Being one of the most gorgeous tropical eco destinations in Malaysia, visiting Langkawi Island never cease to amaze us with its geological manifestation. As there are several attractions in the island, you will not be able to visit all of them. However, to sum up your journey in Langkawi, you must visit the splendid Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (also known as Seven Wells Waterfalls) at the north-western corner of Langkawi. The number seven (or Tujuh in Malay language) refers to the seven intertwined natural pools fed by seven separate waterfalls in Mount Mat Cincang. It was told that the beauty of Telaga Tujuh was so irresistible and mesmerizing that deities descended from heaven to make it their bathing place. As a result, it was believed that healing powers are instilled into the water of these pools. Proof of this magical incident would be various beautiful wildly grown floras surrounding the pools which were believed to have been left by them. To experience its full element, it is best for you to come during the rainy season which usually falls at the year-ends.
Even though Telaga Tujuh is among the oldest natural and free attractions in this island of Malaysia, various facilities have been built for the convenience of visitors. Facilities such as parking area (MYR 2 per entry), surau (prayer’s hut), restroom as well as shops that sells local food and beverages as well as souvenirs (only open during midday) are found at main entrance. Also, small wooden lookout towers and shelters are built along the way up the falls so that tired hikers are able to take a rest and envelope themselves among nature’s beauty. However, do take note that the place is rather secluded and darkens quickly due to the thick forest canopy that shades the area. As there are no lamps or electricity in the forest, a touch light will come in handy tool to carry when you are hiking up to the waterfall.
Telaga Tujuh falls from a height of over 90 meters and is situated along Mount Mat Cincang in Compartment 8 of the Machinchang Forest Reserve, it is mainly comprised with dipterocarp forest, which explains the existence of rich fauna and flora sighting. As you are climbing to the top of the falls, be wary of your surroundings because you might be able to spot some long tailed macaque monkeys swinging from tree to tree or a hornbill taking flight above you. You will also notice Sintuk (a climbing type of foliage) covering almost every inch of the forest which was believed by the locals to be able to “wash” away bad luck. If you are not a big fan of sweating your way up to the falls, you can also opt for the cable car up to Mount Mat Cincang. As you are riding in the cable car, you will be able to get an awe inspiring view of Telaga Tujuh from the view above.
You do not necessary have to hike all the way up to the falls to indulge yourself in the cool water. It is approximately 10 minutes walk up the concrete walkways to the first tier of the falls. There you can pamper yourself, dipping in the pool and enjoy the sounds of nature. Craving for some adventure? You can continue your journey up the flight of concrete steps through the rain forest for about 20 minutes to reach the “Middle Falls”. Here you will notice gentler movement of flowing water compared to the first tier of the falls. As you slowly advance to the top, you will be encouraged by the chirping of birds, sound of cascading waters as well as the gentle whistling of woods. The 45 minutes journey might be sweaty and exhausting but the final result is priceless. Once you are at the top, be ready to be greeted by the 90 meter waterfall as well as the picturesque landscape around you. You will be able to catch stunning views across Burau Bay and Pantai Kok as well while you are there.
As magnificent as it is, several deaths and injuries had occurred at this place. While visiting Telaga Tujuh, do be mindful regarding the warning signs as well as the rope barrier as they are there to keep you safe. Also, there are hundreds of macaque roaming on the grounds, so be mindful of your belongings as well as maintaining a distances from them. The monkeys are aggressive but do not attack mindlessly unless they feel threatened by you. Aside from that, keep to the path as it is very easy to get disoriented. This is for you to avoid getting lost in the forest as well as keeping the destination’s natural splendour. It is really important to remember the principles of ecotourism throughout your trip as responsible travel maximises the benefits as well as minimises the negative effects of tourism. These general environmental guidelines on ecotourism can limit and improve tourist impact on the environment and local culture. Thus you can be assured that your cooperation is highly appreciated by other eco-travellers.
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