Thursday, May 24, 2012

Visiting Benang Kelambu Waterfall

If you want to feel amazed by the nature of Lombok island, then you should visit Benang Kelambu Waterfall. This waterfall might be the best waterfall in Indonesia and maybe in the whole world. There are so many waterfalls in Lombok, like one on the feet of Mount Rinjani. However, if you want to find a spectacular waterfall, then Benang Kelambu Waterfall is the best choice.

There are only two ways to play in the water and get wet: on the beach and waterfall. Lombok Indonesia serves them all in the most spectacular way. If you want enjoy soothing fresh water, then you are recommended to go to a waterfall. There are some waterfalls in Lombok and the most popular are Benang Kelambu Waterfall and one located on the feet of Gunung Agung. The Benang Kelambu Waterfall is located in Central island of Lombok.

benang kelambu lombok waterfallIt is situated about 32 km from Mataram or about 1 hour with vehicle. From Mataram, you should go to Narmada City, Sedau, then you should head to east until you find Pancor Dau intersection. Turn to northeast until you find Teratak market intersection and go to the north. Make sure to ask the local people if you feel clueless because there is only one sign to reach the waterfall, or for your safety, you can ask a travel guide to guide you there.

You only need to pay about IDR 5,000 to enter the Benang Kelambu Waterfall location. On the gate, you will be welcomed with plants and peaceful atmosphere. The road is paved, so it is very comfortable and you can find some stalls on the sides of the road. You can buy small towels, drinks, foods, snacks, or even kaputrice.

Make sure to bring water with you because you will walk about 500 meters on a mountainous land contour island of Lombok. You will hear waterfall sound on your way to Benang Kelambu Waterfall, but it is not Benang Kelambu Waterfall, but Benang Setokel waterfall. Make sure to visit the waterfall. The name Benang Setokel means a bundle of thread. This waterfall is divided into two parts and each of them is as high as 20 meters. The water is so clean and fresh, so you can jump on it. The water comes from a river upstream on Mount Rinjani. You can swim under the waterfall because there is a huge pond under the waterfall. The water flows to the river on lower level. The clean and clear water allows you to see the base of the pond. If you have your children with you, make sure to take them to a river that is located about 50 meters from the waterfall. This river part is shallow and has calm water, so it is perfect for children. They can play and swim on the river.

benang setokel waterfallAfter visiting Benang Setokel waterfall, you can continue your trip to Benang Kelambu Waterfall in Lombok by walking about 1 km. You will find so many plants that are managed by the local people. You can see various plants there like banana trees, coffee, jackfruit and many others. The path is located in the middle of forest, so the contour can be quite challenging. If you have not bought beverages and snacks, you can buy one on the entrance of Benang Kelambu Waterfall. About 100 meters before the waterfall, you have to climb quite a steep stairway. You can find water stream through one side of the stairway.

Once you reach Benang Kelambu Waterfall, you will get mesmerized by the waterfall, Instead of flowing through stones, the waterfall is flowing through plants. The word “Kelambu” means curtain and the plants are framing the waterfall just like a window and curtain. There are six waterfall spots and two or them are stretching like a curtain. Tony, a guide on Benang Kelambu Waterfall said that the water flows through Benang Kelambu Waterfall and Setokel waterfall does not pass any river. Since the water flows directly from the fountain, the water is very clean, fresh and can be drunk directly.

The cliffs of Benang Kelambu Waterfall are flown by fountain, so no wonder if plants are growing almost anywhere makes walls from plants. Benang Kelambu Waterfall can be divided into two parts. The first part is similar to Benang Setokel waterfall and the second part is a group of four waterfalls. The last part is the major attraction. The waterfall has 2-3 levels. The first waterfall level is as high as 30 meters which water comes right from the fountain. The second level of waterfall is as high as 10 meters which water flown from the first waterfall level. There are some third level waterfalls that are not as high as 5 meters.

Unlike Benang Setokel waterfall, Benang Kelambu Waterfall does not have a pond, so you cannot swim on any pond. However, the best thing about Benang Kelambu Waterfall in Lombok is the freshness of the water because it is fresh from the spring. On the front part of the Benang Kelambu Waterfall, there are some large and small stones where you can enjoy the view of the waterfall.


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