Multi-tiered waterfalls cascading down tropical mountains and crystal clear pools of inviting water are part of the beauty of Langkawi. Located in the state of Kedah, the Langkawi waterfalls are a major attraction in the area. Often called a tropical paradise, Langkawi is one of 99 islands off the western coastline of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea. The area was designated a UNESCO geo-park in 2007 for the ancient age of the geologic formations, spectacular limestone landscape, marble caves, pristine natural areas, beautiful beaches and magnificent waterfalls.
There are several falls in the area worth visiting. Each has its unique characteristics and setting. Several have trails that ascend to the top of the falls. The waterfalls of Langkawi are best seen during the wet season, between August and October. When the monsoon starts, the rains swell the rivers, creating full-flowing waterfalls interspersed with lovely pools. During the dry season when the falls are less plentiful, the surrounding landscape and vegetation remain lush and breathtakingly beautiful.
Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall)
Seven Wells Waterfall cascades almost 300 feet down the vertical face of Mount Mat Cincang, the second-highest mountain in Langkawi. Many call this the best waterfall in Langkawi for the beauty of the falls and the seven pools interspersed in the rock formations down the mountain. Natural infinity pools along the way have been formed by water eroding the limestone rock. Visitors can bathe in the pools, hike to the top of the falls or enjoy the view from the bottom. For those who prefer to experience the falls from the top, a path of 638 steps ascends to 1575 feet above sea level. Climbers can stop along the way to enjoy the view of the surrounding rainforest and nearby Burau Bay. These falls are known locally as Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.
The Temurun Waterfall drops in three tiers over 650 feet down the slope of Mount Mat Cincang in the nature park of the same name. This is the tallest waterfall in Langkawi. The uppermost tier falls 100 feet to a natural pool suitable for swimming. Along the trail to each tier are several gazebos that visitors can use to rest or have a picnic. Macaque monkeys inhabit the area, as do many species of butterflies and birds. From the top, visitors can see nearby Datai Bay, a captivating resort area with white beaches and azure water.
Durian Perangin Waterfall
Durian Perangin Waterfall is a 14-tier cascade that pours down the side of Gunung Raya, the highest mountain on the island. Each tier has its own unique beauty, with unusual rock formations, dense vegetation and cold pools that soothe visitors during the hike to the top. The trail is a series of steps easy enough for children to climb. Even in the dry season, this spectacular Langkawi waterfall has a pleasant flow. The series of falls gets its name from the durian tree, a tropical tree with edible fruit found throughout Asian rainforests. The dense forest that surrounds the falls supports abundant wildlife including more than 200 species of birds, several types of monkeys and flying squirrels.
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