Waterfalls in Malaysia are as majestic, flowing, and gorgeous as they can get. This southeast tropical nation is a treat for cascades lovers. From gigantic roaring cascades to quiet mall rapids across Malaysia will mesmerize you.
There are over 100 known waterfalls in Malaysia. Are you longing to explore the disconnect from the hustle and spend some time in nature? Here are the top 25 waterfalls in Malaysia that you might love to explore.
1. Kanching Waterfalls, Selangor:
Kanching waterfall is located just 26km away from Kuala Lumpur. It’s a part of the recreational rainforest in Selangor. The cascade has a total height of 280m and seven levels. On entering the park, you will find a swift puddle where kids can swim and enjoy themselves freely.
The cemented stairway and path make the route to level 4 quite relaxing and easy. The second and third level is quite popular because of the clear fresh pools for a swim and showering. After level 4 (140m), most tourists retreat as the path ends. But with a little effort, you can reach level 7( 208m) to see the raw beauty unveiled with the song of the cascade.
Trekking Kanching waterfalls are for all ages. Enjoy a great day with kids and family, and have a picnic here. The recreational rainforest is perfect for a one-day trip from Kuala Lumpur.
Route to the destination:
You can easily reach by car from Kuala Lumpur through the Lebhuraya Rawang route within an hour and a few minutes.
Entrance fee: RM 1.00
Parking fee: RM 2.00
2. Sungai Pisang Waterfalls
The 3.1 km trail near Gombak Selangor leads to the Sungai Pisang waterfall. You have to get ready to go through the trails to see the gorgeous beauty. The trek takes about one hour and 10 minutes to finish. The Sungai Pisang waterfall trek passes through the forest near Batu caves. It is a popular hiking spot for people in Klang Valley.
After you pass the gate at the trailhead, a few minutes down, you will see camping spots and spots for picnics. Here the water is calm and shallow. Further crossing the river you will see the unpaved trails with signboards. After about 100m you will start walking next to Karak highway.
Next, you will see some steps and stairs and the tunnels will finally arrive. After a walk of 20 to 30 minutes, you will exit into the lush green paradise. Walk along the river route or the staircases and Karak Highway. After walking along the highway, you will hear the falling of the beautiful Sungai Pisang Waterfall and the whole journey will be worth it.
Location: Gombak, Selangor
3. Sungai Chilling Waterfalls
The most alluring waterfall of Selangor, Sungai Chilling is located in the Selangor State Park. The 80 m waterfall trek route goes through a beautiful forest of orchids, and bamboo. Also, you will see streams and rivers as you descend.
There are 6 rivers on the route. After the registration area, at its right, you will find a suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and take the left route to hike towards the waterfall. Look out for signs on the trees to stay on the right path.
The waterfall is majestic and the route takes you along the river with sandy and slippery bottoms at some places. You will also see a lot of fish in the river. It’s best to go in a group.
Entry Fee: RM 1.00
Location: Selangor State Park
4. Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, Johor:
Kota Tinggi Waterfalls near Kota Tinggi town is 60km away from Johor. It is located on the foot of Gunung Muntahak. The area is surrounded by lush forests. The waterfall is quite famous among Singaporeans as well and gets crowded at the weekends. After the entrance, you will see the first level of the waterfall. The next one is further down the waterfall.
At the entrance, the lagoon is damned. Enjoy swimming while using safety tubes as the pools are a little deep than usual. For fun activities, there are tubes and shallow pools near the lower level pool. The forest surrounding is a paradise for birdwatchers.
Entry Fee: RM 10.00
Location: Kota Tinggi, Johor
5. Mahua Waterfalls, Sabah:
Air Terjun Mahua, 26km away from the town of Tambunan is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sabah. Mahua waterfalls are almost 17 meters and 1.2 meters deep. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Sabah. The waterfall has been open to the public since 2003 and attracts foreigners as well as netizens.
The location and the trail leading to the waterfall are smooth and easy to access for tourists. The waterfall is refreshing and good for taking a quick power shower. While visiting Sabah never miss this natural mystic waterfall.
Location: Tambunan town, Sabah
Route to the destination: From the town of Tambunan the waterfall is 13 km away which you can reach by Ranau Tambunan road.
