Karang Bolong Nature Reserve

Cental Java

Karang Bolong Nature Reserve

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The name Karang Bolong means Rock (Karang) with a Hole (Bolong). This may have been some frozen lava, formed during the eruption of Mount Krakatau. Karang Bolong beach is the beach recreation area where there is a big rock with its hole in the center, facing the open sea. The Rock forms a gate facing the sea, making it look very picturesque. There is a small forest, which has been converted into a recreation spot. There is a river flowing down to the sea where people can have a bath of fresh water after swimming in the salty sea.
Karang Bolong beach is located 50 km from Serang town or 140 km from Jakarta, on Karang Bolong Street.

Beledug Kuwu, Purwodadi

Central Java, Beledug Kuwu, Purwodadi

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Bledug Kuwu is one of tourist attractions in Wirosari area in Grobogan Region, Purwodadi, Central Java. Bledug Kuwu is a local name for something that burst in pool. This is rather strange pool that far from volcano. The vapor burst came from carbon dioxide release. The temperature is mild. Visitors might experience a stunning natural occurrence of small, frequent bursts from mud crate with a sound resembling a mount eruption. This natural phenomenon is resulted from geothermal motion inside the earth bed. Witness said that a big burst could even create small quakes that quiver the area.

Bledug Kuwu looks like just another muddy pond. But every one or two minutes, the placid water erupts in an explosion of mud, followed by a plume of white steam. The pond is located just off the alternative road connecting Purwodadi and Cepu in Central Java, on a site measuring some 4.5 hectares. Bledug Kuwu has become a tourist attraction in the area. The visitors can watch the geyser from a distance of between 10 meters and 20 meters. The eruptions of water and mud shift positions from time to time. But there are two spots where the geyser regularly erupts. The locals call the one in the east Mbah (Grandpa) Jokotua and the one in the west Mbah (Grandma) Rodenok. They have given the spots where the geyser erupts names, as they believe that the place is sacred.

Jatijajar Cave, Kebumen

Jatijajar Cave, Kebumen

Kebumen-caveJatijajar Cave is a tourist place of the natural cave, which is located in the village Jatijajar, Kebumen. This cave was formed from limestone. Cave Jatijajar length from the entrance to the exit along 250 meters. The average width of 15 meters and an average height 12 meters while the thickness of the ceiling on average 10 meters, and the level of 50 meters above sea level. Jatijajar Cave, located 21 kilometers to the south Gombong, or 42 kilometers west Kebumen. Jatijajar cave at the foot of limestone mountains. This tourism object is very interesting indeed. This limestone mountain range stretching from the north and south ends jutting into the sea in the form of a cape. Within this space, you can see the springs called Sendang. Number 4 is being such a fruit, that is Sendang Rose, kantil, Jombor and Puserbumi. Rose is being trusted has supernatural powers that can make a person stay young, so every visitor is always the time to wash the face with water that Sendang Rose. jatijajar goa In the Cave Jatijajar, there are many Stalagmite and Limestone Pillar or Pillar, namely the meeting between the Stalagmite Stalactite. All of this is formed by sediments raindrops that had reacted with limestone rocks in her translucent. According to research experts, for the formation of Stalactite it takes a very long time. In one year the thickest Stalactite formation thickness is only 1 (one) cm only. Therefore Goa is Goa Lime Jatijajar very old.

Gong-Cave Pacitan

Gong-Cave Pacitan


What comes in your mind when you hear the word “cave”? Dark, wet, and scary? Well, it means you have not visited Gong Cave. Located about 30 km in the west of Pacitan, this cave is far from scary impression. The tourism department has built a cement trail route that gives more accessibility to reach the cave. The local dwellers assemble in front of the cave, offering their guide services and also flashlights.

Entering the first chamber which is not wide enough, you will be welcomed by many straws shape limestone ornaments on the ceiling of the cave. From this area, this cave is divided into entering trail and exiting trail. Passing through a small crack, you will be brought to the second chamber. Out of the expectation, this area is really big with amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Some lights have been set on some areas, giving dime light that makes this cave more beautiful.

There is stair and grip handle bar inside the cave; therefore, you can walk and explore it easily without worrying about wet and slippery soil. Exploring this chamber with beautiful limestone stalactites and stalagmites standing firmly supporting the cave as its pillars is just an unforgettable experience; as if it takes you to another dimension. Curtain shaped flowstones can be seen in some corners, adorning this cave with their beautiful shapes. It is really amazing, even more if you imagine how many thousand years needed to make these stunning formations. A giant stalagmite separates to the third chamber at the end of the cave. White sparkling crystal ornaments adorns the third chamber; therefore, it is named the crystal chamber.

If you want to enjoy this beautiful cave comfortably, avoid the visit on Sunday and holidays. On those days, hundreds of people assemble this cave. You definitely do not want to lose the opportunity to admire this beautiful nature carving by being in a crowd, don’t you?

Blimbing, Cave exploration in Dusun Blimbing

Cave exploration in Dusun Blimbing

Gunung Kidul Regency in Yogyakarta, specifically Blimbing Village in Ponjong District, is a dry and desolate region – one of the main characteristics of an area with a dominantly karst geology. Karst – a term used worldwide to refer to limestone regions – is a kind of natural landform shaped by the dissolution of layers of soluble bedrock, in a process called karstification. Karst is characterized by sinkholes (closed basins), underground streams, and caverns, caused when rainwater and carbon dioxide dissolve limestone. These landforms are created gradually over millions of year.

Karst is important, as nearly 70% of karst contains valuable minerals, and many also contain water springs. In Cave-Blimbing-01Indonesia, karst zones are found on nearly all islands, covering roughly 20% of the total land area.

With thoughtful consideration to the environment, cave and karst ecotourism can be an excellent way to utilize these areas, especially when local communities are involved. As well as generating revenue, this approach also requires that the karst be protected for its economic and environmental value. In fact, noting the tremendous benefits contained in karst, on 6 December 2004 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono proclaimed the karst zone a natural laboratory and encouraged “eco-karst” activities.

