Let’s say you are done with the matter of where to go in yogyakarta. There is even a possibility that you find it overwhelming to arrange an itinerary while in the city due to its immense collections of attraction—a three-day trip there would feel like as if it’s still lacking. You have structured your itinerary so meticulously that all of the attractions at and around the downtown have already been covered within two days. This should leave you wondering what to add into the itinerary so your trip can be rounded. It is definitely a little bit frustrating, isn’t it, as you don’t want the remaining days be spent by just lying on the hotel bed?
Why don’t you find out where to go in yogyakarta and around, instead? A little farther from downtown, you would be presented with the city’s best natural landscape and by going a little more outside the city border, there are hidden gems that await your arrival. Imogiri is situated south of the downtown, probably about one hour by car or motorbikes. It is a royal cemetery for former kings that ruled the area in the past. Once you’re done there, a pine forest and the Mangunan fruit garden is nearby for your next destinations.
But if you want to know where to go in yogyakarta beach, you need to step outside the city border, even further away from the already-far Imogiri. Beaches nearest to the downtown aren’t all that great although there could be some activities that are interesting there. But to truly take in the tropical living, GunungKidul is regency within Yogyakarta Province where most beaches offer you white sand and abundant sunlight to tan your skin with. Let’s find out what beaches there are in the area:
- Sundak Beach
The name is a portmanteau of two different animals: Su derived from the last syllable of the word asu‘dog’, while ndak is from the last syllable of the word landak ‘sea urchin’. The name refers to an occurrence in the past where a dog was said to go into cave at the beach trying to prey on a sea urchin.
- Ngrenehan, Ngobaran, Nguyahan
The three are in close proximity with each other. whileNgrenehan and Nguyahan don’t bear something extraordinary (except for the fact that you can witness the lives of the many fishermen there), Ngobaran is unique for there is a Hindu temple perching on its cliff. Built in 2003, the complex was intended by the locals as a form of commemorating the arrival of King Brawijaya V at the site.
- Ngongap Beach
The beach is unlike the typical beach you found in Yogyakarta. It has no sand; in place of sand are rocky surfaces. The beach is a new addition to Yogyakarta’s addition but its history is surprisingly nothing but. Around the year of 1856, a German explorer by the name of Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn discovered this spot and decided to capture its beauty through a painting. The painting, along with information regarding the beach’s positing, has been all but forgotten. Today, the spot is rediscovered and it still bears the same beauty that first captivated a German so much so that he decided to settle in Indonesia.