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Sri Gethuk, It’s a waterfall..!

The earth has music for those who listen

Jogja, 25 August 2012

So we went, to a beautiful waterfall surrounded by karst valley and riding a motorbike on really rough road just to get there. Quite a view compare with that long, dusty road along our way.

The name, ‘Sri Gethuk’ came from the word ‘kethuk’ whom according to local story, is a Djin of Gamelan instrument who live there at the waterfall.

It is said that sometimes you can hear the sound of gamelan from the direction of the waterfall

(I don’t need to prove that I guess :D).

Playen, gunung kidul, Yogyakarta, daerah itu sebenernya sangat akrab denganku, secara, nenek (alm) dulu tinggal di daerah ini, jadi dari kecil saya tahu jalanan pegunungan Gunung Kidul. Hanya saja, tempat wisata air terjun Sri Gethuk ini baru populer 2 tahunan ini, entah siapa dan kapan ditemukan dan akhirnya dipopulerkan untuk tempat wisata.

rough and dusty road

oya river

view from the waterfall

Ride a raft or walk along paddy field to get to the fall

Rent a life vest if you want to swim (no swim without life vest, that’s what  the tickets officer said to us)

Location:

Bleberan, Playen, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Entrance fee: 5000 IDR (including visit fee to Rancang Kencono cave)

Raft fee: 5000 IDR each (one way)

Semoga saja dengan bertambahnya turis yang penasaran untuk kesana, tempat ini akan lebih dikembangkan lagi oleh pemerintah daerah setempat, dengan perbaikan jalan dan pelestarian hutan di sekitarnya (entah hutan apa ya.. kapur mulu dimana-mana..)

Dan, ya.. tidak ada gethuk (makanan dari singkong)  di sana, tadinya mo nyari oleh-oleh gitu, ternyata tidak ada yang jualan gethuk..hahaha

Tapi, melihat tempat yang masih alami ini, memang sangat menyenangkan, airnya bening dan bersih, dan ada ikan-ikan yang berenang terlihat dari atas rakit.

paddy field in front, karst cliff behind

So, if you had a chance to visit Yogyakarta, go to Sri gethuk waterfall

Nearby, we can also visit an underground cave “Goa Rancang kencana” with a huge tree in the entrance. It was quite dark inside; a flashlight would be help to explore the cave. Though we can rent one from the locals.

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