6. Rainbow Falls in Sungai Lembing, Pahang:
Sungai Lembing is just 3 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. The rainbow waterfalls in Pahang provide the most wonderful trekking experience as well as you can visit the rainbow. The waterfall is named so as the rainbow appears during sunrise. You can see mini rainbows even at 9 AM / 10 AM. Take a plunge in the pool of the waterfall. It’s a great attraction to visit with children. The best time to visit the rainbow is during October.
For trekking enthusiasts, the best way to finish the trip is to trek to Bukit Panorama. You will end your trek with the view of clouds and feel light and refreshed. The hill is around 271 meters tall and worth the trek. You can also enjoy a beautiful sunset by trekking the aptly named sunset hill. Sungai Lembing has its own charm with the rainbow waterfall, natural splendour and mining museums. Visit those along with the rainbow waterfall.
Location: Sungai Lembing, Pahnag
Route to the destination: Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan via E8 highway takes around 3 hours. From Kuantan Sungai Lembing town takes around 45 minutes by road.
7. Jeram Toi in Kuala Klawang
Jeram Toi is a popular spot for family trips and for picnic groups. For those of you who are water fanatics and want to swim around, this is the spot for you. All the picnic aficionados also come here to have a nice bbq by the waterfall.
Right around the entrance gate, you will find the cemented pool and picnic spots. For higher levels, you have to travel to the top. The flight of stairs are steep, but the beauty of the surrounding is worth the effort to hike. The stream is sourced from Gunung Telapak Buruk. The waterfall cascades for 114.9 meters.
Location: Kuala Klawang
Route to Destination from KL: You can either take the Lebuhraya Kajang Seremban E21 or the North-south expressway from Kuala Lumpur. You will reach exit 2106 and have to take highway 86 towards Jelebu.
8. Lata Kinjang, Perak:
One of the tallest waterfalls in Malaysia, Lata Kinjang waterfall, is one of the tallest waterfalls in Chederiang, Perak. It is located in Bukit Tapah forest reserve. The waterfall cascades for 850m and is a great hiking and trekking place. For the first three or four levels, stairs are available. After that, hiking trails are unpaved.
Nature lovers would love the Lata Kinjang as the tranquil serene environment will stay with you. Lata Kinjang in Perak is one of the top destinations to spend a day. You can also enjoy tubing and swimming in kanaboi river. On your hike, you will see a suspension bridge, an orchid garden, and a surreal view from the top.
Entry fee: RM 2.00
Parking fee: RM 5.00
Route to Lata Kinjang falls: From KL take E1 PLUS highway and take an exit at 132 Tapah and drive straight to the waterfall.
9. Ulu Chepor Waterfall, Perak:
Ulu Chepor is cloaked in a vertical rainforest, just 10km away from Ipoh city. The total hike up and down takes about an hour. The ulu cheaper waterfall is the highlight of the Ipoh trip. Near the waterfall area facilities such as a campsite, multi-purpose prayer hall, and bathroom are available.
The ulu chepor waterfall has strong currents. Be careful when descending to the pool. It’s one of the gorgeous waterfalls in Malaysia to check out while in Perak.
Entry Fee: RM 2.00
Route to Ulu Chepor Waterfall: Drive through route A1 to Chemor near Ipoh Utara Toll Plaza.
10. Giam Klimau Waterfall, Sarawak:
Giam Klimau waterfall in Sarawak is a nice rejuvenating waterfall hidden under the cloak of the palm forest. It is in Batu Niah town, 85 km from Miri city. The waterfall gets high water in rainy seasons. Giam Kliamau waterfall is best to visit in Summer or Autumn. Giam Klimau is a hidden curtain-type waterfall falling straight from the cliff.
The waterfall is accessible through the palm plantation. Taking a 4-wheel sedan is recommended for the drive. There will be several security checkpoints as the palm plantation is private property. After reaching the trailhead in the car, you will see a clear pathway to the waterfall. The walk will take just a few minutes through the bushes. The location is quite hidden which adds to its charm.
Location: Southeast of Niah National Park, Sarawak
Route to the waterfall: 30-40 minutes drive from the Sawit road
11. Jelawang waterfall, Kelantan:
Jelawang waterfall in Kelantan is the tallest waterfall in SouthEast Asia. It is located in Gunung Stong State Park and is covered with migmatite rock terrain and forest. The Jelawang waterfall is 305 meters tall and is one of the seven waterfalls in the state park.
