15 top things to do in Yogyakarta Java Indonesia

Prambanan Temple credit to Flickr Arwin

Experience the special Yogyakarta, featuring its beautiful cultures, natures and more. Enjoy your holiday at most with these 20 things to do in Yogyakarta

15 top things to do in Yogyakarta

1. Visit the majestic and iconic Borobudur Prambanan temples using the joint tickets

Technically Borobudur temple is not located in Yogyakarta but most of the travelers visit Borobudur through Yogyakarta, and that’s actually one of the main reasons the people visiting Yogyakarta.

Borobudur is about 40 minute drive trip from Yogyakarta. It is best to purchase the joint tickets for both Borobudur and Prambanan, therefore it is cheaper and more practical. It costs Rp 350,000 for joints tickets and are valid for two days, just in case you will not be able to visit both temples on the same day.

However it is great idea to enjoy the mind blowing sunrise at Borobudur and settle down for beautiful sunset and time at beautiful Prambanan temple.

2. Hike the mystical Merapi Volcano on of must things to do in Yogyakarta

Another iconic attraction in Yogyakarta is the mystical mount Merapi, it is real hiking treks but totally worth it.

If you are into mountaineering, hiking mount Merapi is definitely one of must things to do in Yogyakarta.

It is good idea to do the overnight hike for catching up the mind blowing sunrise from the Merapi peak. You can arrange yourself a joint hikes with other travelers therefore it is cheaper and the more is the merrier.

3. Take Merapi Lava Tour

If you are not into though hiking you could still get the feeling and get to know more about this mystical volcano by taking the Merapi Lava Tour. It is an off road adventure on the slopes of Merapi Volcano. The tour is taken place around the most affected region by the last merapi volcanic explosion.

The tour is done by renting the 4×4 jeep through a beautiful landscape of the volcanic eruption and you will also get the chance to learn more about the merapi explosion by visiting merapi museum.

4. Enjoy the pleasant cycling to the countryside around  Yogyakarta

Cycling is one of my favorite things to do in Yogyakarta. Besides, Yogyakarta was dominated by the bicycles as recently as the 1970’s but has since been encroached upon by a lot of motorbikes (scooters) whizzing around.

The best thing about Yogyakarta is that you just need to travel for only few kms from the city then you will get your eyes pampered by the beautiful lush green rice field area and beautiful landscaping of the country sides. If you would like to experience this, the west side of Jogja is the best.

Generally speaking it is nice to cycling all around Yogyakarta. In term of cycling trek  depend on your preference and physically fit.

If you are into uphill cycling, try to catch up either sunrise or sunset up to the south of Yogyakarta, Kebun buah Bangunan.

Either sunrise or sunset are mind blowing. I did it had cycling up there for sunset, but make sure to take the headlight otherwise you will have to use your ‘heart’ for seeing the road. The roads of the villages close to the sunset/sunrise points are dark. No road lights are installed though.

Mangunan is just one of Yogyakarta sunset/sunrise points. There are a lot of the same sunset/sunrise watching spots around Yogyakarta really.

5. Get amazed by visiting Goa Jomblang (Jomblang cave)

Goa is translated as cave in English, another one of top things to do in Yogyakarta located in Gunung Kidul regency, and is about hour drive from Yogyakarta.

Jomblang cave is located within an ancient forest and is vertical cave with 300 meter alley featuring its beautiful natural ornament leading you the edge of Grubug Cave where you can witness the light from the ‘heaven’.

6. Kalibiru National Park Viewpoint

Looking for the instagenic spot? Then Kalibiru National Park is your destination in Yogyakarta, it is where one of the popular instagram photos was taken.

Here you would witness the beautiful landscape views, however it is best to avoid the weekend as this place can be very crowded on the weekend.

7. Learn more about Javanese culture at Ullen Sentalu Museum

This museum is the place where you can learn everything about Javanese culture. Things like the old photographs of Yogyakarta, old paintings and letters, and beautiful examples of batik and so much more.

The english speaking guide is available to enjoy your visit at most.

8. Get to know Yogyakarta more by visiting the Royal Palace (Keraton)

The Kraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (Kraton)  is the royal palace of Yogyakarta where the Yogyakarta king and his family live.

One of other must things to do in Yogyakarta is learning about the real culture of Yogyakarta more by visiting this royal palace. It also has the cultural shows every day.

Make sure to check out Taman sari (Taman sari water castle) next to the palace.

9. Learn how to make the legendary batik

Yogyakarta is the main destinations for the Batik lovers, for those who want to know and even learn the batik making, Yogyakarta is your perfect place to do it.

It is a complex techniques of drawing & dyeing on fabric but it can be learned and so much fun.

10. Take the Twin Banyan Tree challenge

They say that if you can pass walking in the middle of these twin bayan trees blindfolded then whatever you wish for will come true, it is customary things to do.

11. Visit the popular local made chocolate Monggo factory

If you have few days in Yogyakarta visiting the local made Monggo chocolate factory in KotaGede. They also have a showroom there at the factory.

12. Visit the Museums

Yogyakarta have plenty of museums . Some of the are museum Tembi/Rumah Budaya Tembi at Jl. Parangtritis Km 8,4, Bantul, Museum Affandi at Jalan Laksda Adisucipto Nomor 167 and Museum Batik Yogyakarta at Jl. Dr. Sutomo, Yogyakarta and so much more

13. Take a walk around Jalan Malioboro

You don’t want to miss the most popular street in Yogyakarta Malioboro. Take a walk  around Malioboro. And maybe stop by pasar Beringharjo which opens from 9 am until 4 pm for some cheap nice souvenirs.

However it is more pleasant to take a walk in the evening around Malioboro though, maybe you can try the one of the best streets to sample cheap local food.

14. Try the Flying Fox

Flying fox in Yogyakarta was actually one of the most popular attractions Yogyakarta in 2017 located at the Ecotourism Green Village in Gunung Kidul. The longest Flying Fox in Southeast Asia (625 meters).

15. Enjoy the local food

Having the culinary tour is for sure a must things to do in Yogyakarta.

Try out the authentic Yogyakarta cuisine Gudeg made of young jackfruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. It comes with steamed rice, opor ayam or telur pindang (boiled egg) and with tofu or and of course sambal (sauce) goreng krecek.

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