Here at Gunung Kidul, cave and karst tourism is currently being developed, as a very logical way to help overcome the local people’s poverty. This activity, which obviously appeals only to certain people, has not been widely developed, but a few karst-related activities, such as cave exploring, are beginning to attract visitors.

The karst zone at Gunung Kidul is actually part of the much larger Gunung Sewu karst zone in Central Java, which stretches as far as Pacitan in East Java. Blimbing village itself has seven cave entrances into three caves – two vertical and one horizontal – that can be explored by special-interest tourists.

Cave exploration in Dusun Blimbing is very safe. Not only are the guides highly qualified and experienced, but international-standard safety equipment is used, ensuring safety even for absolute beginners. Before entering the caves, visitors are urged to stop off at the Blimbing Village Hall, which serves as an information center on tourism in the area. Here you can receive the information you need through visual displays, videos, and important explanations, including proper preparation for trekking and caving activities.

As a starting experience that’s sure to give you an adrenalin rush, tourists can explore the Cokro vertical cave, or Luweng Cokro. From the Village Hall, tourists first hike around 500 meters along a steep trail through an arid landscape with rocky plains, until they come to a rice-field dike.

Arriving at the mouth of the cave, you will be greeted by local people offering help lift you into and out of the cave; but you have to follow your guide’s orders.

Luweng Cokro has two openings and is around 18 meters deep. To start the exploration, you enter through a narrow opening just wide enough for one person, with a strong wall to hold on to. Once the ropes are properly fastened, your guide will order you to sit and hold on to the cave walls on both sides. As you hang, the local people will gradually lower you until you reach the cave floor.
After this descending process, you can continue by exploring the cave, which extends roughly 300 meters. It’s best to do this in the dry season, when the cave is not full of water.

Luweng Cokro, like many caves, contains stalactites and stalagmites in many interesting shapes, creating an exotic panorama. These “ornamental” structures are created by mineral deposits from water dripping over thousands of years. The floor of this cave is challenging to navigate, as it comprises boulders, mud, soft ground and sand.

Luweng also contains some unusual cave-dwelling creatures: snakes, swallows, and many bats flying near the cave walls. The cavern has an unusual structure, with one large chamber like a ballroom and a descending corridor that gradually becomes narrower; toward the end you have to squat to more forward.

If you want to explore this cave in a party of ten, it will take around three hours: 45 minutes to descend, 90 minutes to explore the cave, including rest periods, and another 45 minutes to reascend. The party is usually divided into groups; when one group has finished the descent, they start the exploration while waiting for the others to descend.

After finishing the exploration and resting briefly, the tourists get ready to be hauled up and out of the cave. The guide in the cave gives orders using special communication equipment so that the people outside are ready to pull.

During the ascent process, you need to maintain a gentle balance, avoid moving too much, and hold on to the rope, especially when you approach the mouth of the cave so that you don’t bang into the hard walls and injure yourself.

This activity is both challenging and a lot of fun, but it’s not recommended for those who suffer from a serious fear of heights or darkness. These special-interest tourists need a certain level of courage, and adequate understanding of what they’re doing.

Luweng Cokro is a perfect “starter cave” for tourists with no previous experience who want to try caving. Even children can do it safely, following the guide’s instructions.

Getting to Yogyakarta

Garuda Indonesia flies the Jakarta-Yogyakarta-Jakarta route 56 times per weeks, and Denpasar-Yogyakarta-Denpasar 14 times per week.

Getting to Dusun Blimbing

The village is 60 km southeast of Yogyakarta. You can take a bus from Yogyakarta to Wonosari and then take another to Ponjong, and continue
by motorcycle taxi to Dusun Blimbing. Follow the same directions if using your own vehicle.

Facts about the Gunung Kidul karst zone:

Though it’s considered an arid region, there’s actually a tremendous amount of water underground – an estimated 4000 liters per second flowing into the southern ocean, enough to meet the needs of 1 to 2 people; the population of Gunung Kidul is around 725,000.

Three locations could be developed for karst tourism: Ponjong, Pantai Siung, and Pantai Wedi Ombo.

After exploring Luweng Cokro, tourists can continue with more challenging activities at other nearby caves, such as Gua Gremeng and Gua Banyu Sumurup, or Luweng Senen and Gua Dilem.

– Central Java and Yogjakarta Nature Reserves, Mining, Plantations maps

Central Java and Yogjakarta

 Nature Reserves, Mining, Plantations maps

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Minerals and Mining

Mineral cultivation also adds the export value, and this mainly cement raw material, identified that raw material contents such as in Wonogiri Regency (138,289 million tons), Blora (3,483 million tons), Grobogan (4,025 million tons), Kebumen (17,000 million tons), Pati (1,353 million tons), and Rembang (1,313 million tons). All of this is not geothermal potential yet which is in Semarang Regency.

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Car license numbers:
G:  Pekalongan, Tegal, Brebes, Batang, Pemalang.
H:  Semarang, Salatiga, Kendal, Demak.
K:  Pati, Kudus,Jepara, Rembang, Blora,Grobogan.
R:  Banyumas, Cilacap, Purbalingga, Banjarnegara.
AA: Kedu, Magelang, Purworejo, Kebumen, Temanggung, Wonosobo.
AB: Yokyakarta, Bantul, Kidul, Sleman, Kulon Progo.
AD: Surakarta, Sukoharjo, Boyolali, Sragen, Karanganyar, Wonogiri, Klaten.



