Plenty of tourist attractions in Yogyakarta, the capital city of a special region with the same name in Central Java, strongly present the Javanese culture and traditional arts as the heritage of Mataram Kingdom that rules this area in the past. In the present days, Yogyakarta still preserves Javanese culture in the governmental section by applying a monarchy sultanate system.
Yogyakarta is also popular as an education center city where the amount of students takes a large portion of the city population as a proof of the good quality of schools and universities there. The very well-known and prestigious one in Yogyakarta is Gadjah Mada University in which so many Indonesian national figures and successful people are graduated from.
Cool Places to Spend your Holiday in Yogyakarta
You will not regret to set a decision of spending your holidays in Yogyakarta, the city with endless appeals. With a slogan “Yogya the never ending Asia”, this culture city will bring you to experience an extraordinary vacation that you will never forget.
1. Merapi Volcano
Even though sometimes this active volcano threats the local inhabitants, there is no doubt that Merapi has a hidden appeal that always invite many tourists. Rent a jeep for the lava tour around Kali Adem bunker, a place with thousands touching stories from the local people who were trapped inside for about 3 days during the Merapi eruption in 2010.
No need for climbing to enjoy the panorama of Merapi Volcano. Just go to Kali Talang and take pictures in many traditional bamboo gazebos with the Volcano as the background, or visit Kedung Kayang waterfall while refreshing your mind.
2. Jomblang Cave
This cave becomes more popular nowadays since many local and foreign reality shows talk about it. Celebrities come to try the sensation of going down 300 meters into the vertical cave and get amazed by “the light of heaven”, the sunlight that comes into the cave through a crevice above and lighting the flowstones that creates a heavenly beautiful sight.
Only 80 people can visit this cave each day for the reason of maintaining the nature and safety since to bring the tourists down and up, around 30 people pull the rope manually. This shocking fact becomes another uniqueness that makes Jomblang Cave really interesting.
3. Kalibiru National Park
Located at 450 mdpl height, this national park offers a beautiful green view of the hills around. Pump your adrenalin with trying the flying and other out bond facilities. Photo spots are available, come earlier if you do not want to spend your time in a long queue moreover in holiday.
Sermo reservoir can be seen from the peak of Kalibiru National Park. The cold weather here of course makes you hungry. Try delicious food and snacks from the food lounges while enjoying the calming scenery from the above.
4. Timang Beach
Unlike the common beach, Timang Beach becomes different with its adrenalin pumping attraction aside of its beautiful ocean, yet dangerous. Challenge yourself to cross the ocean to a great coral reef named Watu Panjang by riding a cable car that manually pulled by human.
The strong wind will make big waves that will splash you hardly along the way to cross the ocean. Some local and international celebrities have tried this attraction for their TV shows. Experience the same way and do not forget to take pictures in the bridge that will bring you back to the shore of Timang Beach.
5. Parangtritis Beach
For sunset lovers, Parangtritis beach is a must place to go. The unique thing can be found here is enjoying the golden sunset while riding local horses that will give you an unforgettable feeling. You can choose to ride a single horse on your own or ride a traditional horse carriage called ‘delman’ that is a typical traditional transportation in Yogyakarta.
Some events take place in this beach such as Lantern Festival in which a thousand beautiful lanterns will decorate the beach night sky, cultural festivals that will present traditional dances and Jaladri traditional ceremony, and Traditional Sport Festival.
6. Mangunan Fruit Garden
This fruit garden is more popular with the morning view where you can see a kingdom above the clouds. From 200 mdpl height, witness the amazing sight of white cloud carpet under your feet along with the beautiful sunrise. From this place, you can also enjoy the view of Parangtritis Beach if the sky is clear.
However, do not skip to learn about tropical fruits in the garden. The guide will also share about the making process of fertilizers because it is very important to maintain the fruits quality.
