 (USD 33.50)

11. 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

12. Explore the Chamber of Mystery: Goa Cerme

You will never fully understand the nerve-wrecking charm of Goa Cerme unless you’ve conquered this chamber of mystery yourself.

Goa Cerme owns a formidable aura that will please daredevils who seek an adventure of the unknown. Upon entering the cave, visitors will plunge into an underground river that stretches over 1.5 kilometres, with sporadically grown stalactites and stalagmites adorning the walls.

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Get ready to be challenged by the cave’s tough terrain, rising water, and gradually narrowing space as you step deeper into this natural wonder. Not to mention, it also possesses a spine-chilling vibe that may not be suitable for those who are not courageous enough.

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Rumours say that Goa Cerme was once used as the secret chamber where the Wali Songo (Islam Missionaries) would discuss major religion issues or perform spiritual beliefs and practices. Remnants of this tradition can still be spotted nowadays, as some priests or monks will occasionally visit the cave to meditate.

Goa Cerme

Address: Jl. Srunggo, Selopamioro, Imogiri, Selopamioro, Imogiri, Bantul, DIY 55782
Getting there: From Yogya, head to the Giwangan station and continue straight to the south until you reach Jl. Imogiri Timur. Follow the road sign until you see a bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will see a three-way junction – take the right path.
Coordinates here.
Entrance fees: Rp 17,000 (approximately USD $1.30) l Tour guide fee: Rp 50,000 (approximately USD $3.80)

13. Visit the famous Prambanan Temple and catch a ballet! – Prambanan Temple, Ramayana Ballet

When in Paris, you visit the Eiffel Tower, and when in Jogja, you visit the Prambanan Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of 240 temples!

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This 9th century Hindu temple was built and dedicated to 3 Hindu deities, Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver) and Shiva (Destroyer), and towers at 47 metres high!

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Combine your visit to Prambanan Temple with a must-watch performance in Jogja, the Ramayana Ballet.

Catch the spectacular ballet in the evening where over 200 dancers and musicians perform on an open air stage – with the Prambanan Temples rising majestically in the background.

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The ballet itself is based on the story of King Rama. While it originated from India, the current story has since been adapted to the Javanese style, culture and music.

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For those who love a good cultural experience, the Ramayana Ballet is one that’s not to be missed.

PS: It comes with a delicious dinner too!

Prambanan Temple

Address: Prambanan, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Entrance fee: 230.000 Rupiah (approximately 18 USD)

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Ramayana Ballet

Address: Jl. Brigjen Katamso 55152, Indonesia
Contact: +62 274-375705
Opening hours: 7.30pm to 9.30pm (for outdoor performances)
Price/Entrance fees: USD $35 (for a Standard Package including Dinner, and Ramayana Ballet Performance)

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Jogja Scenic Dining Area

A Feast for the Senses

Yogyakarta is unquestionably a culinary paradise famous for its traditional cuisine, such as the sweet and savoury Gudeg and appealing Bakpia.

To better complement the cuisine, there are several restaurants here that offer amazing views that will take your dining experience into the next level – here are the some of the restaurants that will pamper both your tummy and your eyes!

14. Have a Cup of Coffee with a Cuddly Friend: Joglo Pari Sewu

Don’t be fooled by this restaurant’s dull and typical outer appearance, because once you step inside, you’ll be blown away with the endless tricks they have up their sleeves.

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Joglo Pari Sewu is a themed cafe that has not one, not two, but multiple themes, keeping its customers spoilt for choice.

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How about dining right by the waterfall?

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Here, your quality time with friends and family will never ever be boring. You can choose to hang out in the cute dollhouse with a lovely interior, have a taste of nostalgia in the traditional cottage setting or settle down in the tree house-like area for a date with nature.

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That’s not all – the treats here are so delectable, you’ll be yearning to come back once you leave. Their signature ice-cream corn dog and Nasi Pecel are the must-tries here!

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Not only a delightful eatery, Joglo Pari Sewu also provides heartwarming homestay services that will surely elevate your whole vacation into “Best Holiday Ever” status!

Joglo Pari Sewu

Address: Bromonilan, RT. 008 / RW. 003, Purwomartani, Kalasan, Sleman, D.I. Yogyakarta
Contact: 0813 4790 6126
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Price: Rp 5,000 – 15,000 (approximately USD $0.40 – 1.10) for drinks, Rp 3,000 – 17,000 (approximately USD $0.20 – 1.25) for food, and Rp 500 – 15,000 (approximately USD $0.04 – 1.10) for desserts
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15. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: D’Padukan Pie & Resto, Kaliurang

Dessert, a delicate piece of heaven that is perfected by colourful icing and toppings. Think biting into a double cheese, green tea or red velvet cake now!

