Yogyakarta is an extremely special city with very friendly and welcoming residents. Wedged strategically between two great ancient temples – Borobudur the renowned Buddhist temple and Prambanan the magnificent Hindu temple. Yogyakarta holds more wonders than these glorious temples, with major streets and narrow alleys are filled with hidden treasures ripe for exploration and discovery. Taste the finest Javanese food and soak yourself in art and culture. Here are Some things you can do in Yogyakarta that locals rarely experience.
Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the leading tourist hangouts in Indonesia, because of all the tourist attractions, sightseeing spots and many things to do it is a great holiday spot for non-residents and even for locals too. Below are some of the most amazing things to do in Yogyakarta that even the locals rarely experience.
1. Hang on a cable cart thread at Timang Beach
Everybody knows that the Gunungkidul Region is home to the most wonderful shores of Yogyakarta, including the Timang Beach, which is located 35 kilometres south of Wonosari. It presents a satisfying view of white waves crashing onto coral rocks and cliffs.
2. Explore the Royal Palace (Kraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat)
The Kraton is essentially the imperial palace and is where the king and his family reside. It’s an excellent place to see and learn more about Javanese culture (straight from those who keep the traditions alive each and every day). There are two entry points into the Kraton, one is from Tepas Keprajuritan and the other is Tepas Pariwisata. There’s a Javanese ethnic show which you can appreciate nearly every day (every day there’s a new performance) either at 9 or 10 am.
3. Kota Gede silver jewelry making
This is one of the most rewarding activities that you can do in Yogyakarta, Indonesia?
Just a 30-minute by road from the city of Yogya and you’ll find an historical old town known for its fine silver artwork and handicrafts. Kota Gede is home to numerous silver craft stores and employs the procedures for creating on-the-spot jewelry. Complete your experience by striving to make your own piece of artwork.
For beginners, it certainly can be a mess since the procedure for creating one piece is boring, and needs lots of focus and patience. Thus, the process of creating a silver work makes you value each and every detail of the craft. Silver making and shopping for silver craft memorabilia is certainly one of the best things to do in Yogyakarta, Indonesia!
4. Venture out to the peaceful Borobudur
Technically not in Yogyakarta but many will undoubtedly do this day trip (only 1 hour drive from Yogyakarta to Borobudur) or few days excursion out of Jogja simply for a visit to Borobudur (a great option if you’ve got the time). You may even join the many tours to Borobudur and Prambanan temples in a day. Yes, it’s worth the excursion and it’s also even better if you’re able to stay the night nearby and view the temple at dawn (in case you take a sunrise tour) or at least be the first to go in when it opens at 8am.
5. Subterranean Cavern Tubing on Nature’s Lazy River
Are you bored of waterparks vacations? You should try the lazy river at the Goa Pindul. Enjoy the beauty of the stalagmite and stalactites stone formations carved on the walls over a century ago, some with specific characteristics including the 4th biggest stalactite on the planet.
6. Discover the secrets of Sewu Temple
Only a few minutes’ walk from Prambanan temple; this is undoubtedly worth a visit if you wish to explore the temple ruins, which is disconcertingly charming. This spot, is an excellent respite from the crowds in Prambanan, and appears to hold many secrets in its many hidden and dim corners.
7. Trek through Mount Merapi (Volcano) ruins
Just in case you are not a serious climber or hiker, you should attempt the brief hike in the direction of Mount Merapi, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the ruins of the last volcano eruption in 2010. You will find yourself humbled by the sheer size of nature’s wrath and the brave people who were witnesses. If you hike to the Mbah Maridjan area, you will learn how the custodian of spirits stood by the people during eruption.
8. Relish the restructured puzzle of Sambisari Temple (Candi)
This is a great stop-off when you are going to Prambanan. On getting there, you will learn that the Sambisari temple was entombed five meters underground for hundreds of years until the first slab of rock was found in 1966. This temple took more than 20 years to excavate stands as a daring testament of many archaeologists finest attempt in restoring the glory of yesteryear’s.
9. Shopping galore in Malioboro
Discover the best prices along the shopping streets of Malioboro, the low-cost shopping district in the centre of Yogya! From totes, tops, and more memorabilia, they have it all here! The prices of wares from little shop halls and street sellers doesn’t differ that much. A varying display of street food can also be seen along the way. The best approach to exploring this area is by foot as it is only a few blocks from the Tugu Railway Station.
One more alternative is renting a Becak (Pedicab) or the omnipresent four-wheeled horse carts popularly known as “Andong”. This is a great way to end your trip to Yogya by getting actual great inexpensive memorabilia in Malioboro, among the nicest areas to see in Yogyakarta, Indonesia!