7. Borobudur Temple
Among so many places to visit in Yogyakarta, Borobudur Temple seems to be the most popular even from long time ago before the other attractions are opened for public. Consisted of nine stacks of platform, it is the biggest Buddha temple in the world that is listed as the world heritage site of UNESCO.
There is a popular myth from the local inhabitants when you touch Buddha statue inside stupa, immediately make a wish and God will grant it. Only at Vesak Day, Borobudur will be opened at night for a big ceremony. Everyone is permitted to join and enjoy the stunning light effects that makes the temple looks more amazing.
8. Prambanan Temple
The history behind this Hindu temple about the legend of Roro Jonggrang is a popular fairytale in Indonesia. Only 18 from total of 240 temples in Prambanan area had reconstructed. The amazing reliefs carved on Prambanan Temple’s stone wall tell about the legend of Ramayana also the popular love story of Rama and Shinta.
Watch the stage of Ramayana Prambanan dance every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night to witness the Guinness World Records as a dance with the biggest amount of dancers involved in.
9. The Palace of Yogyakarta
For local people, it is more well-known as Keraton Yogyakata. The Keraton area includes Painting Museum, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX Museum, Carriage Museum, and Batik Museum. All of the museum house precious historical objects.
The architecture of Keraton Yogyakarta represents a strong Javanese culture with Joglo roof and a strong domination of wooden materials with ornamental carvings. The complexity of the wood carving symbolizes the building class.
10. Ullen Sentalu Museum
As one of the best museums in Indonesia, Ullen Sentalu Museum focuses in preserving Javanese culture and traditional arts by displaying artifacts and relics from the old Mataram royal kingdoms.
The museum is built with classic architecture with stones and woods as the main material. The big trees and moss in surroundings make the atmosphere becomes more mystical.
11. Malioboro Street
Stroll around the most popular street in Yogyakarta that is crowded with many tourists and local people. Find many shops selling unique souvenirs and batik, the traditional clothes of Indonesia. From the evening, this road will become more crowd as the local people joined in after the working hours to enjoy the street foods and to have some fun.
Malioboro is the heaven of cheap delicious street foods like sego kucing (cat rice). Don’t worry. There is no real cat inside it. It is just a parable of local cats that always given a small portion of rice and dish.
12. Alun-Alun Kidul Yogyakarta
Enjoy the nightlife of Yogyakarta here, where you can sit on carpets with bunch of people just like a massive night picnic and eating your favorite street food while watching many light-decorated becak in the street just like a Disneyland night parade.
Try to do the popular Masangin ritual. Rent a blindfold then challenge yourself to walk straight passing between the big twin banyan trees in Alun-Alun Kidul. If you succeed, people said that you will have a good luck in your life.
13. Pinus Pengger
Need good pictures to upload in your social media? Come to Pinus Pengger, a pine tree forest located in Bantul. Besides providing natural great spots to take pictures, many artificial objects made from natural materials provided to attract the photography lovers here.
Among the decorations is a giant hand that is also functioned as a spot to enjoy the view from above. This iconic art is made from wasted branches from the trees around the forest.
14. Taman Sari
It is a historical landmark that popular as water castle in Yogyakarta. Taman Sari is actually the multifunction royal garden of Yogyakarta Sultanate in the past. In the west area, you can stroll around the artificial lake with pavilions.
Do not forget to visit a popular batik community in Kampung Taman (Taman Village) where you can learn about the making of batik and the traditional painting.
15. Gembira Loka Zoo
Once destroyed by the earthquake in 2006, Gembira Loka Zoo has been renovated and takes part in animal conservation in Indonesia. Some rare species like honey bear, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant, and rare turtles can be found here.
Regular animal attractions are held in this zoo. Not only having fun, Gembira Loka supports education too through the animal museum.
The attractive places in Yogyakarta sure are irresistible, so what are you waiting for? If you want a different vacation experience in your life, grab your agenda right now. Make your itinerary and think about plenty things to do in Yogyakarta.