Indonesia is known for its natural beauty, and particularly its tropical beaches. The country’s Gunung Kidul regency is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on earth including Kukup, Baron, Pok Tunggal, Wediombo, and Pulang Sawal. However, there is a beach in the regency that is unlike any other in the country; Jogan Beach.
Where is Jogan Beach?
The beach is situated near the village of Purwodadi, on the western section of Siung Beach. The beach itself is equally picturesque as the other beaches in the region and exhibits all features that characterize tropical beaches of Indonesia; warm sunshine, sands, and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Jogan Beach is not as famous (and therefore less crowded) as the other beaches of Gunung Kidul and therefore offers visitors with a private and intimate experience.
The Jogan Waterfalls
What makes Jogan Beach unique is the presence of a waterfall that falls into the Indian Ocean. The waters of the Jogan Waterfalls make a dramatic descent down the limestone cliffs and fall into the Indian Ocean. The term “jogan” is said to be derived from the Javanese word “grojogan” whose literal translation is “waterfall.” The waterfall is about 33 feet in height and is popular among rock climbers. Thousands of crabs inhabit the pool at the bottom of the Jogan Waterfalls which are a popular food item among locals in Jogan Beach. Views from the bottom and top of the waterfalls are surreal and make Jogan Waterfalls an ideal destination for nature photography.
Access to the Beach
The source of the water of the Jogan Waterfalls is a stone karst. The best time to truly experience the magnificence of the beautiful falls is during the rainy season when torrential rainfall causes the river to swell. The months of December and January represent the rainy season in the region. The result of the heavy rains is evident in the Jogan Waterfalls which roar with increased water levels. The water levels on the Jogan Waterfall record a sharp decline in the dry season due to low rainfall and compounded by the increased use of the spring water by residents. While one can use public transport to get to Jogan Beach by taking a bus from the Giwangan Bus Station, the fastest way to reach the beach is by renting a car or a motorcycle. Despite being relatively cheaper, buses usually make numerous stops along the way and can spend as much as 15 minutes while waiting for passengers. The journey between Giwangan and Jogan Beach should take between 1.5 and 2 hours by private means. The nearest city from the waterfalls is Yogyakarta, which is home to many rent-a-car outlets.
A visit to the Jogan Waterfalls is not complete without sampling a lobster dish served at the only traditional café found in the waterfalls. The lobster is fresh and takes about an hour to prepare, and is later served with rice and iced tea. However, international tourists are advised against taking cold drinks served with ice cubes since in most cases, the ice cubes are made out of the contaminated water and can be infected with E. coli bacteria.