Mount Tengger is one of the most popular mount to visit in Indonesia. With its beautiful scenery and unique environment, it never fails to amaze the tourists who visit it. And if you happen to visit this mount, please make time to visit Madakaripura Waterfall as well. This waterfall is located quite close to the mount. In fact, it is also still a part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the park where Mount Tengger is standing on, along with two other mounts Bromo and Semeru.

Madakaripura Waterfall has unique feature that makes it looks like a surrealism painting. Not only it is beautiful to see, this waterfall also has strong historical legend regarding Gadjah Mada, the greatest Commander ever lived in Indonesia. To reach this majestic site, a simple trekking is needed as the waterfall is located deep in the valley at the foot of Mount Tengger.

Madakaripura Waterfall (Source: Flickr. Credit: jangkwee)
Madakaripura Waterfall
(Source: Flickr. Credit: jangkwee)

How to Get There

Madakaripura Waterfall is located at Sapih Village, Lombang District, the town of Probolinggo. The town is most easily accessed from Surabaya city. To reach Surabaya, you can get a flight to Juanda International Airport. Available flights are from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Johor Baru (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Jeddah (UEA), Bangkok (Thailand), and much more cities in Indonesia and other countries. You can also get on a fast train from Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta.

From Surabaya, you can get to Probolinggo using public bus that operates daily. From the airport, take a Damri Bus to Bunguarsih Bus Terminal. From there, take a bus with the route of Jember or Banyuwangi. Tell the driver to drop you off at the town of Probolinggo. From the Probolinggo Terminal, you can continue your journey to Madakaripura by using the service of ojek (motor taxi).

Other option is to rent a car along with the driver from Juanda Airport. This way is more convenient and practical. The road to Madakaripura is the same road to go to Mount Bromo so it wouldn’t be difficult to drive to. Take the route of Sidoarjo – Porong – Pasuruan – Probolinggo. When you are in Tongas district, you will find a road sign pointing the direction to Mount Bromo and Madakaripura Waterfall. Follow it and drive for about 20-30 minutes before you find another sign pointing the direction to the waterfall. The road from Surabaya is quite wide and comfortable. But since the last road sign, it will get narrower and slightly rougher. But the view would be much pleasant with thick trees and mountains on the background.

Approaching the Entrance (Source: Flickr. Credit: Dayou_X)
Approaching the Entrance
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Dayou_X)

 

Where to Stay

The location of Madakaripura Waterfall is very close to Mount Bromo and Mount Tengger. Therefore, there would be plenty hotels available around the area. From the luxury five-star resort to a budget backpacker hotel, everything is available. Here are several of them:

  • Finna Golf and Country Club
    • Address : Jalan Raya Barsari, Prigen, Pasuruan 67157
    • Phone                : +62 343 634888
    • Fax : +62 343 632156
    • Website : http://www.finnagolf.com/
  • Bromo Home Stay
    • Address : Jalan Ngadisari Probolinggo
    • Phone : +62 335 541022
  • New Panorama
    • Address : Jalan Raya Lemah Kembar Probolinggo
    • Phone : +62-335 421517

 

The Waterfall

To enter the location, you need to pay the entrance fee for about $0.4. From the entrance, you would need to walk inside the valley for about 20 minutes to reach the waterfall. The track is a little bit rocky and somewhat slippery. Along the way, you will see several rills where the water came from the waterfall.

The Rocky Small River to Get Through (Source: Flickr. Credit: Stel)
The Rocky Small River to Get Through
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Stel)

Madakaripura Waterfall itself is very huge and has unique shape. The water falls down on a cliff wall with the shape of rather circular, forming a cylindrical chamber. With the total height of about 200 meters, this fall is believed to be the second tallest waterfall in Indonesia after Sigura-Gura Waterfall of Lake Toba.

Waterfall on the Cylindrical Chamber of Cliff (Source: Flickr. Credit: ad+apex@Memorabilia)
Waterfall on the Cylindrical Chamber of Cliff
(Source: Flickr. Credit: [email protected])

The water debit of the waterfall is quite strong so it is not recommended to stand right underneath it. Even if you stand about 100 meters away from it, you would still be drenched by the sparkling water. Underneath the waterfall, there is a large basin retaining all the water and continue flowing it to several rills that goes to other side of the valley. That basin is about 7 meters deep and 25 square meters wide. It is not recommended to swim on it unless you have good skill in swimming.

Surrounding the waterfall, you can enjoy the breath taking scenery formed by giant boulders covered in thick moss. Behind the waterfall, there is a cave. It is not easy to reach the cave as you have to cross the basin first. Local people believe that it was the location where Gadjah Mada Commander used to meditate.

 

History of Gadjah Mada

Nearby the entrance gate to the waterfall area, you will see a huge statue of Gadjah Mada. Gadjah Mada was the Commander of Majapahit Empire, the greatest empire ever existed in Indonesia. This commander is very famous and honored for his struggle to unite the entire regions of Indonesia. It is said that Gadjah Mada used to visit this place for meditation in order to gain special power.

Statue of Gadjah Mada (Source: Flickr. Credit: Geminiky Batsion)
Statue of Gadjah Mada
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Geminiky Batsion)

It is also said that Madakaripura is the place he spent his last days of live at. The word Madakaripura itself means “The Last Resting Place”. Local people believe that Gadjah Mada was not actually died. Instead, he got to the state of “Mushka”. That means, he spiritually and physically disappear from Earth. To honor him, local people used to gather on this area and perform meditation and some sacred rituals. This occurs on every Javanese New Year, Suro 1st.

 

Tips

  • The waterfall is hidden in the heart of a valley and you need to do some trekking to reach it. Although the track is quite simple, it is still necessary to wear proper attire to avoid dangers as the land might be slippery.
  • Around the entrance and the parking lot, there will be plenty of local people offering their service as your tour guide. They will say you can pay how much you are willing to pay. But sometimes, this is just their trick. Make sure to have an agreement of how much are you exactly going to pay. Otherwise, at the end of the day, they will push you to pay an expensive amount of money as insist that it is their regular fare.
  • While parking your vehicle, tell the parking officer that you wouldn’t want your vehicle to be washed. Other sly trick by some locals is they washed your car or motorcycle without your agreement and demand you to pay them. They don’t even wash it properly.
  • When approaching the area, you will meet several local people offering local honey. Those honeys are worth buying as it is natural and homemade. The taste is sweet and unique.