HIDDEN GEM OF MAGELANG: KEDUNG KAYANG WATERFALL
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If you’re looking for alternative things to do around Yogyakarta then Kedung Kayang Waterfall should be on your list of things to do. Let me tell you a bit about this natural attraction that’s just a few hours from Yogyakarta. It makes for a nice alternative day trip from Yogyakarta.
“Oh wow! This is so freaking cool! We can see it from the top and the bottom!” That was the first thing out of my mouth when I visited this waterfall. The pretty Kedung Kayang Waterfall is totally forgotten by tourist who visit Yogyakarta. The highlight for most tourists who come out from Yogyakarta and visit Magelang will obviously be Borobudur. The journey from Yogyakarta to Borobudur is the same distance as the journey to this waterfall. Borobudur is more to the west of Magelang, meanwhile this waterfall is located in the east of Magelang. So what is so special about this waterfall that made me suggest to you not to miss it?
First, as I said at the beginning, Kedung Kayang waterfall is very unique, you can enjoy the view of this waterfall from many different angles. From the entrance you can clearly see the sign of two choices of point a view. I decided to turn left and enjoy the waterfall and the view from the top. Later on, after I satisfied myself with the view from the top I would walk down to enjoy the view from the bottom.
Second, this waterfall is located inside the National Park of Mount Merapi. What does that mean? It means that you can get a very great view of this big waterfall with Mount Merapi in the background. The stones and the plants around the waterfall area are very nicely organized. Even though I know that they wouldn’t pay any gardener to do this.
Third, this tourism spot is a great way to spend the day if you want to visit something pretty, but have a limited budget. Rp. 4,000 ($1 = Rp. 10,000) for the entrance fee made this place somewhat busy with local travellers-mostly teenage couples and groups. I went there on Sunday and I am sure that you will have your own private waterfall if you go there on weekdays.
Fourth, this place is easy to find. Rent a motorbike and you can reach Kedung Kayang waterfall in around an hour from Yogyakarta. The waterfall is located close to Ketep watch tower, where you can see the view of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu. Look at the map on your phone and from Magelang, just carry on straight through Boyolali – Mungkid road. It probably takes around 25 minutes driving and you will get there.
I hope I gave you enough reasons to visit the Kedung Kayang waterfall in the future. Let me give you an idea how to spend a day out of Yogyakarta. Start your day by chasing the sunrise in Punthuk Setumbu hill and explore Borobudur area. Grab a Kupat
Sayur Tahu for your lunch and end it with visiting this lovely waterfall. That’s a great way to spend the day isn’t it?