Kancing Waterfalls ~ Places to Visit in
Kanching Rainforest Waterfall, located in a forest reserve just outside the city, offers
an easy access to tropical waterfalls surrounded by
beautiful hillside terrain. A great outdoor introduction to the rainforest,
one can hike the trails, take in the nature, choose a picnic spot and jump
The Kanching Forest Reserve area is a haven for various species of birds and monkeys. The Kanching Waterfalls presents a dramatic backdrop with a jungle setting, an invigorating getaway amidst nature.
Located 21 km north of Kuala Lumpur and next to the famous Templers Park, there are seven levels of waterfalls at this Kanching Recreational Forest, covering a total height difference of about 200 meters.
You have two choice of trails to follow that will lead you the waterfalls, either by the easy access through the cemented steps and pathways or through the natural jungle trail which is much more fun but is also more physically demanding.
There are monkeys are everywhere - long-tailed macaques, swinging in the trees, running on the branches, sitting on rocks.
After the entrance gateway, there is a steep concrete stairway that takes you uphill, passing through 4 different waterfalls.
You will meet the 1st falls quite near the entrance. The first fall is a romantic and secluded and with very limited level space. Not many visitors stop here as it is not very suitable for bathing. Levels 2 and 3 (102m and 120m respectively) are the most popular spots where people can enjoy a natural power shower under the cascading water or just swim and wallow in the clear fresh pools.
There are picnic gazebos here, together with changing rooms and toilets. Near the 2nd Level fall, an attempt has been made to construct a kind of swimming pool. The place provides a large picnic area and most people normally choose to stay here and not continue uphill to next fall.
After long walkway, you will come to the third waterfall. This is a better with a flat pool on this waterfall. After the Level 3 waterfall onwards, it turns into a jungle path and the climb uphill gets quite steep and more challenging.
Those not used to hikes will be all sweat and puffing for breadth. Going further along the tricky pathway, you will reach the fourth waterfall. This not best place for picnic as it lacks the spaces, but great for photo shoots. Most visitors do not venture beyond level 4 (140m) as the trail becomes more difficult.
Level 5 waterfall has no pool
area but a good cascade. But if you wish to venture onwards with a little
more effort you can reach the highest waterfall (level 7 - 208m) in under an
hour from the starting point. It is certainly worth the effort as the more
spectacular falls are at levels 6 and 7.
Hiking up to the top of its seven tiers you will be rewarded with a superb view of the surroundings. From the top most pool, the stream water cascades down forming the 7th level waterfall.
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