Yogyakarta village boasts challenging off-road adventure
Those looking for an off-road adventure need to add Nglinggo Adventure Hill to their destinations list.
Situated in Ngilinggo Tourist Village, Pagerharjo Village, Yogyakarta, the place offers different types of off-road adventures starting from a three-person jeep that travels to Ngisis Hill and tree plantation for Rp 200,000 (US$14.79), moderate tour with travel duration between two to four hours for the price of Rp 500,000, advance tour with the travel duration between four to six hours for the price of Rp 700,000 and extreme tour that travels to the pine forest for one full day.
The off-road route is a challenging one as it begins with driving into the forest that has a very small pathway then passes through the tanjakan tujuh that is shaped like a number seven. The route then goes sideways and passes through tanjakan patriot that has a 45 degrees slope and turunan pasrah that is very slippery on rainy days.
The owner of operator Rimbono Homestay who is also the marketing coordinator of Nglinggo Tourist Village, Melkey Binaro, said the track was first opened in early 2014 and initially only used by off-road enthusiasts.
“But then regular guests started to come in and wanted to try the adventure as well; they later uploaded the trip on their social media and it’s been growing ever since. In 2015 we established the track as an official tourist attraction,” Melkey said.
“My hope for the future is the young people in this village can have their own Jeep cars -- hopefully the government will be able to facilitate them,” Melkey added.
Meanwhile, the provincial administration is planning to open a new track at Menoreh Hill that will be called Bedah Menoreh route. The 60 kilometers long track is said to be one of the routes that connect Borobudur Temple with New Yogyakarta International Airport.
“[The construction] of Bedah Menoreh track has been going on since 2016 and 9 kilometers of the track have been completed so far,” explained Kulon Progo Deputy Regent Sutedjo.
“The route will pass through tourist attractions such as Sermo Reservoir, Biru River, Kedung Pedut, Kiskendo Cave, Sendratari Sugirwo Subali, Tritis Tea Plantation, Surloyo, Sendang Sono and Samigaluh,” Sutedjo added.
Additionally, tourists who stay in Ngilinggo can enjoy tea and coffee making processes, learn Lengger traditional dance and even perform it. (kes)
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