Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

KALIBIRU NATIONAL PARK + SUNSET

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS PLACE?

VIRAL DESTINATION
Kalibiru become popular in social media since 2 years ago.
It become busy and crowded in weekend or holiday.
So many young local people visiting this place and the number increasing every year.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice view, beautiful green forest and reservoir water color.
A nice sunset also provide in this place.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You will doing rappelling, flying fox and climbing to get the best view.
Yoa can try adrenaline bridge, it made from rope and woods.

CLOSE TO UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to beautiful UNMAINSTREAM place. Such as, SERMO RESERVOIR, KEDUNG PEDUT WATERFALL etc. It just only one way to the site. So, You can combine to visit these place.

ADRENALINE BRIDGE

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Photo source: https://rizkirahmatia.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/450-mdpl-dari-atas-kalibiru/

DESCRIPTION:

Kalibiru is national park that managed by local citizen to be tourism destination in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta. Before they manage, Kalibiru is just dry area and not fertile caused by illegal lodging and burning. After 5 years it handle by HKm Mandiri Farmer Group, it becomes green and the growth of the plants increasing rapidly. They also found some springs around Kalibiru. Since February 14th 2008 this area have license to be managed by local citizen for 35 years.

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Kalibiru, Hargowilis
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kokap
Regency (Kabupaten): Kulon Progo
Province (Provinsi): Yogyakarta

MAP:

DISTANCE:
About 40 km to west from downtown Yogyakarta (about 45 minutes) or 10 km from Wates city.

HOW TO GET TO THE location?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
You can use bus/train to Wates city, and then change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir. Better you rent a car or motorcycle for cheap one. Invite local person as guide (Couchsurfer) for good reason.

USE A BUS:

You can use Trans Jogja  bus to Giwangan bus station. Then change bus to Wates city and stop at Wates bus station and then change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (about 10 km from station).

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Wates city – Stop at Wates bus station
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (distance about 10 km)
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 Wates city – Stop at Wates bus station
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (distance about 10 km)
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 Wates city – Stop at Wates bus station
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (distance about 10 km)
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take a bus to Wates city – Stop at Wates bus station
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (distance about 10 km)

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

USE A TRAIN:

You can use Trans Jogja  bus to Tugu Railway station. Then take a train and stop at Wates Railway station. Then, change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (about 10 km from station).

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take PRAMEKS Train from Maguwo railway station (at 6.14 am) – Stop in Wates railway station (at 7.02 am).
Then, change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Pojok Beteng Wetan shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus station shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 2A – Stop in Stasiun Tugu shelter/halte
Take a train to Wates railway station. Then, change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (about 10 km from station)
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Stasiun Tugu shelter/halte
Take a train to Wates railway station. Then, change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (about 10 km from station)
From Lempuyangan Railway Station :
please take PRAMEKS Train from Lempuyangan railway station (at 6.24 am) – Stop in Wates railway station (at 7.02 am).
Then, change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir
From Tugu Railway Station :
Take a train to Wates railway station. Then, change taxi motor to Kalibiru/Sermo reservoir (about 10 km from station).

TRAIN:               TIME:           ARRIVED:        TIME:
PRAMEKS           6.30 am       Wates               7.02 am
JOGLOKERTO    7.19 am       Wates               7.42 am

*) It’s very hard to find the place for new visitor. You can ask to people that you met in the street. But, you have take off your helmet and turn off the engine. This is the local manner. Otherwise, it’s not polite.

 

Kalibiru_2 Photo source: http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-1700043545/kalibiru/photos/ig-920581764164315949_1700043545

HOW MUCH IT COST?

ENTRY TICKET AT KALIBIRU:
Rp5000/person. (Waduk Sermo Retribution)
Rp5000/person. (Kalibiru entrance fee on Weekday)
Rp10000/person (Kalibiru entrance fee on Weekend)

PHOTO SPOT:
SPOT 1: Rp15000
SPOT 2: Rp10000
SPOT 3: Rp10000
SPOT 4: Rp15000

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Rp35000 per person (Climbing + Spyder web + Sling1 + Wooden bridge + Flying Fox)

*) Here i provide the info of whole entrance fee of the sights in and around Yogyakarta. So, you can calculate your budget and planning your visit.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

SUNSET
At least you arrived on 5.15 pm for sunset.

