Purwokerto Travel Information
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Purwokerto is a sleepy little town located in the Central Java province, Indonesia.Machinery and railway ,factories are here.It also a trade center which Rice, rubber, coffee, sugarand Rooster Napier.

Purwokerto is a town of 300,000 inhabitants. Commonly referred as a cross-road between Jakarta and Yogyakarta. The town is on the foothill of Gunung Slamet volcano, the highest volcano in Central Java. Purwokerto also the main entrance to climb Gunung Slamet. Many of Indonesian famous people originated from Purwokerto, namely Jendral Sudirman, Jendral Gatot Subroto, Soepardjo Roestam etc. Most of those heroic people are honoured as a street name all over Indonesia.

Purwokerto is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is the capital of Banyumas Regency, Central Java region. The estimated population of the city in 2005 was 249,705.

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History of Purwokerto as capital of Banyumas residence cannot be separated from the history of Banyumas itself. Banyumas established in 1582. Its founder is Raden Joko Kahiman which later became the first regent knows as Duke Mrapat. The history starting from the era of the Sultanate Pajang, under King Sultan Hadiwijaya.

The story started from an incident, errors of the Sultan that resulted in the unfortunate killing of Adipati Wirasaba VI in District Lowano (Purworejo now). To make amends for his mistake, the sultan called successor of Adipati Wirasaba. One of his sons-in-law, Joko Kahiman, met the sultan gave him authority to become the regent of Wirasaba VII (Adipati Wirasaba VII). He divided the wirasaba regency into four regent:

  • Banjar region given to Kyai Ngabei Wirayuda
  • Meden territory given to Kyai Ngabei Wirakusuma
  • Wirasaba territory given to Kyai Ngabei Wargawijaya
  • Kejawar territory controlled by himself by opening up mangli forest and named as Banyumas.

The capital of Kejawar territory was in bayumas. Due to flood in 1861, the capital then relocated to Purwokerto, a town located about 18 km northern part of banyumas.

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Purwokerto is located near the base of Mount Slamet, the highest volcano in Central Java. The city is bisected by the Kali Kranji (Kranji River), and lies near two major east-west roads, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Gatot Subroto. Its geographic location is 7°26′S 109°14′E.

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Food and Drink


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The following dishes should be on every traveller's agenda:
Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and is the most famous local dish. The most famous gudeg seller is in front of Pasar Manis, Jalan Gatot Subroto.

Mendoan is local food in Purwokerto, from a very slim Tempe (food from a fermented soy bean, very famous food in Java) and covered by dough of wheat flour. Although many places selling Mendoan, the best Mendoan only served in the village. Even though Mendoan sold at city is considerable tasty.

Sate Kambing in Purwokerto Area (Banyumas, Sokaraja, Purbalingga) is also famous for very tender young Goat. One of the best is Sate Tiga Saudara.


Wedang ronde is hot ginger drink with gluten rice balls, peanuts, jelly

Kebon Cafe is located at Jatiwinagun street. Good place to hangin around. lot of local musicians there.

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Purwokerto has many beautiful buildings and monuments.

Purwokerto Fly-over, is a well known landmark located in front of train station. The flyover was built in 1967.

Train Station, a Dutch colonial architecture, many Dutch residential building can be located in front of the train station.

Museum Bank, located in Jalan Bank, a museum dedicated for R.A. Wiriatmaja who pioneer the Indonesian banking system.

Purwokerto's central public square (Indonesian: alun-alun) has six banyan trees: a tree at each corner, and two in the center. The Purwokertonians often spend their free time in the square, and it is a common place for children to play. Vendors in the square sell children's toys and local foods. To one side is the regional government building, Kabupaten. Just east of the Alun-alun is the old cemetery on Ragasemangsang Road.

