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Area Hutan Turunan

06 Dec, 2020 06:51 WIB | Districts Gunungkidul | 235 views
Area Hutan Turunan

Hutan Turunan


Hello from Geoforest Turunan!


It’s a non geological site in Gunungkidul area that is included in the list of Mount Sewu Geosite which has been designated as part of the Global Geopark Network (GGN) by UNESCO. The area covers a forest area in the western tip of Gunungkidul, which includes the village of Girisuko, Panggang District, Gunungkidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta.


Geoforest Turunan or also well-known as Watu Payung Turunan is located in Dusun Turunan, Girisuko Village, Panggang District, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta. The distance from the city of Yogyakarta is approximately 28 kilometers. 


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It takes about one hour drive from Yogyakarta City to Watu Payung. The easiest route is via Jalan Imogiri Barat then continuing towards south to Jalan Imogiri-Siluk.


Just follow the main road to the hilly area. The road will be quite uphill and winding so make sure that the condition of the vehicle is qualified enough to pass the road. Oh, don’t worry about getting lost, because there will be a signpost at an intersection towards Watu Payung.


The journey continues east on Jalan Turunan. About 450 meters driving, turn left on the cast road which is the entrance to Watu Payung. Soon you will find a retribution post with a ticket price of only IDR 5,000 per person, and open from 04.45 AM to 09.00 PM Indonesia Western Time.



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The name Watu Payung is taken from the unique stone shape of a large umbrella. Meanwhile, Geoforest Watu Payung Turunan is the name that is popularly being used recently.


With the artistic touch of the creative hands of the citizens of Yogyakarta, blend with the natural beauty of the surroundings has made this location which was originally only hills turn to a popular and favorable spot among tourists.


The charm of nature is promised by Watu Payung Turunan. From the altitude, visitors can clearly see the unique natural panorama of the Gunungkidul hills which is very stunning. Not to mention that in the morning, the hilly area will be covered with white clouds, adding the exotic impression in it.


Not just the beauty of the scenery, Watu Payung is also able to give us a very peaceful atmosphere, because of its location which is far from the main road, makes the singing of nature sound so melodious here.


Enjoy the sound of grass and leaves in the wind, punctuated by the chirping of birds. Not to forget, the breeze will also caress body and soul to get rid of all tiredness, boredom, and anxiety.


The best time to visit Watu Payung Turunan is in the morning or at dawn, because the beauty of the sunrise can be seen here, especially when the sun is in the north latitude of the dry season.


It’s not over just yet. After the morning sun appeared, now it’s the sea of mist’s turn to show the charm of its beauty.


Well, for those who want to take a glance at Watu Payung Turunan or Geforest Turunan, the best time to visit Watu Payung is at the beginning of the dry season around May to July. At that time, the sunrise will be visible because of the clear weather, and the landscape is also not so dry that it refreshes the eyes.


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There are several photo spots in this place, namely Hasta Hapsari with the idea of the story of the seven angels in the legend of Joko Tarub, then the Goro-Goro Bridge as a symbol of mutual cooperation, which tells the struggle of local community groups to develop the Watu Payung area.


There is also the Manara Hati Mercusuar, the symbol of a light from despair that directs citizens to unite and be focused. Then the latest photo spot Hasta Laksita, and finally, the Andum Tuntum spot as a symbol of tenacity and community connection and togetherness to share to reduce the burden.


So, are you ready to be one of the people that enjoy the charm of Watu Payung Turunan?



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