Saturday, 12 May 2012

Cave Tubing Gua Pindul

Wading across a river using b is somethinoatg common, but if the river is located inside a cave, of course it will be an enjoyable yet challenging experience. Pindul is a cave that becomes part of the group of seven caves with underground river flowing inside. It is located in a village named Bejiharjo, Karangmojo and it offers the real sensation of adventure. For about 45 to 60 minutes, visitors will be invited to go along the river in the darkness of the bowels of the earth with 300 meters length using lifebelt. This is an activity combining body rafting and caving, and later called cave tubing.
No special preparation needed to do cave tubing in Pindul cave. We only need lifebelt, life vest, and headlamp, and those equipments have been provided by the organizer. The still water flow makes it save for everyone, not only adults but also children. The best time to do cave tubing is in the morning at about 9 or 10a.m since the water won’t be too cold. Furthermore, if the weather is clear, at that time we may see the light from heaven which is actually the sunlight from above that goes through the big hole on the top of the cave.
While enjoying the smooth wipes on the cold water on our skin in the middle of the cave with less light, the guide told a story of the name Pindul. Based on the legend believed by the indigenous people and passed on orally from generation to the other, the name of Pindul cave and the other caves in Bejiharjo could not be separated from the story of Joko Singlulung’s journey to find his father. After exploring the dense forests, mountains, and rivers, Joko Singlulung got into the caves in Bejiharjo. When he got into one of the cave, he bent the rock, so that the place was named Pindul as the short form of pipi gebendul in Javanese language.
Besides telling us about the legend of the name of Pindul cave, the guide also told us about some pretty ornament that we find in the activity, such as crystal, moonmilk, stalactites, and stalagmites. A huge pillar formed from the join process between the stalactite and stalagmite which were thousands years old will greet in front of us. On some parts of the top of the cave, we could see natural picture as formation of bats living there. Meanwhile, in the middle of the cave was a place resembles wide pool where visitors usually take a rest, swim, and jump from above. When YogYES was still enjoying the beautiful ornament while listening to the sound of the baths and the water, it turned out that the cave tubing was over since we had arrived at the end of the cave. We could also see Banyumoto barrage, which was build in the Dutch colonization era, with karst as the background.
Fee: IDR 25,000 (at least for 5 people)
Facilities: cave tubing equipments, guide, and snack after the activity.
Open: Monday to Sunday (at 8a.m to 4p.m)
Notes: Cave tubing activity in Pindul cave is fully organized by the youth associataion of Gelaran 1 village. To do cave tubing, it’s better to make reservation first several days before to Haris (+62 859 5965 6561).

Friday, 11 May 2012

Cerme Cave

Cerme Cave is located about about 15 km southeast of the town of Bantul.
The length of this cave is entirely approximately 1.2 km and in which the river flows underground safe for Caving activity.

End of this cave region in the form of Spring panggang.selain main cave there is another cave used for meditation places like mastermind Cave, Ledhek Cave, Badhut Cave, and  People Cave.

To reach the front gate of Cave, visitors must climb the hill 759 stairs. In the evening view of the city next to the north it looks beautiful with sparkling lights.

 Cerme Cave derived from the word comes from the lectures which implies that the talks do Walisongo . Cerme cave was once used by the Walisongo to spread the religion of Islam in Java . In addition, the cave Cerme also used to discuss plans for the establishment of the Great Mosque of Demak . Every Monday or Tuesday wage, has always held a ceremony to ask for blessings thanksgiving to God .

This cave includes a long and deep caves. The main tourist attraction is the beauty of  Cerme Cave stalactite andstalagmites as well as many bats in the cave in addition to the flow of underground water course. Cave floor flooded by ground water with average water depth of about 1 to 1.5 meters. This cave consists of many rooms, like the stage of the meeting, zam zam water, mustoko, holy water, watu review, pelungguhan / paseban, heaven, Grojogan Sewu, water penguripan, gamelan, stone bright morning, rice barns, buildings sekakap, court, stage, lawa cave and hanging watu.


Thursday, 10 May 2012

Suroloyo peak

The sun rises in reddish color at around 05:00a.m.; emerges among the green branches of trees. Its light divides the sky into three main colors: blue, magenta and yellow. When the sky color starts to be divided, a group of black birds starts to liven up the sky and turn down the loud voice of earth insects.

