Java is Indonesia’s political and economic heart. It is home to the nation’s capital, Jakarta, and is proud of its well-preserved cultural traditions. It is blessed with mesmerising natural beauty, abundant wildlife and fascinating monuments of human civilisation.

Home to over 140 million people and the most populated island on the planet, Java has everything travellers could want. Its natural beauty is breathtaking with ever changing scenery that stretches from rice paddies to the sandy shores of beautiful beaches. It has active volcanoes and dense rainforests that contrast sharply to its cities that are crowded, polluted and noisy.

While Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, Central Java is considered its historic heartland. Among many places of interest are the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo that was once a royal capital. The 18th-century Keraton Kasunanan was the royal family’s residence and today is a museum of heirlooms while Mangkunegaran palace has an elaborately painted pavilion.

Exploring Java

The city is also a major centre for dyed batik fabric that is displayed at the Danar Hadi museum.

The amazing Borobudur and Prambanan temples, where history and spirit meet, are the highlight of any trip to Java’s centre.