When you come to Jogjakarta, you might be advised to go to all the popular, touristy places, like the Keraton palace, Borobudur, or Prambanan temple. But with that, you might be missing out on the rather unknown sites in the region. Today, I’m going to talk about a few hidden treasures you can take into considerations to visit when you’re in the area.
First one, if you enjoy more outdoorsy activities, you should definitely try hiking to Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran. For those of you who enjoy hiking, walk up to the top of the hill and be blessed with the breathtaking views. It is definitely worth of the sweat and leg cramps. For the next one and half hour of hiking, you will be be fully immersed in lush green forests. The best time to go hiking in Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran is around morning. And, please do wear a suitable hiking attire because flip flops are not going to help.
The next one is for those Indiana Jones at heart. Explore Goa Jomblang at around midday to see the mesmerizing light, shining through the cave opening and illuminating the forests below. You will be descending as far as 60 meters below sea level, tied to a rope. You will start to smell the scent of damp, aging trees on your way down while being surrounded by rocks. It’s not everyday you get live out your wildest dreams.
This one is for those who love arts and crafts. If you’re a fan of pottery, sculptures, and wooden craft in general, you will have the best time exploring Kasongan Village. This art village offers a great range of artifacts made by the locals and you can also take a peak into the process of making them in the local’s workshops.
And last but not the slightest least is the sand dunes of Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo. For those adrenaline junkies out there, you should try sandboarding in Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo. There are different slopes you can ride whichever you are more comfortable with. After all the actions, you can wind down and enjoy a beautiful sunset to end the day.
So, those are some of the less touristy places you can visit in Jogjakarta if you’re looking for something new and different. Jogjakarta is one of Indonesia’s cultural capitals and is very rich in traditions, so wherever you go in the region, you can still have fun and learn about the culture at the same time.