Congot Beach(updated on 11/2/2013)
The Nuance of Fishermen Beach
Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (see map)
Congot Beach is the right tourism beach to visit after going to Glagah Beach. Besides, the beach is so close to Glagah Beach and the road is just smooth even for biking. Located in Jangkaran village, Temon Sub-Regency, Kulon Progo Regency, Congot Beach becomes the center of the activities of local people who depend their life on fishing.
The beauty of the scenery can even be enjoyed while you are on the way to the beach. Along the way connecting Wates town and Congot Beach, you can see the green rice field and the activities of local people in Kulon Progo many of them are peasants. Just like the other plain coastal land in other areas, the road is decorated with coconut trees on both sides.
Congot Beach has its own enchantment compared to other beaches because of the strong fishermen and fishery nuances. Along the coastal line, you can see the activities of local people and domestic tourists who are going fishing. On other side, there are also fishermen who are fishing at the seaside, crushing the small crab shells attaching on the net, or cleaning the boat.
You will see the busy activities of the fishermen when you come at the right time. In the morning, fishermen usually go to the sea with their motorboats. In the afternoon, when YogYES came to visit, the fishermen usually bring the fish to be sold at the local fish-trading center.
Walking to the fish-trading center, you can see the wives of the fishermen cleaning the fish and sell to buyers. While fish trading takes place in the trading center, the fishermen are busy cleaning their boats and crush the small crab attaching to the net that will cause the net to tear. The activities are done from the afternoon until about the evening.
If you like fishing, you can express your hobby in this beach. Bringing your fishing equipments you can try your luck to get fish. If you do not have fishing equipments, you can use your small net and walk along the beach to get fish. Visiting with friends or fishing together will surely become an enjoyable activity.
There are some local people run small restaurant business offering seafood as the main menu. Enjoying the dishes while looking at the activities of the fishermen will surely give different nuance compared to enjoying the same menu at a restaurant in town. The delicious smell of fried, grilled fish will get trough your nose, and it evokes good appetite to quickly try it.
After you see the fishermen activities and enjoy the seafood, you can walk westwards to see the scenery of the estuary of Bogowonto River. You can stand on jetty (like dike) on the side of the river or on the stones at the bank of the estuary. The meeting point between the tasteless river water and the salty ocean water makes the area at the side of Congot Beach rich of various fish. At the river estuary, there are various kinds of fish at much quantity.
In order to visit Congot Beach, you do not have to pay extra cost. The entrance fee is included in the entrance ticket to Glagah Beach. The location of Congot Beach that is so close to Glagah Beach serves the reason to visit it. The strong fishermen and fishery nuances make this beach maintain its uniqueness and it cannot be just compared to Glagah Beach.
Text: Yunanto Wiji Utomo
Photo & Artistic: Agung Sulistiono Mabruron
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