Another tourisme asset in Gunungkidul, offering exotic natural charm, Pantai Sundak is situated about 70 km southeast of Yogyakarta. It guards an interesting stroy, unknown to many people.
There is a legend about the origin of the name Sundak, which has become a myth in the local community. Once upon a time there’s a dog and a porcupine who live in a cave. One day, they got hungry and they went into fighting. Not long, the dog owner realized that their pet lost. So he came searching into the cave. Meanwhile, the dog came out of the cave, biting the injured porcupine.
Being curious, the dog owner entered further into the cave, there he found a freshwater spring, which nowadays is still used by the locals for daily needs. From this story, the beach became known as Sundak. SU stands for ASU (dog) and NDAK is short for LANDAK (porcupine).
Pantai Sundak is not very large, compared to the others 15 beaches in the area of Gunungkidul. But it has a certain charm that will amaze you. On the right and left side of the beach there are large and sturdy rocks which also border Sundak to other beaches.
Sundak beach has the potential. Under professional touch, the beach could become as famous as Pantai Parangtritis. Nowadays, the beach doesn’t have any hotel or restaurant. The visitors, mostly the youths, usually camps in tents.
The trip to Pantai Sundak from Yogyakarta is around 2,5 hour driving, using either private car or public transport. Sundak is located in District Tepus. Along the road, the journey is quite challenging, so you need to be extra careful.