Top 7 natural attractions of Yogyakarta

The Merapi Mountain

The Merapi Mountain ©Lip Kee/Flick

Despite its modest dimensions, the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta is among the most important cultural centers of the region. It is a beautiful city due to its residents that provides warmth and love. It is the warm of the Javanese sunshine, the Javanese hospitality and it is the love of history and beauty that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the events of distant centuries.

A trip to the Pearl of Java is a journey into the mysteries of Eastern philosophy and life, an attempt to learn the secret of the carefree smile of the Javanese.

 

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The province of Yogyakarta lies from the mighty Merapi volcano on the north and the coast bathed by the endless waves of the Indian Ocean on the south. The 7 natural attractions of Yogyakarta include a couple of settlements in a beautiful natural environment, mountains, dunes, caves and beaches.

The resort of Kaliurang

Kaliurang is a popular hill resort at 24 km from Yogyakarta at the foot of the Merapi volcano and it is surrounded by magical landscapes. The Merapi is an active volcano that reaches 2968 meters above sea level. The top can be climbed in 10 hours.

The Merapi Mountain

The Merapi Mountain ©Lip Kee/Flick

The Sewu Mountain and its caves

The landscape of the Sewu mountain is characterized by typical rocks formed by water. It has cone-like limestone formations, arches, valleys, caves with stalactites, stalagmites and underground rivers. It is one of the top natural attractions of Yogyakarta. Because of its unique scientific value the International Union of Speleology recommended the Sewu Mountain region of the Gunung Kidul regency  to be part of the world heritage site. The Siung coast rocks (the Seropan and Watu Grupit) are popular among climbers and the Cerme, the Seropan, the Bribin, the Grubug, the Jomblang and the Kalisuci caves are famous among cavers. The interesting sights of the cultural tourism are the Rancang Kencono the Braholo and Maria Tritis cave.

The Parangtritis Beach

The Parangtritis Beach is a popular beach resort at 25 km from Yogyakarta on the coast of the Indian Ocean. There you will see rocky mountains, sand dunes and white sandy beaches. The area plays an important role in the Javanese mythology, though there is the home of the South Seas goddess, the wife of Panembahan Senopati, the founder of the Mataram kingdom. The sultans of Yogyakarta offer sarcifices in the honor of the goddess every year during a Labuhan seaside ceremony.

The Parangtritis Beach

The Parangtritis Beach ©oryzandi/Flick

The town of Kotagede

Kotagede is a picturesque small town at 5 km to south-est from Yogyakarta. It is one of the most beautiful places in Yogyakarta. Once this was the seat of Mataram Empire. Since the 1930s Kotagede became famous as the center of the silversmith manufactures in Yogyakarta. It is easily accessible by carriage, taxi, car or bus.

The Parangkusumo sand dunes

The 20 meters high sand dunes of Parangkusumo are not only one of the top 7 natural attractions of Yogyakarta, but are also part of the World Heritage Site.

Clay Pondoh

Clay Pondoh is the growing site of the snake fruit at about 5 km from the city in theTempel district and the Sleman Prefecture. It is a popular place of the agro-tourism.

Snake fruit

Snake fruit ©phuongkim1981/Flick

 

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