Tumpak Sewu waterfall is without a doubt the most incredible waterfall in Indonesia. It is one of Indonesia´s highest waterfalls with its 120 meters fall. The sight is also surprisingly quite unknown, and you will be one of few people there. You have two options if you wish to admire it; see it from above, or venture down into the jungle and hike all the way to its foot. We did the latter, and its safe to say that this was our favorite experience during our Indonesian trip. Check out our complete guide to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Indonesia below.
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Panoramic Viewpoint Tumpak Sewu
Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is located 2,5 hours by car from Malang. When you arrive, you can either see this incredible waterfall from the top or from the bottom. It is only a 10-minutes walk from the parking to the panoramic viewpoint, and this spot can therefore easily be added to your itinerary for the day. We have never seen a waterfall like this one, and it is hands down the best waterfall in Indonesia. Not just because of its smooth waterfalls and insane power, but it is still undiscovered by tourists! And that is awesome!
Hike to the foot of Tumpak Sewu
We highly recommend hiking down to the foot of Tampa Sewu Waterfall, Indonesia. We ended up spending the entire day together with our awesome guides down there. It was easily our favorite thing to do, and is an absolute must-do whilst in this region.
Kindly note that if you are visiting during rainy season, you might not be able to hike down to the foot of the waterfall for security reasons.
The walk down
It takes approx. 45 minutes to hike down to the very foot of the waterfall. You are walking down via bamboo stairs and through small streams of water. The hike down is challenging and steep, but fun! Kindly note that you should be somewhat fit to do this hike. Also, you need to wear proper sandals (not flip flops).
We do not recommend this hike if you are experiencing issues with your knees and/or hips.
The hike is not dangerous, but it can be slippery as parts are very wet. You have to watch your steps and be careful. Once you are down, you have to walk for another 5 minutes to reach Tampa Sewu Waterfall, Indonesia.
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Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
You will easily understand why it’s name means “a thousands waterfalls”, when you reach the foot of this spectacular place. You will literally be surrounded by waterfalls in every direction. The water force on the ground is incredible, and this truly is Mother Nature at her best. You will be completely wet within seconds, and even though you can’t swim at the foot, you will still feel the water storming around you.
This is Mother Nature at her best!
If you fall in love with this place like we did, the chances are that you will continue exploring. Our guide brought us to a secret lagoon a bit further from the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Indonesia. And guess what? It was AMAZING! I still can’t believe we had the entire place to ourselves.
If you include the secret lagoon, you can plan to spend about 5 hours in total visiting Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Indonesia. And you really really really should! This experience is easily on our top ten travel highlights of all time.
We highly recommend you to take a local guide here as it made the whole experience so much better. Our wonderful guides, Azhar and Vivi, showed us places we would never have discovered on our own, like the secret lagoon. They helped us with everything from hiking to taking photos. A big thank you and high five to them!
You can contact our friend Azhar on WhatsApp (+6281336042045). You can also contact him via Messenger here. Make sure to say hi from “The Fiesta Planner”, so you will get the best price.
Good to know
- Bring a change of clothes.
- Bring a waterproof bag to keep your things dry.
- Take water as there are no shops here.
- Wear mosquito repellent.
We also kindly ask you to bring all your garbage with you when you leave, even though there are garbage bins along the way.