Location: Karangduwur Village, Ayah Subdistrict, Kebumen Regency, Central Java Province
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HTM: Rp. 10,000
Open and close: 07.00 – 17.00
Price of admission
The exotic scenery that Menganti Beach has, makes the price of admission to tourist sites a little more expensive than other beaches in Kebumen, even though Menganti is a relatively new tourist attraction.
Visitors who want to enter the tourist attraction are charged an entrance ticket of IDR 10,000, not including parking fees of IDR 3,000 for motorbikes and IDR 5,000 for cars.
It has a coastline that stretches from Cilacap Regency to Purworejo Regency, making the southern side of Kebumen Regency decorated with beautiful beaches.
Some of these beaches are quite familiar to travelers, such as Karang Bolong Beach, Ayah Beach, Petanahan Beach and Suwuk Beach, others are still recently developed and there are a number of beaches whose conditions are still natural because they have not been managed as tourism objects.
Among several beach tourism objects in Kebumen that are relatively new, Menganti Beach occupies the top position of the large number of visitors. This is because this beach has more attractiveness than other beaches.
The attraction that is served by Menganti Beach, is not only from the beautiful panoramic views of the beach, but also the waterfall and caves which are a bonus for those who visit this tourist attraction.
That is why even though it was only opened in 2011 in conjunction with the implementation of a national surfing competition that was held here, Menganti Beach immediately attracted the attention of tourists and was never empty of visitors.
About the Beach
Before being managed as a tourist attraction, Menganti Beach was the landing place for fishermen’s boats after returning from fishing. This function is still running until now, however, the regional government has developed it into a tourist attraction with the addition of a number of facilities and facilities.
The panorama of Menganti Beach looks charming because this beach is surrounded by karst hills so that anyone will be amazed when they are at the location and that beauty is what makes Menganti Beach the nickname of Indonesia’s Hawaii.
The legend and origin of the name Menganti Beach, originates from the story of a Majapahit warlord who fled because of his relationship with his lover who was none other than the king’s daughter who was not approved.
The lovers promised to meet on the white sandy coast, so that the warlord waited for his lover on the limestone hill while staring at the high seas.
The long wait was what then made the beach where the warlord waited for the king’s daughter called Menganti Beach, which means waiting.
Another version of the origin of the name Menganti Beach comes from the story of the friendship of Syech Maulana Malik Ibrahim, better known as Sunan Gresik and Sheikh Subakir.
While spreading Islam together, they parted ways on the beach in Kebumen and promised to meet again on that beach.
When the time to meet arrived, Sunan Gresik came first and had to wait for his best friend for days before continuing his journey.
His loyalty in keeping his promise and waiting for Sheikh Subakir was what made the beach where Sunan Gresik was waiting became known as Menganti Beach, although in the end the person he had been waiting for arrived to keep his promise.
The length of time Syech Maulana Malik Ibrahim waited was not proportional to the length of the meeting. Because not long after meeting, they separated again.
Syech Maulana continued his journey to Arabia, while Sheikh Subakir headed to Mount Tidar in Magelang.
Regardless of whether the two legends are true or not, Menganti Beach is the right place for those who want to enjoy the beautiful natural panorama.
Route to Location
Administratively, Menganti Beach is located in Karangduwur Village, Ayah District, Kebumen Regency, Central Java Province. The location is about 35 km from Gomdong and about 42 km from downtown Kebumen.
To go to this beach, visitors must bring a private vehicle, because the route to the location is still not passed by public transportation. This route can be reached by selecting one of the two existing routes.
First, go along the road that leads to Puring and turn right towards Suwuk Beach. Arriving at Suwuk Beach, continue the journey by following a straight axis path before finally arriving at the destination.
The first line is shorter than the second line because the distance is about 30 km. However, the road access that must be passed is quite extreme because it has a number of sharp turns and challenging climbs and descents.
The second line, which is about 45 km away, is relatively flat with easy road access. This route can be reached by passing Gombong to Ayah Beach or Logending Beach in the west.
Arriving at Ayah Beach, you just have to follow the main road that leads to Menganti Beach.
Beautiful and Unique
An exotic view is presented at Menganti Beach because the beach, which has clean white sand, is surrounded by high cliffs and is hidden behind karst mountains. Because of its beauty, the cliff is named Bidadari Cliff.
Besides adding to the beautiful natural charm, the presence of high cliffs and limestone mountains also makes the waves on this beach not so big even though it is part of the South Ocean Beach.
That is why bathing and swimming in the sea are mandatory activities when visiting this tourist spot because it is both safe and fun.
Not only bathing and swimming are interesting activities that can be done here, but also various other activities that are carried out on the soft stretch of sand.
Enjoying natural scenery is also an interesting activity on Menganti Beach, because the panorama presented here is difficult to find in other places.
Especially on the beach, precisely on the edge of the cliff, there are huts that can be rented to rest and enjoy the panorama around.
The location of the beach which is far from the resident’s village makes the beach area always look calm and comfortable to be used as a place to rest and get rid of fatigue, except during long holidays, where the number of tourists visiting exceeds normal limits.
The natural beauty will be even more perfect if visitors want to walk to the east – southeast of the beach, because in this place you can find Tanjung Karangbata and a lighthouse as high as 20 meters.
Above the lighthouse which was built by the Dutch in 1912-1915, the coral hills and blue sea look harmoniously combined, presenting beautiful natural paintings.
Satisfied enjoying the panoramic view of the beach, visitors can go to the cave in the karst hill. This cave is visited by many pilgrims because it is believed to be the place of Sunan Gresik or Syech Maulana Malik Ibrahim.
Not only that, there are interesting objects here, but also a waterfall which is located quite far from the beach area and must be reached on foot.
Even though getting to the waterfall location is quite tiring, but once you arrive at the location, the fatigue will pay off, because there is not only 1 waterfall but 4 waterfalls, which have an average height of about 30 meters.
Because it has been managed professionally, even though Menganti Beach is far from the residential area, tourists don’t need to worry about facilities.
Almost everything that visitors need is already available on site, such as bathrooms and toilets, prayer rooms, parking areas, stalls and stalls, to accommodations in the form of homestays and villas.
Because this tourist attraction also still functions as a place to lean on the fishing boats, visitors can buy various types of fresh fish to be used as souvenirs when leaving Menganti Beach.