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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kukup Beach and Indrayanti Beach: Jogja Road Trip Part 3

Indonesia Day 4 (continued)

We finished our caving activities around 2:00 PM already. Too late for lunch. I had heavy breakfast so I was fine, I wasn't sure with my buddy. Though he munched on a lot of sweets while we were waiting for our turn earlier, he hadn't eaten breakfast. Before heading to the beach, we had lunch somewhere first. It was in a Masakan Padang, which is my favorite. I'm a fan of their spicy fried chicken! I love it. Then our road trip continued.

southern end of Jogja!

It is another 20 kms going to the beach. Wow. I thought it is just nearby. We were back in an exciting trail of ups and downs and winding roads. Again, I enjoyed the ride because of the stunning backdrop. The dreamlike forest, karst landscapes, the mountain breeze and watching our shadows on the motorbike as the sun goes down. It was all amazing. I'm strange, I know. We reached the coastal area within 40 minutes. We took a short-cut route. There was like a toll gate before you can access the road where the beaches are. They charged us Rp 10,000. I heard my friend argued a bit with the toll guy but it is what it is.

Pantai Kukup

We reached the long coastal road where the beaches are all lined up. Zakiy pointed me the way going to Baron Beach to the right, which is still 1 km away. We just went ahead to Kukup. We were not asked to pay for a fee to enter the beach, so I suppose it is a public one. Or maybe the Rp 10,000 we paid at the gate gave us access to all beaches in the area. I'm not sure, because they spoke in Bahasa.

my first glimpse of the Indian Ocean

Kukup Beach along with the other beaches is located in Kemadang Village in Tanjungsari District of Yogyakarta. If you're coming straight from Jogja, it is 70 kms away and it will probably take you 2 to 2 1/2 hours. By the way, "pantai" is the Bahasan word for beach.

infectious happiness :)

The beach is quite a long walk from the parking area. You will pass by a long path way with markets, where the locals are selling their fresh catch and seafood products. The beach is nice. It doesn't have the whitest nor the finest sand but it's okay. I only saw a few tourists in the area. Mostly locals frequent the place. It is very windy. It's a great place to just to hang out and get some fresh sea breeze.

chill beach

On the left side, there's a rock island with a gazebo on it. It is connected by bridge from the main shore. Some people say it's the Tanah Lot of Jogja because of it's similarity in structure and location. The beach is just what it is. No cottages, no facilities for visitors. I guess I can safely say that this is really a local chill out beach.

It's a great spot for kite-flying. I enjoyed looking at the local kids cheerfully watching their kites soaring in the sky. I easily get fascinated just by watching happy people. I can also feel their happiness. :)

the always enraged Indian Ocean

This beach is not good for swimming though. The waves are too strong and big and the currents treacherous. All you can really just do here is relax and enjoy the beach scene. They also say it is a good spot for fishing because it has a rich undisturbed marine life. You may see the beautiful coral reefs in different colors when it's low tide.

Pantai Indrayanti

We left Kukup short of an hour. We cruised the same coastal road towards the direction back to Jogja. We already passed by Krakal, Drini and Sundak beaches when we saw this what seemed like a more laid-back beach. Zak and I both found it lovely, so he pulled over and we checked it out as well. Same thing, we were never asked to pay for an entrance fee or whatever.

a quieter beach

You can find this at the east side of Sundak Beach. Indrayanti is not the original name of the beach. It is the name of one of the owners who put up a cafe and restaurant under her name which became famous to the visitors. It used to be called Pulang Syawal but people now call it Indrayanti Beach.

yay! safe for swimming!

Unlike Kukup, this side of the coast has calmer waters. The waves here are a more subtle. People can swim! Hooray! :)

big waves afar

I was actually amazed that these big waves from a far do not hit the shores. There might be corals breaking it before it gets to the beach. Like the other beaches in this area, there were also parts with rocky cliffs present.

the rocky side

The beach actually has two sides. The first one is where majority of the people are, where it's suitable to swim. I was also surprised that this beach has good amenities. They have cottages and restaurants. They cater more to the tourists.

random solitary guy

The other side is this, crowd less and more tranquil. Just a long stretch of white sand and a coral bed covered shore. That explains why they're not flocking here, not good for swimming.

beautiful beach

Indrayanti has a longer beach than Kukup. We loved walking on this beach. It's super quiet. Sand on your feet, the sound of waves, the dramatic sunset, the smell of sea air - I was totally in touch with nature. Such a wondrous bliss!

I waited for the sunset. One of my favorite things to do. It was partially covered with thick clouds but to me, it was still just as amazing. I always love watching how the sun rises and sets in different parts of the globe.

just lovely...

When the sun had set, it was time for us to go back to Jogja. Yes, we traversed the same mountainous roads. This time, in the dark, downhill, with the same devil may care speed! But he knows when I'm starting to get scared. I am grabbing his shoulders real hard haha. It was double the thrill going back. So happy we made it safely.

lousy photo :(

I felt really terrible for not getting a good shot of this place. That was Jogja's Bukit Bintang. I told my friend that the Bukit Bintang I only knew was the shopping district in KL. This is their version of it hehe. You will pass by this area when you're traveling back to Jogja from Gunung Kidul. It's at Km 16 of Jalan Yogya-Wonosari. I know I didn't give it justice with that blurred photo but in reality, the panoramic city view of Jogja at night is stunning. It looks like a popular dating place for lovers. Most of the people there were couples so I just told my friend not to stop anymore hehe.


I promised him a dinner treat anywhere he wants on my last day in Jogja, just to show him my gratitude. He took me to this nice and cozy restaurant in Giwangan, named M.Y Steak Resto. The place is gorgeous. I'm not sure if I was already hungry or if I was awe-stricken that I forgot to take a photo again. But tell me, the place looks sweet, right?

photo credit to M.Y Steak Resto

I loved it's atmosphere. Open, fresh and comfy. It is a really a nice place not only to eat but also to talk. The lighting adds to the intimate feel. We both had a steak and we both had it medium-rare. My first Western food in Indonesia. A reward after our long day on the road. 

western for a change

The steak was good, cooked just the way we want it. I was just not a fan of the side veggies. Though I'm not sure if that's how they really cook or season it in Indonesia.

refreshingly good

I loved my dessert. It was like our halo-halo but not quite. The variety of fruits on it were entirely different. I can't describe it but it was superbly delish! I forgot to write what it is called. Maybe I was too dazed from our heart-to-heart talk haha. That "happiness" conversation. Wise words my friend, wise words. It's always nice to talk to someone who just sees the present you. Good day, good food, with good company. And no, he never let me fulfill my promise to treat him that night. Always the cavalier that he is.

That was a blast for a last day. It's so true when they say, time flies so fast when you're having a good time. We both couldn't believe I was leaving the next day already. I made it back to the hotel by 9:00 PM. I still had to pack for my departure the next day. Back in my room, I was laughing with myself thinking about that risky road trip. Oh the things I've been doing when I'm traveling.

"Trust enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in the palm of someone's hand, knowing they will be handled with care." ~Carl S. Avery 

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ~Ernest Hemingway

This is Part 4-2 of my Yogyakarta travel series.

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