Yogyakarta, or short Yogya is one of the two still excisting traditional royal cities of Central Jawa; the other is Solo. The city is in the centre of a wide belt of fertile ricefields, which are dominated in the north by the smouldering Gunung Merapi, and in the south is limited because of the rough Indian Ocean.
The 3,169 sq.km. province of Yogyakarta counts 3,2 milion residents, on average more than one thousand per square kilometre. Yogya is among the most densely populated and most productive traditional agricultural areas in the world. The fact that low housing dominates, and most people still live in relatively small, selfsufficient village communities, this is even more remarkable. In the city itself live less than 500,000 people.
City of education and culture
Yogya is a city with many faces. Proud at it’s century-old Jawanese heir it attracts numerous painters, dancers and writers from all over the planet. The city where the Taman Siswa-schools and the Islamic Muhammadiyah-schools were founded, nowadays is a real student city. Besides the Gajad Mada University, which originates from the time of the revolution and is one of the most important Universities of the country, Yogya counts over fourty academies and institutes for higher education.
Besides a traditional Jawanese city, Yogya is also a place of refreshing ideas. On just a few paces from the serene kraton is the market where batik painters show their designs, influenced by foreigners. In the main streets computer stores pop up everywhere while satellite dishes and trendy residencial quarters dominate the city. During a celebration of Independence day, no one look if after a traditional golek-dance a group of trendy pop-dancers appear on the stage. In the tolerant cultural climate in Yogya traditions and modern things go hand in hand.
The kraton of Yogya was built between 1756 and 1790 by the founder of the city, sultan Hamengku Buwono I. It’s a beautiful example of traditional Jawanese royal architecture. As a royal residence, but most of all the centre of the principalty, the kraton was to be a miniature model of the Jawanese universe. All elements – pavilions, courts, gates and trees – have a symbolic meaning. The thought behind this constructions was to bring the royal court and the principalty together with the divine universe. With that, success for the ruler would be assured.
The northern pavilions
Arrivind from the city the first building that the visitor sees is the beautiful meeting hall, which has a view over the lawn of the northern square ( alun-alun lor ). This is the Pagelaran, where ministers and kratontroups will gather. The 64 pilars which carry the roof, are representing the perfection ( 8 times 8, the age at which the representative Muhamad died ). Now the hall serves at room for gamelan concerts and dancing shows during the Sekaten-festivities and the birthday of the sultan. Left and right of the meeting hall there are smaller pavilions where the royal officials were seated during audiences. Now the royal costumes are displayed.
Behind these pavilions some steps lead to a higher floor, the Siti Hinggil or ‘High Ground’. At this place the official inaugurations still take place, On a step in the centre is the throne of the sultan, or Bangsal Manguntur Tangkul, decorated with woodcarvings and gold leaf. In the building behind it are the royal jewelry, but only when the sultan is near.
Al these buildings can be visited. Entry cards can be optained at Pracimasono, just west of Pagelaran.
On the central court, which also was a sleeping place for Dutch soldiers once, is now the office of the palace guard and the Habiranda, the school for wayang-players. Opened on weekdays from 8 o’clock in the morning to 1 in the afternoon, at Fridays until 11 in the morning. Included with the – low – entry price is a guided tour.
The palace
The real kraton is accessable from the west side. At the big clock, hardly ever running on time, you can entere the shadowfull court, the northern Kemandungan or Keben ( because of the Keben-trees ). Once inside the heat and noise disappear, and you get a peacefull rest. The wide court exsist from black sand from the southern coast, and is overshadowed with leaves from big trees. The feeling of serenety is encouraged by the elegant game of lines through the buildings, painted with soft green and yellow, and by the friendly servants. In the centre of the court is a small pendopo, a stone throne, on which the sultan used to convict law violators.
Directly after the main gate is an enourmous wall, the baturana Just like on Bali, this barrier serves to protect the building from bad spirits. Since this bad spirits can only move in straight lines, they will never get in the building. Behind the wall is a smaller court with two pavilions and fruit trees. The western Bangsal Sri Manganti, where the sultan meets his guests, is empty. In the eastern Bangsal Trajumas are the carriages, used at weddings, and stuff for worship.
Right around the corner, on the central court Gedung Purworetno, is the private office of the sultan. Behind this is the Gedung Kuning with the private areas of the sultan. The open gallery contains 19th century European furniture, baroc mirrors, marble tables and crystal lights. The kantil-tree in the corner of the square is a holy tree.
Left of the gate is a music pavilion, built in European style. It has painted windows of trumpets, drums and other instruments. Once the palace musicians played European music in here, for example national anthems at special occasions.
The ‘Golden throne room’
The court is dominated by the wonderfull Bangsal Kencono or ‘Golden throne room’, of which the high joglo-roof represents the mountain Meru as the centre of the universe. From the bottum and upwards the decoration is a clear example of the Jawanese power of absorption: gold leafed lotus flowers from the Bhuddhism, a red with gold Hinduist motif, and the Arabic calligraphy represents the first line from the Koran: ‘There is no God than Allah’.
Behind the throne room is the bangsal Proboyekso, the place where the royal jewelry is kept behind glass. The Bangsal Kencono and the Bangsal proboyekso together form the heart of the kraton. These are the only buildings aimed towards the east – the direction of the rising sun, the source of all power.
Two small pavilions besides the Bangsal Kencono contain Sekaten-gamelans, which should origin from the 14th century, and are played once a year. Due south a long dinner room was built, complete with big windows and a marble floor. A head of a monster, surrounded by two snake-heads, shows the date of the restauration: 1853 ( A.D.1925 )
The rooms besides the southern and eastern side of the square are used for several purposes. In one of them, a daily tea is made for the sultan at 7 and 11 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. Half way the morning tea is brought to the sultan, under sunshades and by older female servants. In another room, with the good nickname’Sarangboyo or ‘nest full of dangers’, liquors are prepared. Other rooms are used for storage of gamelan instruments and the treasury room.
Next is a crossing with some colonial buildings: the main post office (built in 1910), the Bank Negara Indonesia 1946 (built in 1923 at the Javasche Bank/Nillmij) and the former society (built in 1912, but partially bombarded in 1946), which nowadays serves as a theathre and gallery (Gedung Senisono); on Saturdays open-air concerts are given here.
Behind the monument for remembering the guerrilla-attack on the Dutch (1 March 1949), is the old fortress ‘Vredenburg’ which was built by Hamengku Buwono I for the same Dutch between 1756 and 1787. Once, 500 soldiers were stationed in this fortress which contained a hospital, prisons and a magasine. After a renovation a museum was placed in the old fortress, known as Benteng Budaya or ‘Culture Fortress’. in the spaceous airconditioned rooms, diorama’s show the climaxes of the battle for independence.
Across the fortress is one of the few remained colonial houses of Yogya. Built in 1823 as a residence, and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1869, it temporarily served as Presidential house during the revolution. Nowadays it is used to receive heads of state. In the beautiful garden are a few Indo-Jawanese statues. Just a little ahead is the Margo-Mulyo-church of the Reformed Parish. The church, sarced in 1830, is the oldest in the city.
The Beringharjo market
The central market of Yogya is north of Benteng Budoyo
