Do you have plans for your holiday with your family? Yogyakarta may be a good choice for you, as it has several tourist spots you can visit, and most of them are cheap too. Cheap traveling in Yogyakarta can be done by visiting the only one zoo in the city, which is the Gembiraloka Zoo. Besides a zoo, this placeis also categorized as zoological museum or museum for animals. No need to come all the way to the Komodo Island in Flores to witness the uniquely and rare ancient reptile that originally came from Indonesia. All you need to do is just to visit the Gembiraloka Zoo, where you can already see “the world’s largest living lizard” which is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage.
Gembiraloka Zoo is located at Jalan Kebun Raya 2, Yogyakarta. The zoo is located about four kilometers from Yogyakarta Passenger Terminal in Giwangan, or six kilometers from Malioboro. To reach this tourist attraction, you can use a variety of public transport in Yogyakarta, such as rickshaw, carriage, bus, Trans Jogja, or taxi. You can alse take a pedicab or horse cart as an option, but it would be costly. If you want to use the city bus, then choose the bus line 9 or 7. And if you prefer to use Trans Jogja, get the bus stop and ride Trans Jogja 1B lane, this will lead you to the bus stop near Gembiraloka Zoo. The entrance fee ticket is varied depend on when you come to visit. On weekdays, starting from Monday to Saturday, the entrance fee ticket is IDR 12,000 while on Sunday & public holidays it is IDR 15,000.
Gembiraloka Zoo which was built many years ago has dozen collections of Komodo dragons that scattered in several cages. This zoo has a collection of over 100 species of wildlife including 61 species of flora. In addition to have a collection of Komodo dragon, Gembiraloka also has a collection of snakes, frogs from various countries, Kaiman, soa, turtles, and lizards in the Reptile and Amphibian Park. You can also find other various animals here, such as elephants, orangutans, tigers, monkeys, camels, birds, deer, zebra and hippo. The warm and calm atmosphere with botanical garden filled with shady trees make this place a great place to visit with your family and friends. If you come at the right time, you can see various funny animal show, like a counting parrot, an orangutan who can ride a bicycle and otters playing ball show. You can also witness several inmate elephants giving a birth, parrots incubating their eggs, as well as racehorses having babies in this zoo.
Gembiraloka is an exactly perfect destination for a cheap traveling in Yogyakarta with your family or friends. Not only you can try a variety of rides games and watch the behavior of various animals, you can also witness the greatness of the giant lizard, the Komodo Dragon. As the name implies, Gembiraloka is the place for having fun.