Timang Beach located in Gunung Kidul is the most thrilling tourist spot with the most stunning natural scenery. Unlike the other beach clusters in Gunung Kidul, access to the beach is relatively more difficult. The road is still steep, and the distance is quite far from the main road.
To reach this beach, it takes at least about 40 minutes from the main road. Nevertheless, the difficult and long way you should spend during the trip will be paid off, because you will see a very beautiful coastal beach with a thrilling tourism attraction.
Along the way of the main road, you will also be presented by magnificent trees line, still beautiful and so natural. This tourism destination is a perfect option for you as a lover of natural tourist destination. Of course, a 40-minute journey is not much than the satisfaction you will feel because you still can enjoy a beautiful of natural panorama along.
An Extreme Gondola
Timang beach in Gunung Kidul is actually divided into two areas, the East and West. At the east, you can see the beach whit its white sand and clear seawater. While at the west side, you will see steep hills rocks and directly adjacent to the sea.
The Beach with its reef rocks is the deadliest but also the most beautiful coastal area different with any other coastal clusters in Gunung Kidul. The giant rocks seem standing firmly on the beach. The giant stone is also well known as Indonesian Long rock, or Long Island. However, most people call it as Timang Island.
Timang Island is specifically different from other Java islands in general. This island is nothing but a steep giant rock cliff. To reach this island, tourists must use a traditional gondola. This traditional gondola is built from wood, blue ropes, and wood washed up on the beach and metal pulleys.
This traditional hanging gondola still uses human power to pull it until it reaches the Timang Island. Excitement and thrill you will instantly feel immediately as you start sitting on a gondola that only fit for a person only. Withdrawn by human power, you will glide over the rocks below you, and strong waves poundings throughout the 50 to 100 meters.
Behind the Story of The gondola
Initially, this gondola was made by local people to go to Timang Island to look for lobsters. They risked their lives to go into the island because there is nothing but the gigantic rock. The island is well-known place to catch lobster. Then, the lobsters can be sold at market as fisherman living.
This unique way to get lobster has been covered by mass media and publishes it into several kinds of electronic media, such as television. After repeatedly covered in electronic media, or on TV, then Timang Island began to steal the tourists’ attention. Since then, flock of tourists, whether domestic or even foreign, is going to the Timang Island. Of course, beautiful natural coastal scenery also become one of the reasons why many tourists are willing to travel to this difficult and long route only to reach into this island.
Along with the many tourists arriving here, at the same time, this traditional fishermen gondola slowly but sure switches its function. If previously it is used as a local transportation to get lobsters, then currently it becomes a means of transportation to attract tourists enjoying the beautiful coastal beach and also seeing the panorama above giant rocks.
A ticket of gondola is about Rp15, 000 to Rp200, 000; it includes the cost of going to back from the island. Gondola session already opens for the tourists since 2012. So recently, you can freely enjoy the deadliest sensation of hanging by gondola over the rocks cad and wonderful hard waves below you.
Thrilling Suspension bridge
If you want to save money, or still hesitate to board a traditional gondola, you can also choose to walk on the suspension bridge to the Timang Island. There is another way to get into the island besides using Gondola. This way is relatively unique and pumps your adrenaline, walking through a thrilling suspension bridge.
The suspension bridge was built by local residents since 1997. The purpose is quite similar to gondola built, to search for lobsters on the island of Timang. Also, currently this suspension bridge has also been commercialized following the gondola commercially available for tourists to use it. Walking on this suspension bridge, of course, the sensation is not less exciting by gondola.
Its small and elongated shape and a little wobbling when you step on the bridge will pump your adrenaline. Moreover, the bridge stretches over the rocks and the pounding waves; you will get both, the deadliest sensation and very wonderful sea picture. However, there are many tourists just choose to stand on the edge of the bridge and capture the moment by the camera.
It is undeniable, capturing the moment of standing in the mouth of the bridge against the backdrop of Timang Island will give it’s a very beautiful point of view and gives a very memorable photographs. Then which one do you prefer most? Trying the suspension bridge or just want to capture the moment of standing at the end of the suspension bridge? All that you can do just visiting this island.
Timang Beach Location
Timang Beach located in Danggolo, Purwodadi Village, Tepus District, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta. It takes about 3 hours to go to this island from Yogyakarta city area. A Distance from Wonosari to Timang Island is about 35 km.
The route starts from Wonosari to Baron Beach. Arriving at Mulo intersection, then you take the road to the Siung Beach after Pasar Dakbong. Then, cross the rocky streets towards Timang Beach. To make you easier reaching this place, you can also directly contact us. We will be very glad to accompany your trip to Timang Beach.
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