Meet the Two Incredible Waterfalls in LOMBOK
If you do not like trekking, visiting the waterfalls in the best option for you when you come to Lombok. Sendang Gile Waterfall and Tiu Kelep waterfall are located in the middle of a forest in Senaru village, the base for every climber before heading to Mount Rinjani. It is very easy to reach the waterfalls. You only follow the stairs go down on a single path. Along the way to get into these two waterfalls, you may enjoy the scenery of protected forest which is a part of Mount Rinjani National Park.
Sendang Gile Waterfall
Sendang Gile is impressive in its own right. It’s a two-tiered waterfall with massive force. It passing layered rock steep bank with height around 30 m. the layered steep bank is covered with leaves and fern plants. The blowing mist which fills the surround valley will feel so fresh when it touches your skin.
Sendang Gile waterfall is closer to the entrance of waterfall area. To get there, only take 15 minutes by foot. Because it closer to the entrance, it is visited by more visitors, either its foreign or domestic one.
Tiu Kelep Waterfall
If you like tracking, try to continue the journey to Tiu Kelep waterfall. To get into this second waterfall, takes 45 minutes by foot. You will pass a quite sloping stairs and also shallow rivers with clear water as well. You will also pass a path which in each side is a small river with calm water.
The exhaust feeling will soon disappear after you see the waterfall. This waterfall is quite high, more or less 45 m with big and strong crush. If you don’t want to get wet, you should wear your waterproof jacket. Nearby the waterfall, you will see an interesting view of big trees which live in the valley’s surface.
According to local people, Tiu Kelep name is taken from Sasak language. “Tiu” means pool, and “Kelep” means fly. While Sendang Gile name is taken from a legend which tells about the story of a prince which was chased by a crazy lion. He ran into a wood and hide behind a waterfall. This waterfall then called Sendang Gile waterfall. The two waterfalls are believed by the local people as a cure to many diseases and can make someone looks young all the time. The local people also believe that the water flow will come bigger if people around are talking loudly.
You can swim in the pool beneath the waterfall. The water in the pool is crystal clear and has a blue tinge. Be extremely careful when you are swimming because I believe several tourists have come into trouble by getting sucked in and held down underneath the powerful force of the main flow. The mist is even crazier at Tiu Kelep. The clean air and the beautiful scenery will make you comfortable to stay longer here.
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