If you drive from Malang, you’ll reach the waterfalls from up above. You’ll have to climb down a long set of man-made bamboo steps. There are few rest stops along the way, and the stairs are narrow, so be mindful of people walking back up as you’re headed down.
Tumpak Sewu is situated in Sidomulyo Village in Lumajang Regency, East Java, Indonesia. The falls are sandwiched between the town of Lumajang, which is northeast of the area, and the town of Malang, which is northwest. If you’re driving from Malang, the falls is only two hours away.
Plitvice, or Plitvička jezera (meaning "Plitvice's Lakes"). Not "Plitviče". Anyway, as a Croatian myself, I thank you for the compliments you give to this cute place in my country. ♥
TIP: The lower levels aren't overly steep, so try sliding down them! The water isn't too powerful, so you won't get swept away.
Once a secret waterfall, Coban Sewu is becoming increasingly popular with tourists - even though the hike to access is it far from easy! The "thousand waterfalls" (as it is translated from the local dialect) is located in a deep ravine, accessible only by a thin path cut through the thick jungle surrounding it. It will take you about 20 minutes (and several ladders) to climb to its base in the canyon below, but it will be the most refreshing swim of your life.
Accessibility ranges from rigorous all-day treks to driving right up to a swimming hole. Don’t miss Vale da Lua (Moon Valley), an otherworldly collection of massive gray rocks formed 600 million years ago. They’ve been smoothed over by the rushing river that weaves through the boulders, creating chutes, waterfalls and several swimming holes where visitors can take a dip.
Though you can visit year-round, it’s best to visit during the dry season to avoid flooding and landslides. Also, the steps leading to the falls are known for being soggy and slippery as is, so avoiding even more water is a good idea!
Indonesia contains some of the world's most spectacular waterfalls. Nearly each of the country's most popular islands has a waterfall worth visiting, and it can be hard to know which ones are worth your time! To make it a little easier for you, here is everything you need to know about visiting the 10 most beautiful Indonesia waterfalls.
Visiting the foot of the Tumpak Sewu waterfall is a must-do experience. Although you can’t swim at the foot, it is incredible to feel all that water force on the ground.
HOW TO GET THERE: Kanto Lampo is located just next to Gianyar, a small town about 12 km from Ubud Palace. You can reach it in less than an hour's drive from Ubud or Denpasar. It is easy to reach the waterfall from the village, and the terrain is gentle enough for even novice hikers.
This majestic waterfall is just one of many in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java, and arguably one of the best. Locals believe that the leader of the ancient Majapahit Empire, Mahapatih Gajah Mada, used to live in this waterfall. Surrounded by hills, the waterfall complex forms a hidden nook graced with endless rains dripping from above.
Tucked inside a natural forest in Southeast Sulawesi, this exquisite waterfall runs for 100 meters through 127 levels, leaving a trail of beautiful clear waters. With a structure that sophisticated, there are so many great spots to explore, as tourists can’t fit all 127 levels of the waterfall in one picture. The secluded and heavenly atmosphere has led locals to believe that angels once descended to this place to bathe and enjoy the nature.
Drone Tumpak SewuTaking a drone is possible but be careful since there is strong interference at the foot of the fall.
It is a 30 to 40-minute walk down via bamboo stairs and through small streams. You have to be fit to do this walk down. It is not dangerous but you do have to watch your steps and be careful. Do not wear flip-flops and wear sandals instead.
Did you know that Mount Rinjani is an active volcano and it can be hiked as well? Check out our guide on hiking Mount Rinjani for more information.
HOW TO GET THERE: Sekumpul waterfall is just 2km from the village that gives it its name. It is about 18 km from Singaraja (40 minutes) or 27 km from Lovina (about 1 hour). Like most Indonesian waterfalls, there is no public transportation so you will have to rent or book a car.