Margo Tresno Cave in Nganjuk Regency, East Java Province

Natural attractions never disappoint tourists. It is because people can enjoy a peaceful nuance and beautiful panoramas during the visit. Another benefit is the adventure opportunity! In this case, Nganjuk Regency offers Margo Tresno Cave for nature lovers. It is located in Sugih Waras Village at Ngluyu Sub-District. This mystical cave offers more than beauty, in fact. It is because visitors can enjoy other things like caving, photography, and exploration. As long as everyone knows the route, they can safely explore the site! The atmosphere is merrier if they come with either friends or family members, though.

The Nuance
As mentioned before, the nuance is mystical and sacred. No wonder, the locals won’t do careless things when exploring the cave. Outside, the cave looks simple and it features a signboard. The size of the mouth cave is small, but people can get in easily. Inside, the ambiance is dark and damp. Not to mention lots of bats live in it! On top of that, the location is in the midst of a teak forest of Kendeng Mountains! Not only the cave is secluded, but it also features a challenging trekking route.

Exploring Margo Tresno Cave
The first thing that tourists can enjoy when visiting Margo Tresno Cave is definitely trekking. It is because the only way to reach the site is by walking. Everyone should pass through a steep and challenging pathway to get there, after all. At the entrance of the trekking area, visitors may even find a natural spring called Sendang Ubalan. Thus, it is recommended to drop by and enjoy the beauty before heading to the cave. Both the cave and fountain emit a mystical nuance, in fact.

There is even a local belief or rumor. It is said couples who conduct a ritual both in the cave and natural spring would get a long-lasting relationship. Also, according to the locals, the cave was once visited by Raden Alip (Demak’s noble) in order to conduct a hermitage. He spent this valuable time with their lover, too, namely Nur Siti. They prayed for eternal love and got away from the family issues. Their tombs can be found in that area, as well, which is called Makam Tlimah.

In terms of name, “Margo” means the way while “Tresno” means love. Both the history and mystical atmosphere become the prime allures in the cave. However, tourists also visit it for other reasons. For instance, they want to conduct photography and explore the cave thoroughly (both outside and inside).

Nearby Attractions

  • Watu Rides Gandul
  • Putri Ayu Waterfall
  • Embung Alas Brendo
  • Lengko Mountain

How to Get There
Before heading to Margo Tresno Cave, tourists should head to Nganjuk Regency first. From Surabaya City, this trip would take around 2 hours and 3 minutes. It is because the distance is 112 km. As for the best route, tourists should take Surabaya – Mojokerto Highway first. Next, they must take Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway and head to the downtown right away. From Nganjuk, tourists only need to take Gondang – Ngluyu Street and head to the cave directly. The distance is 25.6 km, so this trip would take around 48 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Gerung Hotel
  • Djaya Hotel
  • Istana Hotel

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