10 Must Do Activities in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta is one of the leading tourism place area in Java Island for both domestic and foreign tourists. The proof is this city is always crowded by visitors from out of town, especially during the holidays. There are many magnets that become the attraction of Jogja City.
Tourist attractions, culinary, culture and art, as well as architecture of existing buildings in Jogja can make the visitors more in love. If you are going to visit Jogja, be sure to make a list of what activities you will do there. Here are the recommendations for some must do – activities in Yogyakarta.
1. Visiting the beaches in Gunung Kidul
It’s no secret that the beaches in Gunung Kidul, one of the districts in Jogjakarta is famous for not less beautiful with the beaches in Bali. The difference, the beaches in the southern city of Jogjakarta is a beach that is not intended to swim.
But do not worry, there are some beaches are relatively safe to swim because the waves are not too big or the beach is shaped bay like Drini beach and beach Ngrenehan Beach. In addition, the beaches in the famous Gunung Kidul are still very pure and clean because not many have visited these beaches. You can take pictures with family or friends with interesting blue sea background.
2. Adventure Tours in Mount Merapi
Merapi is famous as the most active volcano in Indonesia, but its charm is definitely incredible. For those who are reluctant to bother climbing Mount Merapi, jeep or lava tour activities can be an alternative to greet Merapi when they come to Jogjakarta.
On the lava tour you will be guided around the area that hit the lava of Merapi in 2010. One of the most interesting is a visit to the Museum Sisa Hartaku. If you feel getting fitter and want more challenging activities, then climbing to the top of Merapi could be an option. This activity usually starts at midnight to reach the peak before sunrise.
3. Joining Craft Courses
If you love the activity of creating something, then a short course makes a variety of crafts can be an option. Batik courses can be found around Taman Sari Keraton. Then, the course to make pottery can be done in the village of Kasongan tourism. Meanwhile the course to make silver jewelry with your own hands can be done in Kota Gede.
This course can take 2 hours to 1 full day. In addition to getting new skills, your creations can also take you home as a souvenir. In addition, you can also channel your creativity in creating or creating things. You will get double satisfaction, right?
4. Learning Javanese Culture at Ullen Sentalu Museum
Museum of art and culture of Java Ullen Sentalu is dedicated as one of the best museums in Indonesia by several media in Indonesia. The museum located in the Kaliurang tourist area focuses on the intangible cultural heritage of Java.
This museum always assigns guides to museum visitors. Usually the visitors would be grouped a maximum of 25 people, for maximum education. In this Ullen Sentalu Museum there is a photo of the kings who had ruled in Jogja from the past to the present, along with the empress with various clothing worn daily. In addition, the design of the museum is so unique is perfect for your photo background.
5. Visiting Taman sari Yogyakarta
The place is located on Jl. Taman Sari Complex, Kraton, Patehan Yogyakarta. This place used to be a place of recreation for the royal family. In addition to being a place of recreation, this place is also a fortress that has stood since ancient times.
If you visit this place, you can find several complexes in it, such as bathing pools, artificial lakes, artificial islands, suspension bridges, parks, underground aisles, water canals, mosques, and some other buildings whose buildings are deliberately designed specifically with some architecture world. Walking through the history and grandeur of the architecture of buildings in Taman Sari is one of the exciting activities that you have to do in Jogjakarta.
6. Riding Becak
Riding a pedicab is one of the interesting activities to do in Jogjakarta. The route that is usually started from Malioboro street, next, the historical zero point of Yogyakarta, then continues to the northern part of the Keraton and around the palace.
While looking at old buildings and exotic places, you can also enjoy the breezy nuance of Jogja typical of calm. But, make sure you are riding a becak in Jogja in accordance with preliminary tariff approval. Understandably, some classic cases, such as price shooting, often occur, especially for the first time tourists to Jogja.
7. Hiking to the Mount of Api Purba or Nglanggeran
Mount of Api Purba or Nglanggeran Mountain is one of the happening places happening lately. Do not imagine mountains that require climbing for days yes. To reach the top of the Ancient Volcano, you only need a 1.5 hour trekking elama. Beautiful scenery will be the sweetest gift at the top. It is recommended to climb the afternoon so that you can enjoy the sunset from the top, but do not forget to bring a flashlight.
Mount Nglanggeran is an ancient volcano whose contents are giant stones from magma freezing that occurred more or less 60 million years ago. This mountain becomes a very interesting tourist attraction because from here we can enjoy Jogja, especially the area of Gunung Kidul from different side. Mount Nglanggeran is not too high to be one of the favorite places of the students in Yogyakarta and surrounding areas to camping cheerful.
8. Hanging out in Alun-Alun Kidul
The southern square of the palace of Jogjakarta looks beautiful and crowded at night. Some things can be done there is to challenge yourself to try to walk with your eyes closed through two twin banyan trees. If you get through it, it’s said you’ll get a mate and an invaluable advantage.
In addition, you can ride car (or bike) decorated with bright colorful lights accompanied by the strains of Katy Pery or Magic. Next, you can also enjoy kopi joss that is very unique and different from other coffees. The fun of the night in the square can be covered by enjoying roasted corn or drinking wedang ronde.
9. Hunting the culinary of Yogyakarta
Gudeg has been known as a typical food that you must eat when set foot in Jogjakarta. Besides gudeg, there are also some other foods that you should taste. Nasi brongkos, oseng mercon and satay klatak are some of them.
For brongkos rice, you can visit Warung Handayani near the southern palace square or Brongkos Bu Padmo on Jalan Magelang.
Oseng mercon Bu Narti on Jl. KHA Dahlan is guaranteed to make you grimace but addicted kepedihan. While klatak satay stalls can be found around the Imogiri area, one of the favorite places is satay klatak Pak Bari in Wonokromo Market, Pleret.
10. Visiting Borobudur or Prambanan temple
Vacation to Jogjakarta must be inseparable from the visit to the two greatest temples in Indonesia, namely Borobudur and Prambanan. Although Borobudur temple is located in Magelang city, the distance of only one hour from Jogja makes some people think that the temple is located in Jogjakarta.
In addition to the two famous temples, some other beautiful temples are also worth a visit is Mendut temple, Ratu Boko temple and Ijo temple. In addition to relieving fatigue, you also learn the history while visiting this temple. Be sure to wear a decent dress when going to the temple because these temples are still used for worshiping Hindus.
Those are the activities you can enjoy in Yogyakarta. Don’t forget to plan it well before landing there just in case getting lost. Yogyakarta is the area with a lot of tourism spots that you must visit. Don’t forget to buy its epic and ethnical souvenirs too.