A road trip is one of the best ways to create a thrilling and rewarding experience for every traveler. In Indonesia, the best area for road trips is mainland Java. Not only does Java have the best infrastructure, but Java boasts a rich tapestry of landscapes, ranging from pristine beaches and active volcanoes to lush jungles and terraced rice paddies. Java is also rich in historical and architectural treasures, such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples. These UNESCO World Heritage sites showcase the region's ancient civilizations and architectural prowess. You'll get to witness the diverse natural beauty that Java has to offer, explore its cultural gems, learn about Java's rich history, and have opportunities to immerse yourself in local traditions.


Moreover, having a road trip across Java with friends and family will create a beautiful experience and memory. You'll also meet like-minded individuals who share a passion for travel and adventure. The group dynamic adds a social aspect to the journey, fostering friendships and shared experiences.


Here is the suggested itinerary for a 4-day road trip in Java, starting from Yogyakarta and ending in Surabaya.




Yogyakarta, often simply called "Jogja," is a vibrant and culturally rich city located in the southern part of the island of Java, Indonesia. It is known for its historical and cultural significance, stunning landscapes, and a blend of traditional and contemporary elements. Here are some of the attractions you can visit in Yogyakarta:


1. Borobudur

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is one of the largest and most famous Buddhist temples in the world, and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


2. Pawon

 Pawon Temple is a small Buddhist temple located between Borobudur Temple and Mendut Temple. It is believed to have been used as a place for Buddhist monks to meditate.


3. Mendut

 Mendut Temple is a 9th-century Buddhist temple located near Borobudur Temple. It features a large statue of Buddha inside the temple's central chamber and is known for its intricate carvings and decorations.


4. Prambanan

 A 9th-century Hindu temple complex is one of the most important archaeological and cultural sites in Indonesia. It was built during the Mataram Kingdom's reign and is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. The temple complex is renowned for its towering spires and intricate stone carvings. The grandeur of the architecture reflects the importance of Hinduism in ancient Java.


In the evenings, Prambanan often hosts cultural performances, including the Ramayana Ballet, which narrates episodes from the Indian epic Ramayana using dance and traditional Javanese music.




Also known as Surakarta, is a city located in Central Java. It is often considered one of the cradles of Javanese culture. Solo is one of the region's major cities and is known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly in Javanese traditions and the arts. Here are some attractions in Solo:


1. Royal Mangkunegaran Palace (Pura Mangkunegaran)

Located in the heart of Solo, near the Surakarta Palace (Keraton Surakarta), The Mangkunegaran Palace was established in the 18th century as a result of a division within the Surakarta Sultanate. It was created for Mangkunegara I, a prince who wanted to rule independently from the Surakarta Sunanate. The palace is a fine example of Javanese court architecture and features a blend of Javanese, Dutch, and Chinese architectural styles. It includes a grand pendopo (Javanese pavilion), a beautiful courtyard, and elaborately decorated structures. The palace is not only an architectural gem but also a cultural treasure. It houses a collection of Javanese art, including traditional wayang kulit puppets, gamelan music instruments, and other royal artifacts.


2. Triwindu Flea Market

Situated in the center of Solo, not far from the Mangkunegaran Palace. The market is known for its historical significance and has been a trading hub for antiques, vintage items, and collectibles for many years. Triwindu Market is famous for its wide array of antiques and collectible items, including vintage toys, ceramics, batik, furniture, coins, and more. It's a haven for antique enthusiasts and collectors.




Mount Bromo is renowned for its otherworldly and breathtaking landscapes. The sunrise view from nearby viewpoints is particularly famous, with the first light of day illuminating the volcano and surrounding caldera, creating a truly mesmerizing and photogenic scene.


Mount Bromo is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square km. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mount Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2,392 meters tall, Mount Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang, visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mount Bromo. 


You will start the day by driving by jeep to reach the viewpoint on Mt Penanjakan peak, then continue to Mt Bromo by horseback riding, crossing the sea of sand and climbing up to view from the crest of it. The trip is closed by transfer to Juanda international airport of Surabaya for departure to your next destination.

Dada Sabra S.
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Java Road Trip

Published at 11 December 2023 15:39