 Four big mountains in Java Island, namely Merapi, Merbabu, Sumbing and Sindoro emerge among the white fog. The thick fog looks like the waves sinking the land that leaves only rice field forming track of ditch and trees on higher land. At the back of the fog, the black dome of Borobudur Temple emerges on the surface of the fog ocean. You can see that scenery at dawn while standing at the Peak of Suroloyo, the highest hill at Menoreh Mountains at 1,091 meters above sea level. To reach the place, you must go through sharp binding road with steep grade, and start the journey at least at 02:00 a.m. There are two alternative roads to take; the first is Godean - Sentolo - Kalibawang route and the second is Magelang Street - Muntilan Market - Kalibawang. The first route is recommended for it takes you shorter time. You have to be physically in prime condition, your vehicle must be fully fuelled, and it is necessary to take reserved tire. After 40 kilometers journey, you will find signing board directing to Sendang Sono. You can turn left to lead you to the Peak of Suroloyo, however, we suggest that you go straight ahead as far as 500 meters to reach small T-junction and turn left for smoother road. You still have to take 15 kilometers further to reach the Peak of Suroloyo. In fact, it will be a tiring journey, but the beautiful scenery pays for it. You reach the Peak of Suroloyo when you find three viewing posts that are also well known as meditating places, each of which named Suroloyo, Sariloyo and Kaendran. Suroloyo is the first meditating place to see; it can be reached on foot by ascending 286 staircases at the slope of 300 - 600. If the fog does not block your view, you can see Borobudur Temple, Merapi and Merbabu Mountains and the view of Magelang city more clearly. Suroloyo meditating place is the most legendary. The story tells that Raden Mas Rangsang who later was named Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusuma meditated in the place. In Cabolek book written by Ngabehi Yosodipuro in the eighteenth century, Sultan Agung received two divine inspirations. First, he will be the ruler of Java so that he was encouraged to walk westwards of Kotagede to reach Menoreh Mountains; second, he had to live asceticism in order to become a ruler. Going to another meditating place, you will see different view. At the peak of Sariloyo that is located 200 meters west of Suroloyo, you will see Sumbing and Sindoro mountains more clearly. Before reaching the place, you will see a monument bordering Yogyakarta province with Central Java that stands on Tegal Kepanasan flat land. From Sariloyo, if you walk 250 meters and ascend to Kaendran meditating place, you will see Kulon Progo city with the beautiful view of Glagah beach. After enjoying the scenery from the three places, you can walk around the Peak of Suroloyo to see the activities of local people in the morning time. Usually, beginning at around five o'clock in the morning, men go to field while smoking hand-rolled cigarette. When you walk by those smoking people, you will smell fragrant aroma of the incense that is mixed with the tobacco. In addition to the enchanting view, the Peak of Suroloyo also keeps myth. This peak is believed to be the center of the four directions in Java Island. Local people believe that this peak is the meeting point of two lines drawn from north to south and from west to east of Java Island. With the myth, history and its natural scenery, this place is worth visiting on the first day of the New Year.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012


If you like to buy gift for your friend, especially batik, you need to spend time to visit Beringharjo, a traditional market, located in the Malioboro Street, near the Vredeburg fort. Name of this market is derived from words Bering (Beringin trees) and harjo (welfare), is expected that the location, Beringin forest may bring prosperity. Beringharjo market is known as a destination and a trading center of Yogyakarta’s batik products, whether as batik cloth or other products such as batik garment, house dress, shorts, pajamas etc.. The price also vary from cheap to expensive.
Like in other traditional markets, shopping in Beringharjo will need a skill of bargain. We can buy goods with the cheap price, but if you are not carefull you may get the things with expensive price. So do not hesitate to compare with others vendors around to check the price. For those who do not have the ability to bargain we recommend you to shopping in Mirota. Beringharjo market consists of 3 floors, and although the traditional markets they have escalator.
In Beringharjo we can find traditional food which not easy to find in other places. There are also stalls that sell a variety of herbal medicine and aromatherapy. In the other building there are lot of souvenir shop, which you can get in cheaper prize if you buy a dozen. But remember, you need to bargain all the time.. And be careful of your valuable to pickpocket, since this place is crowded.
Getting a parking lot in this place is quite difficult, you need to be patient … and it quite expensive to park, because it will charged you Rp 5,000 for a one time parking, expensive for a traditional markets. We suggest to use public transportation to get here

