The Pulau Langkawi is the largest of the islands in the Langkawi Permata Kedah archipelago. The island is immensely beautiful primarily because of its lush tropical rainforest. Pulau Langkawi is home to two dominant mountains along with rainforests, clear mountain streams and many different types of flora and fauna. The Raya Mountain and the Mat Cincang Mountain areas are two of the major tourist attractions in Malaysia. One of the fun things to do in Langkawi is to visit its mountains and waterfalls. The mountains are the source of a number of beautiful waterfalls, and the three most prominent ones are the Telaga Tujuh, the Air Terjun Temurun and the Durian Perangin.
Telaga Tujuh Waterfall
The Telaga Tujuh which means the Seven Wells Waterfall springs from streams from the top of the Mat Cincang Mountain, and it is one of the top places to visit in Malaysia. The top of the waterfall is 1736 meters above sea level and as the name suggest water descends from the mountain into seven naturally formed holding pools.
The fun and beauty of a visit to Telag Tujuh is the walk towards the top, and the surroundings that you will encounter during the trip. The walk is a vigorous one, but there are two-landing stops along the way. The first landing stop is about half way up the mountain. At this stop there is a rest area, with concession stands and a place where visitors can swim and cool off. From the top of the falls to the base is 91 meters, and if you go all the way to the top, you will be rewarded with a view that exposes how the swift cascading water flows down through the seven pools. You will also be privy to a view of the blue waters of Burau Bay and Pantai Kok. As you walk towards the top you can enjoy the beautiful foliage and wildlife sightings. The wildlife sightings are likely to include animals such as monkey’s macaques, hornbills and enormous squirrels. The waterfall trail is freeand open to the public all year long.
Durian Perangin Falls
The Durian Perangin Waterfall is probably the least known of Pulau Langkawi’s three top waterfalls. Despite not being a major tourist attraction, it is one of the most interesting places to visit in Malaysia.
Durian Perangin is a favorite picnic spot for the islands local people. It sits on the northern slope of the Gunung Raya Mountain. What makes this waterfall beautiful and exciting is its 14 tier waterfall and the pools that lie beneath them. Each tier of the waterfall is unique and worth viewing. In addition to the waterfalls, the jungle area surrounding the walkway to the top is visually spectacular. On the walk to the top you cross a beautiful bridge that stretches directly over the water flow and throughout the journey you will find yourself surrounded by a wide array of flora and fauna. In addition to the plant life, you get to see the islands bird population along with monkeys and other wildlife species. The walk to the top is less strenuous than at the other waterfalls and if you need to rest there are many gazebos where you can stop at and if you are so inclined have a picnic. There is no fee for hiking to the top of the waterfall, and it is open throughout the year.
Air Terjun Temurun
The Air Temurun Waterfall is an area that nature lovers are sure to enjoy and it is one of the must see places to visit in Langkawi. Air Temurun is situated in the Mat Cincang Mountain Nature Park. The water that feeds Air Terjun drops 30 meters into a mystically serene pool that is a great place to swim and to enjoy nature. The water descends in a direct vertical path from the top of the waterfall. If you look at the top of the waterfall from its base, the view is neck breaking. Like most of the Pulau Langkawi Island the rainforest surrounding the waterfall is magnificent, it features beautiful plants and flowers and an abundance of wildlife.
One of the things that should be noted about Langkawi’s waterfalls is that the best time to view them is during the rainy season from March through November.
Langkawi’s waterfalls are some of the top tourist attractions in Malaysia. Therefore when people visit the waterfalls it is important to remember to be respectful. The forest areas around the waterfalls are the home for numerous types of plants and animals, and it is important that you do not pollute or cause damage to their environment. In addition visitors must always show respect to the people and the customs of those that live and visit the area.