Ride on a floating tube along with the rushing white water that cuts across the karst hills, enter a dark cave passing magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, be amazed by the wonders of nature found deep inside the earth, be carried by the current into a surreal world far, far away from the daily humdrum, this is the adventure that awaits you at the Kalisuci Cave in Yogyakarta.
Wading across the river that cuts across the karst slope on a floating tube will serve special sensation. The real adventure will begin when the stream enters the dark cave, so prepare yourself for this unforgettable exotic adventure.
Gunungkidul Regency has been known as a barren and dry area since topographically almost all of its regions consist of range of hills that underlain by limestone, or something known as karst. During the dry season, the green view of plants will dramatically change into brown because they are withering. However, behind its barrens, Gunungkidul possesses millions of potential tourism objects that are rarely found in other places. One among them is the beautiful cave that lies beneath the earth with the stream flows in it.
Go along the river flowing through the cave in the bowels of the earth is one of the adventures offered in Kalisuci, Semanu, Gunungkidul. Known as cave tubing, this activity combines caving and body rafting activity. Located at Pacarejo Village, in the Semanu sub-district, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta Province, the Kalisuci Cave is about 60km from the city of Yogya and can be reached in a 1.5-2 hours’ drive from the city. The name Kalisuci simply translated means ‘Holy River’ which originates from the spring found in the area that produces an endless flow of crystal clear water even in the rainy season. However, during the rainy season cave tubing here is prohibited for safety of the public since the caves may suddenly flood.
Your Kalisuci cave tubing adventure covers a total distance of about 500 meters taking an approximate time of 1.5 to 2 hours.
Here, the stream will take you through a number of caves that are interconnected called the Suci Cave, the Luweng Senglat Cave, Luweng Geleng Cave, and Mburi Omah Cave. The river’s depth is between 1 to 3 meters, and you will be floating along with the current during the entire journey. Here, you can admire some exceptional wonders: stalactites that hang down magnificently from the cave’s ceiling while stalagmites on either side of the river radiate an out-of-this-world sensation. Before entering the next cave, Gaze up to the clear blue sky above and the rows of sheltering trees as you marvel at the great gifts of nature.
Next to calm water flows, The River will also take you through some small rapids that will surely pump your adrenaline as your tube will slide faster with the current. Your adventure will also be highlighted with the appearance of some wildlife.
How to get there
The location of Kalisuci cave tubing is in Pacarejo village, Semanu sub-district, Gunungkidul district. This village is located about 60 km from downtown Yogyakarta City, can be reached within 2 hours by car.
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