Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Check out what awesome nature things there are to do near Yogyakarta

Jogja Nature Activities

Author: Hannah Griffiths

Indonesia is a country made up of 17,508 islands, all of which are breathtakingly beautiful. Arguably the most famous island in Indonesia is Bali but if you want a tranquil experience surrounded by nature, we recommend the island of Java. Along the
southern coast of Java, you will find the Special Region of Yogyakarta, affectionately referred to as ‘Jogja’. Just to confuse you, the region’s historic capital is also called Yogyakarta. The whole region is nature’s paradise; here you can breathe fresh air and connect with nature.

Jogja nature landscape with the sun rising over distant mountains

The sun rising over the Special Region of Yogyakarta.
Image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/landscape-misty-morning-mountains-sunrise-827109/

Jogja is a haven for wildlife, beautiful landscapes and stunning beaches, which makes connecting to nature effortless. The pine forest Mangunan is a beautiful area around two hours from Jogja city centre, located in the Bantul region. The forest is a popular hiking spot for those who want to be away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. If you are searching for rolling landscapes, then take a trip to Kalibiru National Park! After a slightly steep hike up you will be welcomed with awe-inspiring views of the park and the surrounding countryside. The views you see at Kalibiru park will be like no other, you’ll have hiked through nature’s beauty and be rewarded by spectacular sights.

Jogja is packed with natural formations that will open your eyes to how amazingly creative nature really is. Jomblang Cave is one of nature’s many works of art, here you can be truly immersed in nature as you descend 60 m down a vertical drop into the cave’s depths. Once you reach the bottom of the cave, you’ll see the sunlight beaming down in a natural figuration known as ‘heaven’s light’ and once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why. There is not a more powerful way to connect with nature than seeing a volcano so take a trip to Mount Merapi, in Indonesian it is called Fire Mountain! Merapi is surrounded by 6,410 hectares of designated national parkland where you can hike and cycle. You’ll also have a chance to learn the geological history explaining how Jogja’s environment became what it is today. Merapi is a significant part of Jogja’s landscape as it can be seen for miles around, and viewing an active volcano will make you feel nature’s immense power.

Indonesia is renowned for its picturesque beaches and Jogja does not disappoint. If you want to look out into the endless ocean and feel how big the world is, Jogja is the place for you. Grab a towel and head south to the coast and beach hop your way from the madness of everyday life. Kukup is a striking beach located in the Gunung Kidul regency; it has soft white sand, blue sea, and roaring waves. Here you will see tall rock formations and experience real serenity. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset! Want to swim in nature’s beauty? Visit Nglambor beach where you can rent snorkelling gear and swim with the fish. Nglambor is one of the best beaches in Jogja for swimming as the formation of the bay and surrounding reef creates calm waves, which also provide natural backdrop music to your day.

Nglambor beach.

When in Jogja, connecting to nature is effortless.

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