Kaliurang lies at the foot of Plawangan hill on the southern slope of mount Merapi, some 28 km, north of Jogja. This is a refreshing holiday resort, equipped with villas, a natural reserve parks, a camping ground, and pools, just a perfect place for those seeking refuge and tranquility amidst the lush green tropical splendor. Hike up the Plawangan hill to have a clear view of Mt. Merapi’s peak. About three kilometers eastward, after an hour stroll along shadowy tracks, you will find quiet village of Kinahrejo and Kali Adem camping ground, the easier base to climb Merapi.
Mt. Merapi is one of Java’s most dangerous volcanoes and has erupted numerous times. The last major eruption on 22 November 1994 killed 69 people. Since then, the 2,960 meters Merapi keeps to rumble and spew lava down its flank. Climbing and trekking are popular activity and it is possible to climb to a viewpoint to see the breathtaking flows of gleaming lava.0