Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Kanto Lampo Waterfall Bali came into popularity. Before 2015, it was unheard. When a picture of waterfall went viral on social media, the viral post caught attention in no time. Curious locals came to visit and foreign tourists began to follow. Word of mouths and several internet reviews later, it became a popular destination in just a year.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall located in Village Beng, a quiet village relatively untouched by tourism in Gianyar Regency, Bali. Kanto Lampo Waterfall gets its name from a rare type of fruit. It grows abundantly around the area. The unique fruit has a green color when it’s raw, and then rip into yellow and red colour.
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When asked, villagers will reminisce fondly about how they used to pick the fruit back in their childhood days. The highlight of this waterfall is its cascading formation. Water drops into rocky cliffs, forming several terraces of water. The water doesn’t come from a river.
But rather from the village’s Subak irrigation system combined with several small natural springs. How the waterfall formed was considered a miracle by Beng locals. They also use the water here as holy water for ceremonial purposes.
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The Perfect Surrounding
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Going down to the waterfall, there are hundreds of stairs to climb. The first part is easy because it’s just a cement step. Villagers craved the stone with characters from Hindu mythology, a sight to enjoy while climbing down. Like many places in Bali, locals put small shrines in several spots.
The second part is a bit tricky. The steps are made from natural rock with different size. Tighten the grip on the bamboo handrail because the stone can be very slippery. After finally reaching the base, visitors still need to walk along a narrow riverbank to get to the waterfall.
When the water volume is high, the riverbank disappears and visitors will be left with no choice other than to swim. Then the narrow river leads into an opening where the waterfall is. Water streams down from a 15-meter height hitting the rocky cliffs.
The rocks structure will remind visitors of terraces style Balinese use on their rice paddies. This formation breaks down the water from above, forming many beautiful little water curtains. The round pool below is fun for swimming.
Apart from swimming, try to climb the lowest three rocks. Sit on top of a rock and under one of the waterfall streams. Enjoy a massage sensation as water hitting the body.
Hidden Valley & Cave
Across the waterfall, the small river leads into a mysterious valley. For anyone curious, they can swim along the riverbank far into the narrow valley with high cliffs left and right. The river is only 2 meters wide, with depth around 60-80 cm. Locals like to catch fish eels and small fishes in this part of the river.
As soon as visitors pass the narrow riverbank, a charming view will be unraveled before the eyes. Large chunks of natural rocks dominate a round pool that marks the end of the river. The atmosphere is serene as the air blowing softly, in contrast with the waterfall at the opposite end.
Green vegetation at the valley above, their roots crawl far down into the river. In between the roots, water drips from springs above. A small cave is situated near the valley. It is so small that only enough for one person to go in. Two shrines are placed left and right in front of the opening.
According to locals, the cave was formed out of nowhere after villagers had a religious ritual a while ago—it’s probably a myth. Take a quick glance inside but do not venture too far without proper equipment.
Best Time To Visit Kanto Lampo Waterfall
The Kanto Lampo waterfall is best visited in the dry season between the months of April and September. The water levels remain high in the monsoon season but the higher water levels may make it difficult to reach the waterfall. And for timings it will be wise to go there in daylight hours
Kanto Lampo Waterfall Entry Fee
Being considered a tourist attraction spot, the Kanto Lampo Waterfall is subject to entrance fee.The entrance fee is 10,000 Rupiah (IDR) per person.
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How To Reach Kanto Lampo Waterfall
The Kanto Lampo waterfall in Gianyar is a half an hour drive from Ubud. The cost to visit Kanto Lampo waterfall from Ubud is about 500,000 IDR for a day trip. You can rent a scooter or bike and ride yourself, this will cost you around 60,000 IDR.
The waterfall from Kuta or Seminyak is about an hour long drive, taxis are available as well but will cost you a bit more. It is only recommended to hire a cab if you are visiting for a full day. Because the area around the waterfall is activity rich. We will cover that too. A local taxi shall cost you around 600,000 (IDR) for a day, the price might be a bit lower an that depends on how well you negotiate.
Once you have parked, the waterfall is an easy route, follow the stairs and in about 5 to 10 minutes you will face a change in the path, as the trails to the Banyumala twin waterfall and Sekumpul are tough ones.
When you have reached the waterfall the best idea is to immediately leave your belongings on the nearby rocks and get into the water because the best views of the Kanto Lampo waterfall can be seen from the water itself.
Tips For Visiting
- Carry a Swimsuit: The best views of the waterfall are seen only when you get in the river, so make sure you wear a swimsuit, this will double up as a good photo opportunity on the beautiful rocks at the base of the waterfall.
- Be careful: Be conscious of the grip you attain on the climb as most of the path is quite slippery. Getting injured on such a wonderful trip would certainly be a great disappointment.
- Shoes: It is advisable to wear shoes as there are sharp rocks in some parts of the path to the waterfall.
- Tipping: The locals here are very helpful, and will readily give you a hand in taking photographs or in helping you climb. As a common courtesy you can give them a tip for their help.
- Maps: Maps are required because this isn’t one of the most famous waterfalls around. So, not all taxi drivers will be knowing the route here. The location to type in Google maps is “Waterfall Kanto Lampo TRUE”. It is safer to carry a map if you don’t get cellular signal over there.
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