Sukuh Temple, Cetho Temple and Tawangmangu Solo
Cetho Temple. From the earlier temple, it was a winding road down and then ascending up another steep mountain, in fact this was even steeper than the earlier road. This stretch of road was very scenic as there were waterfalls all along the way and mostly it was tea plantations. Everywhere you see, it was green with tea hedges. At 1400 meters above sea level, stands this beautiful temple called Cetho Temple, built in the 13th Century by the Majapahit Kingdom which was then under the Brawijaya V reign.
It was a steep walk up a small cliff heading to the temple, but this was only for a very short distance. And above that, it was quite similar to the earlier temple, only much bigger. Here there were platforms and then a small flight of steps and then a flat terrain with the lingga yoni which spreads over 2 meters length. Here there is also the emblem of the sun which is the symbol of the Majapahit empire. On the whole, there are 14 terraces before one reach the main shrine at the top.Once we passed the first terrace, there was a statue of the King Brawijaya and his wife. Further up on the second terrace, there is a statue of a guardian deity. On the higher platforms, there are small shrines built to other guardian deities and also that of a Lingga or phallus.
This is a Lord Shiva temple but at the top, what you find is that the main shrine looks similar to that of the Sukuh temple, being like a pyramid in shape without any deities. The main deity is the lingga yoni formation which we saw at the third platform where rituals are performed. This entire mountain range is filled with villages and all the villagers there are Hindus. There is also a great influence of Balinese architecture on the entrance doors which are a replica of that commonly found in Balinese temples. In fact, all the houses at this villages also had the similar architecture of entrance. One has to be there in order to experience the serene atmosphere at this temple coupled by the wonderful mountain surroundings and the cool foggy weather
Tawangmangu / Grojogan Sewu. Tawangmangu is a small town in situated at the foot of Mount Lawu. It is known for the nearby waterfall Grojogan Sewu, which is done up as a place for the Javanese to come on a day out, and it makes a lovely refreshing break with the cool mountain air. The impressive waterfall is surrounded by forest and hundreds of small monkeys live there. You walk down lots of steps to the base of the waterfall, and then you can sit and watch the monkeys. You can also go in the waterfall if you want, and eat rabbit satay and other foods. The food sellers will spread out a rug for you on the ground. Grojogan Sewu is one to two hours drive from Yogyakarta.
- Tour Package : Sukuh Temple – Tawangmangu/Grojogan Sewu – Cetho Temple
- Remark : Leave From Jogja at 08.00 AM after breakfast. 3 hours trip go to Sukuh, 15 minutes to Tawangmangu and 30 minutes to Cetho and back to Jogja. Spent 2 hours tour in each place.
- Hours of trip : 12-14
- Price all in : IDR 200.000/person (In Group) OR Private Car (Driver+Petrol Included) only IDR 800.000/car (Maximum5 persons)
- Most of tour minimum 2 persons.
- Insurance, Parking Fees.
- 1 time breakfast at Kopitiam (Original Java Taste) or snack and drink, 1 time lunch after visiting Tawangmangu.
- Possible to take pictures on the way.
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