Cerme Cave in Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
When visiting Bantul Regency, most tourists are likely to head to the southern beaches right away. However, this trip would be imperfect without exploring other tourist attractions including the one called Cerme Cave. This beautiful and sacred cave is located in Selopamioro Village at Imogiri Sub-District. Also, it resides in a hilly area of the southern Bantul. The popularity is definitely excellent, as the cave has been recognized by people for generations. The history, nuance, and beauty become three prime allures of the cave. For the information, tourists usually visit the site for photography, learning history, and exploration.
Cerme Cave resides on 500 meters above the sea level. This explains why the nuance feels so refreshing in that area. In order to reach the location, though, everyone should pass through a challenging trekking route. The pathway is winding and cramped, in fact. However, the beautiful mountainous panorama and refreshing air would accompany everyone along the way to the cave. As for the appearance, the cave has several features especially the stalagmites and stalactites. The depth of the cave is around 1.5 km and it even features an underground river. Plus, the nuance feels quite mystical there!
Exploring Cerme Cave
Before exploring the cave, visitors should find further information regarding the site first. Have no worries. The locals are always ready to help them regarding the history. In terms of name, it derives from the word “Ceramah”, which means a lecture. It is said the cave once was used by Wali Songo as a resting area when spreading Islam in Java Island. Well, tourists can get complete information from the villagers or local guides later.
Caving becomes the most interesting thing to do in Cerme Cave. That means visitors would explore the cave thoroughly, either alone or with a local guide. The adventure starts from the entrance or mouth of the cave. When going down, tourists need to use the ladder. One thing, everyone should walk carefully and use a flashlight during the exploration. When getting deeper, they may see a small fountain called Mata Air Zam-Zam. This spot also becomes locals’ favorite place for hermitage! No wonder, many remains of incenses are scattered there.
During the exploration, tourists may encounter a stunning waterfall as well. The height is no more than 3 meters and it is called Grojogan Sewu. The next feature is the presence of Batu Tirai or the Curtain Rock. What is more? The cave also features more amazing objects like stalagmites, stalactites, Watu Gantung, etc. Don’t forget to take photos of those objects, therefore.
- Becak Hill
- Sri Nanjung Geger Peak
- Cemara Peak
How to Get There
Before heading to Cerme Cave, tourists must head to Yogyakarta Special Region first. For those coming from Jakarta City, in this case, the most recommended way is by airplane. Usually, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport to Adisucipto Airport would take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After reaching Yogyakarta, tourists can take Imogiri Timur Street and head to Bantul Regency right away. The distance is 20.8 km, so the trip would take around 27 minutes. From Bantul, the next trip takes about 18 minutes and the destination is Selopamioro Village at Imogiri Sub-District. The distance is 9.2 km and the best route is Imogiri Siluk.
Where to Stay
- Dika Jaya Homestay
- Omah Ndeso Homestay
- Family Syariah Hotel