Tumpaksewu : East Java Most Epic Waterfall

Mar 30, 2019
Quoted from www.saltinourhair.com

Tumpak Sewu, which means a thousand waterfalls is without a doubt, the most spectacular and best waterfall in Indonesia. This fairly unknown sight, also named Coban Sewu is not on the usual Java Route so you will probably be one of the few people here. With its 120 meters, it is in the list of one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia. You have the option to admire the waterfall from the top and the foot. Plan to visit the waterfall from 7 AM for the best light.

Tumpak Sewu waterfall is yet a new famous destination during traveler’s stop in East Java region. While bromo and ijen still ranked a high-visited places in East Java; nor tumpaksewu gain its popularity among backpackers.

From Malang, it’s only 2-3 hours away. Depart early from your accommodation about 6AM with motorbike tour (suits for solo traveler) or rented transportation if you travel with your group.

Explore Tumpak Sewu in Complete

The top of the waterfall can be seen from a panoramic viewpoint and is just a 10-minute walk from the parking area. From the viewpoint, you will see a curtain of silky smooth waterfalls. It is unlike any waterfall you have ever seen. During clear weather and if you depart earlier, you may see this spectacular view of Mount Semeru-the highest mountain in Java- as background. Suggested with drone-uses.

Visiting the foot of the Tumpak Sewu waterfall is a must-do experience. Although you can’t swim at the foot, it is incredible to feel all that water force on the ground. Hiking to tumpak sewu base area takes about 30-40minutes walk down via bambo stairs passing some small streams; and recommended using sandals (not flip-flop). It is not dangerous, but you have to take care of your steps. Once reached ground base area, walk another 5minutes pass small bridge on top of the river to reach tumpak sewu.

Once you reached the base of tumpak sewu, embrace the nature power and welcome to the best waterfall in Indonesia!

On less-rush day, we highly recommend you to walk further following the river path to reach Goa Tetes Waterfall. This is the dessert of great main course of tumpak sewu. You will walk along caves with dripping waters. You might be able to dip in your body in some caves with big pond.


Expect to spend 3-4 hours to explore both waterfalls : Tumpak Sewu and Goa Tetes.


  • Bring waterproof bag to carry your electronic equipment
  • Beware when you fly drone in tumpak sewu area, many cases drone lost signal
  • Take extra water with you
  • Hire local guide if you’re not confident on going down, also you can do local-support 🙂

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