Those who visit the Yogyakarta Special Region should not forget to drop by in a famous area called Kaliurang. It is located in the north part of the region, which is on a highland. In fact, it resides near to the border between Central Java Province and Yogyakarta Special Region. In terms of name, it means the River of Shrimps or Sungai Udang. Despite the fact, tourists would find lots of villas and inns there instead of shrimps. People usually come to Kaliurang for relaxation, sightseeing, photography, and recreation. Some of them also want to enjoy adventures like trekking, jeep riding, forest exploration, and much more! For the information, the exact location is in Hargobinangun Village at Pakem Sub-District.

The Nuance

As mentioned before, Kaliurang is located on a highland. No wonder, both the atmosphere and nuance are quite refreshing. Not to mention the panoramas look amazing. The most noticeable one is indeed the view of Merapi Volcano on the horizon. This hilly site also features many inns and natural attractions. Tourists can even a recreational area, waterfall, viewing post, and much more! In the east part, lots of monkeys are seen on trees. Plus, tourists may find stairs that lead to Pronojiwo Hill. The view is definitely better up there. Have no worries. Lots of local eateries and facilities are available. Tourists can even find a camping ground in Kaliurang!

Exploring Kaliurang

The first most common reason for visiting Kaliurang is indeed related to recreation and relaxation. Tourists want to enjoy the comfy nuance and feel the refreshing air. The right spot to visit, in this case, is Plawangan Turgo. This area features various landscapes, which are suitable for photography and exploration. Everyone would feel satisfied when exploring the tropical forest and see cute local monkeys! Another noticeable object is the piles of Merapi’s stones that scatter in the forest. Those become a good object for photography, somehow.

Culinary becomes the next reason why lots of tourists come to Kaliurang. They want to try numerous local foods and snacks there. The most popular ones are Sate Kelinci, Jadah Tempe, Nasi Klenyer, and Sate Donal. As for the drinks, tourists can have Wedang Gedang, Wedang Ronde, and coffee. As for the price, it is fixed, so bargaining seems impossible. Thus, everyone should consider carrying enough money when visiting Kaliurang.

An exploration is the next recommended activity to do. That means tourists simply explore all parts of that area, including Tlogo Putri, Plunyon Kalikuning, viewing post, and much more. As for the tip, it is recommended to come with a local guide. He knows the exact location of those places, after all. Not to mention he would give thorough information about them.

Nearby Attractions

• Elang Jawa Monument
• Plunyon Kalikuning
• Taman Gardu Pandang
• Ulen Sentalu Museum

How to Get There

Before heading to Kaliurang, tourists must reach Yogyakarta City first and they can get there by airplane. For those coming from Jakarta City (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport), in this case, their flight to Yogyakarta may take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After arriving at Adisucipto International Airport, they can simply take Kaliurang Street and head to the final destination right away. The distance is 28.8 km, so this trip would take around 43 minutes. It can be faster when the traffic is low and tourists take the best transportation service, though.

Where to Stay

• Puri Indah Inn
• Amarylis Villa
• K Hotel