It is interesting how Kanto Lampo Waterfall came into popularity. Before 2015, it was unheard of. When a picture of the 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 color.
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.
A Short Walk To 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 the natural rock of different sizes. 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 rock structure will remind visitors of the style of the terrace 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.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall, 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 a depth of 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.
Try The Local Dish And Socialize
The rising popularity of Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a blessing for the village. As of now, it provides a new source of income. Food vendors thrive, from small warungs to snack stalls. They are not fine restaurants, but they sure have their own charm. Conclude the waterfall visit by eating at one of the warungs.
Satay, noodles, and various rice dishes are all ready to choose from the menu. ‘Bakso’, Indonesian meatball soup, is worth to try. The meatballs are made from chicken here. Since the Balinese don’t eat beef. Or try the tasty Indomie – the popular instant noodle Indonesians like so much.
The hungry stomach will be grateful, especially after exploring and swimming in the cold water. While eating, do not hesitate to have a friendly chat with the locals. Listen to their story about the waterfall. Visitors might listen to some interesting tales. It is also a great way to make friends!
Kanto Lampo Waterfall Opening Hours
The waterfall open for tourists from 8 AM to 5 PM. But visitors are allowed to enter earlier before 8 AM.
|Kanto Lampo Waterfall Opening Hours|
|Every day||08:00 – 17:00|
Kanto Lampo Waterfall Entrance Fee
The ticket is affordable at Rp20.000. The best time to visit is early in the morning during the dry season. The dry season is the best because during this time the water is clear and not muddy.
|Kanto Lampo Waterfall Entrance Fee|
There’s a parking lot for motorbikes. But if visitors come with cars, the parking lot is located a bit further in the village and visitors will need to walk a bit. No parking fees both for motorbikes and cars.
Changing rooms with standard toilet facilities are available in the waterfall area. Storage lockers are available at no additional cost but they come without locks, so do not leave any valuables here.
How To Get To Kanto Lampo Waterfall
From Kuta, visitors only need to follow the Ngurah Rai Bypass to Gianyar Regency. The journey usually takes 1 hour. Kanto Lampo Waterfall to Ubud is even closer, only 25 minutes. The transport recommended is by rental scooter, because it provides more flexibility while traveling on the small village road. After reaching Gianyar, head for Village Beng and there will be a road sign pointing to the waterfall entrance.