Sunday, 15 April 2012


There is another way to enjoy art works of Bantul people without having to wander about villages that produce them, namely by visiting Gabusan Art Market. The market that is located on Jalan Parangtritis km 9 has been the center of handicrafts trading for the last 2 years. Other facilities such as cafeterias, information technology access and groceries are there for you, too.
Gabusan was designed to open access for craftsmen to international market. For the reason, the design of the market accommodating around 444 craftsmen is of international standard. The design of the market was done by both domestic and foreign architects by, of course, accentuating local architecture. Divided into 16 stalls, Gabusan sells handicrafts of various raw materials, ranging from leather, metals, wood, clay to water hyacinth.
Arriving at the area of Gabusan market, you will be greeted by an interestingly designed gate. On the gate, there are restaurant, crossing bridge and ramp. Having your meals in that restaurant, you will be able to see the entire market from the top view. Close to the area, there is a shop as an information center as well as the place for visitors to get their stuff. This shop is designed so artistically that it has its own interest.
Entering the first stall, you will enjoy bag handicraft made from rattan. Neat woven of the bag gives durable image and combination of the cloth and accessories gives meaningful added value. Various unique, elegant designs produce multifunctional bags for multi purposes. Other handicraft that is available in that stall is a box made from woven bamboo. Despite its simple design and function, the box still looks unique in various bright colors.
If you want to buy candle stands for your guest rooms, you will find them in stall eight. Many types of candle stands from different materials are available. There is a candle container forming like a small, brown bowl with string decoration around it. Another candle stand is made from bamboo some part of which sides are split to make stands with string ornaments on them. In addition to functioning as stand for the glowing candle, the beautiful design of it will attract your guests in your guest room.
Still related to home decorations, you will find interesting masks of various designs in stall six. Some leather masks are carved beautifully in enchanting colors. If you like artificial flowers included the vases, you will get them in stall thirteen. The vases are made of wood or clay with special ornaments of the surfaces. Plain vases without ornaments are not less interesting as well.
Small functional items with artistic designs give valuable added value for you and your family. A standard photo frame, for example, is designed so beautifully with special ornament such as dragon. Pencil case is also available in different variations. There is a pencil case in the form of a sitting man with his white hair as the ornament and the pencil holes are in the front part. Many other items are beautifully designed by the people in Bantul area such as tray in various enchanting designs.
The information center will help to find any kinds of product that you can find in the market. Details of products, prices, location of the stall where you are going to put your orders are all available there. Connected to Internet network, this information center indicates that you can put your order on line. Gradually, this market will accommodate 8,015 handicraft units. The earthquake on 27 May 2006 hit this market mildly but it is being recovered now.

Saturday, 14 April 2012


The sun was beating down as thousands of people crowded along Malioboro street. They did not just stand on the sidewalk but they ran over up to the road. The atmosphere was so noisy and hectic. Bubbling laughter, screaming car horns, the strains of gamelan cassette, up to shouting traders selling food and toys for children blended into one. After waiting for hours, finally, the expected carnival troupe appeared. Started by Bregada Prajurit Lombok Abang, royal carriage convoy began to walk slowly. All squeezing wanted to see the couple of GKR Bendara and KPH Yudhanegara who continuosly waved and spreaded a friendly smile.
That scene was seen as the party of Kirab Pawiwahan Ageng of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X's youngest daughter from Yogyakarta Palace headed to Bangsal Kepatihan. Thousands of people crammed filling Malioboro Street that stretches from north to south. In Sanskrit, Malioboro means flower bouquets because in the ancient times when the Palace held an event, a mile-long road would be filled with flower bouquets. Although time passed and the era has changed, Malioboro position as the main street where a variety of carnival and celebration being held has never changed. Until now Malioboro, Vredeburg Fort, and Zero Point remain a venue for a variety of carnival starting from the event of Jogja Java Carnival, Chinese Cultural Week, Yogyakarta Arts Festival, Carnival Malioboro, and many others.

