Kuda Kepang, a fascinating dance performance originated from Java (East, West and Central Java) is a horse dance performed by 9 men (or more), dressed in colorful garbs, mounted on 2-dimensional little horses made of hide, plaited and painted bamboo. It is said that it was created by the Wali Songo or 9 Saints, who were involved in spreading the...more
The Gunung Kidul (Southern Mountain) has been blessed with a lot of caves. During wars, these caves in the vicinity of Parangtritis were used as hideouts by Javaneses, like Dipanegara and General Sudirman and his band of guerillas. Most of the caves is through undergrowth and very difficult to reach. Rough getting there but upon your arrival they...more
As the Gua Semar is considered the most holiest, the Gua Langsé is the most important cave of the coast South of Yogyakarta. Both caves are involved with the mysteries around the Ratu Kidul, Goddess of the South-Sea. When you are not afraid of a rough climb, through undergrowth, and a spectacular descent surrounded by crawling sea-creatures and the...more
This surrounding area is dramatic, with many jagged cliffs and pitch black at night under a million stars. The beaches of meadow-gray sand dunes, the beautiful, isolated seaside spot with wild seas, dangerous riptides and friendly people offer a simple and quiet life-style during the week. On holidays and weekends the place swarms with thousands of...more
Parangtritis is the best known beach-village of the Southern beaches of Central Java. Go for a trip to the other relatively isolated beaches some further afield. Pantai SAMAS, Pantai BARON, Pantai KUKUP and, Pantai KRAKAL (good roads!).P. Baron, inside a sheltered cove with somewhat safer swimming (!), with its "orang layar" (fishermen), who are...more
Labuhan got out of the word "labuh" (=throw away into). The mysterious Labuhan ceremony of Keraton Yogyakarta is a ritual offering meant to preserve a long sacred relation between the Sultan of Yogya as the direct descendant of Panembahan Senapati, the first ruler of the second Mataram Kingdom ... and the Goddess Of The South Sea, Kanjeng Ratu...more
The complex of Hotel Queen of The South beach-resort offers Javanese dinner with traditional entertainment. All is drenched with its spiritual significance included the exotic names of the resting rooms; Parang Suko Lounge, Parang Kencono Dining Room and the beautiful Parang Samudra Pool Bar with its magnificent seaview.Although you can order...more
Maybe this could be a stunning night experience for you. Spending the evening and night along the beach of Parangtritis at Thursday ...
The Jum'At Kliwon is a special calculated Friday of Javanese calender-tradition and Western data. At the evening before a lot of people gather together on special places, included the Parangtritis-beach. People of all ages, both men and women, may participate; typically, members of the various official religions, such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, atc. combine. They seek for spiritual people who exercises clarity of mind and concentration. Those guru's (teachers) open their minds, practising all kind of spiritual matters, and come to deep insights, it is said. Then those present may be invited to question the guru. The atmosphere of these gatherings on Malam Jum'At Kliwon tends to be cosy, intimate, and spontaneous ...
Dress Code: Unfortunately I always missed these evenings at Parangtritis-beach and never got to such a mysterious happening. Though I'll tell you all over Java it is practised and, you'll hear a lot that is beyond common sense.
No need of special dress requirements ...
No, not on horse-back ... driving an "Andong" is travelling by a horse-cart. A two-wheeled carriage is drawn by one horse. In old times only noble families used the Andong in the city, but at Parangtritis the Andong is of a less quality where a totally relaxing atmosphere is provided by the jog of the horse and the sound of the waves. The...more
We took a taxi from Jogya , our time was rather limited.Ofcourse we made a deal.Our cabdriver was a nice guy. They always keep an eye on you.He was a bit special as well.. He had two thumbs That is not so special , I hear you think that.But I meant 2 on each hand. Also a little warning! When the sun kisses the ocean ,soon it gets dark...The last...more
It could be you got interested into the mythical legends of the Ratu Kidul, Goddess of the South Sea. And it could happen you want to buy something that is referring to your incredible travel to the Southern shores of Java and her Spirit-queen. From my own experience a representation of the Ratu Kidul is very, very hard to find. Local people are...more
Even the whole world is getting concerned about smoking a cigarette, Indonesian people love to have a chat (ngobrol) when once familiar with tourists, and smoke a kretek (Indonesia's indigenous clove cigarette, and part of their culture and traditions). The "ngobrol-ngobrol" style of speech is a superb example of pure and simple, with the aim of...more
Unlike the famous Parangtritis Beach, only a few of people have been familiar with QUEEN OF THE SOUTH HOTEL (not even the Jogjanese ones). Probably, it is caused by both its remote, hidden location at the end of the Parangtritis seashore and the difficulty to reach the place because of no pavement on a part of the way to it.To the locals of the...more
Maybe you may watch children playing with coconuts at the wide beach of Parangtritis. The new green (!) just gathered coconuts are kicked into the waves of the Indian Ocean by several children. When coming back a loud bustle is fallen to somebodies lot. It is said that when the coconut is grabbed by a wave (mostly happens), the South-Sea Goddess...more
The colour of "green" is said to be the very colour of the Javanese Spirit-queen. To the traditional and local custom this colour is forbidden to wear ... along the whole Southern shore of Java.Along the South-coast all over the Indian Ocean/Southern-Sea it is blowing a gale to the black lava-beaches and the limestone mountains of the Java-shore....more
I was told when entering the dunes just stay close to the villages like Parangtritis. Because the sand of the dunes are moving constantly.It happened before people going for a walk just vanished and never returned!The area in the dunes is so perfidious because of the loose sand on dangerous subsoil. The violent ocean and strong waves can cause a...more
Warning signs along the Southern coast of Java cannot be ignored. I heard the report about the bus driving up the beach. Waves encircled the bus full of passengers and sucked the vehicle into sand within seconds. About 8 people got drowned ...So I asked around how to take care of the unpredictable waves. "Watch the curves and, the sound of waves,...more
You want to get away for a while and enjoy a quiet, simple place ... PARANGTRITIS!
