Photo: Les Waterfall.

Les Waterfall

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If you’re heading between Tulamben and Lovina or Gunung Batur, a detour to Les Waterfall and the nearby holy spring breaks up the long journey along the hot, dry north coast. Les Waterfall is sometimes referred to as Yeh Mempeh, however the locals said that simply translates as waterfall in the local dialect.





About one kilometre from the main road near Les village, a few signposts lead the way to a small car park with a ticket booth. Entry fee is 20,000 rupiah (although you’re not issued a ticket). Friendly guide Casper (like the ghost, he said) offers his guiding services for 100,000 rupiah per group. A guide is not really necessary for the walk but he is able to give information on the local plants and culture — and if you’re at all interested, he is not pushy and has good English. T: (0813) 3728 9728.

This is Les. Photo taken in or around Les Waterfall, Tulamben, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

This is Les. Photo: Sally Arnold

From the car park, after a five minute walk up a gravel path, the road splits — take the narrow cement path to the left alongside the irrigation channel. The path continues for about 20 minutes with a slight incline, passing plantations of papaya, banana, cloves, cocoa, jackfruit and coffee. It’s an effortless leisurely walk, however if you are frail or infirm (or in need of a drink) there are two small warungs along the way selling coconuts, coffee and Bintang (the essentials).

Heading towards the waterfall, a short sidetrack leads to a holy spring, plastered in signs in both English and Indonesian, saying it’s forbidden to enter without a sarong / for menstruating women and that washing was also not permitted. A small statue of Hanuman and a shrine guard the fenced off area. It’s a very pretty grotto in the forrest — and we were told the water is fresh and pure and okay to drink (we didn’t die).

Build a cairn... Photo taken in or around Les Waterfall, Tulamben, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Build a cairn... Photo: Sally Arnold

As the surrounding jungle thickens, the cement path becomes easily navigable stepping stones to cross the river. A large banyan tree with a curtain of hanging roots shades a small temple near the base of the falls. The area is peaceful and delightfully cool ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Les Waterfall
30km west of Tulamben on the main road to Singaraja

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