Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

CERME CAVE (Goa Cerme) + Beautiful ORNAMENT

CERME CAVE

– All Details to Know About Cerme Cave –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT CERME CAVE?

HORIZONTAL CAVE
You should trying tracing to the cave. This “blind” tracing is very long horizontal cave, about 1.2 km length, but for visitor permitted only 500 meter to tracing the cave. Trying tracing at Cerme cave can lift up your adrenaline and be best experience in whole your life.

BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENT
You can see the most beautiful ornament inside the cave.
Such as, Stalactite, Stalagmite, Shawl, Flowstone , Coloumn etc.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice view. Quiet and peaceful.
You also can hear the sound of the flow water, grasshoper and the sound of echo.
During the night, you can see the lights of Yogyakarta city.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You need flashlight, helmet to do caving.
You can also to do climbing at the cliff of the cave.

The Way to Cerme Cave

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WHAT IS CERME CAVE?

DESCRIPTION:

Cerme Cave lies in Srunggo village, Selopamioro, Imogiri regarding 22 km southeast of Jogja. The cave extends 1.2 km and also its floor is covered by an underground water current, averaging a deepness of regarding 1-1.2 m. At the end of the cave is a pool in Panggang village, as well as in addition to the main cave, there are other caves utilized for meditation/reflection: Dalang, Ledhek, Bandhut, and also Kaum. To reach the front gate of the cave, site visitors have to climb 759 actions.

Baseding on the guide, on average the water is waist deep. However at some areas the ceiling is so reduced that you have to go in as much as your neck. So you should come dressed in shorts as well as a T-shirt or maybe change into swimming clothing. At the very least take all prized possessions through your pockets, as well as if you wish to make image’s bring a waterproof camera. Beach shoes, helmet, flashlight also are recommended.

The Face of Cerme cave

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During the night time the sight of Jogja to the north seems very little greater than a thousand gleaming lamps, calm and also sleepy. The word cerme is taken from ceramah, or ‘talking’. In the 15 th century, 9 Javanese Islamic apostles called the Wali Songo, fulfilled right here to discuss the establishment of the Great Mosque at Demak. Visitors are advised to bring a flashlight, rubber soled shoes to prevent slipping and dropping, and also dry clothes and also footwears for the journey house.

Watery Footpath on Cerme Cave

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Srunggo, Giritirto/Giriasih
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Purwosari
Regency (Kabupaten): Gunung Kidul
Province (Provinsi): Yogyakarta

DISTANCE:
About 20 km south of downtown Yogyakarta.

MAP OF CERME CAVE:

HOW TO GET TO CERME CAVE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
You can use Trans Jogja to Giwangan bus station (Terminal bis Giwangan), ticket about IDR4000. Then change bus, from Giwangan bus station to Imogiri.  You stop on Imogiri market. Then, take a small bus to Siluk and stop at Kali Oya bridge, then change taxi motor to the cave. Better you rent a car or motorcycle for cheap one. Invite local person as guide (Couchsurfer) for good reason.

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Imogiri  – Stop at Imogiri market
Then, take a small bus to Siluk – Stop at Kali Oya (Oyo) bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Cerme cave
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Imogiri  – Stop at Imogiri market
Then, take a small bus to Siluk – Stop at Kali Oya (Oyo) bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Cerme cave
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Imogiri  – Stop at Imogiri market
Then, take a small bus to Siluk – Stop at Kali Oya (Oyo) bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Cerme cave
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take a bus to Imogiri  – Stop at Imogiri market.
Then, take a small bus to Siluk – Stop at Kali Oya (Oyo) bridge.
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Cerme cave.

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

Inside of Cerme Cave

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HOW MUCH IT COST?

ENTRANCE FEE TICKET:
IDR 15,000 per person. (include insurance)
IDR 30,000 for local guide.

*) My visit on 28th May 2016 i found the entrance ticket has changed to:

IDR 17,000 per person. Here the details:
IDR 4,000 for Bantul government retribution.
IDR 3,000 for Gunung Kidul government retribution.
IDR 5,000 for Helmet rental (mandatory).
IDR 5,000 for Flashlight rental (mandatory).

IDR 50,000 for local Guide.

*) You really need local guide as mandatory because so many ways/tunnels inside of the cave, you might lost without local guide.

**) You can share the cost of the guide for max 14 persons.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CERME CAVE?

OPENING HOURS:
24 hours

*) It open 24 hours since some Javanese people doing meditation in the night time. If you a traveler better visit it on day time and dry season.

**) Better you don’t visit on weekend or Indonesian holiday. Otherwise, it will be crowded of local people.

WHAT DRESS SHOULD I WEAR TO EXPLORE CERME CAVE?

DRESS:
shorts and a T-shirt or even change into swimming apparel.

*) Better you bring extra clothes and a towel.

WHAT TOOLS SHOULD I BRING TO EXPLORE CERME CAVE?

TOOLS:
Trekking sandals or beach shoes, helmet, flashlight, waterproof pocket for camera/cell phone.

*) Today the entrance fee include helmet and flashlight.

Inside cave:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
There are weak signal for your smartphone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are some simple cafe (Warung) nearby.

*) For foreigner i recommend: Don’t drink with ice cube in any restaurant or street food in Indonesia, because indonesian ice cube made from not boiled water. It contain bacteria (E. Coli) that can makes stomach problem or diarrhea. Indonesian intestine become immune (adapted) to this bacteria, but not for foreigner (american and european especially).

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.

*) Better bring your own tissue.

Climbing on Cerme

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*) If you love Climbing, you can climb at the cliff of the cave. But, you have to bring your own climbing tools.

WATCH INSIDE OF CERME CAVE FROM VIDEO:

*) I think you should wear your helmet when caving cause so many long stalactite.

**) I still amaze of this cave. How come it has water since the location at the top of the hill? Who is pumping the water? 🙂

If you need transport, you can contact me.
My old brother is a driver, he drive so gently and can speak english very well.
All in package (car, driver & gasoline) to Cerme cave, sandboarding at Gumuk Pasir & Parangendog sunset = Rp550.000. Maximum 5 persons for one car per 12 hours.
Here my number: +6281 2277 0029 (Whatsapp)

Check the schedule to get more cheap by join and share the tour with other traveler:

Schedule of Yogya-Backpacker Tour 2016.xlsx

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR CERME CAVE:

You can combine visit these places when you visiting Cerme cave:

1. Watugupit hill (Paragliding hill) + sunset.
2. Parangtritis beach + sunset.
3. Sandboarding at Parangkusumo sand dunes.
4. Depok beach + seafood restaurants.
5. Langse cave and underground river.
6.

10 DESTINATION THAT MOST VISITED BY INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER IN YOGYAKARTA AND AROUND:

Find other gems in Jogja and around that you never knew existed. Here they are:

1. Borobudur temple
2. Prambanan temple
3. Jomblang cave
4. Ramayana ballet
5. Merapi volcano (Hiking)
6. Merapi volcano (Lava Tour by Jeep)
7. Sultan palace and Water castle
8. Timang beach + Gondola
9. Ratu Boko temple
10. Malioboro street

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