The busy half-dark market whith its astonishing variety of goods is a small world on it’s own. Towers with tropical fruits, protected by sunscreens are varied by knife sellers and clothes, who work in half-dark stalls. In the narrow paths are many sorts of clothes, old and new batik, colorfull and bright or just not. The deparment of food is not hard to find after all, just follow the smell: meat and fish are sold between all kinds of vegetables and fruits. Somewhere else are the bamboo buckets and other things for daily use.
Who loves to look around in piles, lighted by no more than a few beams of sunlight, really should be here, but wathc out for muddy holes, pickpockets and ‘guides’, who will walk with you and try to get a commision whenever you buy someting. Some batik sellers will try to impress you with fixed prices, just bargain on them too, it’s normal.
Jalan Malioboro
The real Jalan Malioboro runs from the first major crossing to the railroad crossing. The main street from Yogya can’t handle the daily flood of traffic anymore. Bikes and becak’s already have their own lanes, separted by traffic islands, but crossing is a combination of luck, courage and timing.
The street is decorated with many shops which sell all kinds of goods: shirts and cloths, electronics, antiques and much more. The wide pavements are taken by local sellers which offer a big variety of goods. Many shops and some stalls have fixed prices, but here too, the law of the jungle, neotiating until the end.
Around nine o’clock in the evening the shops are closed and the street sellers will also shut down their businesses. The stalls are closed, and more food stalls open around that time. Fried chicken, pigeon and rice are common food in the area, they are prepared in ramshackle food stalls, but taste very good actually. During eating many people lesehan ‘sitting relaxed on the ground.
The next building is the Hotel Garuda, the former Grand Hotel. Across the streat, south of the train station is the quarter of Pasar Kembang, Flower Market. This former area of prostitutes now is the place of cheap hotels and restaurants, populair among cheap travellers.
Jalan P. Mangkubumi
‘The old Tugu train station, built by the Dutch in 1936 to break the two-day-trip from Batavia to Surabaya, is still used. Past the railroads, the street surrounded by hotels, shops, restaurants and offices is no longer called Jalan Malioboro, but Jalan P. Mangkubumi.
Kota Gede
Kota Gede, sticking to Yogyakarta at the southeastern edge,
The reason to bring a visit to Kota Gede is because of the hundreds of silver shops each selling an unique collection of fine silver, handmade by one of the many skilled workers here. Almost every little factory (home workshop that usually is) has it’s own little shop at the front of the house, along one of the small streets of the village. There are some well-known brands like HS Silver, but others do just as good without that famous name. Generally prices here are reasonably fixed for retail buyers. Prices are stated on tags. Unlike in for example Bali, prices here are in Indonesian Rupiah instead of US dollars. The products sold here are to be found in Bali’s tourist area’s as well, they are exported to there from Kota Gede (among others of course).
Southern beaches of Yogyakarta
A trip to the deserted beaches of Baron, Kukup and Krakal, sixty kilometres southeast of Yogya, not only offers a fresh ocean wind, but also the wilderness of the Southern Mountains, or Gunung Kidul. The road to Baron lingers through one of the most dry and poor areas of central Jawa. The friendly green sawah’s have been replaced by bald limestone rock formations, which were pushed up from the sea thousands of years ago. A few strange trees are the only sign of something living in the area, besides some corn. Water is hard to get, and is brought there from kilometres away.
The fierce waves at the coast offer a stark difference between the dry plateau. Kukup and Krakal are one and six kilometres east of Baron. Take the minivan to Wonosari from the busstation Rejowinangun in Yogya. Change to another minivan or andong in Wonosari. Best is to return to Yogya before 4 in the afternoon, because staying a night can be a problem. A taxi back to Yogya is somewhat expensive here too.
Thirty kilometres south of Yogya is Samas, a tremendous hot black beach with fierce waves breaking on it. Swimming is a very dangerous sport here too. There are some food stalls, but there is no place to stay for the night. The beach can be reached with busses with destination Samas (via Bantul). You can go here with own transport, there is no parking service in Samas, but since it’s a small fishing village, there is nothing more than some polluted beaches and wilderness. It is for sure a lot more quiet than the beach of Parangtritis, especially during weekends.
Glagah is a big black sandbeach southwest of Yogya, where a recreational park is to be built. Along the small inlets, shadow rich places form an ideal place for picknicking and just resting, while the fog over the low waves guarantees a very good sunset. The bamboo structures in the sea are fish-traps. Swimming is not allowed here too. There are some foodstalls, but there is no place to stay for the night. Glagah too, can be reached by busses with destination Glagah-Congot. It leaves from downtown Yogya.
The notched rock formations and the fierce seas meet eachother on the black beach of Parangtritis, 28 kilometers south of Yogyakarta. It’s slamming waves, salty sea winds, humid nights and continuously changing black sand dunes make Parangtritis into a place of myths, mystics and meditation. Everywhere, beaches, lakes, paths, caves and burial sites tell their own stories. Watching over the fierce waves, the steep hills in the back, it looks like if the beach whispers stories to you about royal meetings, meditating hermits and lost lives.
On the beach, improvised sunshades give some protection against the burning hot sun. Strong sucking and pushing currents make swimming a life-treathening event on this beach. This is the domain of Ratu Kidul, the Queen of the Southern Sea, which doesn’t hesitate to make new victims for serving her underwater court. Ratu Kidul is attracted by green-yellow colors (gadung melati). On the beach Jawanese will never wear these clothes, it is strongly suggested that you don’t do that either when you visit these beaches.
The beach itself isn’t much to be proud of for the locals here. The beach has beautiful black sand, but it’s not cleaned at all. Paper, plastic and other junk lies scattered over the lower sand dunes. The waves regularly bring in new wood and bamboo, washing ashore from another nearby beach probably. Some wood is picked and taken away by locals to be used for their own house, but the remaining debris is never cleaned. People here just wait for another layer of sand to close it off again, or until a next freak wind takes it to a next beach again. This doesn’t make it a nice beach to walk around barefoot.
The story goes that Panembahan Senopati stayed with Ratu Kidul in the underwater palace, and she tought him about politics and the art of love. The unresistable goddess became his wife, just as she became with descendants of Senopati. She is still seen as the thriving force behind the royal families of Yogyakarta and Solo.
In Parangkusomo, one kilometer southwest of Parangtritis, is the place where Senopati rose from the sea again, it’s surrounded by a stone wall. The sultan of Yogyakarta brings his ritual sacrifices to Ratu Kidul at this place. Many Jawanese visit this place for help, good advice and to pray for mercy. The best moment for a visit is a Thursday evening, especially the one before Friday Kliwon; but you can go there always.
In many travel guides you will find a short description of the ‘Black Sand Dunes’ of Parangtritis. If you buy a map of Java, you will probabl find a star marking the spot as being a nice tourist attraction or a viewpoint. Both is much to high of a proper rating for this containerload of sand. These naturally formed dunes are not too large and are directly along the main road from Yogyakarta to Parangtritis.
An ideal place to escape the tremendous heat of the plateau, is the mountain village of Kaliurang, located higher in the mountains, 24 kilometers north of the city of Yogyakarta, or about half an hour by car. At an altitude of about 900 metres on the southern side of the Merapi, it’s remarkably cool. When the weather is clear, hard to predict any way, the view is astonishing and the area is good for walking too.
The first, short route, leads to the Pronojiwo hill. The second ends after 2.5 kilometres at the seismologic station of Plawangan, which precisely looks at the activity of Merapi. The third route is the most serious one, it will take you to the crater of the vulcano, whenever it’s safe enough to go there.



