For the first time, since the last time in October 2016, I visited this beautiful waterfall in East Java called Tumpak Sewu.
Tumpak Sewu, also named Coban Sewu, which means a thousand waterfalls, is not on the usual Java Route so you will probably be one of the few people here.
You can admire the 120 meters high waterfall from the top and the foot. The top of the waterfall can be seen from a panoramic viewpoint and is just a ten minute walk from the parking area.
Then you can visit the foot of the waterfall. It is a must-do experience for adventure seekers. It is a 30 to 40-minute walk down via bamboo stairs and through small streams. It is not dangerous but you do have to watch your steps and be careful.
After you are done descending to the ground, you have to walk for another five minutes crossing two walking bridges over the river to get to waterfall. Although you can’t swim at the foot, it is incredible to feel all that water force on the ground.
Once at the foot of the waterfall, take a rest and of course a lot of photos. Take a few lens clean clothes because your lens will get wet. Bring your own towel and dry clothes.
About 200 meters from the foot of Tumpak Sewu, you can also enjoy the beauty of “Goa Tetes”. As the name implies, there is a cave with many stalagmites and stalactites. The waterfall closes the entrance of the cave, adding the beautiful scenery to this place.
Plan to visit Tumpak Sewu and Goa Tetes from 7 in the morning for the best light. Expect to spend about 2 to 3 hours at the waterfall, including the hike down and up.
Best time to visit
Tumpak Sewu waterfall is open all year long but it’s better to avoid rain season (December to March). If you are visiting Tumpak Sewu waterfall during rainy season, they might have closed down the foot of the waterfall. It can be too dangerous with falling rocks or trees.
Tumpak Sewu waterfall is located on the border of Malang and Lumajang in East Java. From Malang, it’s a 2-3 hour drive. Lumajang is closer to the waterfall, but when you are planning to do a Bromo tour on your trip through East Java, a day trip from Malang is your best option.
Depart from your hotel in Malang at 5 AM to avoid traffic jams. You could do a tour from Malang or rent a driver for the day.
Hiking Tumpak Sewu waterfall tips
• You’ll get wet, bring towel and dry clothes.
• Take water, and snacks, for your convenient during hiking.
• Waterproof bag is useful for your important things.
• Do not wear flip-flops, use tracking shoes or sendals.
• Take mosquito repellent because the waterfall is located in the middle of jungle.
• Take all your garbage with you even though there are bins at the waterfall.
Taking a drone here is possible but be careful of a strong interference at the foot of the waterfall. The bird-eye view of Tumpak Sewu waterfall is just incredible, with Mount Semeru as it’s background.