A seaside resort 27 kilometers from Yogyakarta, Parangtritis beach is one of the most famous beaches in Yogyakarta. It has been a tourist destination for a long time. You may take a horse ride to explore the shore. Every Sunday, many local people visit the beach just for recreation or relaxation. According to Javanese mythology, the Goddess of the South seas (the Indian Ocean) Nyai Roro Kidul or Ratu Kidul, was married to Panembahan Senopati who established the Mataram Kingdom.
Since that time, every year, the Sultans of Yogyakarta have made special offerings to her in a beachside ceremony called Labuhan. To celebrate the Javanese new year, there is a special ceremony called Satu Suro held nearby Keraton Yogyakarta, the royal palace. You may be lucky to see it.
The western part of Parangtritis beach, is where the Labuhan ceremony, called Parangkusumois, is held. People believe that the beach is meeting place between the King of Mataram and Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. Every Wage or Kliwon night according to the Javanese calendar, many people come to meditate there.
This beach forms a bay which protrudes between two green coral ridges. It is located about 60 kilometers from Yogyakarta. To reach it, you travel down a winding road through the mountain with lovely panoramas over the green valleys and views of terrace limestone hills. It features the mouth of an underground river.