Located on the summit of Batur Agung Mountain, Batara Sriten reservoir is the de facto the highest pond in Yogyakarta. This is a magnificent place where you can see the sun sets into the western horizon.
This reservoir is beautiful as it is functional. It’s not only a panoramic spot, but the pond is actually crucial for the irrigation system in the area. In this arid karst area, the simple presence of a pond on top of the hill is magical enough. Here is what you need to know about Embung Batara Sriten.
Administratively, Embung Batara Sriten is located in Sriten, Pilangrejo, Nglipar District, Gunung Kidul Regency. It is 25 kilometers away from downtown Yogyakarta. The route to this place can be a bit challenging, especially in the latter parts. However, you can reach the pond by riding your bike or motorcyle.
This reservoir was inaugurated by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuono X in 2014. Since then, Embung Batara Sriten slowly becomes more and more popular to tourists. Open daily from early hours to after sunset, the entrance fee to this spot is very cheap, only IDR5000.
Enjoying the sunset
Most people who visit this place is looking for its wonderful sunset. Unlike when you see the sunset at the beach, there is no shiny water to reflect the golden late sun. Instead, you will have the panorama of green fields and forest all the way to the horizon. The location of the reservoir enables you to have an unobstructed view toward the horizon.
Nowadays, seeing beautiful places isn’t quite enough as you have to photograph it. In this social network era, people enjoy showing their best pictures to their friends. Embung Batara Sriten and its surrounded area is a great place to hunt for wonderful pictures. Not only in the reservoir area, but you can also climb a little and find yourself at the very top of the hill called Mangir. This spot is also wonderful.
Embung Batara Sriten can be a wonderful place for camping, especially if you haven’t had lots of time. The easy access to the site means that you can reach it relatively hassle-free. You can spend your energy and your time to set up your tent and enjoy the scenery. There is no trekking route as in other places but you can enjoy the wonderful scenery here.
Embung Batara Sriten is now a popular destination for those who want to enjoy a different panorama in Yogyakarta. Apart from instagenic pond, you can also enjoy wonderful view of the sunset.