Chasing waterfalls in Jogan Beach, Gunungkidul

The coastal region of Gunungkidul regency is home to beautiful beaches.

The famous ones include Baron, Sundak, Kukup, Krakal, Indrayanti (Pulang Sawal), Pok Tunggal, Siung and Wediombo.

Jogan Beach, situated at the western part of Siung Beach and facing the Indian Ocean, is also a must-visit due to its uniqueness that visitors will not find in other beaches in the Gunungkidul area.

It has a waterfall where the water comes from a spring in the karst hills (part of the Gunungsewu karst area) and falls into the sea right at the shoreline.

It is believed that the name 'jogan' itself is derived from the word 'grojogan' which means 'waterfall' in the Javanese language.

The existence of freshwater waterfall is not unusual. Although it may look barren, a karst area has the ability to maintain groundwater resources as long as it is not extensively mined.

Until now, the Gunungsewu karst area is still able to provide raw water for around 120,000 residents living around it, in addition to two river systems in Gunungkidul named Goa Seropan and Goa Bribin.

Although Jogan Beach is not as popular as Siung Beach, which has been a famous destination for rock-climbing enthusiasts, the place is an ideal location for those seeking to enjoy breathtaking sunsets.

The best time to visit Jogan and enjoy its waterfall is during the rainy season, because during the dry season the water flow is very light.

If there aren't too many waves, visitors can just climb down and enjoy the feeling of being under a 10-meter waterfall.

You have to be very cautious though due to the steep rock walls and sharp rocks.

For those interested in spending the night, there are several homestays available around Jogan Beach with starting rates of Rp 300,000 (S$31) per room per night.

How to get there

There are two ways to reach Jogan. First, rent a car or motorbike from Yogyakarta as the closest departure city.

Drive straight to Wonosari - Tepus - Purwodadi. Once you arrive in the Gunungkidul area, make sure you choose the path toward Siung Beach to get to Jogan Beach's entrance.

The other alternative is using public transportation from Giwangan bus terminal.

Hop on to any bus plying the Yogya - Wonosari route.

In Wonosari, continue the journey using a minibus on the Wonosari - Tepus route. In Tepus terminal, rent an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to reach Jogan Beach.

The overall journey will take around two hours and you will need to pay an entrance fee of Rp 4,500.