What is coming to your mind when you hear Kulon Progo tourism place? Sermo Reservoir? Kali Biru? Or Glagah Beach? The three of those tourism places have become Kulon Progo’s tourist landmarks. But if you often see the hashtag #wisatakulonprogo on social media, surely you will find interesting photos completing with mangrove forest tourism. Is there a mangrove forest in Kulon Progo? Actually yes, let’s find out the information.
The Congot Mangrove Kulon Progo Forest is located in the Jangkaran area, Kulon Progo, precisely on the Jogja-Purworejo border. The entrance to the mangrove forest area is on Deandels Street, about 300 meters from the Congot Bridge.
ORIGIN OF THE CONGOT MANGROVE FOREST
The mangrove forest which reaches to the west of the Bogowonto River was originally managed by a UGM master student who is usually called by local residents as “Cut”. Initially he planted mangroves as part of his master’s research at UGM. And until now mangrove forests are useful for preventing abrasion and continue to develop into tourist objects.
Until now, there are at least four tourist areas in the Congot Kulon Progo Mangrove Forest. There are namely Jembatan Api Api, Pasir Kadilangu Beach, Wanatirta Pasir Mendit, and Maju Lestari.
And the most popular one is Jembatan Api Api. This can be seen from the number of posts from the hashtag #Jembatanapiapi. The name of the Jembatan Api Api itself is taken from one of the types of mangroves planted in the mangrove forest area.
To explore the Congot Mangrove Forest area, visitors can take a walk on the bamboo bridge provided. There are also several spots that can be used as photo spots for visitors.
However, the most popular spot that is favourite by young people is the main bridge. You can also go around the mangrove forest by boat. You only need to pay IDR 5000 / person, you can be very satisfied enjoy the green and cool views of the mangrove forest area.
ROAD ACCESS TO THE MANGROVE FOREST
Access to the Congot Mangrove Forest is quite easy. From the city of Jogja, take the direction towards Jogja-Wates road, arrive at T-junction of Wates bus station then take a left about 10 km from the Wates bus station until you find the T-junction in the shape of the letter (Y), take a left side, go straight to the Congot Bridge. And continue to the west direction, about 100 meters to the left of the road there is a signboard for the Pasir Mendit hamlet, and you just have to follow the directions.