Putri Kencono Cave in Wonogiri Regency, Central Java Province
One of the best tourist sites in Wonogiri Regency is called Putri Kencana Cave and it resides in Wonodadi Village at Pracimantoro Sub-District. The fact is the beauty of the caves should make it one of the nation’s best caves. The only problem is the unpopularity, so not many tourists know the presence of the cave. Moreover, the location is a little bit secluded and it requires some efforts to reach it. According to the locals, the cave was found in 1991 and has become another vacation spot since then. People usually come to the site to learn the history, enjoy photography, exploration, and much more!
It is said the size of Putri Kencono Cave is about 1000 meters per square. In terms of nuance, it is similar to other caves (which is a little bit dark and damp). Despite the fact, the beauty is indisputable. Visitors may see stunning stalagmites and stalactites inside! Not to mention the cave consists of several rooms or chambers. Therefore, everyone should consider hiring a local guide who can tell thorough information and direction regarding those chambers. It is also recommended to carry a flashlight when exploring the cave!
Exploring Putri Kencono Cave
The first common reason for visiting Putri Kencono Cave is to learn the history. Have no worries. Tourists can easily get the information from nearby villagers or tour guides. It is said the name was given based on a beautiful woman who lived in that area, namely Putri Kencana. It was found in 1991 by the locals. According to them, they got a strange order in their dream to dig a hole near a house. Thus, the cave appeared since then. Another story says that the cave was used by King Brawijaya the 5th for a hermitage.
Aside from learning the history, people come to Putri Kencono Cave in order to conduct pilgrimage. They come at a specific time and pray in that location. It is because the locals consider it a sacred place. It is even said there were fossils when the cave was founded in the first time. Thus, everyone should give a respect to the cave and avoid littering at all cost.
Putri Kencono Cave is also suitable for an exploration or caving. In this case, everyone should consider a guide if they want to explore the cave comfortably. It is said the length of the cave is around 121 meters and the width is 4 meters. No wonder, everyone can take advantage of the cave for an adventure!
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How to Get There
The first destination is definitely Wonogiri Regency. If tourists come from Semarang City, they need to spend about 3 hours and 47 minutes to get there. The distance is 176, after all. Have no worries. The trip becomes faster if they take Semarang – Surakarta Street. Once arriving at Wonogiri, their next destination is Wonodadi Village at Pracimantoro Sub-District where the cave is located. Well, this trip may take around 1 hour and 37 minutes as the distance is 57 km. Here is the tip. Everyone should take Raya Pracimantoro – Wonogiri Street for a faster trip.
Where to Stay
- Green Hotel
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