Do you love hidden valleys with bewitching views?
You will find not just stunning waterfalls (Curug) in Bandung, hidden from the tourist crowds, but also walking trails with adventure at every corner, through overgrown vegetation, and mysterious stories behind every curug (which means waterfall in Sundanese).
Get your eyes and hears ready to receive the beauty of water, folklore, and scenic routes littered with rice paddies that will lead you into a native territory.
1. The elevated rainbow waterfall: Cimahi Waterfall (Curug Cimahi)
Although this waterfall is located right off the highway, as soon as you reach it, you’ll feel like you’re like the middle of the woods.
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This is an astounding location for couples to just have some couple time together – hold hands and enjoy a bit of heart-to-heart talk.
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At a height of 87 metres, it is one of the highest waterfalls in Bandung and the first to have coloured lights integrated – done so to increase night-time tourism, so you can spend all day admiring its brilliance after sunset.
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2. The Jack and Jill waterfall of Cinulang Waterfall (Curug Cinulang)
This waterfall is located in the Village of Sindulang, between the borders of Sumedang and Bandung.
Within the area there are two waterfalls 50 m tall, and the other one 30 m away. Here, the clear water bears tranquility and peace. The swift flowing stream lets visitors enjoy the river water, but there’s actually more.
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On top of the magnificent waterfall, you can also climb up the hill right beside the river which flows into the main waterfall. A children’s playground, a variety of dishes, stalls and accessories are nearby.
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This is definitely the place to bring your family to – and get the kids to learn about nature and its beauty.
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3. Infused forest of immaculate vegetation: Maribaya Waterfall (Curug Maribaya)
Here, you can enjoy eating grilled corn on the cob or sticky rice made by the locals in the area while you watch the waterfall. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect day trip?
A forest melded with a waterfall, and only 15 km north of Bandung, it’s a splendid place to take a break under the dense vegetation with the whole family.
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This place was famous for thermal bathing areas in the past. Now, a relic cave (in Juanda Forest) is the attraction. Remember to bring flashlights if you plan to venture in.
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When arriving at Maribaya, there are 10-15 different routes you can take, making it a very comfortable place for you and your family to explore the riverside, cross the bridge, listen to the gurgle of the waterfall and soak in the the chill of North Bandung.
If you are returning from Lembang, don’t forget to buy fresh milk as a pleasant souvenir after the beauty of Maribaya.
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4. Suspension bridge, a Dutch cave and monkeys: Omas Waterfall (Curug Omas)
From the suspension bridge, you can view the waterfall Curug Omas from above – with a height of 30m and a depth of 10m, falling 30m from the river’s Cikawari and Cigulun.
You can enter the waterfall through the WWII Dutch cave, where you will be able to see a youthful treeline and monkeys!
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Crystal clear waters, singing monkeys and photographic places are perfect in May.
5. The hidden bat cave at the thriving Lalay Waterfall (Curug Lalay)
This is one of the more special waterfalls, 1800m above sea level in Juanda Forest Park – because Lalay actually means bats.
Yes, there’s a bat cave here, and it’s famous for the natural beauty that exists around this waterfall.
Look at the bats!
Getting to the waterfall is not an easy task, because it is rarely visited, so there are minimal signposts. There is only one sign post that you can rely on – ‘Islamic Elementary Cisasawi Cihanjuang Village’.
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It is highly recommended to ask the locals for directions.
6. Roaring waterfall neighbouring the Village of Cibeusi: Cibareubeuy Waterfall (Curug Cibareubeuy)
Do you enjoy talking to locals?
The walking trails here have grown a little dense, so finding the entrance will require you to talk to the locals from Cibeusi.
From the jungly concrete path, you will take a windy route up the hillside, where you will pass vegetable gardens on the left and a resting area with a few huts.
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A simple 5 km walk through lush greenery, with the occasional low branch alongside a water channel, will leave you feeling rejuvenated when you arrive.
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In this valley, you can hear farmers chattering while tending to their rice paddies and fresh water running as you approach the waterfall.
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There is a high side of the ridge where you will need to take a left turn and follow the river to a small bamboo bridge to a village retreat, where you will see huts amongst the garden rocks.
Here is the most enchanting spot for visitors to rest. A couple hundred metres from here, the waterfall appears all of a sudden and you can hear the loud roar.
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Well worth the exhilarating experience!
7. Thai legacy with a tea house next to a forest: Dago Waterfall (Curug Dago)
Curug Dago has an added extra dash of culture sprinkled into your trip.
The water comes from Maribaya Cikapundung and enters the city of Bandung. Due to its location, it’s considered to be pretty hidden and only a few visitors.
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Not far from the waterfall, there are two inscriptions on a slate of legacy of the Kingdom of Thailand. The two inscriptions are from King Rama V and King Rama VII 1818 AD.
A very peaceful place for you to just catch a breather and enjoy some time away from civilization.
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8. The mysterious bride bridge: Panganten Waterfall (Curug Panganten)
Here’s a beautiful valley where you can listen to crickets, dragonflies and even squirrels from the cliff. The waterfall glistens in the sunlight, bouncing off the rocks – it’s definitely necessary to get at least one commemorative photo.
It’s unique in its own way as both waterfalls face each other like ‘penganten’ ( which means bride and groom in Bahasa Indonesia).
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According to a local folktale, a long time ago, there was a pair of newlyweds who was lost here, and the groom died in extreme agony at this location. Devastated, his bride killed herself soon after.
This heartbreaking story adds to the serenity of the area, bathing it in beautiful melancholy.
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The road leads to this waterfall is unpaved and unsigned. Please trek with care as it could be dangerous.
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9. Contemporary million-year-old waterfall: Bugbrug Waterfall (Curug Bugbrug)
Do you want to find a hidden paradise, away from the tourist attractions?
In Sundanese, Bugbrug means overlap. Here is a million-year-old lava formation that now shapes a dead mountain stream. With clear water and the surrounding greenery, it’s a mini paradise.
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Huts and pavillions litter the west side of the waterfall, where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beautiful natural water feature.
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If you want to dip your feet in and take some lovely photos without a million people in the background, you can either sit or stand on the rocks.
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And in front of the waterfall hangs a wooden bamboo footbridge – where you can also admire the beautiful scene.
10. The mini silk thread Niagara: Malela Waterfall (Curug Malela)
A tropical Niagara will not only astound but impress.
The five segments of the waterfall that intersect into each other resembles silk falling from the cliffs.