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Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

1. Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

Visit the beautiful and remote Selogriyo Temple and trek through the surrounding rice terraces. Choose from a range of interesting sites to visit afterwards. Travel with your friendly driver from your accommodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur to the peaceful Selogriyo Temple. Your journey will take about two hours from Yogyakarta, and one hour from Borobudur. Admire the fairytale scenery as you approach the secluded hilltop temple by foot. Hike through the iconic rice terraces, which grow paddy, beans, corn, and more. Enjoy the majestic landscape and the quiet of the countryside. Admire the Hindu temple's distinctive structure and explore the lush gardens surrounding it. Gaze out upon the verdant greenery of the volcanic hillside. Meet the kind and friendly local people, discover their stories and learn from their wisdom.  For those who wish to visit other iconic sites in the area, there are several options you can choose from: you can visit Selogriyo Temple and Borobudur Temple during the daytime or at sunrise. You can visit Selogriyo Temple and Prambanan Temple during the daytime or at sunset. You can visit Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in the daytime. After your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

2. Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area. Book this private customized day tour and experience all the city has to offer including its local markets, food, Javanese culture, and the most important sights around Yogyakarta. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in a modern, air-conditioned SUV vehicle (Xenia or Avanza). Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests and go to wherever you’d like on this 10-hour program. If you love having the freedom to choose and have fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.

Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

3. Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

Get picked up from your hotel in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness breathtaking sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. After the sunrise at Setumbu Hill or Borobudur Temple, then travel to Dieng Plateau. Enjoy views along the way of rows of rice fields and picture-perfect villages clinging to terraced hillsides. Head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill. Telaga Warna Lake, or "Colorful Lake", contains water that changes color. At times it can be green, purple, yellow, or even all the colors of the rainbow. This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfuric content. From Telaga Warna Lake, visit Sikidang Crater, an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel as if you've arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses 8 small Hindu temples that date back to the 7th century. Sit back and relax as your friendly driver escorts you back to your hotel.

Yogyakarta: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

4. Yogyakarta: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

Be collected from your accommodation at 6:00 AM and journey to Southern Yogyakarta for about one hour. Start the day by visiting Jurang Tembelan where you can take pictures of yourself sailing above the clouds. On a good day, see beautiful mists, formed like cotton, obstruct the whole panorama. From Jurang Tembelan, head to the famous Pine Forest to enjoy the fresh air among the relaxing pine trees and take in the aroma as you enter the forest. This forest is also covered by other trees including asmahogany, acacia, walnut, and eucalyptus.  Last but not least, end your day trip by visiting the most breathtaking beach in Yogyakarta, Timang Beach. Well known for the crystal blue waters, huge waves, tall cliffs, and the infamous hand-drawn gondola. Choose to take the manual gondola ride or a rope bridge to the island nearby. Do not miss the experience to have a typical fresh lobster lunch, the local fishermen catch directly from Timang Beach. 

Yogyakarta: Private Guided Bike Tour

5. Yogyakarta: Private Guided Bike Tour

Start your adventure from your accomodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur where your friendly, private driver will meet you. Sit back & relax while whilst enjoying a scenic drive to your location: Borobudur Village or Yogyakarta Countryside. Drive times for each option are: 1.5-hour drive from Yogyakarta to the Borobudur Village, and 1-hour to the Yogyakarta Countryside. Borobudur Village Option: Take a riding journey through the village and visit the Borobudur Temple area. Witness traditional village life by joining the locals in their everyday activities, such as making cassava chips (Manihot Esculenta), learning to play the local music instrument of Gamelan, and strolling through local vegetable gardens. You can choose to experience the tour by a Horse-Cart or by bike. At the end of your tour you can finish your day wit a bite to eat and some delicious tea.  Yogyakarta Countryside Option:  Pedal through the picturesque countryside on a Javanese bike. Explore the peaceful Yogyakarta countryside and take part in the daily activities of the locals such as making tempeh (a traditional soy product from Indonesia), ketupat (a type of dumpling made from rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch), witness how locals harvest, sow and plow the rice plants. See the local crafts, and dont miss the opportunity to stop at the local elementary school. After both tours, you will end your day of exploration with a relaxing transfer back to your accomodation through your private driver. 

Yogyakarta: 3-Hour Guided Rickshaw Tour

6. Yogyakarta: 3-Hour Guided Rickshaw Tour

Experience the constant hustle and bustle of Javanese life as you tour the city of Yogyakarta in a becak, which is the local name for a rickshaw. With three tires and one seat at the front, the becak is manually pedaled by the driver. Yogyakarta is widely renowned as Java's educational center. Discover the main attractions and most prominent landmarks. Begin by walking for a few minutes through the most happening area in Yogyakarta. Continue on and to explore the exquisite ancient royal baths at Taman Sari Water Castle and learn the history from your experience guide. See the ancient park where there are two big sacral Ficus trees. Then proceed to the famous local industry of Batik. See, enjoy, and learn more about the processing for a difference experience. Complete your journey by having lunch at a family restaurant that serves many kind of local dishes as a buffet.

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What people are saying about Yogyakarta

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 22 reviews

The guide and driver were very flexible and accommodating. The driver often stopped en route for me to take photos of the surroundings. They both explained quite a bit about local customs and lore en route. The guide was very knowledgeable about the places we visited (Keraton, Taman Siri, Prambanan and Ratu Boko) and adapted to my pace, and also found a restaurant near Prambanan (Kali Opak) with good food. It was the guide who suggested waiting for the sunset at Ratu Boko when we were finished at Ratu Boko almost an hour early, even though it was still a long drive back as my hotel was close to Borobudur.

The place is beautiful, it is very worth it ... in the middle of the mountain to observe the rural life and the small temple of Selogriyo ... our guide a boy's charm that even helped us with other activities

Very nice excursion, the walk in the rice fields is magnificent, and our Yuni guide was very friendly! The temple is quite small and plain, but the hike is worth it!

Ivan, our guide and driver, was perfect both in terms of driving and his answers to our many questions.

The guide Yansen and who he cooperating with at Tinmang are very nice. view and gondola are good.