This article will be the narrative of the things to do in Jogja and it will be based on my experience. The Special Region of Jogjakarta will be the place where my journey took place. Stay and read this article to figure out my traveling experience, as well as to figure out what you can do in this beloved city!
Jogja- the city which nobody would reject to visit
I went to Jogjakarta when I was looking for a job and I received a call which said that I was invited to attend an interview. Well, it is unfortunate that I am not really able to memorize the company whom its office I went into, but I do remember when I went to that magnificent city, and the date was November 30, 2018. The day was Friday, a popular day for a vacation in Indonesia, although a vacation was not exactly my main purpose for coming here. However, I realized that visiting this city without enjoying its natural tourist attractions would not be cool at all, and I decided to take a little break and having a view around the city for a while.
Before that, I definitely will have to describe which hotel I went to spend my nights during my visit. Well, when visiting the city of Jogjakarta, I was still looking for a job and I was still a freelance worker. It means that I did not have too much money in my wallet, and that is true. For most of the time, I went to a hotel named Hotel Maleo, a cheap but comfortable hotel which is situated on Surayuda Street, a small gang connected to Kaliurang Street in Jogjakarta. I understand that the hotel was pretty far from the places that I was going to visit for things to do in Jogja, but my job interview was near the area, and I did not have any choice. But hey, it was not a bad choice at all since the hotel is pretty impressive, although there are several aspects that they might need to improve.
Kedung Pedut- the multi-layered waterfalls surrounded with a mystical atmosphere
After I have finished my job interview, I went back to my hotel and I put some of the items I consider would not be required during my time in the waterfall. The road was pretty long and tough; it took me 1 hour of a motorcycle ride to reach the place. The journey started with taking the road near the Tugu Jogja (Jogja Monument) and ended on the Kedung Pendut waterfall; you can find the complete route on Google Maps- I do not write the complete route here since it would take too much space!
It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon when I reached the parking area. Then, I went to the waterfall by walking (since the paths available are accessible only by foot!) and after I went across a random valley (it was a beautiful valley, by the way, although the pathway seemed a bit neglected) I was amazed when I stepped into the waterfall area. It turned out that the site was not composed by a single waterfall but multiple waterfalls that are layered instead. The waterfalls, by the way, are numerous and each of them has their own sizes and shapes; you can find any sizes from a tiny waterfall which is sized as small as a door of a house to a gigantic waterfall which as tall as eleven to twelve meters. A local said that the waterfall complex is about twenty meters high in total- totally awesome!
The waterfalls had their own ponds surrounding them, and you would love them since the ponds are so serene and clean. However, it could be otherwise if you came during the renovation day since the ponds are known to get a bit dirty when there is a renovation. I spent about three hours here to enjoy the atmosphere and, of course, to get a bit wet! Fortunately, there was a hot shower nearby. By the way, I forgot to mention the entrance fare, which was IDR 3,000 for each person and IDR 2,000 for parking fare. I went back to the hotel after it and reached it at 7:30 PM.
Kalibiru national park, a natural wonder and attraction
On the following day, I woke up and went to another natural tourist attraction in Jogjakarta, which was the Kalibiru National Park. One of the things to do in Jogja would be visiting the park, and it is one of the wonderful places you need to visit in your lifetime! Since Kalibiru is situated not far from the Kedung Pedut waterfall, I expected that my journey would be the same as the yesterday one.
Actually, I was not expecting that the national park was well-founded and built. However, thankfully, I was wrong since the spot had the best tourism facilities that I have ever seen in a national park. Here, I saw several people enjoying outdoor activities available. I ended up trying the flying fox attraction since I love the flying/falling sensation every time I used it. I also came across the adrenaline bridge, which was not that scary, by the way. Also, there was an option to climb the peak in order to enjoy the scenery around, but I ignored that since I did not have too much energy to do so. After spending for about 3 hours of time (I came when it was 12 PM, by the way), I went to the Sermo Reservoir.
Sermo reservoir, the best place to fall in love
The next part of the best things to do in Jogja would be visiting another natural attraction, which is the Sermo Reservoir. Alright, it might not be that natural since it was built by humans, but the view looked so natural here. It was not too far from Kalibiru National park and I did not find any difficulties finding the place. I spent some hours here, waiting for the sunset. Fortunately, I brought a good book so that it would not be too boring. The sunset here was, simply saying, magnificent; it might be one of the best in the world!
After enjoying the sunset, I went back to the hotel. I reached the hotel when it was 10 PM since I stopped by on the street to buy some food. The following day, I went back to my home in Semarang. Well, there are so many interesting things to do in Jogja!