The waterfall itself is seven-tiered and gigantic. At the highest level at the source, a gigantic bedrock marks the birth of the river which is visible from afar. Jelawang waterfall is one of the best hiking spots for hikers.
Most people hike up to the established campsite Baha and stay overnight. The sunrise is quite alluring for the hikers and worth staying the night. Jelawang waterfall camp costs you around 10 RM. The camp is also used as a base for the hikers to hike other peaks in the state forest.
Entry fee: RM2
Route to Destination:
12. Lata Tengko Penyel waterfall, Perak:
Drive to Lata Tengko Penyel Waterfall is quite scenic and enjoyable. The waterfall is situated in the interiors of Sungai Siput district in Orang Asli village. It takes around two hours to drive from the north of Ipoh. The journey is thrilling and exciting.
The 60meters tall waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls in peninsular Malaysia. The trail to the waterfall is scenic with birds chirping and sounds of insects cricketing. The invigorating majestic waterfall is visible from the ground. There is a small trail leading to the pool of the waterfall. The sene surroundings will rejuvenate you. There are bamboo huts to stay in near the waterfalls which cost around RM60.
Location: Orang Asli Village, Perak
Route to the waterfall: One-hour drive from Sungai SIput and a two-hour drive from the north of Ipoh through Simpang Pulai, Gopeng, Kampung Sahom, Ringlet, and Habu.
13. Telaga Tujuh waterfalls, Kedah:
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is a cluster of seven pools and the waterfalls are named after them. The seven natural pools are interconnected by the gushing river. The hike is time taking and quite labouring. Telaga Tujuh waterfalls’ first set of pools is the most commonly visited one. After 200 stairs you will reach there.
You have to hike a total of 638 steps in the rainforest where you will also find monkeys swinging around. The river connecting Telega Tujuh falls’ pools form a slippery rock surface. Hence, be careful while descending. Ultimately, the hike will be worth your energy and time. It’s rewarding being one of the naturally invigorating waterfalls in Malaysia.
Location: Langkawi, Kedah
Route to the waterfall: You can reach the waterfall easily through route 272. It’s just 1.2km from Oriental village in Langkawi.
14. Temurun Waterfalls, Kedah:
A three-tier waterfall with a height of 30 meters Temrun waterfalls, is one of the largest natural waterfalls in Malaysia. From the car parking area walk a few minutes just to the first level. The cemented pathway to the highest level is through a luscious dense forest.
You will hear birds chirping and enjoy the romantic beauty of nature. On the way up there are a few shades where you can take a rest. The 30meter waterfall atop forms a 100ft natural pool that tempts tourists.
The trek will be an adventurous road as the steps get steeper as you go up. The charming dense forest surrounding the waterfalls gives a mystic feeling. Enjoy natural splash, swimming or diving from a nearby small cliff to feel the thrill.
Location: Jalan Datai, Langkawi
15. Chamang Waterfall, Pahang:
Chamang waterfall is a torrential waterfall near Bentong, Pahang. It flows through rough terrains. Depending on the season the water volume changes. There are few spots with a tremendous volume of water creating whirlpools.
The hiking trail to the Chamang waterfall is 2.5km long. After the entrance, you will see a suspension bridge and campsite. On the right of the bridge, you will see the trailhead over a river. The waterfall cascades down into the valley of a recreational national park within the rainforest region of Bukit Tinggi.
16. Air Terjun Panching, Pahang:
Air terjun Panching is just 25 km away from Kuantan. Among locals, it’s a popular picnic spot among the locals. The splashing waterfall is refreshing and gets crowded at weekends. The popular spot is great for splashing around and playing with kids and water. While you get into the water, fishes nibble at your feet.
It’s one of the top tourist destinations in Pahang. After parking the car, walk up the muddy trail to the waterfall. The cascading water makes sharp turns as it divides the rock surface into a few sections.
You will get the best views from the suspension bridge. You will find the bridge as you move towards the main waterfall. Stand a while to engulf the mesmerizing beauty of the fall. Enjoy a nice picnic there and an enlivening shower.
Location: Kuala Belait, Pahang
Opening hours: 9 PM to 5 PM
17. Lata Iskandar waterfall, Pahang:
Lata Iskandar waterfall in Cameron Highlands is on the route from Tapah to Cameron Highland. This magnificent beauty is divided into seven tiers and forms a natural pool below and a stream following that. Lata Iskandar is refreshing and rejuvenating as the small pool formed below is the perfect place to enjoy water fun, and perch for photos.
