Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta, is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. Despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced as Jogja (JOGH-jah). It is renowned as a center of education as well as the main locus of ancient Javanese cultural heritages. It is also gifted by various beautiful natural sceneries which attract many travelers. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the major tourism destinations in Indonesia, due to its uniqueness and all the tourist attractions packed into one.
- Visit the Temples - Jogja has the world-renown Borobudur of course, but Prambanan and Ratu Boko are also beautiful
- Feast on the local culinary - Jogja has some of the most beautiful dishes
- Watch Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan Temple
- Visit the Sultans's Keraton - full of relics and beautiful Javanese buildings
- Try the 4WD trip to Merapi - a fantastic outdoor adventure for those who dare
1. Prambanan Temple
Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. It is also known as Rara Jonggrang temple according to local folktales of Bandung Bondowoso and Rara Jonggarang. There is originally hundreds of prevara temples within the complex. It is built during the 9th century for Trimurti as an expression that God is the Creator (Brahma), Preserver (Vishnu) and also the Destroyer (Shiva).
The temple compound lies just 18 km east of Yogyakarta or about 45 minutes from the city of Yogyakarta. It is one of the Indonesia UNESCO World Heritage Site, being one of the largest Hindu temple architecture in Southeast Asia.
2. Borobudur Temple
Borobudur Temple Compounds is a series of three Buddhist temples. Most famous of them is Borobudur Temple which is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument comprise of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome is located at the center of the top platform and surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.
Situated between Mount Merapi and Merbabu, the temple has breathtaking views and often hunted for its majestic sunrise scenery. During Vesak Day, it has lantern festival within its holy ceremony. Making it more attractive for people both from inside and outside the country.
Originally, the temple is located at Magelang, Central Java. However, it is not too far from Yogyakarta and is very accessible from it. It is only about 1,5 hours via car or private bus from Yogyakarta.
3. Jomblang Cave
Goa Jomblang or Jomblang cave is a vertical cave with dense ancient forest below. It is one of the natural highlights in Yogyakarta. Located in Semanu, Gunung Kidul Regency, the cave is only 90 minutes drive from the center of Yogyakarta. It has 300 meter alley with beautiful natural ornament which will bring you to the edge of Goa Grubug (Grubug Cave), a place where you can see light from heaven.
To enter Jomblang cave, we need to master single rope technique (SRT). Everyone who wish to do caving in this place should use special equipments based on the caving safety standard in a vertical cave and should also be accompanied by the experienced caving trainers.
4. Merapi Volcano
On the nortern area of Yogyakarta is Mount Merapi. The name has literal meaning as mountain of fire in Javanese language. It is an active stratovolcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta. Known as the most active volcano in Indonesia, the mount has erupted regularly since 1548 and the last eruption occurred in November 2010.
However, the volcano also presents majestic scenery. It is covered by peaceful and sleepy dense forest. From the observation post located on Plawangan hill that can be reached through the forest resort of Kaliurang. It is also located within the Plawangan Turgo nature reserve near Tlogo Putri. From there, we can see the incredible sights of Merapi volcano landscape from the molten rocks, the hot lava until the breathtaking green landscape. The observation post is about 1,5 hours from the centre city of Yogyakarta.
5. Taman Sari
Taman Sari also known as Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in mid 18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place. The name of Taman Sari comes from the Javanese words Taman means a "garden" or "park" and sari means "beautiful" or "flowers". Hence, the name Taman Sari means an area of a beautiful garden adorned with flowers.
The garden was built in 1758 as a pleasure garden. No longer used by the sultan, the garden has been largely abandoned. For a time, it was used for housing by palace employees and descendants. Reconstruction efforts began in 2004, and an effort to renew the neighborhood around the Kraton has begun. The site is a developing tourist attraction now.
The garden consists of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today, only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement.
So you can fly to Adisucipto International Airport if you want to visit Yogyakarta
You can also take the executive train from Gambir Station in Jakarta to Tugu Station in Yogyakarta or economy and business class train from Senen Station to Lempuyangan Station in Yogyakarta. The train journey usually takes around 8 to 10 hours.
No Open Trip scheduled at this point.