• Advina Ratnaningsih

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, which means a thousand waterfalls is without a doubt, the most spectacular and best waterfall in Indonesia. The name originated due to its appearance of many different waterfalls in one single, semi-circular area. This fairly unknown sight, also named Coban Sewu. This waterfall located in between Malang and Lumajang in East Java Region, and it’s not on the usual Java Route so not many people here, which is good. With its 120 meters, it is in the list of one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia.

We landed in Malang yesterday, and continued the journey to Lumajang direction by car for 2-3 hours, and finally arrived in our homestay that close to Tumpak Sewu waterfall entrance gate. Earlier this morning, at 6 am we were ready to leave the homestay to do hiking. In the begining, the road that we went through was very easy, the road continues declined for about 1-2 km, until we arrived at the crossroads where we can go to see panoramic views or we go down to the foot of the fall. Blue sky, green trees, and a little fog were still visible.

The ground was still a little wet from the rain on the night before, making the trip feels long because it was slippery. It is a 30 to 40-minute walk down via bamboo stairs and also few metal stairs, and through small streams. I had to take off my shoes here and continued walk with the bare feet.

After we are done descending to the ground, we have to walk for another 5 minutes crossing two walking bridges over the river to get to Tumpak Sewu.

Once we reach the canyon i started to get an idea of the scale of the walls. I feel sooo tiny, and i know i am about to witness something incredible. After turning the final corner i will never forget the moment i enter the cauldron at the foot of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. It is pure magic with more than thirty different waterfalls plummeting down into the cauldron into tiny pools below.

Today was mix between sunny, cloudy and raining. It was cold indeed, but the there is always a rainbow after the rain. Literally, we got the rainbow view that really close to where we stand. Tumpak Sewu Waterfall easily become my favorite ever.

During the hiking, we have to be fit to do this walk down (and to climb up). It is not dangerous but we do have to watch our steps and be careful. Do not wear flip-flops and wear sandals instead. Eventhough this morning few of our people wore flip flop and sandals, but they are used to the tracks. Cover your gear and go explore the waterfalls. It feels like sprinkle all the time. Take a lot of photos while you are there. It’s incredibly cold but the views were amazing and you will forget about the cold. Unfortunately it‘s not possible to swim there. But it’s enough to be there and embracing the views. Don’t forget to bring bottle of water and bring back your trash. You have the option to admire the waterfall from the top and the foot. Plan to visit the waterfall from 7 AM for the best light. Message me if you need more details about this waterfall.

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