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Well, stop drooling! At D’Padukan Pie & Resto, your cravings for sweet and alluring desserts can finally be fully satisfied – in fact, get your tastebuds ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Located in Pakeman, Kaliurang, D’Padukan Pie & Resto struggles with not pleasing its customers – with a gorgeous highland scenery that stretches far and wide, it’s not hard to imagine why. Here, your tired mind and body are instantly rejuvenated, and your date with Mother Nature also comes accompanied by exquisite desserts that come in various shapes and sizes!

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Stepping inside the restaurant, you’ll find yourself captivated by their vintage interior design that will surely lighten your mood and get that appetite going.

Or, if you prefer to be closer to Mother Nature, you can opt for the outdoor dining area that’s surrounded by a green paddy field.

D’Padukan Pie & Resto

Address: Jalan Kaliurang Kilometer (KM) 17, Pakem, Sleman, D.I. Yogyakarta.
Contact: 0859 5926 7271.
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (Tuesday – Sunday. Closed on Monday.)
Price: From Rp 13,000 (approximately USD $1) for food and Rp 10,000 (approximately USD $0.75) for drinks
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16. A Seafood Feast By the Lake: Kelapa Resto at The Westlake Resort

Want to reward yourself with an exclusive seafood feast but also long for breathtaking scenery? Fret not, for at Kelapa Resto, you can get these two birds with one stone.

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With traditional Javanese pavilions surrounding a scenic lake, The Westlake Resort’s restaurant promises a harmonic combination of modish cuisine and serene atmosphere, sprinkled with a bit of a traditional touch.

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You can never go wrong with the fresh seafood here.

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The fun doesn’t stop even after you’re done stuffing yourself. Hop on a boat or play hide and seek among Buddhist relics – who says a good restaurant only has to offer good food?

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Kelapa Resto at The Westlake Resort

Address: Jalan Ring Road Barat, Bedog, Trihanggo, Kabupaten Sleman, D.I. Yogyakarta
Contact: (0274) 2820 666/ 0811 256 622
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Price: Rp 18,000 – 66,000 (approximately USD $1.32 – 4.90) for food and Rp 5,000 – 15,000 (approximately USD $0.37 – 1.10) for drinks
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17. Watch the Sunrise on a World Renowned Stupa: the Borobudur

The Number One destination for holidaymakers in Yogyakarta, the Borobudur is the largest and possibly one of the greatest Buddhist temples in the world.

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Still a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world, the Borobudur is a virtual textbook preaching moral values of reaching Nirvana, which was significant to life in Java in the 9th Century, the age of warriors and kings.

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Being Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction, the Borobudur may be crowded at times. The best time to see it is in the early morning. Situated on a hill, it’s a mesmerizing view when the sun beams through the holes in the stupa and lights up the carved reliefs on the walls.

Editor’s note: We know it’s fun to take Instagrammable shots! But please respect the local culture and don’t sit on the stupas, they are very significant to the local Buddhist community

Borobudur Park

Address: Borobudur Park, Magelang, Central Java
Phone: +62 74496402
Opening hours: 6:00 – 17:00
Entrance Fee: Rp. 30,000 (USD 30 for foreign tourists)

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18. Wander into the Secrets of a Water Fortress: Taman Sari

Europe isn’t the only place to indulge in 18th Century architecture. This garden chateau (decorated with swimming pools in the middle of the courtyard), which was built by the Portuguese during their residence in Java as a gift for the wives of Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, is a perfect representation of Yogyakarta’s royalty a few hundred years ago.

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After you have meandered along the corridors that lead to the castle tower (which boasts of a magnificent view), take a few steps down past the Gapura Agung (Grand Entrance), and descend into the Tajug, a system of mysterious underground catacombs that once served as bunkers during war, and a tunnel connecting the Taman Sari, the Keraton, and Pulo Kenongo.

Explore the many passageways past hidden chambers and vaults that provided storage areas for the Sultan’s arsenal. As you wander further into the catacombs, you will find yourself in the Sumur Gumuling, an underground mosque where the sound of prayers can reverberate throughout the catacombs.

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Taman Sari

Address: Jl. Taman, Kraton, Yogyakarta 55133
Opening hours: 08:00 – 14:00
Entrance Fee: Rp. 3,000 (USD 0.51 for foreign tourists)

Explore the unspoilt beauty of Yogyakarta’s Waterfalls

Yogyakarta is a waterfall-rich region that possesses numerous hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. We have listed down Yogyakarta’s most enchanting waterfalls, each with its own unique charms to impress even the biggest skeptics.

So pick one (or all) and head down!

19. 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)!

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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

20. Climb a Natural Watery Stairway at the Sri Gethuk Waterfall

Surrounded by green rice fields sits a legendary waterfall believed to be the home of the Kethuk, a traditional instrument owned by spirits that guard the area, and it is still said to be heard occasionally by a few selected people today.

