The country’s tropical climate, coupled with a high precipitation rate, makes water an integral part of our eco-system. The presence of a natural barrier, in the form of a mountain chain that runs the length of the country, helps create waterfalls. The cascading water that gushes down rocky walls is a sight to behold. Perak has a number of waterfalls known locally as “lata.” The tallest waterfall in the country is located here in Perak. Accessing these natural wonders is half the fun; the other is feasting your eyes on them.
We shall visit five waterfalls which are within striking distance of one another. Four of the falls have their sources from the Main Range while one from the Bintang Range.
Hutan Lipur Lata Iskandar
Lata Iskandar is located along the Tapah- Cameron Highlands road at the 14th milestone or Batu Empat Belas. Its elevation, at over a thousand feet above sea level, makes it a perfect place to relax.
The fall is visible from the roadside. A hike up the jungle trail that runs parallel to the fast flowing stream brings you to a second waterfall. However, the feat requires a pair of steady feet and hands. Again do not attempt to climb if you are not in shape, physically.
A number of food and handicraft stalls are located by the roadside. Mobile phone reception is non-existent at the fall area. It will be prudent to be extra cautious when visiting the site.
Lata Kekabu near Lenggong is wonderful place to be. The base is located within a recreational park. Therefore, sporting activities such as hiking and jungle trekking are available for the adventurous.
The fall is about a kilometre off the Kuala Kangsar-Lenggong trunk road. The paved tarmac road is accessible by cars and vans.
Exercise extra caution when crossing the suspension bridge, as there are wide gaps in between the planks. Do not attempt to cross the last bridge, especially those with children in tow. Keep to rocky pools around the base, it is a lot safer.
Located about 2.5km from Kampar, Batu Berangkai is a popular picnic spot for students who frequent the place to enjoy the refreshingly cool waters. It is accessible from the old Kampar-Tapah trunk road.
The fast-flowing water is crystal clear. A short climb away, picnickers will chance upon puddles and pools formed in between rocks. A quick dip is simply too inviting. Unfortunately, accessibility is limited to the lower reaches, as the waterfall is in a remote area of the Kampar hills.
The road to the fall takes visitors past an Orang Asli settlement. The narrow road is steep but is passable to cars. Beware of on-coming cars as the road can only accommodate a single vehicle at any one time. Facilities are, however, negligible.
Air Terjun Salu
The beauty of the Salu Fall is awesome. Located in Kuala Dipang, Kampar the waterfall is accessible from the old Ipoh-Kampar trunk road. It is on the way to Sahom, near Sungai Siput Selatan. The fall is in seven segments, as one navigates up the steep rock formation. The climb is strenuous. Do not attempt if you are not in the right physical condition.
Amenities are ample. They are, however, very basic to serve the occasional visitors.
Lata KinjangLata Kinjang
An iconic landmark in its own right, Lata Kinjang can be seen clearly from the North-South Expressway. Go past the Tapah Plus tollgate and head for Tapah town. At the old trunk road turn right towards Kampar and follow the signage. Turn right into Chenderiang and keep your sight on the majestic fall. It will lead you to the tallest waterfall in the country.
Legend has it that Sang Kelembai; a female giant with red hair was feared by villagers, as her curse would turn anything into rock. The rocky terrain of Lata Kinjang was supposedly formed when she cursed the spot where her child was crushed by a tree.
Camping and picnic areas are available at ground level where a pool is found. Water cascading about 850 metres down the rocky mountain side makes Lata Kinjang a real sight to behold. Facilities are ample. The state government has initiated efforts to improve facilities. RM3 million is currently being invested to make this a true tourist haven.