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Pindul Cave A Popular Nature Attraction in Gunung Kidul Yogyakarta. Img : DInas Pariwisata Gunung Kidul Official

Pindul Cave is a rising star among destinations to visit in Jogjakarta. It is a recently popular destination, best known for offering a unique new way of cave exploration. For travelers looking for a break from Yogyakarta’s temples and monuments. Pindul Cave provides a closer-to-the-nature option.

Located 7 km south of Wonosari, Gunung Kidul regency, it is around 3 hours drive from Jogjakarta. The cave spans 350 meters with width up to 5 meters. An underground river flows underneath between the two caves opening. Pindul Cave is the home of the 4th largest stalactite in the world.

The stalactite is so large that it needs five grown adults to surround it. Before becoming available as a tourist attraction, locals considered Pindul Cave sacred. The place has a mythical vibe surrounds it that few people dare to explore the inside.

Rafting in pindul cave
Rafting in an underground river. Img: A Chaq

Locals whispers about ghosts and other supernatural beings dwelling the cave. The hard terrain also makes the cave difficult to explore without proper equipment. It remained largely unexplored for a long time.

It was not until a research group from nearby university made a study about the rock and the water depth that the beauty of the cave was finally revealed. After a further examination, the local government came to a decision that the cave is feasible for tourism.

Finally opened for public in 2010, since then the place has thrived into a popular site, offering a unique kind of tourism worth trying for.

cave tubing
Cave tubing and the river stream. Img: Siti Ratih Mutiara

Pindul Cave An Entrance To Underground River

Enjoy an interesting experience whilst inside the cave. Using rubber tires, visitors will be guided through the underground river. This activity is called cave-tubing. Prepare to enjoy the beauty of the stalactite and the stalagmite as visitors glide through the river on this donuts-like inflatable.

Safety jacket is a standard, visitors do not need to worry when it comes to safety. The bright zone near the entry is still touched by the sunlight. This is where the marvel of an interior nature craft and be the witness at its best. Bats inhabit the roof and fishes swim in the water below, enriching the cave’s ecosystem.

Pindul Cave Wall
Pindul Cave surrounded by green lush trees.

As the visitors exploring further inside, darkness awaits. The roof of the cave gets lower, the river’s width gets narrower, and the creatures are hardly found anymore. It is eerie but astonishing at the same time. A wonderful surprise appears as visitors approach the middle of the cave.

There is a rather large open space, with a hole above it that the local residents call “a well upside down”. Sunlight entering through the hole, illuminating this part of the cave. There are signs of life again, green vegetation and small animals, giving a relief after the darkness before.

Swimming In Banyu Moto

As visitors approaching the exit, a small part of the river, called Banyu Moto, is where another fun will take place. Here visitors can hop off the tube and start enjoying the water. Swimming, taking pictures, and generally playing with the water are among activities recommended to do here. Spend some time enjoying the last glimpse of the cave before leaving.

Cave Tubing in Pindul Cave
Cave Tubing In Group Experience in Pindul Cave. Img: Tripadvisor.com

Bring the tube somewhere else

The fun with the rubber tire doesn’t have to stop at Pindul Cave. Some tour companies also provide a tubing experience on Oyo river, located not far from the cave. Unlike Pindul’s, the current of the river is stronger. It provides more thrills and adventures for those craving for more adrenaline rush.

Karst rocks neatly set along the river beds, left and right. The high rocks will remind visitors of the Grand Canyon. Only this one is smaller and in a tropical setting. Small waterfalls can be found in several spots.

There is a lot of myth surrounding these waterfalls, make sure to ask the tour guide. Don’t leave without the story. The journey on this river spans 1,5 kilometers and lasts typically around 2 hours.

sunlight in pindul
Some part in the cave is dark but at some part, sunlight enters the cave. Img: Wiwin Setiawan

Pindul Cave Opening Hours

The best time to visit the cave is at 9 am in the morning. Since the sun shines perfectly through the cave roof. It is also when the river temperature is the least cold. The official opening hours itself is from 7 am to 5 pm. The site is open all year round including holidays.

Pindul Cave Opening Hours
Every day07:00 – 17:00 WIB

See: Exceeding The Limit, Adventure in Jomblang Cave.

Pindul Cave Best Time To Visit

However, the local government has put some restriction on the number of visitors allowed. Earlier this year the official tourism announce only 2.600 tourists allowed. The limitation applies in order to preserve the ecosystem of the cave. Another thing to note, the water level rises during rainy seasons.

A flood can happen and this can cause the site to close temporarily. Tourists are advised to research this matter before visiting. The best time to visit the cave is during summer between July – October.

Pindul Cave Entrance Fee

For cave exploration with the tube, foreign will have to pay slightly extra than the local. The price includes the tube rent and a plastic bag. To avoid any of visitor’s belonging wet by the water, insurance, and the guide’s fee. The price does not include Rp 10,000 for the entrance retribution.

Pindul Cave Entrance Fee
Visitor Entrance FeeRp 10.000
Caving ForeignRp 50.000
Tubing Oyo RiverRp 75.000
Gelatik CaveRp 30.000

See: Imogiri Pine Forest, The Local’s Escape in Yogyakarta.

Pindul Cave Facilities

Parking, guesthouses, and bathrooms are available on the site. Tour services are plenty and each offers pretty much similar packages than the others. A modest food stall selling mineral water and local dish available too.

How To Get To Pindul Cave

From Yogyakarta, take the direction of Jalan Wonosari. Follow the main route about 15 km towards Piyungan and continue straight towards Bukit Bintang. Keep driving for 25 minutes before finding a traffic light intersection known as the Gading intersection. Continue driving for approximately 3 km.

It is less complicated by public transportation. From the city center, head for Giwangan Bus Terminal by TransJogja. At the terminal, find a bus heading to Wonosari. Do not hesitate to ask since locals are more than happy to help.

Once you get on the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at Grogol intersection. From the intersection, visitors can use a motorcycle taxi to reach Pindul Cave. The motorcycle taxi will cost Rp 30.000 for a round-trip.

Pindul Cave Address & Location

The cave is located in Gelaran2, Bejiharjo, Karangmojo, Gunung Kidul District, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55891.

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