Jogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan Temples


Ecosafari Indonesia offers a 2 night 3 day tour to Yogyakarta from Bali either as an individual tour or en route to the Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge or from the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. You will stay at our partner hotel the Jogya Inn. Some information of interest is below.

Yogyakarta is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Region, a special region in Indonesia as it is a Sultanate. It is renowned as a centre of education, classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. Yogyakarta was the Indonesian capital during the Indonesian National Revolution from 1945 to 1949. One of the districts in Yogyakarta, Kotagede, was the capital of the Mataram Sultanate between 1575 and 1640. The city is named after the Indian city of Ayodhya  from the Ramayana epic. Yogya means “suitable, fit, proper”, and karta, “prosperous, flourishing” (i.e., “a city that is fit to prosper”). It is thus a special place to visit.

Borobudur is a 9th- century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian  indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.  The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.

Evidence suggests Borobudur was constructed in the 9th century and abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the Javanese conversion to Islam. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles,then the British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations.

Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.


 DAY 1  - Fly from Bali to Yogyakarta or from Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan to Semarang, Java (each one hour)

You will be met by your guide and checked into the Yogya Inn. The rest of the day will be a city Tour visiting the Sultans Palace, Jalan Malioboro and a batik making business From Semarang, you will be met by your guide and driven overland to Yogyakarta having lunch en route. Your city tour will entail and evening visit to the batik making shop and an evening in the city of Yogya.

 DAY 2  - Borobudur Temple

You leave the hotel early at around 0600 to arrive at the temple in the cool of the morning. You will spend the rest of the morning viewing all the sights of this wonderful place; an early lunch at a local restaurant and a drive back to Jogyakarta for your evening meal in a local restaurant.

 DAY 3  - Prambanan Temple

Depending on your future travel plans, you will leave early for the Prambanan temple and visit this magnificent Hindu temple where you will have an early lunch. You will then be left at the airport for further connections.

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