Believed to be the final meditation place of military Commander-in-Chief, Gajah Mada, of the great Javanese kingdom of Majapahit in East Java, the towering waterfall is fondly dubbed the eternal waterfall, since its waters never cease to pour down an endless rain of blessings on those fortunate enough to walk underneath it. Flowing from the staggering heights of 200 meters, this magnificent waterfall is also dubbed as the tallest waterfall in Java and the second tallest waterfall in Indonesia after Sigura-gura Waterfall near Lake Toba, North Sumatra.
Surrounded by outstandingly high walls, the Fall flows down into an almost mystical natural chamber. Inside the 200 meters “chamber”, the reflected sunlight shining through onto the wet green moss on the rocky wall accompanied by the ever rumbling sounds of water creates a spectacle unlikely found elsewhere. Decorated with huge boulders, endlessly falling water, and sparkling moss, one only needs to gaze up to the distant sky and immerse oneself in the spellbinding beauty of nature. While the fascinating scene can be captured on camera, the true sensation of being in one of the most outstanding places on earth can only be felt by being there.
Lies hidden not too far from Mount Bromo at the end of a deep valley in the foothills of the Tengger mountain range, this spectacular waterfall is about three hours’ drive from the capital of East Java, Surabaya.
Set amongst beautiful sceneries along the way, visitors must trek about 20 minutes crossing rivers and a rocky path before reaching the site of Madakaripura Waterfall.
Here, nature gracefully pours her endless refreshing gifts, making getting wet quite inevitable.
As the rumbling sounds of water grows louder, a spellbinding feature of water curtains cover the path will not only please the eyes but also freshen body and soul.
Amongst the lush green moss covering the rocks and the ever sprinkling water, one can truly find intimacy with nature here.
Passing the water curtain, this narrow crevice is the natural entrance into Madakaripura Waterfall.
The path ends in a surreal tube-like valley where the staggering 200 meters gallant waterfall highlights the scene.
Decorated with a cave on the wall which was believed to be the exact location where Commander in Chief Gajah Mada performed his last meditation, this staggering waterfall radiates certain mystifying aura.
While the waterfall’s sheer height is by itself already a wonder, the ambience around the area is truly something that needs to be experienced first-hand to be believed.
As a place that is historically significant, culturally sacred, and naturally spellbinding, Madakaripura is simply a must, when you visit East Java.