Gandu Waterfall in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta


Purwosari Village of Girimulyo Sub-District perhaps becomes a new significant allure in Kulon Progo Regency, especially in terms of tourism. The most noticeable thing is definitely the presence of interesting waterfalls like Kedung Gandu. This one is known for the serenity and secluded location, so it is suitable for lessening and eradicating stresses. Some people also come to the site in order to conduct photography, in fact. As for others, they are interested in exploration. Thanks to the challenging route and landscape. The site even suits for a short trekking!

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Gandu Waterfall looks more peaceful than others due to the secluded location. Still, it has a unique charm and comes with several features as well. For instance, the waterfall has a small water discharge and sloping tilt. Thus, tourists won’t hear noisy gurgling water once arriving at the site. The next recognizable feature is the presence of tons of rocks scattered on the site. Even a fallen trunk resides horizontally in front of the waterfall (which becomes a perfect spot for photography). Not to mention a small lake-like pond resides beneath it!

Exploring Gandu Waterfall
Unlike regular waterfalls with their falling water, Gandu comes with a somewhat tilt water flow. No wonder, it looks unique and worth a photo shoot. Not to mention visitors are able to climb it and view the better scenery from up there. What they need to pay attention is only the slippery surface! That means they should climb carefully and wear good footwear. For those who have no guts to climb the waterfall must stay in the bottom part of it, though. Have no worries. An interesting fallen trunk resides in front of the waterfall, on where they can sit and enjoy relaxation.

The next common reason for visiting Gandu Waterfall is definitely the fun trip. For the information, the location is in the midst of a forest so tourists need to spend some time and efforts to get to the location. It is said the trekking spends about 20 minutes from Purwosari Village. During the trip, everyone may meet some villagers who work on their farm and some interesting panoramas like lush trees and mountains on the horizon.

The fact is tourists need to pass through 3 other waterfalls before reaching Gandu Waterfall. For the information, the location is in lowest and furthest if tourists come from the parking area. No wonder, it requires more stamina and time to get to the site. Here is the good news. The locals have built a path to reach the waterfall, so tourists can enjoy trekking comfortably. Even the views of local farms, hills, and river are seen clearly during the trip!

Nearby Attractions

  • Kedung Pedut Waterfall
  • Waduk Sermo
  • Glimpang Waterfall

How to Get There
The distance between Adi Sucipto International Airport at Yogyakarta City and Gandu Waterfall is 38.9 km. That means it takes about 1 hour and 5 minutes to get to the location. What tourists need to do is to head to Girimulyo Sub-District first. Next, they should reach Purwosari Village where the waterfall is located. As for the best route, it is recommended to take Godean Street for a faster trip!

Where to Stay

  • Rimbono Homestay
  • Gado-Gado BnB
  • Amanjiwo Inn


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