Central Java’s magical Beaches ~ Myth, Lore, and the Queen of the South Sea

By Dian Hasan | September 13, 2009

Ngundap Beach, Southern Coast of Java, just outside Yogyakarta. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Ngundap Beach, Southern Coast of Java, just outside Yogyakarta. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Bali is Indonesia’s undisputed crown jewel of travel destinations, but that doesn’t take away the fact that her other islands are less interesting. Indonesia has MANY other islands – make that WAY MORE islands – thousands more actually, as the world’s largest Archipelago is home to over 17,000 islands (17,508 to be exact, according to Wikipedia). Although not all islands are inhabited, each has its own natural beauty.

Beaches, especially, come in all shapes and sizes, from black volcanic rock, karst and limestone-lined promontories, jaw-dropping cliffs, intricate series of underwater caves, white sandy beach of all imaginable hues, and a smattering of corals and boulders both under and above water. And swaying palm and coconut trees, the likes of what you’d see in postcards.


Parangtritis Beach, along Central Java's southern coast. Photo: flickr member amelia2705

Parangtritis Beach, along Central Java's southern coast. Photo: flickr member amelia2705


Parangtritis Beach. Photo: www.potlot-adventure.com

Parangtritis Beach. Photo: http://www.potlot-adventure.com


Next to Bali, Java is Indonesia’s important travel destination, home to the capital Jakarta, and cities such as Bandung, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya. The cradle of Javanese culture in Central Java, through the respective epicenters of the old Kratons (Palaces) of both Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta) and Solo (Surakarta).
Krakal Beach, Central Java. Photo: flickr member Pax

Krakal Beach, Central Java. Photo: flickr member Pax


Nguyahan Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Nguyahan Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Nogbaran Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Nogbaran Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Java is also the center of Batik, Wayang Kulit shadow puppet theater and Gamelan Orchestra traditions. The rich traditions of the mighty pre-Islam Hindu Kingdom of Majapahit that has bestowed Java with fine temples – both Buddhist and Hindu, scattered across much of Central and East Java, and beaches. Borobudur and Prambanan, are just two of the better known temples. And home to a bevy of beautiful beaches.
Baron Beach, together with Parangtritis, are the most popular beach destinations. Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Baron Beach, together with Parangtritis, are the most popular beach destinations. Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Magical beaches, notably those on the Southern Coast of Central Java, just outside of Yogyakarta, that are renowned for their natural setting as well as their mythical role. Home to the legendary Nyi Roro Kidul, Queen of the Southern Sea (Indian Ocean).
Kukup Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Kukup Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Kukup Beach. Reminiscent of the other famous rock - Bali's Tanah Lot Temple. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Kukup Beach. Reminiscent of the other famous rock - Bali's Tanah Lot Temple. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Drini Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Drini Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Forming a string of beaches from east to west, each one different from the other. With interesting names such as: Baron, Kukup, Krakal, Sepanjang, Drini, Sundak, Siung, Ngobaran, among others.
Sepanjang Beach, befitting its name (Panjang means long in Indonesian). Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Sepanjang Beach, befitting its name (Panjang means long in Indonesian). Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Sundak Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Sundak Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Krakal Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Krakal Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Each beach is different from the other. There’s a series of all-black and all-white sand beaches. The choice is yours. Here’s a tour of them, albeit only a visual one.
Baron Beach-photo Deka-www.discover-indonesia.com 2

Baron Beach near Yogyakarta, Central Java. Photo: Deka


Siung Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Siung Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Wediombo Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Wediombo Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Ngungap Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Ngungap Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Sadeng Beach, Central Java. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Sadeng Beach, Central Java. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com


Parangtritis. Have horse-drawn cart, will sight see. Photo: www.fayday.files.wordpress.com

Parangtritis. Have horse-drawn cart, will sight see. Photo: http://www.fayday.files.wordpress.com

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