Arrival in Yogyakarta Airport, meeting service, then transfer to Hotel . After Lunch at local restaurant, immediately Yogyakarta City Tour, to visit “Kraton” the magnificent palace of the Sultan, Taman Sari water castle and bird market. Late afternoon, we drive to the rural of the villages in the south part of Yogyakarta City to see the activities of the local people, to see their houses, rooms, kitchens, etc. and also visit home industry of batik-making center to see the artisans at work, the original home of Jogja’s silverware in Kotagede, then Pucung village, the center of primitive statues from woods, then we drive on to Kasongan village, see the art of pottery making to unique designs, afterward Gendeng village to see shadow puppet maker at work and Krebet village, the center of many kind of handicraft from woods in “batik” finishing touch. Drive back to hotel in Yogyakarta City for accommodation.
Breakfast at hotel, we check out hotel in the morning then transfer to Solo with circling of Merapi volcano, include to visit Borobudur Buddhist temple. If we’re lucky we can see the brown sugar processing near Pawon temple by local people. Drive to Solo via Ketep Pass between Merapi & Merbabu Volcano, include stop for observation Merapi Volcano and audiovisual cinema of Mount Merapi activities. Afterward drive to Solo via Selo village and Boyolali district include stop to visit Cepogo village, famous as central of cooper home industry. Lunch and Dinner will be provided at the local restaurant. Arrival in Solo, overnight at Hotel
Breakfast at hotel, morning at 07.00 AM. depart for Sukuh Temple on the slope of Mount Lawu to see the erotic Hindu temple from 14th.Century, that similar with Mayan temple in Mexico. At 10.00 AM. we drive back to Yogyakarta include visit to Solo City to see Mangkunegaran’s or Kasunanan’s Palace, Klewer batik super market, flea market and Radya Pustaka Museum. After Lunch at local restaurant in Solo, we drive to Yogyakarta include to visit Prambanan Hindu temple, Sewu, Plaosan and Kalasan Budhist temple from 9th.Century. Arrival in Yogyakarta, then transfer to Hotel .
Breakfast at hotel. Morning free at leisure until time of departure to the airport for the next destination.The end of services

