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Singang Gila Waterfall, Tiu Kelep, and Batara Lenjang, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

7 October 2010 1,581 views No Comment

Hilly topography makes the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, has many waterfalls. Among many, there are three of the most famous waterfall in North Lombok regency. Namely, Singang Gila, Tiu Kelep, and Batara Lenjang, located in the Village Senaru, Bayan district.

Although derived from the same source, the Lake Segara Anak at the peak of Mount Rinjani, those three waterfalls in Senaru has different characteristics. The most frequently visited by tourists, both local and foreign, are Singang Gila and Tiu Kelep. Despite the beauty, the access to both is relatively easy for tourists who like adventure travel and challenge.

There are no footpath access to the two waterfall. There are only water flow path that ends at the point of falling waterfall. So, visitors should be ready to be a little wet and be extra careful for half an hour down the track before arriving at the waterfall.

In Sasak language which is the language of everyday people of Lombok, Tiu means the pool, while kelep means fly. The free translation is a pool where the water-foam is flying, under the waterfall which is about 30 meters high.

At certain moments, the flying water droplets formed a rainbow at the end of the waterfall. While enjoying the stunning natural phenomena , visitors can swim or simply soak in a natural pool of about 2 meters deep.

What unique from Singgang Gila and Tiu Kelep waterfall is the terraced form. Tiu Kelep is located higher with the water splashing harder. Because its position is upright as high as 30 meters.

Underneath, the water falling over the sloping mossy green cliff. And that is Singgang Gila waterfall.

Singgang Gila derived from Sasak language which means a hill or a mad place. The name Gila used by the Bayan melokak (elders) to give the sinister impression against the spring. The goal is so that the community does not damage the Singgang Gila waterfall.

With that persuasion, the purity of water in the two places are maintained. Moreover, both are in the area of Mount Rinjani National Park.

With such diverse positions, Tiu Kelep and Singgang Gila original function -before becoming a tourist attraction-, is also different. Water from the Gila Singang tends to be used for irrigating fields. Meanwhile, Tiu Kelep water is more often used for consumption of local people of Senaru Atas.

Want to linger to enjoy the natural atmosphere near the two waterfalls? You can always spend the night there. However, do not expect to find any lodging there. Instead, there is a camping ground to set up a tent.

Achieving the third waterfall, namely Batara Lenjang, is a more challenging journey. Although still a stream with two waterfalls before, Batara Lenjang is in even a higher position, above the valley region of Mount Rinjani National Park.

Batara Lenjang waterfall may not as beautiful and as high as Singang Gila and Tiu Kelep. However, the waterfall was greater with a very natural position since not many tourists visiting Batara Lenjang.

To reach it, visitors must follow the tracking route. The journey from the first checkpoint until the jungle door can be taken in about 30 minutes. From the jungle door, there is a path to Batara Lenjang. aND there are even tour guides who are ready to escort.

What interesting from Batara Lenjang, is the clear and hot water on it. Unfortunately, the tourism potential has not been done optimally.

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