Curug Malela (Malela Waterfall)Curug Malela (Malela Waterfall)

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    This is a very impressive waterfall and off the path tour, even if the waterfall is a bit renown. Good job Cumiqu!
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      Really nice description Cumiqu. And very good tips!
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      You give very useful information. For sure, a local plan would be also very useful!
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      5 very nice pics!
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      Yes, at least, you did localize the Cicadas very well!
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      Yes!
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The tough journey is really worth the view.

My experience, Explo description: 

They said this waterfall is the miniature of Niagara Fall. With 50 meters height and 70 meters length and framed with the green nature of forests and blue sky, this waterfall will absolutely spoil your eyes. It is located at West Bandung, West Java.

I've been to this place twice. 1st time when this waterfall was raining very hard and caused a huge brown water flow and made us couldn't go down and touch the water. 2nd time when Malela at her best. Very pretty and AMAZING, a mix of green, blue sky and sun shine color.

Cicadas Village is the nearest village to this waterfall, located on a hill facing the great beautiful Mount Gede Pangrango in the north.

Going down to the river and touch the water itself and feel the water splash from it. Also trekking through the lemon grass plants, pine trees and rice paddies is something that really interesting about this place. A very recommended place for landscape photographers.

My personal recommendations: 

Malela Waterfall at her best is when the dry season. Where the water flows normally. Usually this would be during the April to October.

If you want to go there, do it in a group and rent a car. The access is awful.
Bring map and GPS, if you feel not enough with those technologies ask the people around you about the direction.

Try to reach the village around sunrise time and see the falling sun shine on the Mount Gede, it's really beautiful. Having breakfast at the local and continue with Motorbike (rent) - off road heading to waterfall. Just enjoy the beautiful view around. The trekking path to waterfall is going down all the way through the lemon grass plants, rice paddies and pine trees. Watch out the slippery muddy path when it rains. Once you reach the waterfall you have to go down to the river and feel the water flash from it, take photos and swim if you want.

Finish with waterfall, the next trekking is going up all the way to the top and stop at the hut which is the best spot to take photo of the landscape. Having lunch at the hut and take some rest there while enjoying the breeze with pine smell. If you lucky that day is not raining, the sunset is waiting for you for photo sessions with Mount Gede background.

How getting there: 

I went there twice using private car and going in a group by renting a mini bus. There is no specific public transportation going to this place. This place is really in a remote area. Even if you can use the public transportation, it will take you longer to this destination

Location: Curug Malela, Desa Cicadas, Kecamatan Rongga, Kabupaten Bandung Barat

Route:
1. Jakarta – Padalarang – Cimareme – Batu Jajar – Cillin – Sindang Kerta – Gunung Halu – Rongga – Desa Cicadas (6 hours)
2. Bandung - Padalarang – Cimareme – Batu Jajar – Cillin – Sindang Kerta – Gunung Halu – Rongga – Desa Cicadas (3 hours)

The road around Desa Cicadas can only be accessed by a four-wheel-drive-car. You can use motor bike if only you know how to drive on a bumpy-rocky-muddy road. Walking is the best to go here and there around the village.

A tip to eat: 

There is no food stalls nearby the waterfall. All we can do is buy or order the food from the nearby village before going down to see the waterfall

A tip to sleep: 

There is no hostel and home stay to be rented there. If we want to sleep we can build tent nearby the waterfall or sleep at the local people house.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Anytime

Visit duration: 

2 nights

Entry fees: 

NONE