OPEN HOURS:
9 A.M – 5 P.M

*) On summer, sometime the forest getting brown color. So, don’t surprise if it looks not so special or like abandoned place.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
There are weak signal for your mobile phone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT :
There are some simple cafe.

*) 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.

FREE HOTSPOT :
Yes

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR2K
Car : IDR5K
Elf : IDR10K
Bus : IDR15K

SUNSET AT KALIBIRU

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Photo source: photo-awankt.blogspot.com

GET A BIG PICTURE ABOUT KALIBIRU FROM VIDEO:

*) This site is so crowded on weekend. We have to waiting other visitor to take photo in the top of tree. Just don’t visit Kalibiru on weekend.

**) As suggested by Mark. Don’t visit Kalibiru on Friday on 11.00 till 13.30. The officer not exist because they praying to the mosque and they weren’t good in English.

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR KALIBIRU:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Kalibiru National Park:

1. Dipowono summit (sunrise view).
2. Sermo reservoir.
3. Kiskendo cave.
4. Seplawan cave.
5. Kedung Pedut waterfall (40 minutes from Kalibiru).
6. Borobudur temple (1.5 hour from Kalibiru).

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 Kalibiru, Kedung Pedut waterfall, Seplawan cave and any other destination/sights = 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 2017

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN IN ‘CUSTOM & SHARED COST’ TOURS

DON’T BE SCAMMED BY CHEAP TOURS OFFER

*) Today the local people stopping the driver and the car. They will force you to use Jeep for IDR 35k till 50k per person. So, your car won’t reach to the top of Kalibiru. Your car just stop at Jeep parking point and then you ride the Jeep to Kalibiru.

**) Only our driver who can pass this. Our driver respected by local people. So, you don’t have to worry about this and you don’t have to spend more money for the Jeep.

***) Government should take care this issue.The Jeep operator at Kalibiru act like ‘Mafia’. So rude and hijack the guests. They force travelers to ride their jeep.

****) The main root of this issue come from the economic discrepancy between Kalibiru operator and the villages people around Kalibiru. This issue now spreads in some tourist destination in Yogyakarta, such as Pindul cave, Timang beach, etc.

37 thoughts on “KALIBIRU NATIONAL PARK + SUNSET

  1. arry lee

    what a cool site 🙂
    really helpful !!

    so if i come in the weekend , it must be very crowd right ??
    can i get a chance to climb that tree? or should i wait for hours ??
    i just wondering,, caused my plan is come with couples of friend.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yes, on weekend so crowded.
      It was wasting your time and so tired.
      You have to queue for others to climb the tree and take photos.
      But, if you come with some friends, it would be great,
      because you can spend your time with talking and joking. 🙂

  2. Mark IJkhout

    Your website was really useful, only my time in Jogja was too short and also with the weather. Maybe i have one advice cause i went to Kalibiru on Friday and they went for a break from 11 to 13.30. So, i needed to wait long till picture so i just went along. Also their English wasn’t really good so that’s something what maybe added.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Oh, i’m sorry that you have to wait till so long at Kalibiru.
      Well, moslem men usually praying every friday in mosque start on 12.00 till 12.30.
      Ok, i will follow up your feedback to the site manager as soon as possible.
      Thank you for the advice, Mark.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      You can go up by scooter or a car from rental.
      But, you have to be careful when riding your scooter or a car cause the elevation.
      Well, today some tour in wates street offering trip to the Kalibiru by a jeep.
      The driver and the jeep parking at Wates street waiting some tourist to get his service.
      They don’t have any office, just parking, waiting and go after he deal the price with the tourist.

  3. Dillah

    This site is so usefull, i love it.
    And if i may know how many cost it take for ojek to kalibiru from wates?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Melvin,

      Well, normally you buy ticket at the entrance of Kalibiru.
      Also the photo spot ticket.
      No pre-booked.
      Only our driver who can booking the photo spot.
      So, you don’t have to wait/queue for 2 hours, just to take some photos.
      It’s happened cause of personal relation between the driver and the photographer.

