Sundak Beach in Gunung Kidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
Located in the south part of Gunung Kidul Regency, many beautiful beaches await tourists. In terms of popularity, Sundak Beach becomes one of the best choices. The location is in Sidoharjo Village and it belongs to Tepus Sub-District. Many things make this beach popular, in fact. One of them is related to the location, which is quite strategic. The beach resides beside other famous beaches like Krakal, Baron, Kukup, and Drini. In the past, people called it Wedimbedah Beach. “Wedimbedah” means the split sand, actually. It is because, during the rainy season, a small river flows passing through in the midst of the shoreline.
Whey the locals changed the name? According to villagers, they named it after a local story regarding the fight between Asu (dog) and Landak (porcupine) in that area. Due to the event, the locals gave the name Sundak to the beach in 1976. As for the nuance, the beach feels both comfy and peaceful. The white sandy shoreline has a soft texture! On the edge of the shoreline (both on west and east part), tourists can also find a majestic coral hill. What about the sea? It is similar to other southern beaches, which features fierce and big waves.
Exploring Sundak Beach
All visitors need to pay for the retribution fee when entering Sundak Beach. These include the parking fee, as well. Have no worries. It is worth the expense! After all, the locals take good care of the environment and are always ready to help tourists regarding both information and accommodations. As for allures, the beach’s main charm is the presence of a water spring. Tourists can simply take a photo of it or enjoy the nuance. As an alternative, they must visit the beach during the rainy season, when a small river is formed on the shoreline.
The next recommended thing to do in Sundak Beach is either beach walking or exploration. The site has many interesting spots to explore, after all. For instance, in the west part, there is a mosque and parking area. When tourists reach in the east part of the shoreline, they would find a cave, where the water spring resides. The size of the cave is big, having the height of about 12 meters. That means this area is suitable for caving and exploration, too.
What is more? The next allure that tourists can enjoy in Sundak Beach is related to culinary. It is because the beach features several local eateries that provide various foods. These include grilled fishes, chicken noodle, seafood, and much more. Eating while watching sea scenery would become a great experience for everyone, no?
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How to Get There
The best way to get to Yogyakarta City is indeed by airplane, especially for those coming from outside the region. For example, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport (Jakarta City) to Adisucipto International Airport may take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. It can even be faster during good weather. Once arriving at the airport, tourists should take Nasional III Street and head to Gunung Kidul Regency right away. The distance is 44.8 km, so the trip would take around 1 hour and 9 minutes. Next, they should take Tepus Street and reach Sundak Beach immediately. This trip may take around 40 minutes, as the distance is 18.7 km.
Where to Stay
- Indraprastha Inn
- Pratama Inn
- Omah Sundak
- Sundak Indah Homestay
- Bukit Seribu Inn