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Destination of the Month Adventures along the Green Canyon Inside Gunung Kidul lies the river Oyo. This moving river snakes its way between plains and hills, collecting water from many tributaries on its way to the sea. In this issue of JogjaMag we’ll take a look at a particular tributary to this majestic river that has caught our attention. Easily accessible and full of splendor, the “Green Canyon” tributary is an adventure all its own. Gunung Kidul attracts many tourists with its abundance of caves. While the total number of caves in this area remains unknown, there are more than a dozen which are accessible to the public and can be easily visited. Goa Rancang Kencana is one of the famoust caves in the area, and is filled with ancient history. For hundreds of years Javanese tradition has held that this is a sacred location, especially valued as a wonderful place for meditation. The first thing likely to grab a visitor’s attention is the giant majestic tree that stands guard at the mouth of the cave. Dominating and picturesque this tree pushes forth from the cave and casts its branches and leaves to both sides as if to try and hide the entrance keeping the cave’s beauty for itself. Push past this tree and you’ll enter into the cave, and as you do, the atmosphere begins to grow damp and warm. With 3 rooms comprising a total underground length

of 45 meters, Goa Rancang Kencana gives visitors plenty of space to explore and walk around. To go inside the last room however the chances are good that you will have to crouch and watch your head. In this last room you will find a plaque stating that this small hot room was a favorite hiding spot for those trying to avoid detection during Indonesia’s anti communist period. Close your eyes and think of how many days, or even weeks you could live in such a warm cramped space. Filled up with ancient history and starting to feel the heat? Great, it’s time to leave the cave and cool off at Green Canyon’s next hidden wonder...

Jogja Mag April 2013 edition  

Waterfall, mystic cave, handicraft, here is what you will get inJogja Mag this month !

Jogja Mag April 2013 edition  

Waterfall, mystic cave, handicraft, here is what you will get inJogja Mag this month !

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