"Kebumen regency" Kebumen by theo1006

Kebumen Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 17 photos

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At 100 km west of Yogyakarta, Kebumen is not a region foreign tourists seek out. Its touristic sites attract almost exclusively domestic visitors. These sites comprise:
- two caves: Goa Jatijajar, Goa Petruk
- several sandy coasts: Pantai Logending, Pantai Karangbolong, Pantai Petanahan
- a hot spring: Pemandian Air Panas Krakal
- two artificial lakes: Waduk Sempor, Waduk Wadaslintang
- a site of geological interest: Cagar Alam Geologi Karangsambung
- and the former Dutch fort: Benteng Van der Wijck, located at Gombong town.
As we are interested in colonial history, we paid the latter a visit on our way from Central to West Java.
Kebumen city as well as Gombong town are easily reached, as both lie on the main road between Yogya and Bandung, and on the railway line between these cities.

History of the region

In the early 19th century, Kebumen and Purworejo regency did not exist yet. Both together formed the regency of Bagelen, which was the main power base of prince Diponegoro when he waged a guerrilla war against the Dutch, known as the Java War (1825 to 1830). The war made the Dutch build numerous fortifications in the region. When Diponegoro was cornered and came to negotiate, he was arrested by the Dutch and banished to the island of Celebes.

  • Last visit to Kebumen: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated May 24, 2011
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