A tall 20 metre vertical drop of cool mountain water that plunges dramatically into a large but shallow pool, Tanglir Fall is named after the river that runs through the area, even though it is actually a tributary that feeds into Sungai Tanglir.
Though devoid of crowds, getting there is not difficult, particularly if you’re here with a small group of friends on motorbikes or in a single 4×4 as you can park closer to your destination.
The route is straightforward with few junctions and begins as a tarmac road that disintegrates into a mix of cemented sections, dirt roads and stony ground. Mostly uphill, the worst of it at 45 degree angles, it climbs up into the hills taking us past holiday homes like Villa Indah and vacation rentals like Brickhouse and The Acres, alongside farms, then through what appears to be secondary forest. To the left rows of crops continued to follow us the length of our journey but were hidden from view by a thick band of undergrowth.
An hour after we began, we came to a junction punctuated by two competing signs, one reading “Hutan Simpanan Kekal – Di Larang Mendirikan Bangunan” (Permanent Forest Reserve – The construction of buildings is prohibited), the other for the Xian Ling Gong Guan Yin and Brahmarishi Hill Temples. No vehicles are allowed past this point, but there’s enough space to park one or two cars or a few motorbikes if you want to save yourself the walk; anything more would be an obstruction.
Proceeding in the direction of the temples towards a sheer rock wall, we skirted around a curtain waterfall. Around the corner was our first glimpse of the river. Consisting of several tiers that gently cascade down into one another, one particular small but deep hole just behind the “Danger Deep Water” sign became the focus of our group, as note sweaty hikers keen to cool down, queued up to dive bomb and cannon ball into the chilly froth.
A 5 minutes walk further along, on the other side of two water crossings are the temples. Separated by a small pond filled with pink water lilies, both harmoniously stand side-by-side sharing space beside the river.
The most breathtaking falls of all was yet to come. To get there we had to backtrack to the junction and scramble down a steep embankment. It’s not signposted but look for a small clearing on your left if you are facing the signs. The trail is on the other side of a black rubber pipe.
Once you spot the magnificent drop from between the trees, I can guarantee you’ll be entrap.
Since it’s pretty easy trails, you may not require to carry a lot stuff with you. But in your backpack, you should have at least 1.5 L water, First aid, dry food, 100 plus, packed lunch.