There are numerous things to do in Yogyakarta, but experiencing a Javanese dry massage and reflexology should be high on anyone’s itinerary. The famous Javanese treatment therapies offer you opportunity to pamper yourself and rejuvenate your body and soul. Purawisata Amusement Park and the beautiful Parangtritis Beach is an added bonus for families visiting here.
Yogyakarta is a paradise for adventurous travellers. It offers a vast range of extreme activities and its highlights are hiking to the active Merapi volcano and rafting along the fast-flowing Borobudur River. Both activities are tailored to the level of adventure required by participants.
Yogyakarta has several golf courses, although Merapi Golf is the most popular. The 18-hole course is a true masterpiece and was designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett.
Each hole is carefully positioned and distinctly different. The golf course is set in a quiet and calm atmosphere and also offers a spectacular view of the Merapi.
Location: Merapi Golf & Mountain Resort
Masangin or 'Passing two ficus trees' is a simple game but it is fun. You are blindfolded and as you may have guessed, you must walk between two ancient ficus trees. This challenge might sound easy but most participants fail. After the game, try local food at the stalls and small cafes around the corner to the north. Wedang Ronde (ginger drink) is highly recommended.
Location: Sri Sultan’s Palace, South of Sultan’s Square (Alun-Alun)
Although Merapi ('the mountain of fire') is an active volcano, trekking around it is a very popular activity among tourists. There are two starting points: The one from Selo village leads up the north face and takes three hours to reach the top. This trail is considered safe and suitable for all levels of hikers. Another starting point is from Kaliurang and this takes up to six hours for hikers to reach the peak. The route is more dangerous due to volcanic material coming down the mountain slopes. All mountaineers should contact the area information centre before heading off. Guides are also available.
Location: Selo Village and Kaliurang, both are around 30km north of the city centre.
Located on the south coast, Parangtritis Beach is surrounded by rocky hills. It offers spectacular views of the India Ocean with high waves and steep mountainsides.
The beach is an ideal spot for those who wish to soak up a little sun while on holiday. Horse-carts and horses are available for rent at negotiable prices. Besides being popular for its beauty, Parangtritis Beach is also an important sacred place.
Location: Parangtritis Beach, 35km to the south of city centre.
This children's playground is located only one block from the Sri Sultan’s Palace. It features kid's fun rides, funfair games, a banquet hall, delicious seafood restaurants, a café, art shops, and a live music stage.
All are tastefully presented and offer garden views in a modern village-style setting. Purawisata’s main stage also features the famous Ramayana dance every evening at 20:00.
Location: Jalan Brigjen Katamso, city centre.
A big adrenalin rush! Spending a day down the river, surrounded by mountains and breathtaking views is for some the ultimate challenge.
For beginners, go to Elo River in Borobudur and the Progo River is recommended for more adventurous rafters. The splashy ride gets even more exciting during the rainy season between November – April.
Whether it is for beauty, peace of mind, or health benefits, Yogyakarta offers countless spas and treatments.
Mostly of them are located in the city centre within hotels or resorts. Pamper yourself with Javanese spa and body treatment therapies.
The Indonesia spa experience is famous for its dry massage and foot reflexology. This is a perfect way to soothe your tired muscles after a long day of visiting the local sights.