Photo: Waikelo Sawah Waterfall.

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Waikelo Sawah Waterfall

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To be honest, when we first arrived at Waikelo Sawah Waterfall, we were a bit disappointed. We heard “waterfall” and thought, some natural falling water kind of thing. Well there’s water, but it’s basically a built environment — a small irrigation dam/hydro power plant. Now if someone had said, “dam” or even “hydro power plant”, we wouldn’t have been so disappointed.

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A popular local swimming spot, Waikelo Sawah Waterfall is actually a lovely small local irrigation hydroelectricity thingy, surrounded by stunning rice fields. Yep, the views are worth the trip. And there is some nature: The water source is inside a limestone cave with stalactites and it’s very pretty.

As usual, pretty scenery comes with the territory. Photo taken in or around Waikelo Sawah Waterfall, Waikabubak, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

As usual, pretty scenery comes with the territory. Photo: Sally Arnold

A small bridge takes you across the dam, and you can climb a short staircase and walk along a high, narrow, unfenced, slippery path close to the cave entrance. We weren’t brave enough to try— the path is about 20 centimetres wide and the drop is a good ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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