Yogyakarta – Tawangmanggu
Early in the morning we departure to Solo and the area of Mount Lawu (+/- 37 km form Solo).Our first stop will be at the market in Solo. We continue to temple Cetho. In Java language, Cetho means clear or pure. Driving through a tea plantation area we come on the slope of the Mount Lawu where Cetho Temple can be only reached by a narrow pavement road which is steep and curve. After a little climb a beautiful scenery will appear.
Further on the slope of mount Lawu there lays Sukuh temple. The temple is known for her erotic shrine of which structure and shape are like no other temple in Java. The temple is smaller but really interesting with reliefs on the gate and positioned in the garden around the temple. There are even reliefs of naked people and that is how it got the name “Erotic temple”. The architecture of this temple is different because it is built as a very simple trapezoidal shape and looks because of that more like a Mayan Pyramid than every other temple which is build during the Majapahit Empire
After exploring the Sukuh temple we continue to the Grojogan Sewu Waterfall. Grojogan Sewu, means “a thousand waterfalls”, is located within a 20 ha protected forest area. This forest gives housing to thousands of monkeys. They roam freely without fear in humans. Although they seem tame, but you must remain vigilant because they could suddenly take your bag or other stuff.
It is a place to relax and enjoy the fresh air under the shady trees.