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“Gus do you know what beach in Jogja that is not so touristic?” – Fandy
“ There is one Fan, the name is Ngedan Beach. You can have a look in Google, it’s a lovely one.” – Bagus
That was what my friend Bagus told me during our talk about travel destination in our city Jogja (Yogyakarta). Ngedan Beach. That name sounds so unfamiliar for me.
The special region of Yogyakarta (Jogja) is known for its diversity of cultures, culinary and natures that you will not find anywhere else in Indonesia. That’s why it does not surprise Jogja considered as one of the leading tourist destination in the country. But how come I never heard this place even after several years living in as a student in Jogja and tried to explore it as much as I can?
Honestly, that question has awoken my curiosity to know more about this beach.
That day I decided to find more information about the location and distance of this Ngeden Beach from my place. Even though there are some pictures that I could find on the internet, but there were not so many details of information I could find. Yeah, there were still some blog articles, but I’ve got to admit the information was obsolate and not enough for me.
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After some hectic week, I decided to realise my travel plan to visit Ngedan Beach. This time I also decided to ask my girlfriend, Litha, to come with me as she loves going to the beach and watch the sunset. And without hesitation, she agreed to join. So here we go!
After preparing all the stuff we need for the journey, one thing I always tried to remember and do is to check Veronica. Oh yeah, Veronica is the name of my lovely 1975 Sprint Vespa 150cc that always accompany me everywhere.
Life is better with Vespa
Ngedan Beach is geographically located in Bedalo area, Krambilsawit village, Saptosari District, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta. It is 55 km away from the city centre of Yogyakarta and can be reached by 2 hours (approximately) drive. To get to this beach, we can use a scooter or car because the way to this beach is already accessible. What about the public transport? So far I couldn’t find any information about it, and from my experience, I’ve never seen any of it along with our way to the beach.
There are two options to reach this beach. One is from the Gunung Kidul route, and the other alternative is from East Imogiri route. What I can suggest is to take the East Imogiri route as the distance is 1.5 hours shorter compared if you take Gunung Kidul route.
After checking Veronica’s brake, tail lights, tire and all functioning correctly so off we go from my place at noon. This time we choose the route from the Southern Ring Road of Jogja to the direction of East Imogiri.
If you want to take this course, along the way you can also visit some beautiful and historical places such as Imogiri Pine Forest, Mangunan Fruit Park, some of Mataram King’s tomb and much more. Be careful when you drive as the road conditions are quite twisted, uphill, downhill and rather slippery. If you ever confuse of the direction, be sure to ask people around, they’ll gladly show you the way.
The road before entering the beach was not so good (semi dirt road) compared to the main road. Before going to the beach, we also had to pay the entrance fee of 10.000 IDR (0.7€) for scooter and 15.000 IDR (1.1€) for a car. Last time we checked, it was the price from 2015, and I’m not sure until when it will be valid.
THE RESULT IS WORTH THE EFFORT
After one and a half hours drive through a quite challenging road, we finally arrived at Ngedan Beach. With a white sand and cool coastal breeze, that afternoon we feel that we forgot our tiredness.
We arrived at Ngedan beach around 2 PM, and we were lucky enough with the sunny weather. After arriving at the parking lot, I see there are only a few parked scooters and some cars. Apparently, the facilities on the beach Ngeden is quite adequate, there are a motorcycle and car park, “Warung” (stalls) that provide various foods and beverages, toilets and most importantly is a trash bin! I’ve got to admit hygiene is not number one priority in most of the beaches in Indonesia.
To enjoy the beauty of Ngedan Beach, there is two access you can use. The first one is the direct path to the beach where you can sit or lay down directly in the sand or even swim! The second path is to the west side of the cliff where you can use a small gazebo provided to enjoy the sunset. As Litha loves the sunset, so we chose to take the gazebo to spent that day.
We took a lot of pictures, and we sat relaxing while enjoying the beautiful sunset in Ngedan beach. The sound of the waves crashing against the cliffs, the blowing wind and the calm atmosphere were exceeding my expectation.
After the night comes closer, we decided to end our day and went back home. That day I got new experience of visiting a wonderful Ngendan beach that I never heard before and some unforgettable moment with my loved ones.
Written by: SALEH (Our Contributor Writer)
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