Parangkusumo Beach is located in the southern part of Yogyakarta province, in Bantul Regency. This beach is just to the west the west of another famous beach in Yogyakarta, namely Parangtritis Beach.
Apart from its natural beauty, Parangkusumo Beach is also known for the myth and legends that surround it. Here are some of the attractions that you can find at Parangkusumo Beach.
Ratu Kidul Myth
There is a legend saying that the Sultanate of Yogyakarta had a close relationship with the mythical Kingdom of the South Sea (Indian Ocean). This relationship began when the founder of Mataram, Panembahan Senopati met with Kanjeng Ratu Kidul and then they fell in love with each other.
Senopati said his desire to own and lead a great kingdom. Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is willing to help with the condition that all of the Mataram Kings would later become her husband.
There are a number of traditional ceremonies held at Parangkusumo Beach. The first is the Labuhan ceremony which is held in the month of Ruwah in the Javanese calendar. This ritual was carried out as a form of gratitude for the protection given to the Sultanate of Yogyakarta.
The second ceremony is Melasti, performed by Hindus a few days before Nyepi. This ritual has a purpose of cleansing the soul from all evil so that Hindus can live the Saka’s New Year with a clean and new soul.
Gumuk Pasir Sand Dunes
Gumuk Pasir is a unique natural phenomenon where sand dunes are created due to gusts of wind between Parangtritis Beach and Parangkusumo Beach. At first glance, this sandbank looks like a desert in Africa and the Middle East. Not only is it beautiful to see, but this dune can also be a place for fun activities such as sandboarding.
To the east of Parangkusumo Beach, there are several high karst hills that are used as a base for paragliding. Locals call this place Watugupit. Aside from being a shelter for paragliding sports, Watugupit is also an ideal spot for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the beach from a height. Enjoying the sunset at Watugupit has a different sensation compared to doing it on the beach.
Parangkusumo Beach is adjacent to Parangtritis and Depok Beach. Located about 30 km from the city of Yogyakarta, access to these beaches is very easy. If you visit this area you can enjoy these three beaches in a one day tour.