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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

TAPAH : Lata Kinjang Waterfall

 
 

THE MAJESTIC

LATA KINJANG

WATERFALL

 

A familiar sight for northbound travellers along the North South Expressway after the Tapah exit is an extremely tall cascade, which can be seen from several km down the road, flowing down from the rugged mountains on the east. Called the Lata Kinjang, this waterfall which has height claims ranging from 300m to 450m, vies with another one in Kelantan for the title of the tallest waterfall in the country. Similar to most other waterfalls in the peninsula, this is a multi tiered cascade with the main plunge being the area where a nice recreational park has been created.

 

A small Malay village close to the base of the fall gets busy during weekends when visitors, especially weary travellers driving along the North South Expressway, arrive here by the droves to enjoy the cool waters and the serenity of the surroundings. Like you would see in most if not all other recreational parks in Malaysia, the place has numerous nice shades where people can seek respite from afternoon heat, rain, or even spread a mat and have a picnic. There are toilets and changing rooms, brick-tiled walking paths, and car parks here. There are also several shops selling souvenirs, food such as Satay, Goreng Pisang, and other Malay fare, as well as drink stalls and burger outlets. It is a pleasant place to sit and have your lunch when it is not crowded as you will get to savour a tempting array of traditional food, found only here in Perak.

 
 

 

The surroundings of Lata Kinjang is serene with old rubber trees merging into real forests higher up. There are cement stairs with railings on both sides of the cascade, taking you higher and allowing you to enjoy the freshness of the falls up to its third tier. You are close to the jungle here and while you ascend, sounds of plunging water vie with droning insect calls and chirping songbirds to steal your attention. When you have climbed the stairs to some 60m of the waterfall?s height, there is a hanging bridge connecting both sides of the falls and the view from here down is spectacular while looking up, you will get a close-up of the water plunging fiercely down to a pool below the bridge, which is popular among younger visitors.

 

There are jungle paths that lead on to higher tiers but the climb can be dangerous on rainy days and if you are not prepared for it. According to avid climbers and locals, some pools at the base of the cascades tiers further above, are bigger and more exciting as one can even swim in them. Other paths that lead from the stairs into the jungle will allow you to get close views of the huge trees and wild flora that flourish here.

 

Like many other natural formations in Malaysia, Lata Kinjang also seems to have a folk tale attached to it. This one tells of a red-haired giantess called Sang Kelembai who used to live here with her child many years ago. Villagers feared her a lot as she could turn anything into a rock when she was angry. And so the story goes that a tree crushed her child one day and she cursed the spot to turn into a rock. Thus, the rocky terrain of Lata Kinjang was supposedly formed through her curse.   Whatever the truth, the outcome is great because Lata Kinjang is a spectacular waterfall. Close to the main pool area of the bottom tier, another small stream joins the water from the falls to flow further down pass the area where the stalls and car park are located. By the banks of this stream, there are wide grassy areas with many shaded rest places, making it a favourite spot for family picnics.

 

It is common to see families, some comprising three generations, coming here on weekends, to spread mats on the grass, and enjoy a fine picnic in the open. Lata Kinjang is devoid of visitors on working day but gets really crowded on weekends and public holidays when finding a place to park your car can be a problem. However, this is the time when a carnival like atmosphere engulfs the area with all the stalls opening for business and people of all walks of life to be seen. You can get to Lata Kinjang from the Tapah exit of the North South Expressway, where you can head towards Tapah town and from there, follow the Chenderiang sign board to get to the waterfall. From Chenderiang town, turn left and then look out for the signboard - lata Kinjang. You will arrive at an Orang Ash settlement called Kampung Kinjang before reaching the waterfall. You can also use the Federal Route 1 or the main trunk road and head north towards lpoh. Signs on the trunk road will take you to Lata Kinjang, which is about 15km from Tapah town.

 
 
 
TAPAH : Lata Kinjang Waterfall
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA