I was born and raised in a small village in Wonogiri, Indonesia. Wonogiri is a regency (a second-level administrative division of Indonesia, the term comes from the Dutch colonial period) located in the southeastern part of Central Java province. Most of Wonogiri’s area is rocky and hilly due to its location on the Sewu/thousand highlands.
Wonogiri is also known for its Karst Museum, which hosts a collection of limestone (Karst) samples and is located in Gebangharjo Village, Pracimantoro District. It is considered the largest and most unique karst museum in Indonesia, even in Southeast Asia.
A lot of people worked as farmers in the plantation of cacao, cassava, rice, and also kacang mete (cashew nut).
There is a lot of beautiful places to visit in Wonogiri. The nature is stunning and worth a visit. This year, before the pandemic started, I went to Indonesia for the holidays to visit my family and friends. I was extremely happy because I had the chance to visit some beautiful places that I had never visited before.
Wonogiri is not as famous as Bali or Lombok, but there are a lot of beautiful places too – including beaches, caves, highlands, and a reservoir dam – and also famous food like Tiwul, Bakso (meatballs), Mie Ayam or Emping. For more details on the most famous dishes in Wonogiri, wait for my next article. For now, if you wish to find out more on Indonesian food, read my previous piece here.
Here are some pictures from my beautiful homeland.