KALIURANG beautiful scenery close to Merapi – Kaliurang is a small town located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of the city of Yogyakarta on the southern slopes of Mount Merapi volcano in middle of Java island Indonesia.
It is a resort town, popular as a weekend destination for visitors from Yogyakarta. Attractions include the cool air, views, and an extensive forested park with trails. The town charges a small admission fee to visitors, paid at a booth on the busy main road from Yogyakarta.
The town was the location of negotiations during the fighting between the Dutch and Indonesians in the 1940s, when the houses and holiday homes owned by the Sultanate of Yogyakarta were utilised.
Kaliurang has been an important base for vulcanologists in their monitoring of eruptions of Merapi, especially when the southern slopes of the volcano become active.
300 meters to northeast, we can visit Plawangan Hill recreation park. At this area can be found Tlogo Putri swimming pool where the water came from spring on the Slope Hill Plawangan. When we enter Tlogo Putri area, usually we will be welcomed by wild monkeys. Tired walking, we can enjoy the view surrounding Kaliurang by mini train. People call the train ”kelinci”, means rabbit. Although all of the attraction lies at the slope of Merapi, one the active volcano, this place is save enough, because this area is equipped with the alarm. It will be sound a few hours before the eruption happened. If the Mount Merapi is on a danger status, the Kaliurang will be closed for public.
Besides all of these attractions, Kaliurang keep its historical story. Founded since Dutch colonial, We can see historical building that called Wisma Kaliurang and Pesangrahan Dalem Ngeksigondo. At the building, the negotiation between Republik Indonesia with Three State Commision ( Komisi Tiga Negara ) was hold in 1948.
If you have plan to stay at Kaliurang for a few nights, don’t feel worry, because many hotels ready to rent. The room rents with varies of price, from thousands rupiahs until hundreds thousands. For addition, many of local peoples opened places to eat and we can find varies of food.
And when you decided to go home, don’t forget to buy jadah as a souvenir. Jadah is a traditional food from Kaliurang, made from sticky rice. Tofu and tempe are became complementary food, but jadah still delicious without it.