The Sultan Palace
The Sultan palace is a favourite destination for both national and international tourists. The palace was built in 1755 and was a kingdom until 1950 after which the kingdom was unified with Indonesia by the Sultan will. There you can enjoy Javanese traditional performances such as Gamelan (instrumental music), shadow (leather) puppets and dancing everyday start from 9 am. Additionally, the museum of previous Sultans of Yogyakarta is also an interesting place to visit.
Tamansari (Water Castle)
Taman Sari is a site of formal royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta which was built in the era of Sultan Hamengku Buwono I from 1758-1765. It had multiple functions such as resting area, workshop, meditation area, defence area and hiding place. Since 1995, Taman Sari together with the Sultan Palace is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site. There you can see and experience the making of Wayang Kulit (leather shadow puppets) and Batik with the locals.
This 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world you should not miss.
This large and beautiful Hindu temple was built at the same century as Borobudur. The temple is also used as the background of a famous open air Ramayana Ballet Opera approximately 300 m to the west of the temple.
Merapi and Lava Tour
Mount Merapi offers a lot of interesting objects such as the remaining lava that buried houses and the Merapi Museum that worth a visit.
This beautiful sand dunes beach is truly unique as it is the only one in Indonesia. The dunes were said to be dynamic due to seasonal change of the wind. You may also enjoy the sunset or sun rise along this beach
The cave is inside a karst where the underground river will float you down into and along the cave for about 350m in a rubber boat. An experience of wonder once in a lifetime.