Gua Kiskendo

06 Dec, 2020 06:52 WIB | Districts Kulon Progo | 376 views
Gua Kiskendo

Have you ever heard the Javanese story about the battle of Subali and Mahesasura? It is said that the battle happened a long time ago in a cave named Goa Kiskendo. 

Today, Goa Kiskendo has become a tourist destination that presents various tourist themes in one area.

Goa Kiskendo is located in Jatimulyo Village, Girimulyo District, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta. The cave complex is located between the Yogyakarta and Purworejo areas. 


On the outside of Goa Kiskendo, there are reliefs depicting the legendary ancient story of the Ramayana. The cave has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which are formed naturally by water droplets from the bowels of the earth.

It was first discovered in 1820 and was used by hermits at that period to seek inner calm. Then in 1964, this cave was opened to the public as a tourist spot of special religious interest for asceticism. In 1979, the Yogyakarta Special Region Provincial Tourism Office started to begin a further development into a mainstay tourist attraction in Yogyakarta. 

There are 17 plots of land for residents around the cave were purchased by the government as a follow-up to the development of this tourist attraction and in 1979 this tourist attraction was officially managed by the Yogyakarta Provincial Tourism Office.


Then the management of the Goa Kiskendo tourist spot was handed over to the Kulon Progo Regency Tourism Office, which since 2005 has fostered the surrounding community and made the Kiskendo tourism awareness group

There are also nine former hermitage in this cave and are considered sacred, including Tledek, Kusuman, Padasan, Santri Tani, Semelong, Lumbung Kampek, Selumbung, Seterbang, and Sekandang.

At the end of the cave there is a river with clear and cool water that empties into the bowels of the earth. However, the myth has said that the river water is forbidden to be used for bathing.


Aside from visiting the nine hermitages in the cave area, visitors are also allowed to enjoy another attraction such as cave tracing (susur gua) which is the main attraction of this tourist spot, as well as relaxing in children's playground and family park after the cave tracing finishes.

So, make sure that Goa Kiskendo is on your bucket lists, and see for yourself the beauty of the cave which is a witness to the battle of Subali and Mahesasura!

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