Nature tourism is still one of the prima donna in the world of tourism. Yogyakarta is one of the cities that has quite a lot of natural tourist destinations. One of the most famous natural attractions in Jogja is Luweng Sampang Waterfall. This waterfall is one of the many waterfall tours in Jogja.
Jogja does have a natural charm that is no less interesting when compared to other tourist attractions. You could say there are still many natural tourist attractions in Jogja that are still untouched, each place with its own beauty and uniqueness. as well as this place which has its own beauty.
This one waterfall saves a lot of beauty that we can enjoy. Before visiting this location, there are several things you need to know. Like
Location and Origin of the name Luweng Sampang Waterfall
As one of the tourist destinations in Gunung Kidul, this place is arguably one of the best. This waterfall itself is located in the area of Gunung Kidul or more precisely in the village of Sampang, Gedangsari district. if we depart from downtown Yogya then we need about an hour drive. The distance we have to travel to get to this location itself is approximately 30 Km. Apart from the direction of downtown Jogja, we can also come to this location from the direction of Klaten. This is because the location of this waterfall itself is right at the border between Klaten and Jogja.
The origin of the name of this waterfall itself is not too surprising. The name of this waterfall consists of two words, namely Luweng and Sampang. The word Luweng itself in Javanese means Hole, while Sampang is the location where the waterfall is located. The naming is because if we look at it from above, the allocation of the waterfall is like a hole. The reason used to name the waterfall is Luweng Sampang.
The beauty of Luweng Sampang Waterfall
This waterfall has its own beauty. If we can call it design, the design of the area around this waterfall is very beautiful. the waterfall itself is arguably not too high, it even seems short. And the area of the waterfall itself is not too wide. But what makes this location very interesting is the limestone wall that surrounds this waterfall.
The limestone walls surrounding the waterfall were formed as a result of eroding the flow of water that has been in the area for a long time. The existence of limestone walls is nothing new, especially in the Gunung Kidul area. This is because the Gunung Kidul area itself is a Karst area which is dominated by limestone hills.
We often see many waterfalls towering on a cliff that looks solid like Madakaripura Waterfall. However, in this one waterfall we will not see anything dashing, but rather leads to calm. This waterfall itself does provide a very calm atmosphere if we come and enjoy its beauty. there are actually two waterfalls in this area. If we trace the flow of the river that becomes a waterfall, we will find a second waterfall. The distance between the two waterfalls is not too far away.
Besides the beauty of the limestone cliffs, another thing that makes this waterfall attractive is the color of the water. If we are lucky then the color of the water in this place will be bluish green. however, the color of the water in this waterfall itself is influenced by the intensity of the rain. If it rains heavily, the color of the water will turn dark brown.
Route to Luweng Sampang waterfall
To reach this location is actually not a difficult thing. There are many routes that we can take to get to this one location. Some of the routes we can take are
If we are from the direction of Jogja then we can pass the road towards Solo, then head towards the T-junction to Changewarno, from here we can continue towards the Subdistrict ofgantiwarno. after arriving at the sub-district, we will continue towards the village of Jogoprayan. then proceed to the village of Sampang. to find this location we have to follow the road about 2 kilometers. while the exact point of the waterfall is on the left side of the road.
If you still feel sussah or and afraid of getting lost. then we can just use the Google Maps application to get to the area. We enter the coordinates of the Luweng Sampang waterfall so that you are more confident towards the destination you are going. GPS coordinate of this location is S7o48’35.65” E110o34’20.02” .
however, there is one more way that can make you sure you can get to this location. you should hire a driver or invite friends who know and have been to this location. This method guarantees you to be able to get to your destination safely and definitely.
Facilities at Luweng Sampang Waterfall
For the facilities themselves, this place can be said to be non-existent. There is not even an entrance ticket to come and visit this location. This one place can indeed be said to have not received treatment from the government. Luweng Sampang Waterfall on Gunung Kidul itself can be said to be a place that is still virgin. so if we want to come and visit this location we can do it anytime without fear of being charged.
As one of the waterfall tourist destinations in Indonesia, it is very unfortunate that this place is not maintained. if there is better management then this place will become one of the big tourism potentials in the Gunung Kidul area. So for those who want to visit here, you should keep the cleanliness and condition of this one place. It’s a shame if we come but it’s also destructive.
There are several things that we must pay attention to when visiting this tourist location. This is because the condition of the location is still virgin and has not been managed by the government. the thing we have to pay attention to is
- make sure you bring a change of clothes
- better park the vehicle in an affordable and safe place
- Be careful when swimming, because this location consists of two pools that have different depths
- make sure not to climb the limestone walls on the left and right, because the walls are quite slippery
- if you come during the rainy season you should be careful because the water flow is quite heavy
Well, that was some info about Luweng Sampang Waterfall in Gunung Kidul, I hope it’s useful