A Day as The Lord of Snake Fruit at the Foot of Mount Merapi
Updated on 11/28/2017
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Rate / Night
10 guests, 5 bedroom(s), 3 bathroom(s)
- Extra person: IDR 50,000
- Check-in 14:00, Check-out 12:00
- There will be extra charge for holiday seasons, Christmas and New Year.
After an hour ride from the center of Jogja, we entered the area of Turi sub-district. The view of rice fields on both sides of the road has been replaced by snake fruit plantation. Cool air and the smell of fresh wet grass burst when we rolled the car window down. A faint sound of mountain water flowing was heard from the ditch on the side of the road.
Upon arriving at the inn, we were greeted by Gus Krisna and his wife at the pringgitan (front porch). The children ran around happily on the large front yard, followed by a burst of laughter a moment after when the little one failed to climb on the stilts. Stepping in, we were again fascinated by the living room interior dominated by antique furniture, complete with an old tube TV. I'd say it felt like we were going through a time tunnel, but that would be just too cliche. Phew.
Krisna Homestay is a traditional Javanese house comprising pringgitan (front porch), omah njero (main building), senthong (rooms on the back of the main building), and gandhok (additional building) constructed surrounding the main building. The omah njero section serves as the living room, while the gandhok section serves as bedrooms and bathrooms for the guests. There are a total of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms for guests.
We spent the afternoon relaxing on the front porch. We were served with boiled bananas and lemongrass tea to keep us warm against the cold mountain air that started to get a hold of us. The quiet atmosphere and the cold air call for an early drowsiness, so we immediately went into our own rooms.
The next day, we were taken to the snakefruit plantation. The children cheered happily. It turned out that the snakefruit plantation was just some hundred meters away from where we're staying.
"The soil here is very fertile thanks to Mount Merapi, so it's no surprise that Pondoh snakefruit grows abundantly around here," Gus Krisna said while cutting off old snakefruit barks and excessive saplings.
Gus Krisna explained the characteristics of ripe snake fruit ready to harvest. Ripe snake fruit looks shiny on the peel and the soft thorns have disappeared. The pointed tip of the fruit feels soft when pressed and the fruit produces a sweet scent. He showed us some ripe snake fruits and how to pick them. The children happily took turns picking ripe snake fruit.
Come midday, we returned to Krisna Homestay with a bag full of snake fruit we've harvested earlier. After taking shower, we bid them farewell and continued our trip to Borobudur Temple.
How to get there:
from Tugu Jogja to the north - Jl. A.M. Sangaji - Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar - before Jl. Turgo, turn left to Turi - turn left at Bangun Kerto the five-way intersection - the road is a dead-end, then turn left again - follow the road to Krisna Homestay
Photo Gallery of Homestay Krisna
Porch in 360° View Front Yard Traditional Games Living Room Living Room in 360° View Back Porch Bedroom 1 Bedroom 1 in 360° View Bedroom 2 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Bathroom 2 Dining Area Kitchen Bathroom 3 Gandhok Lemongrass Tea Teatime Breakfast Welcome Fruit Coconut Snake Fruit Garden
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- Living room
- Dining room
- Cleaning service
- Cable TV
- Washing machine
- Hot water
- First aid kit
- Swimming pool
- Emergency Lamp
- Meeting facilities
- Parking area
- Entertainment system
- Free bike rental
- Fitness equipments
- Airport / station transfer