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Borobudur World Heritage and Treasures


Borobudur temple is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. This colossal relic of Borobudur was built by Sailendra dynasty between 778 to 842 AD; 300 years before Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, and 400 years before work had begun on the great European cathedrals. Little is known about its early history except that a huge workforce – sculptors, artists, statue and carving experts – must have been labored to move and carved the 55,000 cubic meters of stone. This Borobudur historic site is a cultural legacy and becomes major sources of Indonesian culture, which is located about 40 km north of Jogjakarta City in central part of Java island.

Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles revealed the temple in 1815. He found the temple in wined condition and buried under volcanic ash. He ordered an archeologist, H.C. Cornelius to excavate and clear the site from undergrowth and do thorough investigation. More than 200 laborers were occupied for 45 days to uncover and remove earth, bushes, and trees which buried the historic temple. The massive restoration project began from 1907 to 1911 led by Dr. Tb. van Erp. Later, with the help of UNESCO, the second restoration to rescue Borobudur was carried out from 1973 to 1983. Since then, it becomes UNESCO World Heritage and Treasures.


Prambanan Temple Compounds


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prambanan,, Temple , world heritage



Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple compound in Central Java in Indonesia, located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta.

The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.


Sangiran Early Man Site

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Sangiran represents one of the most important early human fossil sites in Indonesia. Excavated in the late 1930’s, and again after the completion of World War II by G.H.R. von Koenigswald, the remains of over forty individuals have been found there. Von Koenigswald, followed Dubois in placing most of the fossils species Pithecanthropus erectus. It was reassigned to Homo erectus along with the rest of the Javanese material.



Info Sangiran Early Man Site



Proposed World Heritage

Dieng Temples Compound Central Java

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nature reserve, proposed world heritage, dieng
Criteria Requirements – Heritage
Uniqueness and characteristics of heritage The Dieng is situated in the north-west of Central Java. It is a plateau or valley, about 2000 metres above sea-level, well-known both as an archaeological and a natural landmark. Its famous sulphurous springs and lake will at an Early date have marked the barren plateau, surrounded by mountain, as a sacred spot, to be dedicated to a god of the mountains. Therefore the name of Dieng (Dang Hyang) is the name of the mountain of God. The Panoramic view and the diversities of culture in Dieng temples has encourage the government of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with the local government and all stakeholders to prepare the site of Dieng as the priority site to be nominated list in the Asean Tourism Heritage Standard
Site Protection and Conservation

* Management of Cultural Property in Indonesia is under the Law number 5, 1992 concerning Item of Cultural Property.
* Governmental Decree Number 10, 1993 concerning the Implementation of Law Number 5, 1992
* Ministry of Education and Culture Decree Number 062,063,064/U/1995
* The partners in the protection and conservation of the heritage not only by the government but also in collaboration with the stakeholders especially the local community, privat organisation

Tourism and site Management Wide variety of stakeholder from the central, regional and local government participated in research, conservation, and restoration and promote of the cultural properties of Dieng Plateau namely:

* The Office of Archaeologlical Heritage Conservation in Prambanan,Central Java
* The Directorate of Archaeological Heritage
* The Centre of Archaeological Research and Development
* Archaeological Research Office in Yogyakarta
* Board of Education and Culture of the Central Java Province
* Board of Tourism of the Wonosobo Regency
* Etc
* In all the site there are sign and notice-board plans showing the layout of the heritage so the visitor can chose his self to the most important treasures.
* There also some souvenir vendors which lies not far from the sites so they should not to distract and confused visitors.

Environmental Management Nowadays, the archaeological site of Dieng plateau is protected under the National Law and Governmental Decree. Each sites within this area has been protected by zoning system in which divided into the core zone, buffer zone and development zone.Conservation management is controlled by the Office of Archaeological Heritage Conservation in Prambanan, Central Java. In addition to protect the natural environment there are also the Office of Forestry for preserve the Wonosobo National park.
The location of Dieng Temples compound and each of their site can be access in many ways both from Jogyakarta and semarang by bus or motor cycle
Support Facilities Some facilities for the traveller already support on site such as hotel, motel, souvenir vendor, etc.

The Dieng people they have attitude very familiar to the visitor and each visitor will be welcomed as personally as possible so their visit to the heritage can enjoynable. In the meantime, sign and notice-board be placed in the strategic point with the result the visitor can be easily to find their location.


Ratu Boko Temple Complex Central Java


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nature reserve, proposed world heritage, ratu boko

Date of Submission: 19/10/1995
Category: Cultural
Submission prepared by:
Directorate General for Culture
Yogyakarta Special Region
Ref.: 287

King Boko Palace, the Glory on a Peaceful Hill

King Boko Palace was a glorious building that was constructed during the reign of Rakai Panangkaran, descendant of Sailendra dynasty. The palace that initially was named Abhayagiri Vihara (that means a monastery on a peaceful hill) was built for seclusion purpose and to focus on spiritual life. From this palace, you will feel peace and will be able to see Yogyakarta city and Prambanan temple with Merapi Mountain as the background.

This palace is located 196 meters above the sea level. The area of the palace as wide as 250,000 m2 is divided into four, namely center, west, southeast, and east parts. The center part consists of the main gateway, square, Combustion Temple, pond, square terrace and assembly hall. Meanwhile, the southeast part includes hall, platform, three temples, pond, and a complex for princess. The caves, Buddha effigy, and a pond are in east part while the west part consists of hills only.

If you enter from the palace gateway, you will directly be guided to the center part. Two high gates will welcome you. The first gate has three entrances while the second one has five. If you look it in detail, you will read ‘Panabwara’ writing on the first gate. Based on Wanua Tengah III inscription, the word was written by Rakai Panabwara (the descendant of Rakai Panangkaran) who took over the palace. The intention of carving his name on the gate was to legitimate his authority, to give ‘power’ to the gate in order to look more glorious and to give sign that the building was the main building.

About 45 meters away from the second gate, you will see a temple made of white stones so that it was named Candi Batu Putih or Temple of White Stones.

Close to the place, you will also find Combustion Temple. The temple is of square form (measuring 26 meter x 26 meter) with two terraces. The function of the temple is to burn dead body as the name suggests. Around 10 meters away from the Combustion Temple, there are sacred terrace and a pond.

A mysterious well will be seen if you walk southeastward of the Combustion Temple. As the legend tells, the well was named Amerta Mantana that means sacred water treated with charms. At present time, the water of Amerta well is still used. The legend tells that the water brings luck for anyone who uses it. Hindu people use it in Tawur Agung ceremony, one day before the Nyepi day. Using water in the ceremony is believed to support the achievement of the objective, namely to self purify and to return the earth and its content to its initial harmony. YogYES suggests that you visit Prambanan temple one day before Nyepi day to see the ceremony process.

