Magnificent Madakaripura Waterfall: The Most Unique Waterfall in Indonesia

Surrounded by terrifically high rock walls, the Madakaripura waterfall flows down into a mystical natural chamber. Inside the chamber, sunlight shines through onto the lush green damp moss on the rocky walls creating an incredible natural ecosystem. This accompanied by the rumblings of water creates a scene that I’ve never experienced anywhere else.

Madakaripura Waterfall

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Madakaripura Waterfall or Air Terjun Madakaripura (in Javanese) is possibly the place where I truly fell in love with the island of Java. It is one of the most enchanting experiences of a waterfall one could possibly hope for.

4 REASONS TO VISIT MADAKARIPURA WATERFALL

Its a true hidden gem

It’s sheer untouched natural beauty

It’s incredibly unique

It’s an absolute stunner

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✅An immersive 4-day tour of the East Java

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Want to learn a bit more about this monumental and absolutely exquisite natural wonder in East Java? This Madakaripura guide provides you with all the resources you need to plan and prep for this incredible adventure in Indonesia.

📸PHOTOGRAPHY: Just a heads up here, MY PHOTOS DO NOT DO THIS PLACE JUSTICE! I was completely unprepared in terms of taking photo’s or having the right gear ready. As this is also an underrated destination, sourcing better photography to showcase was equally hard to find. If you think these photos are good, then just imagine that in-person its x20 better!

Madakaripura Waterfall is a Hidden Gem

Madakaripura Waterfall

So why are people not as familiar with this natural beauty? Well, it is slightly off the beaten track and not as well known to the conventional tour companies.

📖RELATED READ: Discovering the Magic of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall: A Journey to Java’s Heart

We stumbled upon this incredible watery gem while in search of a Mount Bromo tour. When I saw the pictures, I was absolutely stunned. However, if I must be COMPLETELY HONEST – The pictures don’t do it justice

Where is Madakaripura Waterfall?

Madakaripura waterfall is located in Sapih, Branggah, Lumbang, Probolinggo, East Java. It is in the Tengger Semeru National Park. The closest major city to this location would be Surabaya or Malang.

The Madakaripura Malang journey is approximately 120 km and the Madakaripura Surabaya trip is approximately 116 km. This makes it a great stop on your way to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park from Surabaya. Check out the Madakaripura Map on Google Maps

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TRAVELIST TIP: The easiest and most convenient way to get there is to do a Madakaripura waterfall Probolinggo East Java tour. A Bromo Ijen Madakaripura tour would be my suggestion – It’s the one we actually chose. Seeing Madakaripura waterfall, Mount Bromo and Ijen crater were truly the highlights of our East Java adventure.

Our journey began after a 4-hour train journey to Surabaya from Yogyakarta. The train journey was great and it was a lovely way to see a bit more of Indonesia. We have just spent a wonderful 5 days exploring the cultural haven of Yogyakarta which noticeably involved visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites of Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

How to Get to Madakaripura Waterfall

Madakaripura Waterfall in East Java

Here are a few other ways to get to Surabaya:

Jakarta to Surabaya

✈️OPTION 1: The fastest way is to take a flight from Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK) to Surabaya Juanda Airport (SUB). 🚉OPTION 2: Taking the train, the train trip travel time will take 9 hours so if you have the time to spare, this could be an option for you. It was comfortable, air-conditioned, and pretty cheap.

TRAVELIST TIP: In Indonesia, there are a number of domestic airlines (Batik and Lion Air, Scoot, Citilink, Garuda etc). Some more reliable than others, but due to the fact that there are so many there’s always plenty of flights on special. It’s very likely that you can find a flight at the same price you’d pay for a train ticket.

Bali to Surabaya

✈️OPTION 1: The fastest way would be to take a flight from Bali Ngurah Rai (DPS) to Surabaya Juanda Airport (SUB). 🚌🚢🚊OPTION 2: The long way is to do a bus, ferry, and train route. Take the bus from Terminal Mengwi to Gilimanuk port. Take the ferry to Gili Ketapang. From Ketapang, the train station is a few minutes walk away, take the train from Ketapang to Surabaya Gubeng train station.   

