"Go all 750 m in Seplawan Cave" Purworejo Things to Do Tip by theo1006

Purworejo Things to Do: 10 reviews and 36 photos

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Caves abound in the hills on Java's south coast. Fairly close to Yogya is Goa Kiskendo, nice but not much of an adventure. Halfway between Purworejo and Cilacap is Goa Jatijajar, where on holidays you walk in rows along fenced walkways.
Seplawan Cave is not visited so much and to tell the truth not impressive as stalagmite and stalactite formations go, but it is just right for a bit of adventure if you are not a professional speleologist. A length of 750 m is sparsely lighted, and that is by no way the end of the tunnel. But 750 m is quite some distance to walk on slippery rocks and wading through underground rivers. Donorejo village takes it's water supply from them.
For a small amount an elderly villager will guide you with a torch. If you want to try it by yourself, be sure to bring your own light, because there might be a blackout of the electric lighting!

The entrance to the cave has been nicely landscaped, and if you have no taste for the cave itself you might try one of several lookouts lying around it. More pictures in our Seplawan Cave Travelogue

From Yogya take the road west through Godean into the Menoreh hills. At a crossing after about 15 km a signpost points to the cave.
From Purworejo take the road east to and past Kaligesing. At about 15 km from Purworejo a narrow unsigned road on your right crosses a bridge and goes uphill another 6 km to Donorejo village, where a sign points you to the cave.

Address: Desa Donorejo, kecamatan Kaligesing

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2008
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