East Java is a province on the eastern part of Java Island, Indonesia. The province is rich in natural resources and natural beauty. Apart from numerous national parks and peaks, the province also has a number of scenic waterfalls.
Sedudo Waterfall, Nganjuk
Sedudo Waterfall is located in the village of Ngliman Sawahan, about thirty kilometers to the south of Nganjuk, a small town in the heart of East Java Province. The city of Nganjuk stands on mountainous area covered by dense forests and large rivers. Soaring more than 100 meters above the ground, Sedudo Waterfall is sitting on the slope of a dormant volcano, Mount Willis, over fourteen hundred meters above sea level. From the main gate, visitors must walk a two-kilometer trek before reaching the waterfall. Legend has it that the waterfall occurred when a sacred river called “Holy Tirta” dropped its water from heaven. People from ancient Javanese kingdom used the water from the waterfall to wash their weapons of war. Until now, local people believe that bathing in the waterfall during particular months can bring them good fortune, make them younger and also healthier.
Coban Rondo, Pasuruan
“Coban” is the local word for “waterfall” and “rondo” is “widow”, so Coban Rondo means the waterfall of the widow. The name was given because long ago a beautiful woman, whose husband was killed during a fight with an evil man who tried to kidnap her, hid and lived in a cave behind the waterfall. Coban Rondo Waterfall is situated in Malang, a small town about 90 kilometers to the south of Surabaya, the capital city of East Java Province. Sitting one thousand meters above sea level, on the slope of Mount Panderman, Coban Rondo Waterfall stands majestically in middle of a forest, only 50 minutes drive from Malang. The road leading to the waterfall is narrow and winding but the scenery along the road is hypnotizing. The height of the waterfall is around 80 meters. Swimming is not forbidden, the water is cold and clear. The place had become a popular tourist destination since 1980s.
Madakaripura Waterfalls are located in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, a park in the Tengger range which is famous for its sea of sand, lush greeneries, barren plateau and volcanic peaks. The waterfalls are standing in a deep valley near two active volcanoes: Mount Bromo, one of the most beautiful and popular volcanoes in Indonesia and Mount Semeru, one of the highest peaks in the archipelago. There are seven lines of waterfalls in the area. The highest soars 200 meters above the ground. The waterfalls are surrounded by dense forest and natural caves. For the local tribe called Tenggerese, the water from the waterfalls is sacred and they use it for their rituals and traditional ceremonies. Visitors who come to climb Mount Bromo or Semeru usually visit these waterfalls as well.
Dolo Waterfall, Kediri
Dolo waterfall lies 1800 meters above sea level, about 25 kilometers to the west of small town of Kediri, and around 120 kilometers to the west of Surabaya, the Province’s capital city. The waterfall sits nicely on the slope of Mount Willis, one of the highest dormant volcanoes in Indonesia. Visitors must leave their vehicles in a place called Hamlet Besuki before continuing the journey through an unspoiled forest on foot. The four kilometers stoned path to the waterfall is narrow and sometimes slippery. After around 15 minutes walk up the steeply path, visitors can see the beautiful waterfall and enjoy its cold water. Dolo Waterfall reaches a height of 125 meters. Due to its hidden location and difficult access, Dolo Waterfall is less popular compared to other waterfalls in East Java.
Irenggolo Waterfall is located near Dolo Waterfall in Kediri. However, to reach Irenggolo, visitors don’t have to hike hundreds of steeply staircases. This easier access and also the availability of varied facilities including camping grounds and some restaurants had made Irenggolo more popular than Dolo Waterfall. Situated at an altitude of over 1200 meters above sea level, the waterfall is surrounded by dense pine forest. Irenggolo is sitting on mountainous area of Wilis range. Local people believe that the waterfall is inhabited by some spirits. Visitors are not allowed to whistle, clap hands, cutting plants or making excessive noise as such will disturb the spirits.
Laweyan Sendang Waterfall, Tulungagung
Laweyan Sedang Waterfall is located in Tulungagung, a small town around one hour drive from Kediri. It is also sitting at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, on the south slope of Mt. Wilis. The waterfall is very difficult to access. To reach it, visitors must walk through a large vegetable plantation, hike up steep terrain, cross nine small cold-water rivers, and go deep into a dense gigantic pine forest. It takes almost two hours to get to the waterfall from the nearest road. Before entering the forest, a small temple called “Candi Asmoro Bangun” greets the visitors. Local people believe that the waterfall is guarded by four beautiful goddesses. They also believe that the water from the waterfall can cure many diseases. The height of this multi-tiered waterfall reaches 100 meters above the ground. Trekkers estimate that there are many other hidden waterfalls in the area just waiting to be discovered.
Nglirip Waterfall, Singgahan, Tuban
Located around 35 kilometers from Tuban, a busy port city at the north coast of Java Island, Nglirip Waterfall is a popular tourist destinations in East Java Province. Nglirip waterfall is easily accessible; it is even visible from the main road and becomes the icon of the city. The word “Tuban” in local language means “waterfall”. The waterfall is only 30 meters high and 28 meters wide, but the beauty is unquestionable. Behind the waterfall, there is a large cave which is considered as sacred meditating place by local people. Local folktale says that the waterfall is a bathing place of the goddesses. The water comes from several rivers that run through nearby forest.