One of the attractive beaches near Yogyakarta is Parangtritis. It is
located about 27 km. from Yogyakarta, Parangtritis may be reached in two
ways, through Kretek Village or the longer one but more well -
established road through Imogiri and Siluk Village. Parangtritis Beach
is a lovely beach with many impressing phenomena, naturally and supra
naturally. The waves regularly bring in new wood and bamboo, washing
ashore from another nearby beach probably. Some wood is picked and taken
away by locals to be used for their own house. Parangtritis is an
enchanting sloping beach combined with rocky hills, dunes, and a white
sandy beach. Besides being famous as a recreational spot. Parangtritis
is also a sacred place. Many people come to the beach to do meditation.
Up to now, this area is remaining functioned as the place to perform the
traditional ceremony called labuhan. Many hotels and restaurants are
available for sunbathe lovers.
It is said that the name of Parangtritis is expresses a natural
phenomenon. From the wall of one of the hills drops off water containing
calcium continuously dripped down and finally formed a pool with very
clear water in it. Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono Vll found and took care of
it. The pool is now used as the bathing pool of Parangtritis swimming
pool. Meanwhile, the sunset at any point of Parangtritis beach brings a
touch of wonderful and amazing as well. The magical atmosphere of the
rough waves appears to as all hearts into disposing of all bustles and
lead into deep musing.