It is possible to swim in the river directly in front of the falls, however please be cautious in doing so the water’s currents can be strong.
To Get There:
Gunung Kidul’s magnificent waterfall “Sri Gethuk”, and its mystic cave “Goa Rancang Kencana” lie about 1.5 hours heading east from Yogyakarta, South West just before you arrive at Wonosari.
Sri Gethuk Waterfall
Sri Gethuk is a majestic waterfall at 1 km nearby the the cave. Once you park your vehicle, just go downstairs until the river. There, you have 2 options: you can go simply, and walk along the canyon until you arrive at the waterfall (roughly 250m) or you can take the luxury route - just take a few steps to the river’s edge and pay the boat toll of 10,000 IDR. Made with plastic barrels for floats, old wooden boards as decking, and employing a large shovel as a makeshift rudder you are now aboard the best boat to Sri Gethuk. After this 10 minute pleasure cruise you will dock at the foot of the basin of Sri Gethuk. Approximately 30 meters high, this waterfall can send down a torrent of water which never stops even during the dry season. There is a large open area to the side of the falls where you can sit and relax as you take in the sights. Or if you’re looking to cool off, there are a number of shallow pools near the falls that offer a good spot for a quick dip.
By motorbike or by car, you will need to take Jalan Wonosari (in the direction of Wonosari). This road is on the east side of Yogyakarta, and can be found off the Ring Road. This road’s endless straight line brings you directly to the feet of Gunung Kidul. There the curves will never stop until you leave the main road. Watch out on the right side and you will see a perfect panorama of Yogyakarta Valley. Stop for a moment if you are not in hurry, as many warungs provide food and beverages with the million dollar view of Jogja below. If you are lucky, you can see the ever present, mostly silent, Mount Merapi in the background. Continue on towards Wonosari - this stretch of asphalt is a treat for roadtrip lovers. Before arriving in Wonosari, follow signs to Playen on the right side. Once you arrive in Playen, follow the directions to Banyusoca, also on the right. There, you will go straight west on a road freshly repaved. You will see indications such as «Sri Gethuk», and simply follow them. Once you reach the entrance, there is a tarif of IDR.10 000/person. This entrance fee includes access to Goa Rancang Kencana, Sri Gethuk, and parking. JM
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