In the morning, we will go south by following the imaginary line to the core of cultures and traditions. The route allows us to see Tugu Monument, a popular landmark in Yogyakarta as well as a symbol of the city.
Only 2 kilometers south within the ground of Keraton, embedded with combination of Javanese and Portuguese architecture, glorious of the earliest era of Yogyakarta Sultanate is depicted in the layouts of Taman Sari Water Castle. Based on rumors, there is a secret tunnel in this area, connecting the palace with the South Sea (refers to The Indian Ocean) where Nyai Roro Kidul rules the spritual realm of deities and demons.
Next, you will visit Kereta Kencana Museum where you can see collections of carts, owned by the palace. Some of the carts are believed as sacred heirlooms, hence the palace regularly performs ritual ceremony to purity them.
You will visit Kraton Yogyakarta, the palace from where those myths were begun. Kraton Yogyakarta is the central of the imaginary line connecting Prangtritis Beach in the south with Mount Merapi in the north. Here, not only you will get a chance to observe well-preserved Javanese culture from the displays of royal heirlooms and artifacts, but you will also enjoy live cultural performances and watch the daily activity of the courtiers.
Still inside wall of Kraton Yogyakarta, you will enjoy cuisines of royalty for lunch in Bale Raos.
In the late afternoon, we are heading to east to Parangtritis Beach. Parangtritis is a popular beach on the southern coast of Java, which is about 30 km south of the city of Yogyakarta. The legend mentions the Queen of Southern Ocean (Nyai Roro Kidul) as the protector and spiritual consort of the kings of Mataram Sultanate. Because of her supernatural power, the land is safe from the fierce waves of Indian Ocean. The myths will last forever as well as the recollection of mesmerizing sunset at the horizon's edge.
Overnight at the Adhistana Hotel (Superior Room – Mid Floor)