Tangkup waterfall, Water source flows from five springs

Tangkup waterfall, Water source flows from five springs

The Tangkup waterfall attraction located at Undisan Kelod hamlet, Undisan, Tembuku, Bangli, has yet to be known to many people as it has only been operating as a tourist attraction for about a year and a half. Since it opened to the public, both local and foreign tourists have been coming to enjoy the crystal

The Tangkup waterfall attraction located at Undisan Kelod hamlet, Undisan, Tembuku, Bangli, has yet to be known to many people as it has only been operating as a tourist attraction for about a year and a half. Since it opened to the public, both local and foreign tourists have been coming to enjoy the crystal clear waterfall and to do purification rites.

To find the waterfall that is located behind the steep rock cliff, visitors must use a motorcycle to travel two kilometers along a narrow road to reach the falls from the main road. It is not accessible by car. On motorcycle or mountain bike it takes about 15 minutes, and on foot it takesa botu 40 minutes from the main road.

Attendant of Tangkup waterfall, I Made Sunarta, accompanied by colleague, I Wayan Gentos, said on Saturday (May 13) that the waterfall that has only been open to the public for a year and a half, continues to be promoted and have improvements made to it so that people will keep coming in the future. “This tourist attraction officially opened to the public on August 17, 2015”, said Sunarta.

Sunarta added that there has been a gradual increase in the number of both local and foregin visitors who have come to enjoy the waterfalls and steep cliff, since it opened. “On average there are about 6-8 visitors per day and at least on visitor per day but on religious holidays like Galungan and Kuningan there can be hundreds of visitors a day” said Sunarta adding that the entrance fee is IDR 5,000 for locals and IDR 10,000 for foreigners.

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The water fall is fed by five separate springs: the Kibul, Besi, Belatuk, purificatory site of Bathara Pucak Sari and the Getar spring. Originally the waterfall was Belegiding Tangkup waterfall but they decided to shorten it to Tangkup waterfall to make it easier to remember. “So, word belegiding in Balinese means ‘high and slippery cliff’ ”, he said.

Sunarta also explained that this tourist attraction is managed by the local ‘tourism awareness group” (Porkdawis). Before that the waterfall attraction had been managed by the Undisan Kelod customary youth club. Because so many local youths have left the village for either work or further education, the management of the waterfall was taken over by the Pordawis.

The funds generated from the entrance tickets, are used to construct supporting structures such as a guard post, toilets and changing rooms fro visitors who come to melukat (purification rite). As of yet, the changing room is still quite rudimentary, but Sunarta explained that once they have enough funds, they will make further improvements, including creating a concrete guard post, instead of the bamboo one that stands there now. He added that he hopes to have government assistance for enlarging the road to the waterfall so that cars will be able to pass through it. “Hopefully, the government will be able to provide assistance so that the road can be  widened. With access to cars, there will be more visitors. Many people complain that the road is too narrow” concluded Sunarta. (kmb)



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