Yogyakarta, Indonesia

4 days around yogja

Total budget per person : 600$ flight included

Day 1

We started our trip from Singapore with Air Asia (cheap airline) at 11am. After an hour delay and 2hours flight we landed in Yogja around 1pm. We choose to rent a car for this travel. It might be supprising and risky but it was worth it even if the drive is a bit intense (cars and motocycle are coming from everywhere) it’s manageable.

After having checked the car condition with the renter (Avis), here we go ! Direction Prambanan Temple.  It is a 9th-century Hindu temple. It is dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

/!\ Tips: buy the binded ticket with Borobudur Temple, 40 USD.

Nice temple, and very big. There are several “towers” where if you go inside can see status of gods.

After our visit, we stopped at the temple restaurant outside of the temple and facing the temple. Beautiful view of the temple. Then, long drive started to go to Borobudur Temple. Around 50km of small and narrow streets with a lot of traffic. After 2h drive we made it to our hotel.

Lotus 2 Homestay: Jalan Balaputradewa No.54, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553, Indonesia
Very nice and welcoming people, 5 min walk to Borobudur temple, clean rooms.

Day 2

Waking up early 5.45am to reach Borobudur temple when it opens at 6am. We knew that we were going to miss the sunrise but we didnt wanted to pay the additional cost for it. Despite this we could enjoy the early morning lights with no body at the temple.

It’s from 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, it’s the the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.

Amazing view, beautiful temple, I think from many temple we have done over asia, this one is one of my favorite one.

Back to our hotel for the breakfast and then heading to Yogja downtown.  40km drive and 1h30 later we arrived in the busy city. The drive became a bit more tense and after several u-turns we found a parking at the railway station (50,000 Roupies for 24 hours).

We started our viste with the Kraton and Waterfall temple (Taman Sari). It’s a nice area to walk from narrow streets to very large and noisy streets. The temple itself is not very beautiful, but the atmosphere and the whole district around it make it interesting. The entrance for both is 13,000 per pers.

 

We stopped for lunch at a very nice place (Italian and Spanish) but very good food : Sixsenses Restaurant  (Jalan DI. Panjaitan No. 39, Mantrijeron, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55141, Indonesia).

To end our day we went for some batik art (painting on silk).

We spend the night at Andrea Hotel, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/140, Gang 2, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55271, Indonesia. Located in a beautiful narrow street, nice and clean rooms.

Day 3

Starting our day around 9am, we took back the car and drove toward the coast of Yogja. Beautiful road, less traffic, and amazing landscapes.

First stop : Laut Bekah. The access is a bit tricky and will require good driving skills. The road is more like a path and very very narrow, sometimes very steep, but the view is worht it ! Coordinates : S8°4’16” E110°22’30”.

Second stop : Parangkusumo Desert. We were really impressed by the diversity of landscape Java island has ! Indeed, we went to see and walk on the parangkusumo desert, small yes but quite interesting to see sand dunes appearing after the forest. Coordinates: 8°00’59.5″S 110°19’03.9″E.

Finally, we reached our amazing hotel.

Queen Of The South Beach Resort, Girijati, Purwosari, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55872, Indonesia. Amazing pool with view on the sea, nice and clean bedroom. Good breakfast and barbecue.

Day 4

Day 4 started with a fail, we wanted to do the Langse Cave and the dardevil treck, but it ended up by turning back at the start of the trail. The ladders were not in a good shape and it was too risky with 100 m hollow on the right side.

We changed our plans and drove toward an organic farm and a nice view on the countryside. Wisata Alam Seribu Batu. Beautiful view.

Then after chatting with the owner of the farm, we drove to Pinus Asri Where we found a nice forest of pine tree.

Back to yogja, where we slept one more night, close to the airport in a nice homestay.

Griya Cemara homestay, Jl. Pisang, Maguwoharjo, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia.

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