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Kanto Lampo Waterfall

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Beng village, 12 kilometres east of Ubud is home to Kanto Lampo Waterfall, well we believe it is but there wasn’t any water flowing over the falls at the time of our visit.

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Easily assessable, down a short flight of stairs, which lead to a pleasing shallow river canyon bordered with jungle trees and overhanging vines, the pile of flat jagged rocks where the waterfall is supposed to be is unusually at the side of the river, not along the river course and looks as though it’s been caused by a landslide.

Today no waterfall. Photo taken in or around Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Today no waterfall. Photo: Sally Arnold

Apparently that’s pretty much the story. The “waterfall” is a recent creation (sometime in early 2015) when landslides damaged a nearby irrigation channel, creating a new tourist attraction. Although farmers were happy with the potential new source of income, they were concerned at the loss of irrigation water. Local authorities have reassured farmers that it’s not a concern as there’s plenty of water in the dam feeding the flow, however it seems the stream can be turned on and off as the water is directed to the fields, which appears to have been the case on our visit.

Pictures of the falls on the banners near the car park look very attractive: the jumble of rocks causes the waters to fan as it cascades in various directions, making for a pretty scene (so we believe). At the bottom of the stairs a change booth is to the left, and the falls are just to the right — if they’re flowing. We met a group of tourists who’d spent a good hour walking up the river searching for the elusive cascades, so if you don’t see them, it’s ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Kanto Lampo Waterfall
12 kilometres east of Ubud
Admission: 5,000 rupiah

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