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TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALLS: Magical Falls and the new East-Java Indonesia’s Must Visit Place

Located a little remote in East Java, this waterfall is a hidden gem of Indonesia until recently become popular and has attracted domestic and foreign visitors. The pictures of this waterfall has been viral and drawn attention of netizen.

Tumpak Sewu is located in Pronojiwo Lumajang and can be accessed from Malang and Lumajang. Both are good option to visit. Still limited accommodations if you want to stay in Pronojiwo. From Malang it takes about 2.5 hours to the location, from Lumajang city about 1.5 Hours from from Surabaya about 5-6 hours. Hmmm maybe because of the distance location, the waterfall was not well known until lately.

There are few waterfalls nearby Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, but Tumpak Sewu is the star. The multiple 120 meters high horsetail waterfall is enchanting, and even the trekking to get there is another mind-blowingly beautiful.

TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL
Can be reached by about 30-40 minutes in slow pace through slopy route. Some path are made on bamboo, iron ladders and even streams. So get ready with water friendly footwear. Tumpak Sewu Waterfall not very thunderous but it roars, the mist from the waterfall can block the camera shoot. Prepare with dry bag. There are some spots where you can take picture with this magnificent waterfalls, local guide knows. 

ANGEL’S WATERFALL (AIR TERJUN BIDADARI)
This waterfall is about 20 meters high and located a little hidden. The waterfall is not so massive and it has cave to meditate. This cute waterfall is worth to be visited when you visit Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, maybe to take one or two pictures. 

NIRWANA CANYON (TEBING NIRWANA)
This canyon has fan waterfall, also very beautiful and mesmerizing to see.The water flows wider than the source because of the surface of the cliff underlying it, creating fan-like shape. 

TELAGA BIRU (BLUE LAKE)
This blue lake is located nearby Nirwana Canyon, its water source from the canyon. It is actually not blue, only when the sky above is clear, it has subtle blue color. The size is not so big, only about 5 meters square and its depth is about 1.5 meters. Yet, it is fun to soak and jump here on the hot day enjoying the green surrounding.

TELAGA BIRU (BLUE LAKE)
This cave name derives from the nature of the cave which has the water drops from the cave ceiling. The cave is exotically located a little hidden. We will need to do a short hike along tiered beautiful waterfall, a small natural pond and another more steep heavy tiered waterfall. Yes, definitely you cannot avoid your footwear to get wet going to this cave. The mouth cave is covered by waterfall and entering the waterfall you will be literally like having shower. This is the fun part, actually. The cave interior has pillar, stalactite and stalagmite, and small shallow pond. You can explore further inside. 

KAPAS BIRU WATERFALL (THE BLUE COTTON WATERFALL)
Kapas Biru can be reached by about 30 minutes trekking, through sloppy path and also super vertical ladder. The waterfall is  a horsetail waterfall, about 100 meters high with green vegetation surround it. And exotically, there are bamboo trees growing nearby the waterfall. 

TWIN WATERFALL (COBAN SRITI)
It takes walking through heavy stream river to reach the waterfall, and indeed accompanied by experienced local is important.  It is best to visit during dry season (July-Sept), in wet season crossing and river trekking can be deadly. The waterfall is 120 meters high and it is a segmented waterfall creating two waterfall, and that is why it is called Twin Waterfall. The cliff is very exotic as well as the green vegetation overgrown the waterfall surrounding.

 

Must Visit Places in Pacitan

Pacitan is the region of East Java province, however is more more close accessed from Yogyakarta. Recently Pacitan is popular among the world surfers, for its swell. There are some beautiful beaches as well in Pacitan. Here are some of the must visit places in Pacitan.

1) WATU KARUNG BEACH
This beach is the one that i was talking about, it is the beach popula among surfers. There are some decent accommodations in this beach. Staying in the area is recommended as it is close by to other destinations in Pacitan.

2) BANYUTIBO BEACH
This is where the waterfall meets the beach and ocean. It is very stunning to take photograph and the beach can be visited in the low tide for swimming.

3) KLAYAR BEACH
Klayar is popular for seeing sunset and it has natural fountain whenever the wave hits the reef.

