Selarong Cave in Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
hose who live in Bantul Regency and Yogyakarta Special Region should have heard about a famous vacation spot called Selarong Cave. This historical and unique cave resides in Guwosari Village at Pajangan Sub-District. The cave is related to the historical Diponegoro War that happened in 1825 until 1830. No wonder, lots of outsiders and tourists want to visit it for detailed information regarding the history. Many of them also come to the site for sightseeing and photography. For the information, the cave is located on a hilly area. That means visitors have the opportunity to enjoy trekking too!
It takes some time to reach Selarong Cave. Despite the fact, the tiredness is paid off by the serene atmosphere and unique nuance of the cave. The parking area is available and visitors should pay the entrance fee before exploring the site. The size of the cave is moderate and it even features fences! The next noticeable feature is indeed a giant banyan tree that provides a shady ambiance to the site. What is more? Tourists may also see a Prince Diponegoro Statue who rides a black horse there. Also, the site has several buildings including an exhibition room, hall, and diorama room.
Exploring Selarong Cave
It is recommended to come to Selarong Cave with a local guide or someone who knows the route well. The purpose is to get thorough information regarding the site! This guide would show all the interesting parts of the site, too. For instance, Selarong Cave consists of Kakung Cave and Putri Cave. Each of them resembles a gender, actually. “Kakung” means a man while “Putri” means a woman, after all. The best thing is that tourists are allowed to explore both caves thoroughly.
Hiring a local guide during the exploration is a good idea. It is because tourists can also learn the history regarding the cave. As mentioned before, the cave is related to the famous Diponegoro War. The prince used the cave as his base during the war. He used Kakung Cave while his wife (Raden Ayu Ratnaningsih) used Putri Cave. Tourists who explore the caves are allowed to take photos too, so don’t worry.
Aside caving and learning history, visitors can take advantage of other benefits during the visit. For example, they can reach a nearby hill and find two tombs for pilgrimage. In the same area, there is a viewing post for sightseeing and relaxation. In the east part of Selarong Cave, tourists can even find other attractions like waterfalls, fountains, rivers, and camping ground!
- Ray Semar Art Gallery
- Dolikan Village
- Kedung Pengilon Waterfall
How to Get There
The simplest and fastest way to get to Yogyakarta Special Region is by airplane. For those coming from Jakarta City, they can take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Adisucipto Airport. This flight usually takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes. From the airport, after arriving at Yogyakarta City, tourists should head to Bantul Regency right away by taking Imogiri Timur Street. The distance is 20.8 km, so this trip would take around 27 minutes only. Later, after reaching Bantul, tourists may continue the trip and head to Selarong Cave at Guwosari Village in Pajangan Sub-District. The best route to take is Bakulan Imogiri Street and the distance is 12.5 km. It is likely this trip would take around 28 minutes!
Where to Stay
- Srengenge Bed
- Krebet Homestay
- Griya Pandansari
- KVLatresna Villa