Goa (Cave) Jatijajar, Central Java, Indonesia

This cave is is located in Kebumen, Central Java, Indonesia, stretches 250 meters with average width 25 meters and 10 meters roof thickness. Inside the cave  flows active underground river and springs.

There are 7 springs and only four that can be reached easily in the cave. Bumi and Jombor spring have virtue for personal purpose. Mawar Spring has virtue for forever young virtue if one bathes or wash face with its water. And Kantil Spring for achieving one’s desire by washing face or bathe there.The water from cave is channel to swimming pool for adult and also for children. The water always flows even in the driest season. Currently, the water also used by local farmers for irrigation.

This cave is a natural cave located under limestone mountain that was created by thousand years of natural process. The limestone mountain spans from north and the projecting to the sea on a gulf. Located 42 kilometers on the west of  Kebumen and 21 kilometers south of Gombong.

To visit the cave, visitors do not need to have special skill of caving as this cave has been developed for visitors with passage and lights. Also statuary as big as human size demonstrate the Lutung Kasarung legend, as connected to the local belief about the the story of Kamandaka, and Jatijajar Cave was meditation site for Kamandaka, and he got a revelation there.

Stalactite and stalagmite in this cave are already non-active but few are still active and still growing. To differ the alive and dead Stalactite and stalagmite is to examine the present of water on their point. There are also carst pillar, the meeting of stalagmite and stalactite. All of the shapes were created by the sediment of rain water and reaction with the carst that it absorbed in.  Expert said that it took quiet long time for stalactite to create, in 1 year, stalactite maybe will only grow for 1 cm.  So Jatijajar is a very old carst cave.

In the vicinity of  this cave also located other caves, Cave Dempok, Titikan and Intan but those caves have not been developed well for tourism.

When is was discovered, the cave mouth was closed by soil.Jatijajar name derives from two teak trees (Jati Trees) that are located in front of the cave mouth. Those trees are located side by side or in Javanese Jejer.

The cave opened for tourist in 1975, covers 5.5 hectares. Local government gave compensation for land used for this cave development for tourism.