Yogyakarta to Surabaya

✈️OPTION 1: Fly from Yogyakarta Airport (YIA) or Adisutjipto Airport (JOG) to Surabaya Juanda Airport (SUB). 🚊OPTION 2: Train from Yogyakarta to Surabaya Gubeng Train station (approximately 4-5 hours) 🚌OPTION 3: The bus option (approximately 8 hours) from Yogyakarta Giwandan to Terminal Purabaya Bus station and transfer to Waru train station and take the train to Surabaya Gubeng station.

As it was a last-minute addition to our itinerary (we were actually booked for a Tumpak Sewu Waterfall Bromo Ijen tour), we weren’t too sure what to expect and were not sure if we were even in the right attire, chances are WE WERE NOT, so a quick in-car change into shorts and flip flops was required!

What to Wear to Madakaripura Waterfall

Madakaripura waterfall
Us getting soaked but wearing raincoats anyway

So since we weren’t prepared, I’d suggest wearing something waterproof or that you don’t mind getting a bit wet, shorts and a tee with swimwear under would be best.

What to Pack for Madakaripura Waterfall

So in order to be better prepared for the trip, I wish I had the following readily available in a backpack on arrival:

👟Flip flops or aqua boots (preference to aqua boots)

👚Change of clothes

💦Towel

📸Go Pro or waterproof camera

👙Swimwear

Raincoat or Anorak

🎒Dry bag

TRAVELIST TIP: We did find that they did sell umbrellas, flip flops, dry bags, and plastic raincoats at the entrance to Madakaripura waterfalls, as well as at a little stall closer to the waterfalls itself – just in case you don’t have the opportunity to change.

Madakaripura Waterfall Entry Fees

When you arrive at the parking lot, there are a few fees to pay. Firstly, a parking fee, then a fee for a short motorbike ride to the entrance of the waterfall walk (there is the option to walk it, but the back of a bike seemed far more appealing than braving the humidity and lastly an entrance fee for Madakaripura).

🚗Parking fee: IDR 5000

🛵Motorcycle fee: IDR 10000

💵Madakaripura Entrance fee: IDR 20 000

Raincoat fee: IDR 10 000 to 20 000

In total paying IDR 50 000 to 60 000 for this experience is BEYOND WORTH IT 🤩!

💡PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: These prices may differ as we had our fees paid as part of our tour so I’m estimating based on research and word of mouth. Ideally, it shouldn’t cost foreigners more than IDR 50 000 to 60 000 per person.

Madakaripura Waterfall Tours

Madakaripura Waterfall is something that NEEDS to be on your Indonesia trip itinerary! As a result of the growing popularity of this unique destination, there are now a number of tours that can easily help you visit this natural wonder. These are some of my recommendations:

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Do I need a guide at Madakaripura Waterfall?

Madakaripura Waterfall tour with a guide
Our amazing guide and brilliantly skilled photographer at Madakaripura Waterfall

There’s also the option of having a guide vs going it alone. There honestly isn’t anything technical about getting to Madakaripura waterfall, but we opted for having a guide walk with us to the falls

💡PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I tend to opt for using guides for places that aren’t as well known or that I don’t have much research into. It makes travel feel a bit more authentic. The other reason is that it’s always a great thing to support local guides and know you are contributing to the economy.

His English was super minimal and I had only been living in Indonesia for a month so my Bahasa Indonesia was equally minimal but we got on perfectly fine!

Motorcycle Ride to the Waterfall Starting Point

We first took a motorbike ride to the Madakaripura waterfall trek entrance. This involved us hopping onto the back of the driver’s bike and taking a wonderful ride through the Madakaripura forest park clearings.

Along the way, we saw beautiful lush and green tropical plants as well as many bee-keeping structures. The ride is short and fun, there are no helmets, but no element of discomfort or feelings of being unsafe either. It’s not a snail crawl but it’s not a Ferrari sprint either.

