Goa Jomblang Gunungkidul is a real example of how Yogyakarta’s tourism has a tremendous attraction for tourists who like adventure in nature. Here we are not talking about something identical with Malioboro or The Royal Palace, but Yogyakarta from other angle in the form of beauty of nature which is no less challenging.
Goa Jomblang has a interesting natural charm, especially for those who like adventure or challenge. By taking tour to Goa Jomblang, it will present you tourism experience that spurs your adrenaline.
The toughness of Jomblang cave as adrenaline test area has also been recognized internationally. This was proved by the presence of an event “Amazing Race America” in 2011 not long ago in which Jomblang cave in Yogyakarta was featured.
Jomblang cave in Gunungkidul is a type of vertical cave known as “Collapse Doline” which is formed from the collapse of the ground to the bottom of the earth along with the vegetation thousands of years ago. The ruins of that natural events eventually form a “sinkhole” or gaping source, which is in Javanese called Luweng. Because it has a opening and is quite large (approximately 50 meters), the mouth of Jomblang cave is often called by Luweng Jomblang.
Beside requiring a high courage, to explore the cave, the mastery of technique of Single Rope Technique (SRT) is also required. Anyone doing caving activities in Jomblang cave is required to wear special equipment that meets safety standards before caving down this vertical cave. You also must be accompanied by an expert or experienced cave explorer.
Jomblang cave Gunungkidul has a height range from 40 meters to 80 meters from the lip to the bottom of the cave. If this is your first adventure in a vertical cave you are recommended to try the shortest one first.
The shortest trajectory is called VIP trajectory, in which the first 15 meters of the VIP terrace is in the form of slope that can still be explored by foot. But after that, the next track required ropes by which you have to descend for more than 20 meters to reach the bottom of the cave. After placing your feet at the bottom of the cave, your anxiety during the descent will be instantly disappear.
Tracing Goa Jomblang
To enjoy the caving experience in Jomblang cave, you can take the cave tubing package provided by a group of caving lovers there. Generally, it costs about Rp 450 thousand during the adventure. This fee includes shuttle from and to Wonosari – Semanu (location of Jomblang cave), soft drinks, lunch and equipment rental fee.
If you come in a group, group members should be no more than 25 people. The management limits the number of participants to a maximum of 25 people for one entry. Besides Jomblang cave, in Yogyakarta there is another caving tourist destination which is no less interesting, named Goa Pindul.
Address of Jomblang cave : Padukuhan Jetis Wetan, Pacarejo village, Semanu sub-district, Gunung Kidul district, Yogyakarta
GPS Coordinates: -8.028667,110.638361
The charm of Jomblang Cave Gunungkidul
Deep down in Jomblang cave, you will be treated to incredible views. If at the top of Jomblang cave you can only watch the expanse of Karst hills and bare teak trees, on the contrary at the base of Jomblang cave you will see the fertile and vast expanse of green forest.
Ranging from shrubs, ferns, various types of moss to huge trees, the vegetation presents a heavenly atmosphere which is really much in contrast to the life above the ground. Since the collapse of the ground to the bottom of the earth, the forest vegetation continues to thrives until now.
The adventure in Jomblang Cave does not stop at the bottom of the cave. The explorations continue to Luweng Grubung by first entering the big entrance.
Between Jomblang and Grubung there is a 300-meter long tunnel. Along this corridor, you can enjoy a variety of beautiful ornaments such as stalagmites, stalactites and dazzling crystal rock. After a while, you will see a bright beam of light amid the roar of the river flow. This is what the cave tubing explorer known as “Light of Heaven” in Jomblang cave Yogyakarta.
This stunning scenery is really fascinating, watching the underground stream flows heavily interspersed with sunlight entering through Luweng Grubung from the height of 90 meters produces a light pole that is truly magnificent.
Travel Route to Jomblang cave
The route toward Jomblang cave is not so difficult. It takes approximately 1 hour from the center of Yogyakarta with distance of 50 kilometers. Trip to Jomblang cave usually presented in the form of a package tour, so you will be picked up and of course facilitated according to the standard equipment to be able to discover the “Light of Heaven” in the Jomblang cave.0