Gandul Mountain in Wonogiri Regency, Central Java Province
For the next holiday, tourists should consider visiting Wonogiri Regency in Central Java Province. The region is suitable for those who love outdoor activities and adventure, actually. As for the reference, there is Gandul Mountain in Giriwono Village. The good thing is the mountain is located near to the downtown, so it comes with an easy accessibility. For the locals, the mountain has become a nice location to do outdoor activities like martial arts practices. For tourists, the site can be a place for relaxation, sightseeing, photography, and trekking!
When it comes to the nuance, Gandul Mountain indeed offers a pristine environment and comfy atmosphere. Thanks to the presence of lots of trees and plants. In terms of size, it resides on 600 meters above the sea level! Most of the time, tourists may hear the songs of crickets (especially during summer). Not to mention the songs of local birds accompany visitors during the exploration. The mountain got the name due to the presence of hanging rocks located on the top of it, actually. “Gandul” means hanging, after all. No wonder, it looks distinct as compared to nearby mountains.
Exploring Gandul Mountain
The first good thing is that visitors don’t need to pay anything to enter the area. That means everyone is allowed to explore Gandul Mountain freely! Also, it is true the accessibility is good but the condition says otherwise. During trekking, tourists may see an abandoned route and uneven surface of the street. Despite the fact, the nuance is comfy enough for trekking. It is both refreshing and peaceful. Some people even say that the area emits a mystical aura!
During the Easter, the local Christians come to Gandul Mountain in order to undergo Via Crucis or Jalan Salib. Not only the participants come from nearby villages, but they also come from other regions. The good thing is tourists are allowed to witness the procession as long as they do not cause any disturbance on the site. Another consideration is that visitors must come at the right time. In this case, they can talk to villagers or tour guide first regarding the schedule. Otherwise, they would miss the opportunity to watch the event.
Another common reason to visit Gandul Mountain is to conduct trekking. It is suitable for those who love outdoor activities and adventure, for sure. Once they arrive at the top of the mountain, they may see the famous hanging rock and witness stunning scenery on the horizon especially Waduk Gajah Mungkur.
- Plinteng Semar Park
- Giri Krida Bakti Square
- Alas Kethu
How to Get There
A trip to Wonogiri Regency may spend about 3 hours and 53 minutes if tourists come from the capital of Central Java Province (Semarang City). It is because the distance is 169 km, but the trip becomes faster if tourists take Semarang – Solo Highway. Once they arrive at Wonogiri, they only need to reach Giriwono Village. The distance is 22.3 km, so this trip may take about 48 minutes. Have no worries. It would be faster if tourists take Wonogiri – Ngadirojo Street.
Where to Stay
- Cendrawasih Hotel
- Dewi Anita Hotel
- Tifa Hotel
- Diafan Hotel