If you're a culturgen, seasoned shopaholic, or a foodie, then Malaysia is a true paradise! But it's also an incredible place for consummate outdoor enthusiasts. Blessed with many natural and recreational jewels, such as stunning beaches and mountainous tropical forests, Malaysia also has lesser-known beautiful landscapes that will satisfy even the most adventurous explorers!
Did you know there are over 100 known waterfalls in Malaysia? Yes, you read right! So without a doubt, the deep and dense forests could conceal many more spectacular ones that are yet to be explored. If you're a nature zealot, enjoy a vacation in this beautiful country identified for its natural beauty. If you're looking for serenity during your stay, you should make exploring KL and nearby the most famous waterfalls, a top priority. You can easily get there by car within an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur. So, on a hot dry balmy day, look no further than the following waterfalls that will chill and relish you with their healing and rejuvenating 'hydraulic' glory.
A popular weekend spot by many locals, the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls in Johor is a must-see when you're in Malaysia. Located approximately a four-hour journey from Kuala Lumpur, there are two waterfalls in the same area. The one nearest to the entrance is a wonderful waterfall that has pools below, and the other is a free thundering falls down the valley. You can go on a nice stroll to get there, making the man-made slides at this Malaysian waterfall near Kuala Lumpur an enjoyable spot for children and adults alike. There's a lot of green algae forming on the stones in this waterfall, so make sure you 're watching your single move because there's a high risk of slipping.
Location: Sungai Pelepah, Gunung Panti Recreational forest, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Entrance charge: RM7.50 for Malaysians and RM10 for non-Malaysians.
This waterfall is actually an excellent local tourist destination and therefore tends to be overrun by people on weekends and public holidays. Weekdays are the best option for a little more peace and quiet. Kanching Falls has seven levels comprising ponds, waterfalls, and vertical falls, and the waterfalls and host lands of Kanching Recreational Forest exist as an addition to Templer Park, off the Jalan Rawang. There are dressing rooms and toilets in these waterfalls. Flora and fauna are fascinating to watch, specifically birds, so carrying a camera or pair of binoculars is a must for bird watchers.
Location: Kilometer 17, Jalan, Jalan Rawang, Templer Baiduri, 48000 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Entrance charge: The entrance fee is RM 2 per person for local and RM5 per person for foreigners.
If you're on your way to Terengganu, you'll probably hear locals boasting about Sekayu Waterfall, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the northeast of Kuala Lumpur. Situated in the Sekayu Recreational Forest of Kuala Berang, the waterfall is an amazing view to behold. Although it's a great place to visit with kids, one should certainly stop and spend at least half a day in this wonderful place and at the Sekayu Waterfall. Don't be giddy to see the beauty of the area, and follow the safety instructions.
Location: Hutan Lipur, Sekayu, 21700 Kuala Berang, Terengganu
Entrance charge: RM 1.00 will be charged for each entry into the recreational forest.
Even the journey is breathtaking, and you'll be met by a roaring thunder of rushing waters and spray when you arrive at this waterfall which includes both cascades and rapids. It is a sight to behold as the water pours out and down the rocky face, particularly after the mountains have rained further up. There is ample parking here, and there are also camping sites, with picnic gazebos located around the area. Crossing the suspension bridge with the blue wire mesh over the rapids is an experience in itself. There are also changing rooms, toilets, and shower rooms, and simple barbecue facilities. Even so, when the red warning flag is up, do not swim or go near the falls and its rapids, as accidents have occurred in the past.
Location: 33, C136, Jalan Chamang, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia
Entrance charge: RM2
Sungai Pisang Waterfall, a chute waterfall, is situated 30 minutes from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The majority of this waterfall 's excitement is in hiking, and it's best enjoyed when the group is small because it's not a particularly vast area. Slip into sturdy rubber shoes, dry-fit garments, and get ready to soak up as you stroll across a shallow river. Trekking toward the waterfall is best before 9 AM because it is cooler then.
Entry charge: Free of cost
Situated just a kilometre or so from Kanching Falls near the Rawang Highway 23 km marker, mostly on the opposite side of the highway, the Komanwel (Commonwealth) falls within a breathtaking nature reserve. It is very well-supported with facilities such as chalets, landscaped gardens, campgrounds, and the all-purpose hall, as well as a slight eatery called the Bamboo Café, serving Malaysian cuisine. The falls here, although not high, is still attractive and enjoyable, which makes the Commonwealth Park a great venue for 'Team Building' or corporate seminars, particularly in view of the facilities and amenities available.
Location: Kilometer 23, Jalan Kuala Lumpur - Rawang, 48000 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Entry charge: Free
This article is your door to flee mother nature's arms from the crowded city. It's assumed that the fresh atmosphere and waterfall mist raise your serotonin levels and reduce anxiety. So you know it's time for a trip around KL and nearby to chase waterfalls the next time it becomes overwhelming at the workplace, or when the climate gets sweltering hot. :)
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