If you are thinking you will enjoy a totally quiet area and stay in a desolated hotel, you could be very wrong!!!
If you got the message you can swim safely because of several travellers had written that swimming is quite possible in connection with only seasonal currents and undertows, you could be very wrong!!!
Unique Suggestions: Join the crowded people and find out about their customs ... maybe they leave you alone, although many doubts my way ... Stay at the Hotel and enjoy the swimming pool, most of locals are not allowed to enter the Hotel. And just do not enter the tempting waves of the Indian Ocean!
Fun Alternatives: Make a good information with your travel-agency or, travelling independant, ask around at Yogykarta for special holidays. Avoid weekends and holidays when buses are crowded and the Parangtritis beach is swamped by mobs from Yogyakarta. You could go for another beach where is not so many crowd (Samas-, Baron- or Kukup-beach).
Luggage and bags:
Parangtritis is more a place where you go if you want to take a break from city-traffic and Yogyakarta. So bring a city backpag to travel around and, your belly-belt or small rucksack to keep your travel informations.
Parangtritis, the beautiful, isolated seaside spot with wild seas, dangerous riptides, so just take your books, sarung, and a musical instrument (when playing). People love to hear your playing ... especially when resting time.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight cotton clothing, a long-sleeved t-shirt (when entering "sacred" homeland of the locals) and, pay attention not to wear green in your clothes! Good footwear is important, hat, sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun-protection cream (!!!), and tissues, (wet towels). Be aware that the locals clean themselves by water-in-a-bottle (bottol cebok), so bring your own toilet-paper, if not used to that. Hotel Queen Of The South is very modern, so donot need it there ...
Photo Equipment: Bring extra battries, and digital memory as its hard to find these items locally. Fuji is the best you can get there (supply is rather new, others could have been damaged by sun-heat).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Have a supply of sun-protection cream, first and foremost. And trekking around and wanna stay on the beach (not that good idea!), bring a sleeping bag, mosquito-proof tent and an electric torch.
Miscellaneous: Try to be nice and respectful all the time, think of it that the area is the living space of the local people. As just a visitor you will meet a lot of friends with humility, kindness and knowing your place in the line up.
The Hotel "Queen Of The South" already seems very special for its location, backgrounds and the corresponding link with the Spirit-queen. I guess a lot of people do not know the Yogya-Kraton has been exactly build 25 km from the hotel-location and 25 km from the Merapi vulcano. It used to be a Ley-line, that is the imaginary line of...more
Even a very sacred symbol has turned into modern play-acts. On the black lava beach of Parangtritis you can find theatrical companies playing Nyi Belorong, the Mermaid of Nyai Lara Kidul. B-Movies about the Spirit-queen are well-known and there has been a beauty contest of the most beautifull look-alike Nyai Lara Kidul. The Javanese do love the...more
The famous sacred cave of GUA LANGSE, carved out by erosion you can find at the South-coast of Java, Pantai Mancingan near Parangtritis. The sacred cave of Gua Langse has been beheld by Lady Water and Mother Nature and kept the wonderfull superb polished limestone cave "alive".To reach the sacred cave with a special chamber known as the "Throne Of...more
Staying at Parangtritis does remind me of ancient times and their legends, sagas and myths. It's imaginable, people told about the legendary Queen of the South Seas who, like Neptune, should have green hair and full of shells and seaweed, living behind the rainbow in the deep of the Indian Ocean ...She holds court over sea nymphs and creatures of...more
"KALA ROEMIJIN ING SAMODRA KIDOEL" is the name of this painting. It's an oil-on-linen (1999), and a translation is something like "Previously In The Southern Ocean". The painting has been created by RoyJava, yep, that is me, and, an interpretation of a reproduction of one of the eldest representations of the Ratu Kidul.Senopati meets the South-Sea...more
When you say "Parangtritis" to most of the Javanese will remember it is a centre for the worship of Nyai Lara Kidul, the Queen Of The South Sea. And that legend has it that Senapati, the 16th century Mataram ruler, took her as a wife and thus established the strong tie between the Goddess and the Royal House of Mataram.When I got to this place for...more