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Tumpak Sewu Waterfall in Java

The most beautiful waterfall in Java and possibly all of Indonesia

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Tumpak Sewu, also called Coban Sewu, is a massive 120 m waterfall located in East Java. It is formed by the Glidih River which flows from Mount Semeru. Tumpak Sewu is easily accessible from Sidomulyo Village, in the Pronojiwo District (Lumajang Regency area). The most unique thing about this waterfall is the water curtain effect resulting from the stable wide flow of water. It's no wonder that its Javanese name means "a thousand waterfalls".

The Tumpak Sewu waterfall is located in a picturesque valley, at an elevation of 500 m. If you come during the wet season, the trees will be lush green. If you come during the dry season, you can witness and smell the people of Sidomulyo harvesting and drying cloves.

Since the debit of water is the same both in dry and rainy seasons, it's better to avoid the wettest months between November and March. The thing is during heavy rains, it's the valley may be closed due to landslide hazards. Moreover, the river gets too strong, so you'll be able to safely cross it only accompanied by a local guide. If you can't make it outside the rainy season, at least make sure to come early in the morning, as it mostly rains later in the afternoon.

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When is the best time to visit Tumpak Sewu Waterfall?

Between April and October is deemed the best time to visit Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. The months of November to March should be avoided due to a landslip risk. The dry season grants opportunities to enjoy picturesque views of the Sidomulyo villagers harvesting and drying cloves surrounded by green trees, as the area is lush and green at this time. Show more

Where is Tumpak Sewu Waterfall located?

Tumpak Sewu, or Coban Sewu, is found in the Lumajang Regency of East Java, Indonesia. It is situated within the Pronojiwo District with easy access through Sidomulyo Village. Surabaya City is 122 km to the north while Lumajang City is 31 km away from this natural wonder. Tourists can take public transport or hire private cars to reach it. Show more

What is the local village near Tumpak Sewu Waterfall?

Sidomulyo Village is a small charming village that lies just a few km away from the magnificent Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. Visitors to this village can gain insight into the locals' daily lives in their traditional homes and observe their farming and clove harvesting lifestyles. Home industries in traditional snacks and crafts are also found here. In addition, the village's sunset scenery is truly captivating. Show more

What is unique about the water flow at Tumpak Sewu Waterfall?

The water curtain effect created by the stable flow and width of the water is the most unique feature of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. It becomes a magnificent natural sight, much like a curtain of water flowing down the cliff. This 120 meters tall waterfall is made up of several smaller waterfalls, hence the name 'Tumpak Sewu' - meaning 'a thousand waterfalls' in Javanese language. Show more

What activities can be enjoyed nearby Tumpak Sewu Waterfall?

In addition to capturing its beauty in photographs, visitors of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall can engage in several activities. Trekking through Goa Tetes Waterfall offers visitors magnificent views. River activities like tubing and rafting are also available. Sidomulyo Village showcases local cultures and experiences with traditional pastries, architecture, and clove harvesting workshops. Show more

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