Moving to the eastern part of the palace, you will see two caves, big pond measuring 20 meters x 50 meters and Buddha effigy that sits quietly. Those two caves were formed of sediment stones. The upper cave is called Gua Lanang (Male Cave) and the lower cave is called Gua Wadon (Female Cave). Right in front of Gua Lanang, there is a pond and three effigies. Based on the research, the effigy is known as Aksobya, one of Buddha Pantheons.

Even though it was built by a Buddhist, there are Hindu elements in it. This can be seen from the presence of Lingga and Yoni, Ganesha statue, and golden plate with the writing “Om Rudra ya namah swaha” on it as form of worship to Rudra as the other name of Shiva. The Hindu elements proved religious tolerance that is reflected in architectural works. In fact, Rakai Panangkaran who embraced Buddhism lived side by side with Hindu people.

Not many people know that this palace is witness of the initial triumph in Sumatera land. Balaputradewa once fled to this palace before leaving for Sumatra when he was struck by Rakai Pikatan. Balaputradewa rebelled because he felt to be second person in the reign of Old Mataram Kingdom because of Rakai Pikatan’s marriage to Pramudhawardani (Balaputradewa’s sister). After his defeat and escape to Sumatra, he became the king of Sriwijaya Kingdom.

As a heritage building, King Boko Palace is different from other inheritances. Most of other buildings are in the forms of temple or shrine, while this place – as the name implies – shows characteristics of a dwelling place. This can be known from the wooden poles and roofs, even though we can only see remains of stone building. Investigate the palace in more details and you will know more. One of them is the beautiful scenery when the sun is setting in the west. An American tourist says, “This is the most beautiful sunset on earth.”


Sukuh Hindu Temple Central/East Java


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nature reserve, proposed world heritage, sukuh

nature reserve, proposed world heritage, sukuh

Date of Submission: 19/10/1995
Category: Cultural
Submission prepared by:
Directorate General for Culture
Central Java
Ref.: 295

Candi Sukuh , candi is the Indonesian word for temple) is a fifteenth century Javanese-Hindu temple that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu (elev. 910 m or 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level) on the border between Central and East Java provinces.

Candi Sukuh has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Its main monument is a simple pyramid structure with reliefs and statues in front of it, including three tortoises with flattened shells and a male figure grasping his penis. A giant 1.82 m (6 ft) high of lingga (phallus) with four balls, representing penile incisions,was one of the statues that has been relocated to the National Museum of Indonesia.
The founder of Candi Sukuh thought that the slope of Mount Lawe is a sacred place for worshiping the ancestors, nature spirits and the observance of the fertility cults.[2] The monument was built around 1437, as written as a chronogram date on the western gate, meaning that the area was under the rule of the Majapahit Kingdom during its end (1293–1500). It is unknown whether the construction of the temple was related to the decline of the kingdom. Some archaeologists, however, believe the founder had cast the fall of Majapahit, based on the reliefs that displaying the feud between two aristrocratic houses symbolizing two internal conflicts in the kingdom.
In 1815, Sir Thomas Raffles, the ruler of Java during 1811–1816, visited the temple and he found the temple in a bad condition. In his account, there were many statues that had been thrown down on the ground and most of the figures had been decapitated. Raffles also found the giant lingga statue broken into two pieces which was then glued together.
The architecture of Candi Sukuh differs completely from other candi from the Kediri, Singhasari and Majapahit periods. Unlike meticulous design and reliefs, Candi Sukuh has a simple truncated pyramid as its main monument, surrounded by monoliths and life-sized figures. At glance, the monument architecture reminds visitors of Maya architecture.
Candi Sukuh contains a pervasive theme of spiritual liberation symbolized by reliefs and statues. There is an obvious depiction of sexual intercourse in a relief on the floor at the entrance where it shows a paired lingga (phallus) and yoni (vagina).
On the wall of the main monument there is a relief portraying two men forging a weapon in a smithy with a dancing figure having a human body and the head of an elephant. There is no textual source for the iconography of the relief where its depiction is incongruous with traditional ancestor worship. In Hindu-Java mythology, the smith is thought to possess not only the skill to alter metals, but also the key to spiritual transcendence.[4] Smiths drew their powers to forge a kris from the god of fire; and a smithy is considered as a shrine. Hindu-Javanese kingship was sometimes legitimated and empowered by the possession of a kris.
The elephant head figure with a crown in the smithy relief depicts Ganesha, the god of obstacles in Hinduism. The Ganesha figure, however, differs completely with other usual depictions. Instead of sitting, the Ganesha figure in Candi Sukuh’s relief is shown dancing and it has distinctive features including the exposed genitals, the demonic physiognomy, the strangely awkward dancing posture, the rosary bones on its neck and holding a small animal probably a dog. The Ganesha relief in Candi Sukuh has a similarity with the Tantric ritual found in the history of Buddhism in Tibet written by Taranatha.[4] The Tantric ritual is associated with several figures, one of whom is described as the “King of Dogs”, who taught his disciples by day, and by night performed Ganacakra (Gana means Ganesha and cakra means wheel/dance) in a burial ground.
In front of the main monument there are a number of statues. A 1.82 m (6 ft) height of standing lingga with four balls placed below the tip was one of the statues (it is now in the National Museum of Indonesia). The lingga statue has a dedicated inscription carved from top to bottom representing a vein followed by a chronogram date equivalent to 1440. The inscription translates “Consecration of the Holy Ganga sudhi in … the sign of masculinity is the essence of the world.”[2] Reliefs of a kris blade, an eight-pointed sun and a crescent moon decorate the statue.
Other statues in Candi Sukuh include a life-sized male figure with his hand grasping his own penis and three flattened shells of tortoises. Two large tortoise statues guard the pyramid entrance and the third one lies at some distance in front of the monument. All of their heads point to the west and their flattened shells may provide altars for purification rituals and ancestor worship.[2] In Hindu mythology, the tortoise symbolizes the base of the world.

