In this article, I will provide you with some of the best things to do in Jogja based on my personal experience. You might have read my previous article which tells you my story when I visited Kedung Pedut waterfall, Kalibiru National Park, and Sermo Reservoir. Well, here, you will have the other travel experience I’ve got! Now, are you ready to figure out my wonderful holiday experience to Panguk Kediwung hill, the Pine forests, and Mangunan fruit orchard?
My second time in Jogja
It was 5 o’clock in the morning when I reached the Giwangan bus terminal. Well, since there would have been no hotels around which allowed anyone to check in as early as six o’clock, then, I decided to go straight to my first destination. Oh, by the way, unlike my previous trip to Jogja (which was not actually for a vacation), this one was purely for having fun and enjoying my spare time. Also, this trip was a one-day trip to do several things to do in Jogja; I spent so much energy on the trip. Oh, by the way, I went to Jogjakarta on the following week after my first trip; the journey happened on December 8, 2018, and it was Saturday. Having a vacation on weekends proved to be fun, although most spots would definitely get crowded by a huge crowd of tourists!
Before I went to my first destination, I visited a warung (some place which is quite similar to a diner) to buy something to eat since I had not any breakfast yet during my trip from my hometown, Semarang. I did not really remember the name of the warung, but the foods served here tasted great, considering that it was really cheap. Then, after my belly got satisfied, I fetched an online motorbike transportation service to reach that place, which turned out that although it was not too distant, the route was a little bit extreme and it took me a bit of my cash for paying the driver since the route was a bit harsh.
Panguk Kediwung hill- the first point of destination
As I have told you earlier, I went to several places to do things to do in Jogja, and the first one was Panguk Kediwung hill. After a relatively bumpy ride and a costly fare, I finally managed to reach this wonderful place, although I was a bit too late to enjoy the sunrise since I arrived there at 5:40. I managed to enjoy the sunrise, but not from the beginning where the sun was still hiding under the horizon. Nonetheless, it was an extraordinary experience since it was pretty difficult to find a perfect place which gives you a sensation like being in a tiny nation above a pack of clouds. If heavens do exist, then, I bet that it looked like the hill!
Other than enjoying the sunrise, is there anything you can do here? Why, of course! You can walk around the forest nearby or having a feast of local foods you can find around the site. After spending two hours on the hill, I decided to go to the other tourist attraction which was not too far from the hill, which was the Pine Forest. It was not too distant; in fact, I managed to reach that place on foot! Of course, it took some time to reach it!
The Pine Forest- an area for photograph addicts
Definitely, the hill was wonderful to visit since it provided a hell of a view, but what about the Pine Forest? Personally, this site was not the best tourist site I visited, but it was worth visiting, nonetheless. This site was equipped with a lot of installations which you can use to take interesting photos- either the photos of the area or the photo of yourself since it was the best spot for photo hunting. Well, I did not take too many photos here since I preferred to enjoy the scenery with my own eyes instead of using the devices to capture pictures. However, I did enjoy the scenery which featured a large forest from the higher ground there and from a viewing post available. I spent two hours here- mainly for enjoying the scenery, but photo hunters would definitely spend way more time than me since they would never want to miss any spots to be captured by their camera and it was one of the best things to do in Jogja.
After spending some time on the Pine Forest, I went to a café nearby to have a coffee. The coffee is a bit pricey, but it was worth it if you love a cup of tasty coffee. Oh, by the way, I also managed to find a socket to recharge my phone. You would not want your phone went off when you need it to open Google Maps in order to figure out where you currently were. Then, I looked for a bike rental and managed to find one.
Mangunan Fruit Orchard- Fresh Produce, Best Produce!
After fifteen minutes of bike paddling, I managed to reach my final destination, which was the Mangunan Fruit Orchard. This one was a bit difficult to reach since the orchard was located on a hill and it was pretty high- about 200 meters above the sea surface. However, regret was the thing that was impossible to occur when you were here- the view was amazing! From up here, you could get the view of the entire hill and you could also feel the serenity Mother Nature provides for all of us. However, I have to admit that I chose the wrong time to visit it since the best time would be when it was sunrise. Well, at least I could receive educational information regarding the fruits and plants which were planted around that orchard!
Can you buy the fruits that are available here? Yes, one of the things to do in Jogja is that you can buy the fruits here, but I decided not to since the price of the fruits were a bit expensive compared to those sold on the supermarkets. Apparently, the fruits were grown with an organic method, and that was the factor why they were expensive. Well, those were the things to do in Jogja!