Not so long ago, in the year 1994 to be exact, an Australian citizen named Warwick Pursen Larsen came across a small village located near the city of Yogyakarta. Upon entering the village, Larsen was immediately captivated by the charming countryside. This led to the cute little village being established as a tourism village known today as the Tembi Tourism Village.
Unfortunately, the village also had to struggle through the massive eruption of Mount Merapi in 2006. Located in Timbulharjo Village within Bantul Regency, some 8.5 km from Yogyakarta, the village managed to survive this catastrophe of nature and transformed itself into the village we know today: a fun place where you can learn about, not to mention be involved in, all sorts of traditional activities.
We were ecstatic at the idea that this village holds so many fun activities and sights to see. The alluring batik gallery, cute cottages, unique restaurant, and lovely art gallery are just some of the fun-tastic places for you to venture. But it doesn’t stop there; the village also has Rumah Budaya Tembi Museum (Tembi culture museum), which holds a variety of traditional collections such as traditional tools used by the Javanese, kris (traditional asymmetrical dagger), spears, farming tools, gamelan (musical instrument) and many more.
Now, it’s time for the exciting part: the activities! If you love one-of-a-kind fabrics, then this is the place for you. Here is where you can observe and learn how the locals make their distinctive handmade batik. You will also be taught how to make your own batik. But that’s not all. If you’re a more accessories-kind-of-person, the friendly locals will also teach you how to make other types of handicrafts, like wallets, baskets and other accessories.
Let’s catch our breath for a minute here because there is so much more to do in this cute little village. If you’re a cook at heart, then you can ask the villagers how to make some of their authentic food, like tempe dele (a soy-based type of food usually eaten as a side dish or a snack) and sagon (traditional cookie made from coconuts). The bonus? You can delightfully munch on your creations while you explore further into the village.
However, the journey into the heart of the village does not end there. Here, we can do so much more to help the locals and learn new and exciting things. Some other fun activities to do include plowing the fields, catching some ducks or eels, exploring the rice fields, building scarecrows and many more.
We love this village because of the seemingly endless adventures we can experience during our stay. So what else are you waiting for? Come book your journey now for an unforgettable authentic Indonesian experience.
It is best to explore the village on foot or using a bicycle. However, motorcycles and cars can also pass through this village. If you feel whimsical, then you can also have a fun experience wandering around the city in a horse-drawn carriage. No public transport is available within the village.
The village is only around a 15-minute to 30-minute drive (depending on traffic) to the south from the center of Yogyakarta. There is public transport service to this village but you can also rent a car for a price ranging from Rp 250,000 (no driver) to over Rp 600,000 (with driver) per 12 hours. If you are a foreigner, it would be best to rent a vehicle that comes with a driver. This map towards this village is also available on Google Maps under the name 'Tembi Tourism Village'.
The village holds many homestays and cottages that welcome tourists at a very affordable price. However, it would be best to stay at one of the homestays that are the homes of some of the villagers during your journey to get the true authentic feel of the village. Prices start at Rp 50,000 per person.
This village offers complete packages for tourists that include lodging, transport and various activities to make your stay hassle-free and more enjoyable.
Tembi KM 8,5 Timbulharjo Sewon Bantul, Jl.
Parangtritis, Timbulharjo, Kec. Bantul,
Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55186
+62896 4759 5058 (Daud)