Yogyakarta Palace Complex Central Java


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nature reserve, proposed world heritage, yokjakarta, yokja, palace

Date of Submission: 19/10/1995
Category: Cultural
Submission prepared by:
Directorate General for Culture
Yogyakarta Special Region
Ref.: 291


It is located in the center of the city of Yogyakarta or just Yogya as the local people call it. Karaton means a place where the Ratu-king lives, other word is Kedaton, with the same meaning. In the Javanese teachings, it has a deep philosophical meaning.

The architect designer of this palace was Sultan Hamengkubuwono I himself, who was also the founder of the kingdom of NGAYOGYAKARTA HADININGRAT. His skill in architecture was appreciated by the dutch scientist – DR. Pigeund and DR. Adam who adored him as ” the architect of his brother-Pakubuwono II of Surakarta”.

The first king moved to his huge and magnificent Karaton on October 7, 1756. Although there are some European style of some parts of the building, structurally this is the vivid example of Javanese palace architecture.

The 14.000 sq. m of the Karaton Yogya has deep philosophical meaning with all its building, courts, carving, trees, and location. This is a Karaton full of significant symbols of human life.

Usually visitors are coming from MALIOBORO STREET, southward through the Alun-alun (north square). In order to understand perfectly well the symbolic meaning of the Karaton, one should walk from south to north. Start from Krapyak, a village of about 3 km south of Karaton.



– Central Java National Parks Map

– Central Java National Parks Map

 1 National Park

Karimunjawa National Park

2 Nature Reserves

Nusa Kambangan Nature Reserve
Dieng Plateau Lake Reserves

46 Proposed Nature Reserves


Bantar Bolang Nature Reserve
Bekutuk Nature Reserve
Cabak I/II Nature Reserve
Curug Bengkawah Nature Reserve
Getas Nature Reserve
Gebugan (Gunung Ungaran) Nature Reserve
Grojogan Sewu Nature Recreation Park
Guci Nature Reserve
Gunung Batu Gamping Nature Reserve
Gunung Bunder Game Resrve
Gunung Merbabu National Park
Gunung Muria Nature Reserve
Gunung Perahu Game Reserve
Gunung Celering Nature Reserve
Gunung Selok Recreation Park
Gunung Sumbing Nature Reserve
Gunung Slamet Nature Reserve
Gunung Tunggangan Nature Recreation Park
Gunung Unggaran Nature Reserve
Karang Bolong Nature Reserve
Keling I/II/III Nature Reserve
Kembang Nature Reserve
Ngargoyoso Grand Forest park
Moga Nature Reserve
Muara Sungai Progo
Nusa Kembagan Timur Nature Reserve
Pager Wunung Darupono Nature Reserve
Paliyan Game Reserve
Pantodomas Nature Reserve
Peson Subah I, II Nature Reserve
Plawangan Turgo Nature Recreation Park
Pringombo I, II Nature Reserve
Rawa Pening
Segara Anakan Nature Reserve
Sepakung Nature Reserve
Sub Vak 18c and 19b Nature Reserve
Sumber Semen Nature Recreation Park
Ulo Lanang Kecubung Nature Reserve
Tuk Songo Nature Recreation Park
Telaga Warno/Pengilon Nature Recreation Park
Telaga Sumurup Nature Reserve
Telaga Ranjeng Nature Reserve
Telaga Dringo Nature Reserve
Teluk Baron Nature Reserve
Vak 50 Comal Nature Reserve
Wijaya Kusuma Nature Reserve Cilacap

Bantar Bolang Nature Reserve

Central Java

Bantar Bolang Nature Reserve

Longitude (DD) 109.39365750
Latitude (DD) -7.09452360
Designation Nature Reserve
Status Designated
Current Status Not Known
Establishment Year 1930
IUCN Category Not Known
Documented Total Area (ha) 24


Bekutuk Nature Reserve

Central Java

Bekutuk Nature Reserve

Longitude (DD) 111.37585636Bekutuk-Nature-Reserve_to
Designation Nature Reserve
Status Designated
Current Status Not Known
Establishment Year 1979
IUCN Category Ia
Documented Total Area (ha) 25
GIS Total Area (ha) 1654


Cabak I/II Nature Reserve


Cabak I/II Nature Reserve

(Surat Keputusan) Menhutbun No. 435/Kpts-II/99, 15 Juni 1999. Luas areal 30 hektar. Blora
Based on government administration, Cabak Nature Reserve I / Il is located in the region
Cabak Village, Sub Jiken, Blora regency, Central Java Province. In
administrative management of including the Resort KSDA Cabak, SSWK Pati.
This nature reserve located in the middle of Perum Perhutani production forest, with species
Teak dominant flora of the 1951 crop year that teak trees which have here quite large diameter.
Nature Reserve Cabak I / II with the main flora Teak (Tectona grandis), Mahogany (Swietenia
mahagoni), Johar (Cassia siamea), Jrakah (Ficus superba), Bendo (Artocarpus
elastica), Kesambi (Schleichera oleosa).
The diversity of fauna that exist between the other forest Chicken (Gallus sp.), Porcupine (hystrix
brachyura), long-tailed monkey (Macaca fascicularis), robin (Pycnonotus aurigaster) and Eagles (Falconidae).
Nature Reserve Cabak I / II can be reached from Semarang by public transport as far as
160 km with a good asphalt road conditions. Route Semarang – Purwodadi – Blora —
Cabak can be achieved for 4 hours. For visitors / researchers can stay in
home residents in nearby villages or nearby hotel in the town of Blora.
Balai KSDA Central Java
Jl. Minister Supeno 1 / 2 fl. IV
Semarang 50,243
Tel. [024] 8414750 – Fax. [024] 8417020