The total height of the 7 tiers is 100meters. There are traditional wood chalets along the 20-minute trek toward the waterfall. There are different types of souvenir shops for tribal handicrafts on the road toward the waterfalls.
The magnificent and gorgeous cascade of water is visible from the cemented and barracked area below.
Location: Tapah, Perak
Route to the waterfall: You have to drive towards Cameron Highlands through route 59. On the exit, you will see the waterfall alongside the road.
18. Chin Farm Waterfall, Penang:
Connected to the Batu Ferringhi river, Chin Farm waterfall on the island of Penang is known as Batu Ferringhi waterfall. The gorgeous cascading fall forms a beautiful lake and a stream between the rocks.
At the base of the waterfall, there is a chin farmhouse which offers the best views in Penang. The waterfall’s water is so clear and pure that it’s often consumed by Chinese locals. There is also a Chinese temple nearby Lam Thean Mui. The clear spring water has fishes which are cultivated. The water is used for activities such as swimming, and fishing.
The small waterfall in the jungle offering beautiful views of Penang is still one of the underrated yet most beautiful ones in Penang. There are cemented paths for the hike to the waterfall. From Batu Ferringhi’s main road to the waterfall, the path is quite smooth and scenic with the rustic forest. There is a small bridge that you have to cross.
From there the road is unpaved yet clear and next, are some flights of stairs among the wood and a small cemented path following. Discover the uncrowded beautiful waterfall at the edge of the jungle in Penang for quality time.
Location: Batu Ferringhi, Penang
19. Lata Bukit Hijau, Kedah:
A beautiful cold clear waterfall in Bukit Hijau Reserve forest. The waterfall is refreshing. Located within the surroundings of Bukit Hijau recreational forest the waterfall comes down the slippery rock surface creating divisions. The lagoon formed at the bottom is not too deep and perfect for some fun in the water.
The Bukit Hijau Park is maintained well and can be crowded during weekends. From the entrance, there is cemented pathway to the first fall where you can take a refreshing shower. There are pathways to the higher waterfall to explore. There are well-maintained walkways and sturdy bridges to get around the waterfall. Explore the park for an invigorating experience, kids can try to catch fish under the rock, take a shower and enjoy.
Location: Between Sg. Petani and Bailing, Kedah
Route to the park: The route to Bukit Hijau Park is easily accessible from road 67. From Bailing the signpost towards the park is 25 km and after the turnabout towards the south, the park is 12 km.
20. Durian Perangin Waterfall:
The Durian Perangin waterfall cascades from the northern slope of Gunung Raya. Gunung Raya is Langkwaki’s highest mountain. There durian plantation surrounding the waterfall. The cascading water creates a tier-type waterfall.
The waterfall is mesmerizing as it has 14 tiers and each one of the tiers creates a pool. The Durian Perangin waterfall is the perfect way to enjoy your day in nature. The flora and fauna of the eco-space are worth exploring.
Trekking towards the lower area is the perfect picnic spot and easy to climb down. Going up to the highest tier is quite tedious but worth the effort.
One of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Malaysia to explore for a family or friends-only trip in Langwaki. This is a perfect opportunity to explore nature and lush greenery. As you go up the trail along the waterfall, you would discover the surreal creation and the adventure of hiking.
Location: Langkawi, Kedah, Perak
21. Bukit Bertangga Falls, Pahang:
Bukit Bertangga falls in Pahang sourcing from mighty Pahang river is located in between tasik bera and tasik chini. The waterfall from the parking area is a small walk through the jungle. Though this vertical waterfall doesn’t have a lot of volumes it’s incredibly high falling down vertically.
The waterfall amongst the jungle creates a picturesque scenario. Access to the waterfall is quite easy and the difficulty level is also low. There is a stream forming at the end of the fall. To go to the bottom you have to trek down the slippery rock surface.
Along the way, there are shelters to spend time and enjoy a picnic. Also, campsites and dipping pools are available. The trekking takes about 10 minutes. This particular fall looks gorgeous during the rainy seasons with an ample amount of water.
Location: Felda Kumai, Bera, Bertangga
Route to the destination: Driving along the Kuantan highway, you have to take the Temerloh exit. From there after driving through road number ten up to Kerayong, turn left to Felda territory and you will see signboards to the waterfall.
