Pindul Cave is one tourist attraction in the form of cave, in Bejiharjo area, Karangmojo District, Gunungkidul, and Yogyakarta. This cave is quite unique; its existence can attract attention to many people. Different to most cave in general, this cave has a tubing shape. Pindul is a cave with Underground River flowing inside. To tracking along to inside Pindul Cave, you have to through a river flow stretching along the 350 meters inside of the bowels of the earth.
Going through into the Pindul Cave, you have to use a set of tubes. Just by laying inside, you can follow the drift of the underground river above the underground river stream inside the cave. This is why Pindul Cave is also known as “cave tubing”. Floating through the underground river can attract both domestic and international tourists.
The flow of the underground river in the Pindul Cave has been existed since millions years ago. The underground river water flows from the mouth into the end of the cave. To tracking along inside the cave, you have to use a tube or a big tire with a lifebelt by passing some narrow parts. This path can only be passed by one person only, thus the tourists will pass this path in turn.
According to the manager of the Pindul Cave Tourism, it is why to down the river inside the cave using a tube/ tire, not a boat or rubber boat like usually used for rafting. Nevertheless, the management of Pindul cave stated that the underground river path which has 2-10 meters of depth is quite safe to pass by anyone, also for family group. Thus, there is no age limit or the number of individual limitation to floating along this millions of years old cave. However, you have to be guided by the staff of the Pindul Cave, or by a professional guide during the trip inside the cave.
The Beauty of Pindul Cave
There is so much beauty you can find from the mouth of the cave into the end of the Pindul cave. You can see some stalactite stone ornaments, both actively or are non-actively, decorating along the cave with the width about 4 meters. Along the way, you will also find some rocks called Batu Perkasa and Batu Mutiara in the second zone of the dim zone.
The stones decorating along the Cave’s walls also have many Myths. There is also a myth stated that some of the stone has benefit to make someone keeps being young.
Arriving right in the middle of Pindul cave, you will find a fairly narrow zone. At this zone, you will also find a giant Stalactite stone, with a width of five adult hands. This giant stone is called SokoGuru. It is a name taken from the Old Javanese language. The word of “Soko Guru” is derived from two elements of words namely “Soko” and “Guru”; “Soko” means a pillar, and “Guru” means mountain or hill. Therefore, Soko Guru has the meaning of a pole supporting the two hills above the cave Pindul.
Stalactite Stone has a length of about 7 meters. Although Stalactite stone is a pillar as cantilever of the hill above Pindul Cave, but it turns out after researchers doing some researches, it is found that this giant Stalactite stone was still not touching down to the bottom of the river. It is estimated that the water depth in this zone reaches about 10 to 12 meters, while Soko Guru is estimated to have a length only about 7 meters. It is said that the stalactite is classified as the 4th largest stalactite in the world.
After passing through Soko Guru Zone, then you will go through Bat Zone. Whereas is in this zone, you will find a bunch of bats. However, you do not have to worry because the bats of Pindul Cave never attack humans. Although they have a sizeable amount, their size is relatively small.
This bat zone is the longest zone in Pindul cave. Where is in the zone, you will find a lot of bats hanging and living in the area. According to the management, the bats are classified as type of tame animals and only eating insects and mosquitoes, so there is nothing to worry about being in this zone although it is the longest zone in Pindul cave. This kind of bats, it is also called by local people as kampret.
Batu Tirai (Curtains of Hanging Stalactites)
Batu Tirai is one of unique stalactites in this cave, beside Sokoguru and Batu Perkasa. In this area, you will be able to see the glint of the crystal stone light as the guide directs the lamp on them. After passing through this zone, at the very end of the cave, you will find a very memorable beautiful zone you have ever met. You will have a chance to see the beautiful light shining from above the cave.
The beautiful light is often referred to as the heavenly light hidden in Jogja (The Hidden Paradise of Jogja). The light is created from sunlight penetrated from the top of the trees then passing the hole of Cave vertically, called as Vertical Cave Zone. When it comes to the Vertical Cave, the guide usually suggest to the visitors to get off the tire and allow them to swim or jump in order to get the best capture the moment in the place by taking pictures.
If you also do not want to capture the moment in this vertical cave zone, you can also choose to stay aboard on the tube tire. After feeling satisfied doing the activity in the cave, you can go out to swim or stay on the tube floating into the end of Cave trip. The end of the Cave area is also known by local residents as Banyu Moto or Mata Air.
Pindul Cave Location
Pindul Cave located in Bejiharjo, Karangmojo District, Gunungkidul, and Yogyakarta. If you are curious to see the beauty of this cave, you can directly contact us. We will be happy to accompany you doing the trip.