Tumpak Sewu Semeru - Un Ultimate Guide To Explore The Little Niagara

November 20, 2019

Indonesia is famous for its natural attractions, and one of them is Tumpak Sewu Semeru. Being known with its other name, Coban Sewu, this natural attraction is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Seeing the waterfall from all angles, you can be sure that it is impressive and mindblowing.

Where Is It?

Tumpak Sewu is located between Pronojiwo and Amplegading Districts in Lumajang Regency, East Java. The waterfall is situated on the slope of Mount Semeru and overshadowed by the mountain. Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and considered to be the highest in East Java. Coban Sewu is visited by many tourists, especially on the weekend. Tumpak Sewu itself means “one-thousand waterfalls” that specifically refers to the water flows into the basin that looks like beautiful flowing ribbons.

How to Get to the Waterfall

You will need about 5 hours to reach Tumpak Sewu from Surabaya, the capital city of East Java by car. But, it will take only a couple of hours to drive from Malang, one of the main cities in the province. Half the journey from the city is a winding road up. Not only that but you will also pass down mountain ridges and through small villages when driving from Malang. However, you need to be careful since the traffics can be a bit stressful for you to drive. You will find a lot of trucks carrying heavy loads passing through the route. So, make sure that you carefully drive and keep concentrating to avoid an accident.

When to Visit Tumpak Sewu

The best time to visit Tumpak Sewu Semeru is from April to October. This is the time when Indonesia enters the dry season. The weather will usually nice with a lot of sunshine and the view around the waterfall is jaw-dropping during the season. However, make sure to bring supplies such as foods and waters since the temperature can be a bit high during the dry season. Avoid visiting the waterfall from November to March since the country enters the rainy season. During the season, rains drop almost every day and the path can be very slippery. Tumpak Sewu is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. If you want to enjoy a quieter and more comfortable visit, you can come to the waterfall on weekdays since it is a bit crowded on the weekend. The entrance fee is quite cheap. You only need to pay about 10,000 IDR or less than $1 (75 cents USD) to enter the tourist spot. Keep in mind to bring small bills since you are expected to pay when you want to use the bathroom in the tourist area.

Getting Closer to the Waterfall

It is quite easy to reach Coban Sewu from the parking area. You will be able to hear the rumble of water even just after 10 minutes of walking. Once you reach the waterfall, you will see a magical place you can’t forget for the whole life. To get closer to the Tumpak Sewu Semeru, you can walk through bamboo stairs to bring you to the base of the waterfall.