A Little About Tempel
Another favorite thing to do when I was exploring Yogyakarta and Magelang in Central Java, besides going to the tobacco fields, historical places, and shopping for souvenirs, my colleagues and I would go for sightseeing to the slightly unknown areas. The deep villages in Java Island are full with serenity and calm beautiful green land. Me and my colleagues usually would pack some snacks and find spots for picnic. As Indonesia’ climate can get really humid and totally hot in some area, the deep village usually cooler especially when it is near water (river or creek and such) with bamboo trees surrounding.
One of sub districts that we went to was Tempel in Sleman Regency of Yogyakarta. In Tempel, (just before you head to Magelang) we found a river flowing nicely and the stream in some spots was somewhat strong. Plenty river stones from small to big sizes can be found on this river which if I am not mistaken is called Sungai Krasak or Krasak River. The water is totally see-through and very clean. I could be wrong with the name of the river though; there were a couple of rivers that we went to and with all these non-English names, I often make mistakes in memorizing; but this is a fairly big river that we found in Tempel.
In Temple there are quite a few of big farm lands and the landscapes are very nice. I could picture myself hiking, jogging, or even fishing at the river I mentioned above. Some of the farm lands that I saw were kind of dry though, and I could see there were the residues of the burning fields after harvesting.
If you have the time to explore Tempel, you definitely should get some “snakeskin fruits” which the local people or the Indonesians call these fruits as Salak Pondoh; and yes, the skin resembles snakes’ skins. Unlike regular snakeskin fruit or Salak, typical Salak Pondoh even though they are smaller than regular Salak, they are sweet and very nice. Watch out when you try to peel the skin though; it can hurt your skin in a way or two. In the middle of the fruit there will be the seed, which is really hard to eat, I don’t think anyone eat the seed, but I was informed that some people in Indonesia make chips out of the seed. You can see many of Salak Pondoh trees in Tempel; the growing trees and fruits look almost like Elaeis guineensis, African palm trees.