Jatijajar cave (or Goa Jatijajar) is one of the tourism spots in Central Java. The difference is that it is not in the area of water tourism. But, that does not mean here does not have a water source. The limestone formed Goa Jatijajar to become a natural geological site. It forms a cave with stunning stalactites and stalagmites because of the beauty that exists. The rainwater droplets formed stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave. It stayed in the roof of the cave which then reacts with the limestone because here a lot of lime is available. People also know it as a very old limestone cave. The location of Goa Jatijajar is on Jatijajar street of Jatijajar Village, Ayah District, Kebumen Regency, Central Java province, Indonesia.
For stalactite formation itself is very long, for 1 cm stalactite it takes 1 year to form. Therefore, we deserve to keep it sustainable and beautiful. In the cave besides stalactite and stalagmite, there are also 8 dioramas with 32 statues. All of it tells the story of the legend of Prince Kamandaka or more often we call Lutung Kasarung. Here visitors do not need to worry because there are many lights installed as a source of lighting. And, to enter the cave and surround it has been provided a special road in the form of a concrete footpath to facilitate visitors during the trip. Jatijajar Cave is located at the foot of the limestone mountains which extends from North to South by forming a cape or jutting towards the sea.
What is characteristic of the 2017 Jatijajar cave tourist attraction is the dinosaur statue in the mouth of the cave. And, from the mouth of the dinosaur, the flowing water comes out. The Mawar River and the Kantil River are the water source for it. inside the cave. Existing water is never dry or used up, and used as irrigation for irrigating rice fields around the cave. Moreover, Goa Jatijajar’s photo with its watering system began to appear in the search. Not a few netizens began uploading the latest Goa Jatijajar image for updates on both social media and personal blogs.
The Origin of the Jatijajar Cave in Central Java
According to the history of Jatijajar Cave in Central Java, there was a farmer namely Jayamenawi who discovered the location of the cave was in 1802. Initially, the farmer intended to graze on his paddy field which was directly above the cave. When he wanted to take grass, he suddenly felt down and mired into the cave hole. It was actually the ventilation of the cave in its ceilings. The ventilation hole length was 4 meters and a height of approximately 24 meters.
After the incident, he reported it to the local government. After a time the Regent of Ambal, who was on duty, came to inspect the location. When he got there, his view was fixed on two parallel teak trees located on the edge of the mouth of the cave. Therefore the cave name is Goa Jatijajar, from the words of jati (teak tree) and jajar (row).
After that discovery, in 1975 a private company namely CV. AIS Yogyakarta began to develop and built the existence of Goa Jatijajar to become a tourist attraction. The company led by Saptoto who was a very famous diorama artist in his time in such a way that it became a tourism spot as we know today. This was inseparable from the role of the regional government, at that time under the rule of Mr. Suparjo Rustam as Governor of Central Java.
The construction of the Jatijajar cave tourist attraction takes up the land above and beside it. The development must destroy approximately 5.5 hectares of the population’s land area. For this purpose, the existing land area was given compensation by the Kebumen Regency Government. So that the development of Goa Jatijajar was smooth according to predetermined estimates. The cave which was originally dark and slippery is now installed by electric lights and concrete pedestrians and the installation of statues and dioramas throughout the cave.