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From the parking area, which also serves as a fishing area, there are two ways of getting to the Sri Gethuk Waterfall – walk through a jungle trek surrounded by Jati woods, paddy fields and palms trees, or raft against the river currents up the Oya River.

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Upon reaching the waterfall, the silence shrouding the wilderness is broken by gushing water pouring down onto beautiful rock formations. Take a leap off the boulders into the clear waters for a refreshing dip!

Sri Gethuk Waterfall

Getting There: From Yogyakarta City
a) Jl. Wonosari – Jl Pathuk – Gading Junction – Jl. Playen – Jl. Bleberan
b) Jl. Imogiri Barat – Jl. Panggang Panggang – Jl. Paliyan – Jl. Playen – Jl. Bleberan
Coordinates here
Address: Dusun Menggoran, Desa Bleberan, Playen, Gunungkidul Yogyakarta.
Phone: +62 853 3400 5700, +62 813 2821 6842
Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00
Entrance Fee: Rp. 35,000 (USD 2.60) (Includes a free pass to Rencang Kencono Cave located nearby) Raft: Rp. 5,000 (USD 0.37) per person

21. 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 idyllic scenery, with rice paddies, gently cascading waterfalls and turquoise water.

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

22. Take a Relaxing Dip in a Pure Natural Pool: Curug Pulosari

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Yogyakarta, Culog Pulosari is a well-concealed waterfall that offers raw aquatic charm.

As the waterfall is situated at the bottom of a cliff, those who wish to admire the sparkling blue water cascading down will need to do a bit of trekking, which includes hiking through a forest and crossing a small river.

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At Curug Pulosari, you’ll be amazed by the view of water tumbling down the hillside, forming a natural water curtain that’s complemented by the surrounding lush green vegetation. This definitely is a treat from nature that will perk your day up!

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Indulge your senses by simply soaking your feet in the crystal clear water or dive into the natural pond.

Curug Pulosari

Address: Krebet, Sendangsari, Pajangan, Sendangsari, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Coordinates here.
Best time to visit: Rainy season (January to May)
Entrance fee: Free

23.  A Natural Painting Made of Cascading Water: Air Terjun Gedad

Situated in the secluded region of Dusun Gedad, Gunung Kidul, Air Terjun Gedad is a brand new waterfall that’s still flying low on the tourist radar.

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The sight of water pouring down into a series of rocky outcrops, resulting in splashy white sprinkles here and there, is the ultimate gift of art by nature. Feel free to dive into its refreshing cool water to wash all your fatigue away.

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Air Terjun Gedad

Address:  Dusun Gedad, Banyusoco, Playen, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Coordinates here.
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm
Entrance fee: Rp 5,000 (approximately USD $0.40)

24. Witness Mount Merapi’s Volcanic Aftermath at Kaliadem

Mount Merapi’s eruptions in 2006 and 2010 have brought upon major changes in the landscape surrounding the area. What was once a vast meadow of green is now a barren moon-scape.

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Being the closest village and the best place to see what is left of Mount Merapi, Kaliadem is usually the final stop of what is commonly referred to as a Lava Tour, a journey that adventurous explorers often embark on.

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The highlights of the Lava Tour includes stopping by two lava ravine landforms carved by the eruptions, and a visit to the Sisa Hartaku Museum (which roughly translates to ‘My Remaining Belongings’), which displays objects damaged by the eruptions such as a motorcycle, cattle skeleton, furniture, and even a wall clock that stopped working at the exact time of the eruption – how eerie is that?

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Got your own wheels? Cut down your spending by negotiating with the local motorcycle drivers (called ‘ojek’) for a guided tour of the area. It shouldn’t cost more than Rp. 150,000 (USD 12) per trip. Just make sure that your vehicle is capable of roughing out tough terrains.

Kaliadem

Address: Desa Kepuharjo, Kecamatan Cangkringan, Kabupaten Sleman, Provinsi Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta. Your route here.
Phone: +62 815 6868 141 / +62 818 4669 33
Entrance Fee: Packages start from Rp. 250,000 per trip

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Want to pamper yourself in a luxurious hotel on a budget? It’s totally possible in Yogyakarta.

25. Holiday like a Royal: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

If there is one place you can choose with your eyes closed, prepare to be treated like royalty at the Phoenix Hotel – M Gallery by Sofitel. Both locals and travellers would recommend this, and for a very good reason.

A colonial landmark with stunning visuals, the hotel’s atmosphere alone would transport you to a princely European era where you can marvel at classic statues and take a stroll along the grand corridors. Classy interiors offer a swanky all-comforts-included stay with a touch of Indonesian royalty.

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Get swept away by its majestic feel, take a dip in the gorgeous common swimming pool surrounded by the lofty building, and take perfectly sublime Instagram pictures under the fancy chandeliers.

