Best Waterfall in Indonesia – Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Best Waterfall in Indonesia – Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Best Waterfall in Indonesia – Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Tumpak Sewu, which means a thousand waterfalls is without a doubt, the most spectacular and best waterfall in Indonesia. This fairly unknown sight, also named Coban Sewu is not on the usual Java Route so you will probably be one of the few people here. With its 120 meters, it is in the list of one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia. You have the option to admire the waterfall from the top and the foot. Plan to visit the waterfall from 7 AM for the best light.

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Panoramic viewpoint Tumpak Sewu

The top of the waterfall can be seen from a panoramic viewpoint and is just a 10-minute walk from the parking area. From the viewpoint, you will see a curtain of silky smooth waterfalls. It is unlike any waterfall you have ever seen. So different from the waterfalls in Bali for example.

Tumpak Sewu is easiest to visit via Malang.  ➳ Read more: Things to do in Malang

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Hike to the foot of Tumpak Sewu

Visiting the foot of the Tumpak Sewu waterfall is a must-do experience. Although you can’t swim at the foot, it is incredible to feel all that water force on the ground.

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Hiking Tumpak Sewu

It is a 30 to 40-minute walk down via bamboo stairs and through small streams. You have to be fit to do this walk down. It is not dangerous but you do have to watch your steps and be careful. Do not wear flip-flops and wear sandals instead.
After you are done descending to the ground, you have to walk for another 5 minutes crossing two walking bridges over the river to get to Tumpak Sewu.

➳ Must Read: 8-day Java Route Guide

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Once at the foot of the waterfall, feel that incredible power, take a rest and of course a lot of photos. Take a few lens clean clothes because your lens will get wet. If there is one place in the world we can go back to, it would be this best waterfall in Indonesia.

Expect to spend about 2 to 3 hours at the waterfall including the hike down and up.

Good to know:

  • Take water, there are no shops at the foot of the fall.
  • Taking a waterproof bag is useful, not really needed.
  • Wear and take mosquito repellent. The jungle has a lot of those flying friends :)

Rain season

If you are visiting Indonesia in the rainy season, they might have closed down the foot of the waterfall. It can be too dangerous with falling rocks or trees.

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Local guide

Now we are the people who usually don’t take a guide. We did take a local guide here and we highly recommend you to do as well. You can ask for a guide at the parking area.
Our local guide Wawan was super experienced, could not speak any English (that’s good!), helped us with every single step and even took photos. We paid him 100K to take us down and up and another 50K tip because he is an absolute hero.

Tip: Take all your garbage with you even though there are bins at the waterfall.

Visiting Tumpak Sewu, the best waterfall in Indonesia

The waterfall is a bit out of the usual Java Route. From Malang, it’s a 2-3 hour drive. 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.

Contact our great driver Azhar on Whatsapp (+6281336042045). Make sure to tell him you came via ‘Salt in our Hair’ so you’ll get the best price.


Another option is staying in Lumajang which is a bit closer to the waterfall. But when you are planning to do a Bromo tour on your trip through Java, a day trip from Malang is your best option.

➳ Find all: Hotels in Lumajang

Drone Tumpak Sewu
Taking a drone is possible but be careful since there is strong interference at the foot of the fall.

This is the location of the waterfall and parking area.

Tumpak Sewu video

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  • Ari Sotiriades

    Hi! I had another quick question about Tumpak Sewu waterfall. I was thinking about visiting East Java in early April. Do you think I will be able to hike to the bottom of it, or will it still be wet Season? Its something on my bucket list I want to do, so I am making sure I go at the right time in order to reach my goal!

    Thank you!

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi there! Yes April should be absolutely fine as this is the start of the dry season. A magical experience 🤩

  • Hi! This page is so informative, thank you! My party consists of 9 adults and 2 kids, is there a private charter you can recommend? I’ve checked organised tours from Malang and they seem quite expensive and usually only leave at 8am. We would like to be there early to get good pictures. I’m just wondering if i can book a private driver and have him ferry us to the falls, and then look for a local tour guide like Wawan.

  • Hi, Is there any public transportation info from Mount. Bromo to thIs waterfall ?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Robert,
      No, not that we know of. It’s best to go by Taxi or by Motorbike (if you’re an advanced driver)
      Wish you a wonderful trip!

  • whats the contact info for Wawan

  • Hi ! (I can not use the reply button) Thank you so much ofr your answer, after seeing the picture you sent me I totally reorganized mmy time in Indonesia to include this visit. It’s really one of the most stunning landscape I’ve seen. I also plan to visit the two little colored villages next to Malang, thanxs to your blog. (I have to stop reading it or I will keep including stops and end up beeing CRAZY ah ah) Initially I was planing only a few days in Java but I will stay the whole week – I kinda have a feeling this island will be much my vibe than Bali – even thought Bali looks beautiful as well. Can not wait :)

  • Hi ! Thank you for the precious infos and the beautiful pictures. I’m planning a trip to Java, and I considere visiting this waterfall, but it looks like a bit complicated to put it between th Bromo and Ijen visits. So I have a question that will help me make my decision: can we, or can we NOT, see the volcano beside the waterfall when you are at the viewpoint, without using a drone ? This is really the landscape that caught my eye and since I do not have a drone I will skip this visit otherwise. Thank you in advance :)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Tania,
      That’s a good question!
      I’ll send you an email with a photo that we took from the viewpoint (without a drone).
      So you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it :)

  • Hi, were there any leeches? I’m asking because i’m really scared of them.

  • I have been here last year. Totally agree with you. It is a magical place. The information is very helpful. Love it?

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