Java South Coast
After Imogiri and its royal necropolis, head for another place of pilgrimage, the coastal village of Parangtritis, realm of the goddess Nyai Loro Kidul, protector of the sultan's line. The beach is popular, but strong currents make swimming dangerous. According to the same legend, Senopati, the first king of Mataram, resurfaced at Parangkusumo (1km away) after a liaison with the goddess at her underwater palace. The beaches of Baron, Kukup or Krakal fishing villages (swimming not always possible) are ideal for a well-earned rest.