Tumpak Sewu: Best Waterfall in Indonesia (Java) Tumpak Sewu: Best Waterfall in Indonesia (Java)

Tumpak Sewu: Best Waterfall in Indonesia (Java)

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 on the list 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 around 7 AM for the best light.

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 the easiest to visit via 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, but wear sandals instead.

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Tumpak Sewu: Best Waterfall in Indonesia (Java)

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.

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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 would go back to; it would be the 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.
  • Bringing a waterproof bag is useful but not really needed.
  • Wear and take mosquito repellent. The jungle has a lot of these 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

We are the people who usually don’t take a guide. We did take a local guide here, and we highly recommend you 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.

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.

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.

25/10/2023 https://www.saltinourhair.com/indonesia/tumpak-sewu-waterfall-indonesia/
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  • Thishan

    Really seen Mount Bromo or Mount Semeru? when going to Tumpak Saved Falls

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Thishan, do you want to see Mount bromo? We have a guide on that too :)

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