4) COKEL RIVER
This river is a salt water river with coconut trees at the river banks. And then the boat will also take you to feel the wave of the Hindian Ocean for few minutes.

5) MARON RIVER
This river is soooo beautiful. It is fresh water river with bell fruits and coconut on its edges. And the river is very green and clear, especially in dry season. September is when the bell fruit in season. Boating along the river is very relaxing and rejuvenating. And you can also swim away at the blue lake in the river.

6) GONG CAVE
This cave has some big chambers with stalactite and stalagmite formation. It is very easy to visit for everyone, suitable for family as well.

7) Luweng Jaran Cave
Luweng Jaran is a vertical cave which and there are also horizontal cave inside. The entrance is very narrow but inside there are some chambers and the length of the horizontal cave is about 17 KM according to the mapping expedition in 1987 by an expedition team from Australia.

8) Kasap Beach
This beach is located nearby Watukarung Beach and there are some beaches in the vicinity. You can walk to view point to see the atolls and other beaches.

9) Telengria  Beach
This beach is located nearby the city. The sand is brown. The beach is long. There are some hotels at this beach location.

9) Tuna-Tofu Home Industry
The home industry located not far from Telengria beach. You can see the process of preparing the tuna, filling the tuna to tofu and how it is cooked using wood. You can try at Tahu Tuna Pak Ran Store located at the mainroad.

10) Gemstone
Pacitan is the home of gemstones. You can browse some jewelry made of the gemstones.

For tours to Pacitan, explore the beaches, river boating  or surfing please feel free to Getaway Tours; Indonesia Tour Operator.

PICTURES: DIENG PLATEAU

Dieng Plateau located just 3 hours from Yogyakarta has some stunning view and it is worth a visit. Check out below pictures taken by team of Getaway Tours : Indonesia Tour Operator

Expecting sunrise at Mount Sikunir-Dieng Pateau-Central Java Indonesia

Lake Warna and Lake Pengilon from Batu Pandang View Point

Sikidang Crater, where you can see the bubbling mud from close distance.

Pictures: Pangabatang Island and Babi Island -Maumere Island Hopping Day Tour, Maumere, NTT, Flores, Indonesia

Koja Island
Babi Island

Located just about 30 minutes by wooden boat from Maumere, some islands can be visited for relaxing marine getaway. They are very quiet that you will feel like you are on your own in this island. Shall you need multiple days exploring Maumere or just day trip in the city, feel free to contact Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour Operator.

The water of the island is very clear and the beaches have white sand.

Pangabatang Island
Pangabatang Island beach
Village in Pangabatan Island. Locals work as fishermen.
Lunch at the island
Barbecue for Lunch
Barbecue for lunch

PICTURES: Mount Egon and Blidit Hotspring, Maumere, Flores, NTT, Indonesia

Mount Egon is not the highest peak in Flores, however hiking this mountain is challenging. This mountain can be another place to visit when you are visiting Maumere, maybe after visiting Lake Kelimutu. Mount Egon is a volcano, its last activity was in 2008.

Mount Egon is located about 40 minutes drive from Maumere city and it takes about 2-3 hours hike to reach the peak which is 1700 M asl.

Mount Egon hiking can be a little difficult, though it is not as difficult as Mount Inerie. Mount Egon hiking path is rocky, however as the path is zig zag it is considered easy.
Mount Egon peak is red soil and smoke of sulfur. You can start the hike from Blidit Village.
Mount Egon rocky path
After hiking the volcano, you can visit Blidit Hotspring which can be reached by 40 minutes walk.
Rejuvenate your body for a while at the hot spring which contains very small sulfur.

PICTURES : VAN and MINIBUS , BIG BUS PICTURES

Below are vans, minibus, and big bus provided for our clients. The capacity information is assumed with a tour guide.

This minibus is from year 2017
Toyota Hiace Van is the most comfortable van. It is suitable for long drive with family, and friends. The capacity is comfortable for 10 persons with baggage. The air condition of Toyota Hiace Van is very stable and good.

Pictures: Places of Interest at Maumere, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Maybe you have visited the legendary Lake Kelimutu the other day and now you have a full day in Maumere. Below are list of places of interests in Maumere where you can see more culture of the region. Shall you need day tour from Maumere for sightseeings or day trip to Lake Kelimutu, fee free to contact Getaway Tours; Indonesia Tour Operator.

