Adi Sumarmo International Airport, more commonly referred to as Solo Airport, is an airport in Central Java, Indonesia. It is a small airport located 14 kilometresnorth of the city of Solo which is also known by its other name, Surakarta.
Other than Adi Sumarmo International Airport, there are two more international airports serving Central Java, the Adisucipto International Airport in nearby Yogyakarta and the Achmad Yani International Airport in Semarang. Flying into Adisucipto International Airport is also a common option as the cities are only 60 kilometresapart. One can easily take a taxi or a commuter train into Solo from Yogyakarta.
Solo Airport mainly serves regional airlines that operate flights to neighbouringcountries. Air Asia operates frequent flights to Kuala Lumpur, as well as seasonal flights to Saudi Arabia. Silk Air used to operate a direct flight to Singapore but this has been discontinued. Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air and Batavia Air operate regular flights to the capital, Jakarta.
Getting from the airport into the city centreis quite straightforward. There are shuttle buses, the Batik Solo Trans buses, which connect the airport to the city. Taxis are also readily available at the airport terminal. There are prepaid taxi counters that quote fees based on your destination.
The two cities of Solo or Surakarta and Yogyakarta are generally considered the cultural hub of Java. They share many historic spots that attract visitors from all over the world. The most popular attractions in the area are the ancient temples, known as Candi. In the city of Solo, these temples are usually found on the scenic mountainside of Mount Lawu. These rugged mountain landscapes of Tawangmangu are also a favouritedestination for many outdoor enthusiasts.
What to see and do in Solo, Indonesia
Solo also boasts of a rich cultural heritage as seen in its distinctive Javanese traditions and arts. The city is considered as the vestige of the Javanese court, known as Keraton. Compared to the more bustling Yogyakarta, Solo has preserved much of its Javanese character. Here are some of the interesting highlights in and around the city –
One of the last Javanese-Hindu temples built in Java before the Keraton converted to Islam, this ancient temple is located high up on the western slopes of Mount Lawu. The breath-taking views here and the magnificent temple architecture and interiors make Candi Ceto a must-visit in Solo. Guided tours are available.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Surakarta is the Keraton Surakarta. This is the palace of Susuhunan Pakubuwono, also the Princely Javanese court of Mangkunegaran. The palace is now run as a museum that showcases exhibits on the history of the royal family of Surakarta including various royal regalia and other artefacts.
Another important palace in Solo is the Kasunanan Palace. Built in 1745 by King Paku Buwono II of the Mataram kingdom, this palace has a long and colourful history. It is the city’s largest and most significant palace. Guides are available to tour the many interesting features of this ornate palace that combines traditional Javanese architecture and European styles.
Museum Batik Danar Hadi
This 19th century Javanese mansion is home to the extensive batik collection of local businessman, Santosa Doellah. Here you can find a large variety of batik from different cultures and origins, from Javanese, Chinese, Indian to colonial Dutch. There is also a workshop within the museum complex where visitors can see the process of traditional batik making.
There are several other note-worthy sights in and around Solo. Visitors can indulge in shopping for local handicrafts such as its famous batik, or enjoy its distinct local cuisine. Taxis are abundant here and is a convenient way to get around the city’s sights. For the more adventurous tourist, the bekac is a local cycle rickshaw that can be a great way to move around and enjoy the local lifestyle.
Best times to visit Solo, Indonesia
Solo may be a less-touristy destination compared to other Indonesian cities, but it is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy the tranquil ambience, the historic palaces and temples as well as the verdant landscapes of this tropical city. Do note that central Java is one of the wettest regions of the country. Plan your trip between June to September to make most of your sightseeing. Find the best flight to Solo by searching for promo fares to AdiSumarmo International Airportin Indonesia on Skyscanner Singapore.
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