This attraction in Gunungkidul touted to have a resemblance to a tourist destination famous in the United States, namely the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Until now, Gunungkidul Regency in Yogyakarta is synonymous with a cluster of barren limestone hills. Nothing wrong with this perception, however the region also has no less than 15 beaches, some caves, as well the lure of a panoramic waterfall.
Between the natural flow of green-tinted river that divides the high cliffs, hid a waterfall called Air Terjun Sri Gethuk. Interestingly, the waterfall flows all seasons without interruption.
Sri gethuk waterfall is a truly unique natural spot not to be missed, espescially when you are travelling to Yogyakarta. You only need to drive through the eucalyptus forest owned by Perhutani in order to arrive at the location.
You will then arrive on a fishing area which also serves as a parking area. The trip to the waterfall is to be continued by foot. Along the way you will witness rice paddy fields, decorated with swaying coconut trees. There is another option though, you could take a makeshift boat along the river to reach the waterfall. These boat could take 7-8 passengers and driven by a small diesel engine. Passengers are charged Rp 7.500,- back and forth per person.
The trip toward the waterfall would be very fun when done in the morning, even more so if you chose to go through the river. In the morning, Oya river flow is still fairly quiet so you could have a comfortable trip while enjoying the warm greeting the morning sun.
Along the river, shrubs and undergrowth looks so green among the sturdy cliffs on both sides of the river. The rhythmic sound of the raft parting the crystal clear water makes a calming song that will soothe your soul.
After few minutes, you will be approaching the site. The thundering sound of the waterfall begin to be heard from the distance, inviting your curiousity to get close.
According to local folklore, the waterfall supposedly is a special place to store Kethuk, Kethuk is a musical instrument part of Gamelan owned by a spirit, namely Jin Anggo Meduro. This is the origin of the naming of this waterfall into Sri Gethuk.
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