WEST GOA is located in Pulamarta Hamlet, Jatijajar Village, Ayah District, Kebumen Regency, Central Java. The cave can be reached by private vehicle or public transportation, covering a distance of 42 kilometers from Kebumen City or 21 kilometers from Gombong. The location of the mouth of the cave is not far from the village. By walking, it only takes about 15 minutes to arrive at the mouth of the cave.

Since it was discovered in 1945, West Goa has not been managed properly, until now, West Goa has been left to its beauty as if it is not intended for the general public. However, the beauty and beauty of the Cave along with its contents persist and is challenging to conquer.

In 1996, the President of the Indonesian Speleological Activities Association, Cahyo Alkantana, became the first person to successfully break through the West Cave to almost the end. He explored the West with the joint Indonesian-French team. The following year many cave experts such as from Japan and Belgium also conducted research in West Goa.

Sometimes you have to cross a river as deep as your thighs. Even to the brink. But it can still be skipped (http://diasporaiqbal.blogspot.com)

The length of West Goa is not known with certainty. It has been mapped by a Goa explorer from France along 6.5 Kilometers, but there has been no bright spot for an exit from the cave.

West Cave a few years ago was developed for special interest tourism managed by the Jatijajar Village government. The manager provides caving equipment, such as helmets, special clothes, boots, and headlamps, as well as guides. For visitors who want to explore West Goa, of course, they must have high courage, considering the terrain they will take will be difficult. A little note, it would be nice if visitors came with a group, so it would be more exciting and make it easier for the guide.

For explorers who have an adventurous spirit, caving in West Goa is a challenge in itself. Along the way, the explorers must walk carefully following the flow of underground river water. Sometimes searchers even have to submerge themselves in chest-deep water, step over sharp rocks on the banks of underground rivers, avoid deep water puddles, crawl three-meter-high rapids, and also have to walk ducking in narrow alleys. Even so, for safety and security issues during the trip, searchers don’t need to worry because there are professional guides.

Name

The name Goa Barat comes from the natural character attached to this cave, namely the strong wind from the inside of the cave that blows into the mouth of the cave. This strong wind in Javanese is called the west wind. During certain seasons, the west wind is so strong that it makes a loud noise and even makes the bamboo trees in front of the mouth of the cave move non-stop. When we walked through the alleys of West Goa, the atmosphere in the cave was not stuffy and at some points felt a breeze.

Waterfall

Superman’s Big Sister (https:// Lintaskebumen.wordpress.com)

West Goa is a cave that has 100 waterfalls in it, the name is where so many waterfalls are found. These various waterfalls have a height of 0.5-10 meters which become the water path from the springs in the depths of the karst to the exit into a surface river. And one of the 100 waterfalls has a height of 32 meters. Wow that’s very high isn’t it. Because the water was so swift and the height was extraordinary, even international cave explorers gave the name Supermen’s Big Sister.

Several waterfalls in West Goa have names that were previously assigned by the Indonesian-French expedition team, such as Jump Ulysess (8 meters), Takatsavone (8 meters) and Sister Morphine (5 meters).

Panorama

The mouth of West Goa, the distance is only about 200 meters from the basecamp. Stop for a moment at the mouth of Goa to pray for safety and protection from Allah SWT. while doing this caving. The first hundred meters from the mouth of Goa the road that is passed is already in the form of castings (cement) and the lights on the walls of Goa have also been installed.

Riyono (49), a forest foreman who usually guides cave explorers, said the length of West Goa is estimated to be 50 kilometers. The end of the cave is estimated to be in the sea in the Karangbolong area. To browse is estimated to take 10 days.

The journey in West Goa is to explore the river (http://diasporaiqbal.blogspot.com)

He himself admitted that he had explored up to seven days in the cave, in 2002. At that time, together with several local residents, he guided four cavers from France and Belgium. In 2005 he again guided four cavers from Japan. But they only lasted four days. “They conducted research on the cave,” he said.

Entering the mouth of the cave which is quite small, the searcher is greeted by stalagmites that are still alive on the upper wall of the cave. If you continue to explore to a depth of about 200 meters there will be a very amazing natural phenomenon.

The entrance to West Goa is quite narrow (http://diasporaiqbal.blogspot.com)

Inside the cave, it turns out that there is an underground river with clear water. The water emerges from the ground that flows along 1,000 meters and then goes back into the ground. The Water Resources Management Center (PSDA) of Progo Bogowonto Luk Ulo (Probolo) once measured the capacity of water sources in the cave to reach 255 liters/second.

Arriving at the river, the journey is getting tougher. Only those who have the necessary skills and equipment can continue the journey. If you only use simple equipment, it’s better to be satisfied and come back than to threaten safety.

Ornament

Along the way, various stalactites and stalagmites were entertained while walking along the underground river passage (http://diasporaiqbal.blogspot.com)

Look at the variety of stalactite and stalagmite ornaments that beautifully decorate every sky, wall and floor in West Goa. Along the way, we were not tired of being entertained by an orchestra of various unique rocks, such as beard stones, curtain stones, curtain stones, bud stones, crystal stones, and many other types of rocks. Sometimes, our fingers also touch the hard crystallized limestone.

Batu Curtain Garuda, Found after 2.5 hours of traveling in Goa (http://diasporaiqbal.blogspot.com)

In the cave room called Sawahan, we were amazed at the landscape of the land that was formed naturally into plots like rice fields. Of course, it will take thousands of years for water to erode this hardened soil to create beauty within the rare bowels of the earth. Unfortunately, this part of Sawahan has been damaged, only remaining on the outskirts of the unreachable footprints of cave explorers.

Sawahan Cave Room (http://diasporaiqbal.blogspot.com)

West Goa also provides other alleys that have distinctive characteristics. For example, the Batu Tomb alley features stones similar to tombstones that are often used by residents as a place for ‘mujahadah’. There is also a Kratonan hallway that offers floor and ceiling decorations filled with white crystal stones that can twinkle when dimmed by dim light.

West Goa Map

Map of West Goa that has been researched

Suggestions and Time

It is recommended for explorers to carry out caving activities using adequate equipment and also accompanied by guides. This is because the terrain is not easy and very dangerous. During caving activities, the explorers take up to approximately 7 hours. Tired for sure, but all that will be paid off by the beauty of the scenery in West Goa. Happy holidays and have fun explorers….

More information contact

LKM Argojati Jatijajar Village
Pulamarta Hamlet, Jatijajar Village, Ayah District, Kebumen Regency, Central Java.
West Goa Tourism Management : +62 813 2712 0420 (Mr. Yadi), +62 822 2684 4234 (Mr. Yudi)
Websites: http://goa-barat.blogspot.com
FB: https://id-id.facebook.com/pages/GOA-BARAT/128044450726306

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