Jomblang Cave in Gunung Kidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
What makes Gunung Kidul Regency a worthy vacation destination? Well, one of the reasons is the presence of unique natural attractions like Jomblang Cave. This cave located on a highland and has become a good spot for exploration or adventure. The location is in Jetis Wetan Village and it belongs to Semanu Sub-District. The fact is that tourists would find other caves in that area! However, Jomblang is the best when it comes to popularity. Aside from the seclusion, the cave has other charms especially related to history. Not to mention visitors are allowed to conduct caving and exploration inside!
In terms of nuance, Jomblang Cave feels so peaceful and damp. It is because the location is on a highland and everyone should undergo short trekking in order to reach the location. The mouth of the cave is vertical and it has different types of depth! The locals usually apply a specific technique in order to get down to the cave, which is called the single rope technique. For the information, the deepest one reaches up to 80 meters! Do you dare to enter it?
Exploring Jomblang Cave
It is true that most people would visit the cave to conduct caving or exploration. However, some outsiders need to find reliable information regarding the cave first before exploring it. For instance, it is related to the routes. According to the locals, 4 available routes are available to explore and enter the cave. The easiest one is called the VIP, having the depth of about 15 meters. As for the most difficult one, it is the A route (having the depth of 80 meters). The diameter of the cave is 50 meters, so it is quite wide and looks majestic!
Aside from caving, people have other reasons for visiting Jomblang Cave. For example, it is related to history. Villagers and local guides would tell the information freely to visitors, so don’t worry. It is said the cave was once used by the local government to conduct a massacre to the members of the communist party (PKI). The nuance also feels mystical! In fact, the locals once performed a ritual in that area for the sake of the safety of visitors and explorers.
So, what is in the base of Jomblang Cave? After reaching the base, tourists may find lots of fertile and lush plants. Some natural cambers can also be seen inside. Plus, the cave offers beautiful big stalagmites, which are perfect as a photography background. Don’t forget to carry a camera when visiting the cave later, therefore.
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How to Get There
It is considered easy to reach Jombang Cave. The first thing to do is definitely to head to Yogyakarta City. For those coming from Jakarta City, they should take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta. This flight usually takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Have no worries. It can be faster during good weather. After arriving at the airport, tourists can simply take Nasional III Street and head to Gunung Kidul first. This trip would take around 1 hour and 9 minutes, as the distance is 44.8 km. Next, they may continue the trio and head to Jomblang Cave at Jetis Wetan Village. The distance is 4 km, so the trip may only take around 18 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Tiyuk Homestay
- Pak Ibnu Homestay
- Orchid Inn