22. Lawing Falls:
Lawing falls near Selangor is a combination of many waterfalls. To visit the falls is a short drive from Kuala Lumpur. There are few falls in this region but the most famous one is Gabai Falls. It is near Kg Sg Lui.
After the car parking, you will see a walking small trail, which leads to an isolated Orange Asli house. From there you will see a few cascades along your way and follow the stream to see all of them. From the bridge, it takes about an hour to reach the last.
Having a few tiers Lawing falls has a nice pool in the main fall. You will feel one with nature discovering the unspoiled beauty of the falls. Though the trek is long but every moment will be rewarding. You will see beautiful rock formations, wild orchids and pristine nature in the landscape of the most beautiful waterfall in Malaysia.
Location: Near Kg Sg Lui, Ulu Langat Region, Selangor
Route to the Destination: From Kuala Lumpur drive down 30 minutes through Jalan Hulu Langat road. From there reach Kg Sg Lui, turn left and turn left again after 500m where you will find signboards.
23. Lata Janggut:
Lata Janggut is a near-vertical small cascade formed from a river. The area is calm, and serene and makes you at peace. The fall is not that big in size. But if you are looking to spend time in nature, the fall is a nice addition to the landscape.
After the car parking, a clear long trail follows the waterfall. After the trail, you will see the river and the rock formations are splendid. It’s a great spot for locals to visit on weekends. There are almost no people on the weekdays. The river bed erosion and bare rock surface is an interesting landscape to visit.
Location: Southwest of Jeli, Kelantan
Route to the destination: About 7km on the east-west highway from Jeli to Gerak you will see a signboard to Sg Long. From there you have to turn left and follow the road 5km to reach lata Janggut.
24. Jeram Kedah, Negeri Sembilan:
Jeram Kedah Waterfall in Negeri Sembilan is in a beautiful countryside settlement. Jeram Kedah falls is in a Orang Asli village in Beranang district of Lenggeng.
At the entrance, you will see the bridge from where you have to walk a few minutes towards the waterfall. Motorbikes can easily cross the bridge and follow the trail left to the fall.
This pool is peaceful, forming a soft, sandy area around the pool as it was a part of an old catchment area before. The only activity you can enjoy in this small waterfall is a refreshing shower. The waterfall is just 2 to 3 meters high but the ambience of the surrounding area has a refreshing vibe.
Location: Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan
25. Buntong Waterfall, Perak:
Buntong waterfall is near the foothills of Kledan Junggut. Buntong waterfall is just aside the Ipoh- Lumut Expressway.
The trail towards the waterfall is a 15-minute hike while The fall is relatively small yet has two tiers. The last one has a dam. Also, many tourists hike the Kledang hill and enjoy the waterfall stop after the hike. The trail out and back is 1.3km and takes around 25 minutes to complete. The Bukit Kledang mountain is famous among riders and bikers. Buntong is a nice spot for a one-day vacation.
Location: Beside Ipoh-lumut expressway, Perak
Route to the destination: The route to the Buntong falls from Ipoh takes around 16 minutes. Head straight through Jalan Siliban or the A1 route. Turn left onto Lubhraya- Ipoh -Lumut road to head to the falls.
Malaysia’s every state has beautiful waterfalls and the total number goes beyond 100. Hence, these were some of the most beautiful cascades in Malaysia. Navigating to most of these locations is easy to moderate difficulty.
1. What’s the biggest waterfall in Malaysia?
The biggest waterfall in Malaysia is Jelawang waterfall in Gunung Stong State Park. The waterfall is 303 meters above sea level. The natural beauty of the state park and the waterfall give a mesmerizing experience.
2. Where is the prettiest waterfall in Malaysia?
Malaysia has pretty waterfalls across the whole country. Some examples of the pretty waterfall are Kota Tinggi, Sekayu waterfall, Sungai Chilling Waterfall, and Rainbow fall. They all have the unique sensory feeling that they give. Visit the most beautiful waterfalls in Malaysia from the list.
3. How many waterfalls are there in Malaysia?
The number of waterfalls is not known to be exact but undoubtedly, there are more than 100 cascades in Malaysia. There are rapids, and streams with small waterfalls hiding under nature’s curtain that is yet to unveil.