Tritip Cave in Jepara Regency, Central Java Province
Even though Jepara Regency is known mostly for its natural attractions, the region also has interesting historical spots for tourists to visit. One of them is called Tritip Cave and it is located in Ujungwatu Village and it resides in Donorejo Sub-District. Not only the site offers a nice environment for exploration, it also emits a mystical atmosphere due to the history. No wonder, the locals consider it sacred and often conduct a ritual on the site. As for tourists, the cave is suitable for photography, exploration, and learning history.
The good thing is Tritip Cave offers a fresh and natural nuance instead of a damp and creepy one. Thanks to the presence of shady trees located outside. Despite the fact, the cave still has a mystical aura. The reason is the cave was once used as a place for a hermitage. What about the interior? Once getting inside, tourists may hear the sound of water. It gives a soothing ambiance to the site, somehow. On the roof of the cave, tourists may see lots of roots and mosses growing abundantly. Located near to the entrance of the cave, an ancient boat resides where Mbah Joyo conducted a hermitage!
Exploring Tritip Cave
As stated before, villagers consider Tritip as a sacred cave. This explains why tourists may smell incenses once they arrive at the location. Not to mention they may see some offerings on the ground. It is because the locals regularly visit the cave and conduct a ritual for a blessing. If tourists are lucky enough, they may be able to watch the entire procession during the visit. As an alternative, they can ask villagers regarding the schedule of the event. Outsiders are allowed to watch and join the ritual, as long as they don’t make a fuss on the site, after all.
The next allure in Tritip Cave is related to the history. According to the locals, Mbah Joyo Kusumo came to the cave and conducted a hermitage. He was a respected and famous person back then. This person sat on an old boat and spent a serene hermitage in that area! The purpose was to look for the God’s blessing and avoid bad things that may happen in the future. Knowing the story, villagers believe that Mbah Joyo Kusumo’s spirit remains in the cave and is able to help them to deliver prays and hopes to the God.
For the information, the locals conduct the ritual at night every Friday Wego. They carry several offerings like young coconuts, red white porridge, coffee, and much more, to the site and conduct either praying or a hermitage. Some people also burn traditional incenses there. This ritual has become a new culture in that area. No wonder, many tourists are interested to watch it directly!
- Watu Putih Mountain
- Banyumanis Waterfall
- Putri Mandalika Beach
How to Get There
From Semarang City in Indonesia, tourists need to take about 2 hours and 6 minutes to get to Jepara Regency. It is because the distance is 78.1 km. As for the best route, tourists should take Kudus – Semarang Street. Once they arrive at Jepara, they can simply take Jepara – Bangsri Street and head to Ujungwatu Village at Donorejo Sub-District. This trip may take around 1 hour and 16 minutes, as the distance is 45.9 km, actually.
Where to Stay
- Kelet Hotel
- Tayu Asri Hotel