One tourist destination near Purwokerto is Baturaden, located 15 km north of the city. Baturaden is classical highland country at the foot of Gunung Slamet volcano. Baturaden is a popular site for local tourism, with a children's playground, hot springs, trekking and camping. There are two natural hot springs in Baturaden, Pancuran Telu and Pancuran Pitu. The campground is called Wana Wisata and Baturraden Adventure Forest. There are also some hotels, villas and budget hotels available in Baturaden.

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Purwokerto is now set as the medical center of southern part of the Central Java Province. Many government and private hospitals are exist serving both general and specific needs. Some of the hospitals are as follows:

  • RSU Margono Soekarjo general hospital
  • RS DKT hospital
  • RSIA Santa Elisabeth hospital
  • RS Islam hospital
  • RSIA Hidayah hospital
  • RSIA Bunda hospital
  • RSIA Ananda hospital
  • RS Geriatri hospital, specific for elder
  • RS Orthopedi hospital, specific for orthopedic treatment

The main state hospital is Margono Soekarjo general hospital, located on the eastern edge of town. This name is commonly shortened to "RS Margono Soekarjo" and was named after the first surgeon in Indonesia, who was born in Purwokerto. His resting place is in Pesarean Kebutuh, Sokaraja Kulon.


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The major university in town is Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, located on the northern outskirts of Purwokerto.There are many other private universities and academies that made the city one of the education centre in southern part of central java.tourism

The universities and academies are:

  • Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto
  • Universitas Wijaya kusuma
  • Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri Purwokerto
  • Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi Purwokerto
  • Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi Satria
  • Sekolah Tinggi Manajemen Informatika & Komputer Widya Utama
  • Sekolah Tinggi Teknik Wiworotomo
  • Akademi Kebidanan YLPP
  • Akademi Kesehatan Lingkungan
  • Akademi Manajemen Informatika & Komputer
  • Akademi Pariwisata “Eka Sakti”
  • Akademi Perawat Muhammadiyah
  • Politeknik PRATAMA


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Traditional Market

The biggest traditional market is Pasar Wage. There are also several small traditional markets, such as Pasar Manis and Pasar Pon.


Shopping Malls

Moro, the biggest mall in Purwokerto.

Sri Ratu now Tamara Plaza, the handphone centre and Gramedia Book Store.

Rita Supermarket, the first supermarket in Purwokerto, there are 2 in Purwokerto, one in kebondalem and the other in alun alun.

The New Matahari supermarket owned by the Rita Group.

Coming soon in early 2010: Carrefour Purwokerto, yes Carrefour, the french hypermarket store is opening in Purwokerto soon.

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By plane

Until today airport in Banyumas area is still in planning process. Military airport in Wirasaba Purbalingga is only a half hour from Purwokerto, capital city of Banyumas. Nowadays the airport has been being built for commercial flight. From capital city of Jakarta through Sukarno Hatta Airport, you can pass Adi Sucipto Airport (Yogyakarta), Adi Sumarmo Airport (Solo), Tunggul Wulung Airstrip (Cilacap) and Ahmad Yani International Airport (Semarang) and then go through road way.

By bus

The bus station is Terminal Bus Purwokerto on 10 hectares area, clean, safe and comfort located 4 km to the south of the town center. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (9 hours) with customer recommended Sinar Jaya bus, Yogyakarta (4 to 5.5 hours) with Raharja and Efisiensi bus, Semarang (6 hours) with Nusantara bus and Bandung (6 to 8 hours) with Budiman and goodwill bus. The terminal serve for 24 hours.

By train

Trains to Jakarta take between 4 to 9 hours from the main Purwokerto station depend on train class. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the best of the lot: most comfortable and fastest. Taksaka is almost as good. These train also cater for Yogyakarta destination.

Get around

Purwokerto is a relatively small town, travelling around town should not be too expensive. You may jog around town for 30 minutes.

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Traditional three-wheeled pedal-powered carts known as becak can be found in most part of Purwokerto. Haggle furiously.




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Map of Purwokerto




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