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Itinerary for Java, Indonesia: Cities, temples & rice fields

Itinerary for Java, Indonesia: Cities, temples & rice fields

In November I went to Java on a press trip for a week and a half! Without a doubt, the most amazing destination I have ever had to visit for my blog and I can not wait to share my itinerary with you. This is the exact route I followed, but in terms of the amount of days in one place, it did change a little. For example, you spend less days in Jakarta, but longer in Semarang and Solo, cities that I didn’t really get to see.

Java is truly a beautiful island, the most important island of Indonesia even, because this is where the capital and government are located. In addition, about 60% of the population lives on Java, while it represents only about 7% of Indonesia’s land mass. Java is green, has amazing temples, and beautiful culture, so you shouldn’t miss it when you travel to Indonesia. Also nice: there is no malaria on Java (and Bali) so you don’t have to worry about that! The route for Java that I share with you today is mainly focused on West and Central Java. If you want to see a all of Java, you’ll need at least two to three weeks, but with this Java route you will certainly see all the big highlights!

Gedong Songo temples in Java: a hidden gem

Gedong Songo temples in Java: a hidden gem

On the misty hills of Java you’ll find a temple complex that hardly anyone knows about, but which is breathtakingly beautiful: Gedong Songo. If you could capture magic in one place and one experience, it’s this one: riding a horse through this temple complex in Central Java. Writing a blogpost is rather hard when you feel so lost for words! I feel so privileged that I got to experience this. It’s not my first time on the back of a horse: I used to ride horses as a child and though it ended quite traumatically (hanging upside down with one foot in the stirrup), I still like to get up on the horse every now and then for the most special travel experiences. I did it once in Yosemite, and this time I grabbed my opportunity in Indonesia. It also led to the most unflattering photo of me of all time, by the way. You’ll have to get me real drunk to get me to show you that one :).

But first let me tell you something about the Gedong Songo temple complex.  We made a stop there while traveling from Semarang to Solo, two cities in Central Java. This complex is unknown amongst foreign tourists, which made it a great spot to visit for a private experience. This was especially the case when I visited: it was the end of November, which meant there was hardly anyone there. I think I’ve seen about twenty other tourists while walking around this huge complex. The rest of the people were locals! Let me quickly tell you more about Gedong Songo so you can start planning your visit :).