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You can stay at the luxurious Superior Heritage room at throwaway prices, and even indulge in a soothing massage.

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Still want more? How about a ride in a vintage car? The hotel goes an extra mile to offer you an exclusive ride around the city!

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Trust us, your Facebook followers will be totally jealous of your royal getaway!

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

Rates: From USD $57 (approximately IDR 757,530)
Address: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No. 9, Yogyakarta City Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55233
Contact:  (+62)274/566617
Website

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26. A Little Vintage Parisian Dollhouse – Rumah Paris Bed & Breakfast (From USD $30)

Ladies, you will love this super Instagrammable hotel.

Rumah Paris B&B is especially famed for its unique interiors and vintage furnishing that transports you to old Paris. It is also quite easy to locate due to its close vicinity to the Parangtritis beach. En route to the popular beach, simply take a right turn and there it stands: the little Parisian dollhouse.

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The part about being little does mean it only has around 4 guest rooms to offer, but lucky guests will get to enjoy attentive care by their staff.

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Rumah Paris Bed & Breakfast

From USD $30
Address: Jl. Parangtritis KM.8,4, Sewon, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55186
Contact: +62 274 646 3042
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27. In Manicured Gardens and Luxury: Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta Hotel

Your stay can’t get grander than at the Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta Hotel. The sprawling property definitely has all-you-can-ask-for facilities, with a scenic beauty that will steal your heart.

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Wake up and smell your morning coffee from the lavish King room – a steal at only USD $53! Where else can you enjoy stunning views of a beautifully manicured on-site garden that will give most parks a run for their money?

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The 5-star hotel goes all out when it comes to luxury and comfort with its grand and spacious rooms. If you opt for a more luxurious room, you can even have your own private balcony where you can relish the fresh air and greenery.

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Why not take a romantic walk in the beautiful gardens in the evening?

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If you’re into golfing, swing by the on-site golf course, or you can choose to chill by the refreshing pool.

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Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta Hotel

Rates: From USD $53 (approximately IDR 704,370)
Address: Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar, Yogyakarta
Contact:  +62 274 869123
Website

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28. The Queen of Java’s Southern Coastline: Queen of the South Resort

Why bother travelling all the way to Bali when you can stay in a resort with same tropical feels right here in Yogyakarta!

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Queen of the South Resort is where you should go if a luxurious weekend getaway is what you need to refresh your worn-out mind! Strategically situated on Yogya’s south coastline, the resort displays a gorgeous view of the majestic Indian Ocean that stretches across the Parangtritis shore, which is only 2.5 kilometres away.

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The stunning view of the southern sea can also be spotted from your hotel room, making the endless ocean horizon your daily wallpaper.

Queen of the South Resort

Rates: Standard Double Room from Rp. 646,825 (approximately USD $47.60) per night
Address:  Desa Parangrejo, Kecamatan Purwosari, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, 55872
Contact: (0274) 367 136
Website

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29. Admire Stars on Earth: Bukit Bintang

Looking for hangout spots after sundown? Don’t miss Bukit Bintang at Gunungkidul’s Pathuk Hills.

In spite of the name Bukit Bintang (meaning ‘Star Hill’), you may not be able to see so many stars, as you’d need to get further away from the city to do so. Instead, being high enough on a hilltop, visitors can admire the glitter of city lights scattered across the horizon as if they were stars in the night sky.

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Popular with teenagers and young couples, Bukit Bintang is a simple yet memorable place to take your partner to.

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Bring your own snacks and drinks for picnic and chat for hours. Or try out the many eateries in the area, ranging from warungs to cafes and restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes.

Bukit Bintang

Getting There: Head Southeast towards Wonosari on Jl. Nasional III. Signboards will point to the direction of Bukit Bintang. Coordinates here
Address: Jl. Raya Yogyakarta, Wonosari, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta

30. Experience the Life of Ancient Royalty: Ratu Boko Palace

Make your way up the pathway, past refreshing waterfalls and other stone carved ornaments that decorate King Boko’s Palace, and you will start to bask in the blue-blooded atmosphere where Javanese royalty once resided.

Admire the three temples located in the royal compound, including the caverns scattered at secluded areas where monks once meditated. Not to forget the many stone ponds where natural ground water runs, believed to possess healing and cleansing powers.

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You’ll appreciate the majestic portals that stand at the end of each staircase, welcoming you to each level of the chateau, as you ascend to the very top where a balcony sits. Located on a plateau right in the outskirts of the city, the balcony overlooks Yogyakarta’s skyline, including the nearby Prambanan temple – another marvellous site to watch the rising sun.

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Ratu Boko Palace

Address: Jl. Raya Jogja-Solo, Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Opening hours: 6:00-17:00
Entrance Fee: Rp. 25,000 (USD 1.84)

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Are there any more interesting things to do in Yogyakarta we have missed? Comment below to let us know!

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