Photo: Spectacular.

Curug Cimahi

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Curug Cimahi is the Sundanese name for a spectacularly tall waterfall 17 km to the north of Bandung, also known by the Indonesian name, Air Terjun Pelangi or simply Rainbow Waterfall due to coloured lights installed to illuminate the falls at night (although we’re not sure these are still in working order).





The almost 90 metre high cascade can easily be seen from the entrance ticket booth, the narrow straight fall broken by a pool one quarter of the way from the top, then continuing into the lush river valley below. While we didn’t see a rainbow of colours, green features predominantly in the tropical jungle landscape. A seemingly endless stairway leads from the roadside entrance switching back and forward to the river 100 metres below where it’s possible to take a dip in the refreshingly cool waters (read icy cold)—while we didn’t count them, the official number is 587 steps. You probably won’t notice so much on the way down, but may huff and puff a little on the way back, but do take care as some steps are rather high and can be very slippery.

Watch your step on those stairs. Photo taken in or around Curug Cimahi, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Watch your step on those stairs. Photo: Sally Arnold

A couple of viewing platforms with comfortable seating made from recycled tyres offer the option of a rest stop or a place to wait for your friends for those unable to continue. You’ll probably be joined by curious and cheeky long tail macaques checking out what food you may have carried with you—typical monkey business. While you sit and admire the falls, look over to your right at the interesting rock formations high in the cliff face, like a mini upsidedown Giant’s Causeway. If you make it to the bottom, the view is almost the same as the view from the top, and may have you wondering why you bothered, but here you’ll have the opportunity to get wet, if not by taking a dip in the river, certainly from the water spray. When the sun is shining, you may even catch a ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Curug Cimahi
17 kilometres north of Bandung
Admission: 25,000 rupiah for foreigners and 15,000 rupiah for locals.

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