The Imogiri area is venerated for being the royal cemetery complex for the kings and queens of the Mataram dynasty, located in Yogyakarta. Perched on the slopes of Mt. Merapi, the cemetery holds sets of daunting steps to walk up before you reach its summit. The shortest stairway contains 9 steps, a symbol of the Walisongo, the nine first promulgators of Islam on Java, while the longest 346 steps mark the 346 years that it took to complete the complex. AFter your visit to the royal grounds, take time to explore the surroundings where you can find remarkable places that you should visit to enjoy nature's grandeur on this side of Yogyakarta.
1. Imogiri Pine Forest
- Desa Mangunan, Kecamatan Dlingo, Kabupaten Bantul
Ecotourism has been the strength of this area, with plenty of forests, mountains and hidden waterfalls awaiting to be found. One of the most famous is the Imogiri Pine forest, also known as Mangunan pine forest. Every day the place is visited, mostly by young people who love to take great selfies in this sub-tropical forest. Couples who wish to take their pre-wedding pictures also come here to get a chance to obtain dramatic photo scenes in the romantic shades of the pine trees.
2. Mangunan Fruit Garden
- Mangunan, Dlingo, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55783
This orchard holds an abundant choice of tropical fruits and more. Additionally, you can also learn the process of breeding cows. Located at 150-200 m above sea level, you can enjoy a stunning view of the surrounding natural landscape such as the Parangtritis beach by the Indian Ocean to the south , Bantul city to the west interspersed by the dramatic bends and curves of the Oya river.
3. Seribu Batu Songgo Langit
– Dusun Sukorame, Mangunan, Dlingo, Bantul, Yogyakarta
The name "seribu batu" meaning "a thousand rocks" refers to the rocky terrain of the site, while "songgo langit" or "upholding the sky" refers to the hill nearby, that looks as if it upholds the clouds and supports the sky. The place is always swarming with visitors, especially on weekends. You can choose to take photographs of the houses, the hobbit's lodge, the bridge and many other corners here.
4. Gerojogan Lepo Waterfalls
- Pokoh 1, Dlingo, Bantul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Lepo is the abbreviation of Ledok Pokoh, the village where this enchanting waterfall is situated. It comes with natural ponds in hues of light teal green, soothing any eyes gazing upon its water. There are three tiers of ponds with three different surroundings, so make sure you explore the beauty of them all.
5. Tembi Rumah Budaya
- Jl. Parangtritis KM 8.4 Timbulharjo, Sewon, Yogyakarta
This is a small mix-used complex built for showcasing the arts and vintage collections, and traditional performances> It also has a library, a restaurant and a cozy hotel built in Javanese architecture. If you intend to stay here, you can enjoy a spacious room with ethnic interior and a cool pool overlooking green rice fields. There are nine individual lodges with different names and forms, depicting the iconic traditional architectural home styles found on Java.
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