Before it turned into a busy street, Malioboro was a quiet road with a tamarind tree growing on the right and left. This road was just passed by people who wanted to go to the Palace or complex areas such as First Indische first in Yogyakarta, for instance, Loji Besar (Vredeburg Fort), Loji Kecil (area next to the Great Hall/Gedung Agung), Loji Kebon (Great Hall/Gedung Agung), as well as Loji Setan (Office of the Parliament/DPRD office). But the existence of Pasar Gede or Beringharjo Market on the south side and the presence of Chinese ethnic residential in Ketandan area gradually boosted the economy in the region. Chinese group made Malioboro as its business canal, so the trade area which was originally based in Beringharjo and Chinatown eventually expanded to the north to Stasiun Tugu (Tugu Train Station). Seeing Malioboro rapidly growing into the pulse of trade and shopping centers, a friend said that Malioboro is the baby talk for "mari yok borong (let’s buy a lot)". In malioboro you can buy desirable range of merchandise ranging from beautiful accessories, unique souvenirs, classic batik, gold and gems to household appliances. For souvenir fans, Malioboro can be a fun hunting paradise. Walking on the shoulder of the road while bargaining a variety of goods sold by street vendors, will be a special experience. Variety of locally made souvenirs like batik, rattan ornament, silver, bamboo handicrafts, leather puppets, blangkon, miniature of traditional vehicles, accessories, until key chains, all can be found easily. If you are good in bargaining, these items can be taken home with a fairly cheap price.
Besides being a trading center, the road which is part of the imaginary axis that connects Parangtritis Beach, Panggung Krapyak, Yogyakarta Palace, Tugu, and Mount Merapi was once a nest as well as perfoming stage by Malioboro artists lead by Umbu Landu Paranggi. From them also, the culture of sitting on the sidewalk was popularized that eventually rooted and is identical to Malioboro. Enjoying a romantic dinner in the sitting stalls while listening to other street artist singing the song "Yogyakarta" from Kla Project will be an experience that is marked in heart. Malioboro is a series of history, stories and memories that are intertwined in the minds of every person who ever visited. The charm of this road had never faded by time. The exoticism of Malioboro continues glowing until now and inspires many people, and forces them to keep coming back to Yogyakarta. As beginning sentence in Melodia poem created by Umbu Landu Paranggi "Love that makes me feel at home occasionally lasts", memories and love of many people towards Malioboro that makes this road continues persisting until now.
Carnival and the events taking place in the area of Malioboro are normally incidental to the perfomance time that is uncertain. But there are some activities that are regularly held every year such as Jogja Java Carnival that is always held every October, the Yogyakarta Arts Festival in June to July, and the Chinese Cultural Week held close to the celebration of Chinese New Year (Imlek).

Friday, 13 April 2012

Sendang Sriningsih

The Sub-district of Prambanan that by far is famous for temple tourism objects that are full of Hindu-Budha nuance turns to have other tourism object with Christian nuance. Sendang Sriningsih is one of them, a pilgrimage place in the form of eternal water spring and Maria Cave that is located in Gayamharjo, in between Bukit Ijo and Mintorogo. It is reachable by motorcycle or car. Going eastwards from Prambanan temple, you will have to turn right upon arriving at the third T-junction.
The history of Sendang Sriningsih began in 1934, when a Jesuit priest named D Hardjosuwondo SJ who was assigned in Jali village visited the place that used to be called Sendang Duren. Enchanted by the spiritual aura of the place, he then constructed the location around the water spring to become a pilgrimage place and he then named it Sendang Sriningsih, meaning the medium of God's blessing to His people.
Once you arrive the place, you can directly begin celebration process by tracking the sacrification path. The route is designed in the form of ascending stairs as long as 900 meters. Like any other sacrification path route, there are relief along the path telling the journey of Jesus shouldering the wooden cross. You may say your prayer while tracking the route.
Sacrification path ends when you come to small T-junction, turn right and see a big cross with Jesus effigy nailed on the cross. The location of cross is named precisely the same with the hill where Jesus was crucified, namely Golgotha. You can light candles beneath the cross and say your prayer. Quite many people pray in this place when YogYES visited.
If you want to see the spring and Maria Cave, you turn left from the small T-junction. According to the story, Sendang Sriningsih has become a lake beneath the earth and the bank of it is cemented and the upper part is covered with plate to keep the water clean. To take the water, you can open the tap at the right side of the spring. There is belief that the water can cure illnesses.
As high as four meters Mary Cave where pilgrims execute devotion is located to the right of the spring. The place is quite vast and cool to pray under big trees. By Christmas time, when YogYES visited, there are many pilgrims praying in this Mary Cave. Usually, people come in groups or with familiy or school colleagues.
Walking leftwards from the cave to go upwards, you will see big Cross with the writing at the back readingtertier millenium, symbolizing millenium change. If you look straight ahead, you will see the green hill scenery and housing around the area. When you get tired, you can take a rest in the shelter while enjoying the breeze.
Celebrations are done nine times in one year every Fridays night at certain Javanese calendar time called Jumat Kliwon as a sacred day for Javanese people. Afterwards, holy mass is celebrated with as many as 3,000 pilgrims involved. Such holy ritual shows harmony of Javanese culture and Catholic culture in the area.
One of other attractive factor of this place is the water of the spring that is believed to be able to give safety and deliver people from illness.