Parangtritis is a popular tourist beach and village area on the southern coast of Java in the Bantul Regency within the province of the Yogyakarta Special Region. Many people believe the Parangtritis beach is the gate of unseen Nyai Rara Kidul who ruled the South Sea. There is a good road to the area which is about 30 km south of the city of Yogyakarta, located just on the border between Bantul and Gunung Kidul regencies. Parangtritis is sometimes said to be a place to meet the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul (also known as Ratu Kidul) or ‘Queen of the South’. Local folklore warns visitors not to wear green clothes or the Ratu Kidul is likely to try to entice the wearer into the ocean to drown. The beach is not really a good swimming beach.
In addition to Parangtritis Beach also known as the big waves and the sand dunes, or commonly called dune. Taverage waves as high as two to three feet tall. As a tourist area, Southern managed quite well by the local authorities of Bantul Regency.
Parangtritis is easy to reach from the city and not so far away, located 27 km south of the City and is easily reached by public transport, which operated until 17.00 or private vehicle. And by car is about 30 minutes. The beach is lovely, some of the time is the beach crowded, mostly from local people, because for Javanese is this one of the fine beaches in the area and most visited. Evening is the best time to visit the most popular beach in Yogyakarta. But when you arrive earlier, it’s worth to rise to Gembirawati Cliffs behind the beach. From there you could see the whole area south of Parangtritis Beach, the sea and the sunset is beautiful, a romantic view of the setting sun at dusk and the myth of Nyai Rara Kidul.