Lying on the southern slopes of the majestic Mount Merapi Volcano just at the outskirt of Yogyakarta, the Kaliurang highland resort radiates a special sense of serenity. A peaceful escape from the heat and commotion of city life, this is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and energized by the cool refreshing mountain breeze.
The little town has also grown into a favorite destination, not only for Yogyakartans, but also domestic and international tourists. Boasting lush green scenery and cool refreshing air, Kaliurang also has numerous fun attractions and wonderful places that offer a great experience for tourists of all ages. Ready to explore the wonders of Kaliurang? Well, here are some of the awesome places you can visit:
1 | Merapi Volcano Museum
As one of the most active volcanoes on earth, Mount Merapi holds a sacred role in the culture and traditions of the Javanese people. The museum presents everything you need to know about the volcano, including its history, cultural significance, and more. Here, you can also observe remnants of households’ items and other objects, silent witnesses from the last eruption that occurred in 2010. Fusing recreation and education, a trip to Merapi Volcano Museum needs to be in your itinerary when travelling with your family to Yogyakarta.
Address: Jalan Kaliurang KM.22 Hargobinangun, Pakem, Sleman Regency, The Special Region of Yogyakarta
2 | Merapi Park – The World’s Landmarks
Located next to Merapi Volcano Museum, Merapi Park is a recreational park that is growing more popular due to its latest addition called “The World’s Landmarks”. Dedicated for selfie lovers, avid Instagramers, and those who simply love taking photos, The World Landmarks lets you“travel around the world” and take pictures. The Landmark is a miniature park filled with numerous mock-up of iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Netherlands’ wooden windmill, and a lot more. You can take pictures in these world icons with Mount Merapi standing majestically in the background.
Adress: Jalan Kaliurang KM25, Harbinangun, Pakem, Sleman Regency, The Special Region of Yogyakarta
3 | The Lost World Castle
A full size medieval castle on the lush green hill overlooking the majestic Mount Merapi on the horizon, this is definitely THE site to take perfect Instagram shots! Within the castle you will find a number of special spots for photos such as the Paradise Gate with a stairwell that leads to the sky, and a giant angelic wings where you can pose as if you were an angel flying among the clouds. There are also paintings that can produce unique 3D pictures.
The Lost World Castle serves as a reminder of what happened to the area during the 2006 eruption. The place had been a part of the vast Kepuharjo Village, before a devastating eruption destroyed the entire area and all the houses were swept clean from the face of the earth. Thus, The Lost World Castle stands grandly today as a monument to the catastrophic event. The castle was built using stones and volcanic rocks from the eruption.
Address: Dusun Petung, Kepuharjo Village, Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, The special Region of Yogyakarta
4 | Klangon Hill
Picture a lush green surrounding, thick mist rolling down the hills, and a majestic volcano reaching up to the sky in the background. This is what awaits you at Klangon Hill in Kaliurang. The vantage point in Klangon Hill will give you the most beautiful view of Mount Merapi and its surrounding area. The cool refreshing breeze as the mist roll down the slope also gives you a sense of tranquility. For a complete experience, you can set a tent and camp in the camping area and immerse in the beauty of nature.
Address: Glagaharjo, Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, The Special Region of Yogyakarta
5 | Tlogo Putri
If you are looking for a place where you and your family can have fun in various activities in a refreshing natural surroundings, Tlogo Putri in Kaliurang is the place to be. Tlogo or Telaga in Indonesian translate as lake, while Putri means Princess, hence, Tlogo Putri is an artificial lake that is beautiful like a princess. Cruising down the lake on a canoe or water bicycle, pump your adrenaline by sliding down a flying fox, play with your kids on a swing, or explore the park while enjoying the refreshing cool breeze, this is truly the perfect place for a family vacation.
Address: Hargobinangun Village, Pakem, Sleman Regency, The Special Region of Yogyakarta
With its refreshing air, cold atmosphere, lush green surrounding, and a lot of awesome places to visit, Kaliurang truly offers a complete experience for the entire family. So, instead of just looking at those cool pictures of Kaliurang in Instagram, why don’t you come here and make your own?!
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