Goa Watu Joglo

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Location: Kepil, Putat, Kec. Patuk, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55862.
20-25 minutes walk from the parking lot.
(-7.8591529, 110.5448453)
Open: All year daily 8-17.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyTalus Cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography: Khadija Lung Ayu, Nishfi Maghfiroh, Afghan Azka Falah, Muhammad Haekal, Alfonsus Toribio Eko Saputro, Donan Satria (2020):
Herpetofauna community structure and distribution of Watu Joglo cave area, Gunung Kidul, Special Region of Yogyakarta
BIO Web of Conferences. 19. 00008. 10.1051/bioconf/20201900008. researchgate
Address: Goa Watu Joglo, Kepil, Putat, Kec. Patuk, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55862, Tel: +62-878-3988-6510.
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2014 opened to the public as an ecotourism area.
2017 cave closed.


Goa Watu Joglo is quite exceptional, as it is not a karst cave. It is located in the row of the Sewu mountains. The rocks here are conglomerates which are insoluble and not karstified, the cave is tectonic cave created by a rockfall. The result are cracks between boulders, so these caves are also called boulder caves or talus caves. There several such cracks, which are connected and there is no development at all. But it is not difficult to visit the caves as the floor is mostly level. More dangerous is the fact that the cave is often flooded by the river during wet season. It should be visited only during dry season, except if you prefer canyoning and have appropriate gear. While there are no tours and no entrance fees, the small number of visitors nevertheless caused the existence of some food and souvenir stalls.