SIKKA OLD CHURCH
This church was built in 1899 by a Portuguese priest, JF. Lecocq D’armanddaville and Sikka king, Yoseph Mbako Ximenes Da Silva. The building is made of teak wood which was probably brought from Java. Though there was some renovation, the church original architecture is preserved. The church is located nearby the ocean.

 

POPE CHAMBER
Pope John Paul II visited Sikka on 11-12 October 1989. He stayed overnight at Seminari Tinggi Santo Petrus Ritapiret Maumere, at one of the chamber and this chamber has been a pilgrimage site for Catholics. There is a relic of Pope John Paul II is also places in the chamber. 

BIKON BLEWUT MUSEUM
This museum has collections of some fossils and artifact found during excavation in Flores and Lembata by Pater Verhouwen. The museum actually has large collections but the building could not display them all. The museum is located in Seminari Tinggi Santo Paulus Ledalero, Nita village. 

 

 

 

Traditional Market
We can find some interesting this that the locals sell here. From daily needs, vegetable, weaving, horse, chicken, and also local liquor. 

 

 

 




SIKKA CHOCOLATE FACTORY
You maybe want to try chocolate bar from Sikka? You can stop by at CHOSIK factory, to purchase chocolate bar or seeing the chocolate making process.

 

 

 

MAUMERE BEACH
You can enjoy relaxing day at the beach of Maumere. There are some resorts located at Larantuka Street, where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing while sipping coconut water. 

 

 

THE SUNRISE AT MAUMERE
Stay at one of the resort nearby the beach and in the morning you will be greeted by the golden sunrise. There are various options from budget to up market resort. For budget stay, you can try Pantai Paris Homestay or if you like something better, try Coconut Garden Beach Resort or  Capa Resort. 

PICTURES: Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Malang, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia

Below are Tumpak Sewu Waterfall pictures taken by the team of Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour Operator. The waterfall can be visited by children to senior citizen and best time to visit is during dry season (May-September). If you want to visit with your friends on small group, we can provide with lunch menus provided by locals. Shall you need any inquiry to the waterfall please inform us.

Located a little off the beaten path, this waterfall has drawn visitors who wants to witness its beauty.
Viola, Tumpak Sewu waterfall consists of numerous horse tail waterfalls covering the large area of canyon.
The waterfall can be reached by about 45 minutes walk. Please prepare with water friendly footwear when visiting the waterfall. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen and comfortable outfit for this adventure.
Spare one day to visit Tumpak Sewu waterfall, and you can access via Malang or Lumajang. Malang has more hotel options. Lumajang is located in between Bromo and Ijen. Both Malang and Lumajang is possible for an overnight when you do the other two must-visit destinations in East Java, Mt Bromo and Ijen. At least 4 Days 3 Nights duration for visit to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall-Mt Bromo-Ijen Crater.

This waterfall, Kapas Biru Waterfall is located in the area of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall as well.

PICTURES: Tololela Hamlet, Bajawa, Ngada, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Photo Credit: Ary Suhandi (Indecon).
From the air can be seen Tololela is surounded by lush green forest. The forest are their source of life where they find daily food: coconut, keladi, passion fruit and many more.
Tololela Hamlet has preserved their architecture, tradition for centuries. The houses (locally called as SAO) are made of wood, the roof is made of grass and there are some stones located in the house area, as the symbol of each ancestor who had died.
Welcome ritual for group of guest by slaughtered pig. For small group usually using chicken. The elders then read the intestine if the guest arrival will be good or the opposite.
There are small bamboo species can be found in the hamlet area, and locals have used the bamboo for flute. This one is music troupe of the village.
Tololela Village has high number senior citizen who live healthy and full of life. This might be because of their daily activity which involves walking and farming. Tololela also mostly eat organic food from their land. Their daily food are not just rice, but banana, keladi, beans, corn, leaves of some plants, casava and passion fruit.
Local still make weaving colored with natural dye. They use tarum, turmeric, secang and other plants.
Tololela weaving has the motif of horse, chichen, ngadhu and bhaga.
Women coloring the yarn.