Ancol Dam in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta


In Yogyakarta Special Region Province, tourists may find several regencies on where they can enjoy outdoor activities. As for the reference, there is Kulon Progo Regency with its Ancol Dam. The prime function is definitely to store water and generate electricity. However, it also becomes a new vacation spot for those who are visiting Kalibawang Sub-District. The exact location is in Banjaroyo Village and it offers both majestic construction and beautiful panoramas. No wonder, people often come to the dam in order to enjoy photography and sightseeing. The locals also come in the afternoon to enjoy relaxation and lessening, in fact.

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Ancol Dam offers both peaceful and clean environment. Thanks to the great management. Here is the thing. It is not an official vacation spot, so tourists should not expect water rides and ample facilities. What they may find is a regular dam functioned as the source of irrigation. The good thing is the site offers wonderful scenery including the fierce river and lush green trees. At least, the nuance is perfect for relaxation and sightseeing. Not to mention it holds an interesting history that tourists can learn during the visit.

Exploring Ancol Dam
The question is what tourists can do in Ancol Dam. Well, usually people come to the site to enjoy relaxation in the afternoon. They want to relieve stresses and tiredness caused by daily works and routines. For a better result, it is also recommended to visit the dam in the morning. Not only the air is fresher, the site offers a more peaceful nuance for lessening or relaxation too. Tourists don’t have to come with families, as they can enjoy such nuance alone!

The next popular thing to do in Ancol Dam is none other than fishing. In this case, tourists should have prepared the fishing rod beforehand. Another important consideration is related to the weather or condition. For the information, the dam’s water discharge can be either strong or slow depending on the season. For a more satisfying fishing result, it is recommended to come during summer as the river has more fishes than usual.

Another thing that tourists can do is photography. They can find many good spots to take photos and selfies, after all. One thing, everyone should be careful when exploring the dam due to the slippery surface. Later, before going back to the hotel, they must find a villager and learn some history regarding the dam as well. It is said the dam has been there since the 1940s and it was built during the reign of Japan. It is surprising that the condition remains good, isn’t it?

Nearby Attractions

  • Embung KP
  • Nyi Ageng Serang Tomb
  • Purwo Arum Sido Asri Hill

How to Get There
For those coming from Adisucipto International Airport, they should take Ring Road Utara Street and head directly to Ancol Dam at Kalibawang Sub-District. The last thing to do is to reach Banjaroyo Village where the dam is located. As for the trip, it may take around 47 minutes as the distance is 30 km. For a more efficient trip, it is recommended to take the best transportation service though.

Where to Stay

  • Rimbono Homestay
  • Gad0-Gado BnB


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