Planning for a weekend trip with your family and friends, “back to nature trip” is the best trip during weekend especially when it comes to waterfalls. There are plenty of waterfalls in Selangor and here’s the list of the top 10 waterfalls in Selangor for your viewing pleasure. (Ranking has no particular order)
1. The Kanching Falls
Kanching Falls is a popular tourist destination in Selangor. If you are looking for a few hours off your regular routine, head for this tropical rain forest and spend one to three hours here. This forest is managed by Tourism Selangor and is a popular spot for a picnic during the weekends. It has seven waterfalls and pools have been built to contain the clean water that falls down from the hills.
This waterfall is easy to get to by road from Kuala Lumpur. Take the Lebuhraya Rawang which is basically a continuation of Jalan Ipoh. Heading towards Rawang you will see the park on your right a kilometre after Templer Country Club. If going on a weekend, get there early as there are limited parking places.
2. Gabai Falls
Sungai Gabai Waterfall is one of the closest waterfalls to Kuala Lumpur and it is easily accessible by car. This makes it extremely popular and it can get very crowded during weekends, public holidays and school holidays. A popular attraction for the locals, but relatively unknown with tourists. A cemented path leads from the parking to the lower falls. Along the path several shelters have been built. The upper falls can be reached by trails.
There are many routes you can follow, depending to where you are coming from. Majority would choose to drive as it is accessible by car, either by taking the B62 from Ampang, or the B52 from Cheras. Whichever routes you take, you just have to head to Kampung Gabai and there will be signpost of the waterfall.
3. Komanwel Fall
The Commonwealth Park, a.k.a Taman Rimba Komanwel. It has a small waterfall, which can be reached easily from the car park. This Komanwel Fall is the 14th stop of the park and this is also a less known waterfall in Selangor are. Near the park entrance, there is another river flowing through. A small cascade can be seen. The park is quite well maintained and lot of facilities can be found. To go to the Komanwel Fall, someone just need to use the clear jungle path, towards the upper stream direction which is flowing in the park.
The Commonwealth Park is located 6 km away from Rawang, can be reached by using Selayang – Rawang Road (Road no.1). Coming from Rawang, visitor has to make a u-turn after passby Hutan Lipur Sungai Kanching, the Commonwealth Park is located opposite side of Hutan Lipur Sungai Kanching.
4. Templer Park Falls
Templer’s Park is a forest reserve in the Klang Valley, Selangor. This forest reserve consists of multi-tiered waterfalls, jungle streams and trails. Several amenities are available in this forest reserve, such as picnic grounds, fishing spots, parking lots, public toilets and stalls. From the carpark a road leads to a nice swimming pool and there you will find a signboard to the waterfall. The track to the waterfall is a nice pleasure walk, almost level, crossing the stream several times. The final cascades are quite tall and at the top there are a few nice bathtub like pools, perfect for a relaxing bath.
Templer Park is located north of Batu Caves, about 20km from central Kuala Lumpur. The entrance to the park is accessed via a turn-off on the right side of Highway 1 (when travelling north), before you reach Templer Park Country Club. It is part of the same stretch of rainforest which includes nearby Kanching Waterfalls and Commonwealth Forest Park.
5. Serendah Falls
Serendah waterfall is not as popular as Kanching Recreational Forest Waterfalls as it is further away from the major towns and there is only a simple fall with limited pool space. It is located near the orang asli villages and is a good place for picnic and family outing if you have not been here before. There are parking bays available as well as basic facilities such as toilets, changing rooms and shelter with benches.
This waterfall is about 60km away from Kuala Lumpur and will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach here. Use the NKVE highway and exit at Rawang toll. After the toll, turn right towards Rawang. You will pass by Rawang town. Certain stretches of the trunk roads are narrow hence you will have to drive carefully especially when traffic is heavy. After Rawang town, continue towards Serendah and look out for the police station. Go straight and turn right at the traffic right towards Kg. Dato Harun. Keep going and look out for direction towards Orang Asli villages. You will have to pass by those villages before reaching the waterfall.
6. Tekala Fall
The waterfalls here are easily accessible with plenty of parking bays. Concrete steps have been built to enable you to climb up to the cascading waterfalls which is usually crowded especially during the weekends. This place is an ideal get-away for the entire family as you will be able to reach the waterfalls within 10 minutes of walking from the entrance. The crystal clear and cool water here is safe for you to enjoy as it originates from the hill.
If you are driving, head for KL-Seremban Highway and exit at Kajang toll. Follow the signage to Semenyih town and turn to the road that leads you to this park near the mosque.
You will have to travel another 14km before reaching here. Along the way, you will pass by Nirwana Memorial Park, a well managed burial site. You will also pass by an Ostrich Farm as well as one or two fishing lakes.
7. Sungai Tua Falls
Sungai Tua Fall is about 10km from Selayang Town, a great place for family outing. There’s lot of facilities built around the recreation park, like carpark, washroom, shelters and food stalls. There is an upper fall hidden at upstream. Only can be reached by jungle trekking through the left of lower fall. Not a very high fall, and the pool is shallow, just nice for dipping.
Turn off Jalan Kuching close to Batu Caves and take highway B23. The road passes Empangan Batu reservoir along the way. This would be a good place to explore but unfortunately the reservoir is fenced off to prevent public access. Continue on B23, until you see the sign and archway marked Taman Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Park) which is the entrance to the recreational forest.
8. Sendat Falls
The scenery around the Sungai Sendat (River) always packed with local people during weekend and holiday. There are total 3 tiers of waterfall in Sungai Sendat Recreation Park. Here’s the 1st tier, the pool is safe for dipping including kids. Follow the small path, we climbed up to the 2nd and 3rd tiers. The pools can be dangerous for swimming. Because of the strong underwater current, several fatal accidents had been taken place at these pools.
The Sungai Sendat Fall and the recreation park is located within the Hutan Simpan Batang Kali (Forest Reserve), Hulu Selangor, about 45 mins away from Kuala Lumpur. The access to the recreation park is not developed like those famous waterfall picnic park eg. Sungai Gabai Recreation Park, but it still attracted locals during the weekend.
9. Perdik Fall
Sungai Perdik Fall is one of the little-known waterfalls of Hulu Langat, that is still less frequented by tourist and is just the ideal picnic location for local. The entrance to Hutan Lipur Hulu Perdik is located nearby Batu 18 in Hulu Langat. A short hike of 15-20 minutes from carpark will gets the visitors to the 30 meter height Perdik Fall.
10. Chiling Waterfalls
The Chiling Falls are probably the most beautiful waterfalls of Selangor. They can be reached after an adventurous trek along the river, which has to be crossed many times. Chiling Waterfalls, located on the path to Fraser’s Hill are several waterfalls located in Selangor, Malaysia. The waterfalls are composed of three separate vertical waterfalls.
Chiling Waterfall is located in a reserve called the Sungai Chiling Fish Sanctuary, a fisheries research project run by the Selangor State Fisheries Department. The entrance is on the road from Kuala Kubu Baharu to The Gap/Fraser’s Hill. Shortly after passing the Selangor Dam and reservoir you will cross a small steel bridge over the Chiling River. There is a parking area just after the bridge and the entrance is on the right side of the road.