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Yogyakarta is a beautiful place in Indonesia where you can spend a few days with your friends and family on a vacation. The food is great, the people are friendly, and the countryside is absolutely scenic and gorgeous. Very close to Borobudur, this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is also known as Jogja. It is a sprawling town in Java. There are many places to visit in Yogyakarta on your trip to Indonesia.
Top 10 Places To Visit In Yogyakarta
We present to you a list of top 10 places to visit in Yogyakarta. From Borobudur Temple to Pinus Pengger, there’s something for everybody at this world-class tourist destination.
- Borobudur Temple
- Prambanan Temple
- Sewu Temple
- Pinus Pengger
- The Taman Sari
- Merapi Volcano
- Kalibiru National Park
- Jomblang Cave
- Ullen Sentalu Museum
- Timang Beach
1. Borobudur Temple
Begin your Yogyakarta sightseeing with a visit to Borobudur Temple. This attraction tops the list of the top 10 places to visit in Yogyakarta, and for good reason. This huge Buddhist temple is located in a gorgeous setting amidst beautiful mountains and landscape. It also houses the largest Buddhist structure in the world. The temple is a mere hours drive from the town center and is easily accessible by public transport.
Entrance Fee: INR 1480/-
Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM
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2. Prambanan Temple
Wondering what to see in Yogyakarta when sorting out your itinerary- Be sure to include the impressive Prambanan temple in your plans. This massive and impressive Hindu complex comprises of several smaller temples set around the main cluster. Each of the temples is slightly different from each other and yet beautiful in its own way. This temple is a great example of Hindu Architecture and attracts a number of history and architecture lovers.
Entrance Fee: INR 1331/-
Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM
3. Sewu Temple
Whilst most parts of the complex are undergoing restoration, the best-preserved structure that stands high and tall in the three antennae temple complex beside Prambanan temple is the Sewi Temple also known as Sewi Chandi. Two giant statues will welcome you at the entrance and lead your way toward the main shrine. Chandi Sewu is said to be the second largest Buddhist temple complex in all of Java and is without doubt one of the best places to visit at Yogyakarta.
Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM
4. Pinus Pengger
A relatively new addition to the top places to visit in Yogyakarta, Pinus Pengger is just an hours drive from Yogyakarta city center. It is a cute and quirky forest themed park that has interesting sculptures such as The Hand which is truly Instagram worthy and a great place to click a few memorable selfies, especially during sunset. We strongly recommend using a hired car or motorbike as this area is out of the Uber operating zone. Though in the outskirts of the city, Pinus Pengger is one of the best places to visit near Yogyakarta.
Entrance Fee: INR 73/-
Timings: 6:30 AM – 11 PM
5. The Taman Sari
Also known as the Water Castle, Taman Sari – A Yogyakarta tourism jewel, is a former royal castle in the Kraton district that was once the actual royal palace in itself. It is one of the many popular historical places in Yogyakarta that you must definitely visit. Taman Sari is divided into 4 separate areas the most interesting of them being the bathing area. This area is hard to miss, being the very first section you will enter into. It comprises of two rather large pools of water, each separated by an impressive 3-storey watch tower. As you venture further into the beautiful surrounding gardens, you will walk past yet another highlight of the royal complex the underground mosque. You will have to walk down a steep flight of staircase and find your way through a set of tunnels that open onto a central courtyard and a beautiful mosque.
Entrance Fee: INR 73/- per person
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
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6. Merapi Volcano
Yet another popular one among the best Yogyakarta tourist attractions, is none other than Merapi Volcano. A number of tour operators run jeep tours to this volcano. The jeep tour will also take you to an interesting museum that commemorates the most recent eruption. The museum records all details of the eruption and gives tourists an insight into the devastating effects of the event.
Entrance Fee: INR 147/-
7. Kalibiru National Park
No trip to Yogyakarta is complete without a trip to Kalibiru national park. Tourists get to enjoy great views and click classic photographs at the cliff side where props have been set up! You will however have to pay a fee of about 10,000 IDR for clicking a shot at each spot. Renting a taxi out of Yogyakarta city is the best option as the final leg to Kalibiru can be rather steep for a bike.
Entrance Fee: INR 73/- per person
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
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8. Jomblang Cave
There are many places to visit at Yogyakarta, such as the Jomblang Caves. This is a great place in Indonesia to indulge in some adventurous activities like rappelling through a muddy and dark vertical cave to see the Light of Heaven that shines through the dark cave. You will be given boots, but wear a pair of old socks that you can discard, should your boots leak. There is a limit to the number of tourists that can visit each day, so get to the caves early if you wish to secure a place.
Entrance Fee: INR 1924/- per person
Timings: 8 AM – 2:30 PM
9. Ullen Sentalu Museum
There is no dearth of places to visit in Yogyakarta. If you have some time to kill, make your way to this private museum that comprises of an indoor as well as outdoor area that showcase Javas history and culture through various displays such as photos, statues, paintings, and fabrics. The Entrance Fee: to this one of its kind museum, also includes a guide who will give you tit-bits about various exhibits as well as Javas ancient history.
Entrance Fee: INR 221/- per person
Timings: 8:30 AM – 3 PM
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10. Timang Beach
There are a number of beaches around Indonesia to have a fun time splashing in the waters. Our favorite pick is Timang Beach – a great place to let your hair down and and unwind in a serene ambience. There are a number of eateries dotting the shores and you can spend all day enjoying the views and eating reasonably prices tasty seafood. You can also swim at certain parts of the beach.
Entrance Fee: INR 480/- per person
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
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There are so many places to visit in Yogyakarta, that you will find it hard to pick! The next time you plan a trip to Indonesia, be sure to head out on a sightseeing tour to cover the above-mentioned attractions.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Yogyakarta
What is Yogyakarta known for?
Home to Javanese fine arts and culture and 2 UNESCO world heritage sites, Yogyakarta is known for its music, ballet, drama and poetry and is an important religious and cultural site in Indonesia.
What is the most visited place by tourists in Yogyakarta?
Jalan Malioboro, Taman Sari, The Palace of Yogyakarta, Gembira Loka Zoo, Tugu and any more are some of the most visited places by tourists in Yogyakarta.
Is it safe to visit Yogyakarta, given the covid situation?
Yes, it is safe to visit Yogyakarta given that you follow all guidelines and take all the necessary precautions. Make sure to get yourself vaccinated before planning a trip, also wear masks at all times, maintain social distancing at public places and sanitize your hands regularly.
What is there to do in and around Yogyakarta?
Some of the best things to do in and around Yogyakarta are 1. Watching the sunset from Borobudur 2. Enjoying Ramayana Ballet 3. Kota Gede city tour 4. Learning pottery at Karanganyar pottery village 5. Watching the sunset at Prambanan 6. Learning Batik art in Kota Gede 7. Attending silver jewellery workshop
What is the best time to visit Yogyakarta?
The month from May to October and December are the best months to visit Yogyakarta. The temperature during this time is warm and rainfall is less.
Is it safe to visit Yogyakarta?
Yes, visiting Yogyakarta is safe, as long as you take necessary precautions. Make sure you take extra care of your belongings in crowded places and lonely places.
How far is Borobudur from Yogyakarta?
Borobudur Temple is about 40 km (39.7 Km) away from Yogyakarta and can be reached within 1 hour 20 minutes.
Where should I stay in Yogyakarta?
Some of the best places to stay in Yogyakarta are: 1. Greenhost Boutique Hotel Prawirotaman 2. Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa 3. The Phoenix Yogyakarta Mgallery By Sofitel 4. Adhisthana Hotel 5. Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta
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