  4. Yusrina

    Hi, thank you for just a great information regarding Yogyakarta.
    I’m planning to go there next February. I’m aware that operation time for Kalibiru is 9am till 6pm.
    Can we still able to catch sunset there?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Yusrina,

      Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm actually.
      Well, on February is wet/rain season.
      Usually it will be cloudy or rain in the afternoon.
      You will need more luck to get best sunset on the wet season.
      Only a few days in a month which has nice sunset in Kalibiru.
      Cheers.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      It’s open on 9 am (Kalibiru’s ticket window).
      Well, there is no sunrise view on Kalibiru National Park.
      But, you can visit ‘Puncak Dipowono’ for sunrise which is near from Kalibiru.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Ain,

      March is the last month of wet season.
      The rain will be not much or not heavy and not often.

      Usually not much visitor in Kalibiru on weekday.

  5. joy de guzman

    you said only ur brother in car can go to kaliburu? and the cheapest and safest way, without being played by rude driver? pls email me of the details. thanks

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Our driver can reach to Kalibiru spot without played by local rude driver.
      I already give the information in the end of the article above.

  6. Satria

    Pardon me, but as far as I know, Kalibiru is not a National Park. Due to Indonesian legal regulation in the government regulation no 28 of 2011 (Peraturan Pemerintah No 28 Tahun 2011), National Park is one of the natural conservation areas (Kawasan Pelestarian Alam) which has native ecosystem, managed by a zonation system … and that has been appointed and established by the government. And this does not include Kalibiru. Please correct me if I am wrong. Regards.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yes, you are correct if you refer to National Park definition.
      Kalibiru is managed under national forestry board (Perhutani).
      The license released by them to be managed by local people.
      The words “National Park” become famous in abroad by international visitor.
      I think they used that words because of easy reason or easy to be remembered.
      Well, sometime people or the world choose their own way and named it.
      Just like ‘Omed-omedan festival’ in Bali famous as Balinese kissing festival.
      But, the meaning Omed-omedan is not kissing.
      It’s pulling to each other.
      But, it’s already famous as kissing festival because of easy reason or easy to be remembered.
      Yes, sometime people or the world choose their own way and named it.
      I also used this words “National park” because it’s already popular in abroad.
      So, nothing wrong with your statement.
      Thank you for the information. 🙂

  7. Ling

    If I want to visit Kalibiru, how much time should I allocate? Half a day or a full day? I am planning to visit on 31 August (Thurs), is that a good time?
    Thank you for your help =)

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      I think you just need 1-2 hours to spend time in Kalibiru.
      But, on the weekend you have to spend 2-3 hours,
      because you have to queue for 1-2 hours to take a picture in the photo spot.

      31st August 2017 is thursday,
      so, i think is good time because it’s weekday and will not crowded.

  8. Benjamin

    We just got scammed into using the jeep up to the national park. Bargained down from 100k pet person to 160k for 3 people. Disappointed with how the locals are scamming tourists into this.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Thank you for sharing your experience in Kalibiru.
      Well, i already provide this information before.
      Yogyakarta tourism board should take care about this issue.

  9. Phoebe

    Hi,were planning to visit Kalibiru on the 7th of Aug. And go straight to a hotel near borobudur from wonosobo,the problem is our driver doesnt know how to go to the place,if we take the taxi from wonosobo to kalibiru and borobudur,how much it will cost us?thanks

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      He is not a driver then. At least he can use Google map as navigator.
      Maybe you can use Google map and give the direction for your driver.

      Seems no taxi at Wonosobo because Wonosobo is small city.
      You can hire transport services from Wonosobo to Borobudur and then Kalibiru.
      I have no idea how much is it. Sorry.

  10. Aubrey LeBlanc

    Hello,

    I am having trouble with WhatsApp. I see on your schedule that you have a group going to Borobudur and Kalibiru National Park on Sept 4th. I would like to join this group.

    I will be staying at Dusun Jogya Village Inn in Yogyakarta. Can you please let me know how to get added to the group?

    Thank you,
    Aubrey

  11. Esther

    There are no trekking trails there and the place is quite small with most people going there just to take photos. Half a day is more than enough to spend there. Also if it rains, you are unable to take photos and the view is poor. The jeep touts still operate and charge about 200k rupiah per jeep. The road up is quite steep but can be driven in a normal car by an experienced local driver, so not an absolute need to take the jeep, unless you’re keen for the experience.

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