Note to self: Don’t drink Starbucks frapp after 10pm… unless you want the sugar rush to keep you up all night.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of downtown Bandung, the scenery becomes increasingly quaint and gorgeous. Tall modern buildings disappear: to be replaced by swathes of flower gardens and vegetable farms on either side. These are packed so closely together that they sometimes block the view of the valley below, only for the car to pass by an open area to reveal how far up the hills we’ve driven. Bikes, vans, and modified trucks putter up and down the narrow roads, some laden with fresh produce.
Our first stop for the day was Curug Cimahi, also known as ‘Air Terjun Pelangi’. Dubbed ‘Rainbow Falls’, the waterfall comes alive with bright lights at night, creating a magical, fountain-like effect.
While we couldn’t catch the night view, the scenery in daytime was no less beautiful.
Pathway leading down to the falls. They can be slippery though so it’s best to wear some rubber shoes.
Stunning. Flowing from the Cimahi river, the falls cascade some 87m into a crystal clear pool, the force of the spray creating a soft mist at the bottom. All around, trees bursting with greenery reached up to the skies above. It was like being in a secret garden, yet to be sullied or touched by man. I felt really humbled and in awe at Mother Nature’s beauty.
The air was as clean and refreshing as only mountain air can be. Felt like we were the first ones to breathe it in, right from the source! Birds chirped and sang in the trees, the temperature was cool and just full of positive energy. Now I know why people come to meditate in the mountains :D
It was 587 steps to the bottom, where the pool was. I didn’t fancy the climb back up, so we stopped by at a platform to take in the sights. There are several platforms built into the hillside, so visitors can take a rest while hiking up/down.
Spotted some wildlife :)
If you’re headed up to Bandung’s star attractions, Tangkuban Perahu volcano, then stop by the Curug Cimahi falls on the way. The entrance fee is minimal and you’ll be blown away by how pretty it is. Great place to relax the mind and just get away from the stresses of life for a while. You’ll leave rejuvenated! :)
Entrance fee: 12,000rp before 5pm; 15,000rp (RM4.50 – USD1.10) after 5pm.
Jalan Kolonel Masturi, Desa Kertawangi,
Kecamatan Cisarua, Kabupaten Bandung Barat,
Jawa Barat, Indonesia.
Public transport is not the best in Bandung, but visitors can take the local ‘Angkut’ vans following the Ledeng-Sukasari line from Ledeng terminal. Alight at Sukasari Terminal, and the falls are a 15-20min walk from there.
Other options: take the Cisarua-Lembang line, or from Cimahi, from Terminal Pasar through the Cimahi-Cisarua line. From Bandung City: Hop on the St-Hall-Lembang line from Bandung station, before switching to Lembang-Cisarua line.