Satu lagi pantai yang sangat layak dikunjungi di wilayah Kabupaten Gunungkidul, Provinsi DI Yogyakarta. Namanya Pantai Ngobaran, yang berjarak sekitar 65 kilometer dari Yogyakarta. Mengapa layak? Karena ada keunikan tersendiri. Di bibir pantai terdapat beberapa rumah ibadah, yaitu pura, replika candi, dan sebuah mushola.
Ketika tiba di lokasi pantai, saya disambut dengan sebuah gapura. Setelah melewati tempat parkir pun saya harus memasuki sebuah gerbang yang menyerupai pintu masuk menuju rumah ibadah.
Pantai Ngobaran sangat cocok untuk bermain air.
Kabupaten Gunung Kidul menyimpan banyak pesona wisata pantai, salah satunya adalah Pantai Kukup yang terletak kira-kira 25 km di selatan Wonosari, ibukota Gunung Kidul, di sebelah timur Pantai Baron. Pantai ini bisa dibilang pantai yang paling indah dan relatif dekat dari Wonosari dibanding pantai-pantai lain. Tak heran, pantai ini termasuk pantai yang paling populer bagi wisatawan yang datang dari Yogyakarta.
Let say you are an expatriate working in Jakarta or having a business trip in Indonesia. You may consider to run away from Jakarta during long weekend. Yogyakarta or simply called Jogja is one of the most recommended place. Why? Because it is the second top destination after Bali. Known as student and cultural city, it is a place where modern city perfectly blends with traditional village. There are several flights daily from 6 in the morning to 9 in the night. It’s only an hour flight, but remember Soekarno Hatta International Airport is located outside of Jakarta which may take up to 2 hours from city center. You can also go by train which takes 9 hours.
Day 1 – Saturday
You shall catch a flight on Friday afternoon. Please consider crowded traffic to airport during long weekend, you should calculate the fastest time you can escape from office till reach the airport. Before 4 o’clock is the best time since you can arrive in airport within an hour from city center. If you board at 6 pm, you will arrive in Jogja at 7 pm. From Adisutjipto International Airport Jogja, you can go to your hotel by taxi or bus. Airport taxi is recommended transportation eventough more expensive than metered taxi outside. You can also go by TransJogja bus. Just for your info, you can also go by train from Maguwoharjo Railway Station. Adisutjipto International Airport is the one and only airport in Indonesia which have bus station and railway station located nearby.
Now it’s time to find a hotel. The best and most popular place is Sosrowijayan area, next to Tugu Railway Station and Malioboro street, the most famous street in Jogja. You can find wide range of accomodation from cheap hostel to 4 star hotel. It takes only half an hour by taxi from airport.
The first destination is Borobudur Temple, the biggest and the most famous buddhist temple in the world, one of UNESCO World Heritage. Borobudur is located in Magelang district, Central Java Province. It takes around one and a half hour by car from Jogja. I recommend you to rent a car for easy mobilization. It’s better to go early morning around 7 am. Borobudur Temple is built in 9th century during the reign of Syailendra Dynasty. Since it is the masterpiece of Jogja and Central Java tourism, Borobudur Temple shall be your first destination.
An Indonesian family backpacker, been to 25+ countries as a family. Yogyakarta native, now living in Crawley, UK. Author of several traveling books and travelogue. Owner of OmahSelo Family Guest House Jogja. Strongly support family traveling with kids.