Purwokerto Travel Guide

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Purwokerto Overview

Purwokerto, city in central western Indonesia, in the central region of the island of Java and also a relatively small town. Located in the province of Central Java, Purwokerto lies south of Mount Slamet and 50 km (30 mi) northeast of the port of Cilacap on the south coast of Java.

The city is a center for small-scale production of goods that are sold locally, and many businesses operate out of homes. Most of the rural population farms wet rice on a subsistence level, and Purwokerto serves as a market and provider of services for these people. Purwokerto is on a railway line running from Tegal on the north coast to near the south coast, where it connects to the Bandung- Yogyakarta- line.

The route to the Baturaden resort on the southern slopes of Mount Slamet passes through Purwokerto. The city is home to Jenderal Soedirman University, founded in 1963. During Indonesia's colonial period (which ended in 1949), Purwokerto was a center for indigo, tea, coffee, and rubber plantations. In 1936 it became an administrative city. Population (1990) 196,000.

The typical food of this region is "Getuk Goreng" made from processed cassava with sweet and savory flavors. Navan also has several shopping malls, traditional markets and so on like other cities in Indonesia.