Madakaripura Waterfall Hike – Not so much

Once you arrive at the Madakaripura waterfall entrance, the walk begins. The walk to the falls is anything but technical. In saying that it is a bit of a walk, mostly flat and paved until you get within 50 metres of the falls.

Madakaripura Waterfall hike to the waterfall
Madakaripura Waterfall hiking path
There’s also a lovely colourful Madakaripura signboard that you’ll pass on the way too.

The walk will take you through the most beautiful walled jungle coverings. The most stunning plants and fauna cover high mountain edges. It was an absolute pleasure. Although I don’t do well in the humidity, I manage to take it all in my stride, a shower and hotel is a short drive away and the trek is well worth the treasure in the end.   

Along the way, we also saw some incredible creepy crawlies, not my thing, but these spiders were pretty huge, minding themselves and weaving these giant webs, it is incredible and terrifying to watch (hence why I move on quite swiftly from there).

Madakaripura Waterfall walking path to the waterfall surrounded by jungle

You then reach the point where it’s time to don your raincoat. I definitely would’ve preferred to be in swimwear and dabble a bit in the puddles and streams but nonetheless, we donned our raincoats.

Basking in the glory of Madakaripura Waterfall

The walk into the Madakaripura waterfall area is truly enchanting.

I felt like I was in another world.

Like a secluded jungle (this hidden gem that few knew of) it’s absolutely breathtaking.

I’ve never seen a waterfall structure anything like it.

Madakaripura Waterfall
Panoramic shot of a part of the Madakaripura Waterfall

There is a mesmerizing feature of water curtains covering the path which you have to pass, It truly feels like an invigoration of body and soul.

Madakaripura graciously showered us with a steady mist, making getting wet quite pretty inevitable. The path then ends in a dream-like cavernous valley where the astounding 200 m waterfall climaxes the experience.

Madakaripura Waterfall is dubbed as the highest waterfall in Java and the second tallest waterfall in Indonesia after Sigura-gura Waterfall near Lake Toba, North Sumatra.

While the waterfall’s height is by itself already a marvel, the ambience around the area is truly something that needs to be experienced first-hand to capture its essence.

Surrounded by terrifically high rock walls, the Madakaripura waterfall flows down into a mystical natural chamber. Inside the chamber, sunlight shines through onto the lush green damp moss on the rocky walls creating an incredible natural ecosystem for plant life.

Decorated with huge rocks, endlessly tumbling water streams, and glistening moss, one only needs to gaze up to the distant sky and immerse oneself in the spellbinding beauty of nature.

I’m literally still in awe thinking back to this incredible beauty.

Madakaripura Waterfall Photography

Trying to Capture this Beauty

While the unfolding scene above 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. Our guide for Madakaripura waterfall was above and beyond any guide I’ve ever had before, in taking photographs.

He showed us tricks I never knew a phone was capable of. He took portrait panoramas and somehow managed to teach us how to get a shot of two people in a panorama in two different locations (but at the same place?)

I’m not sure how he did but see these pics above! It’s truly something I had no clue how to do! He earned a great tip and more!

Madakaripura Waterfall Tour Guide is Recommended

Madakaripura Waterfall
Our guide was thee absolute best!

He made the experience a truly enjoyable one for us. There were quite a few spots where he led by the hand, because of the slipperiness of the rocks and surfaces and he knew all the best nooks and crannies to get the best shot.

He made such a great impression on our experience of the waterfall and his image will be remembered in all the amazing pictures and videos we captured together at Madakaripura.

How Long to Spend at Madakaripura Waterfall

You can easily spend a few hours at this spot. Whether you are snapping up as many photos as you can or simply just sitting and admiring.

I would undoubtedly consider this to be the best waterfall in East Java. We, unfortunately, were pressed for time to get to our next destination so we only spent about an hour at the falls. It still was more than enough time to deem it the most enchanting waterfall I’d ever seen.

Madakaripura Waterfall vs Tumpak Sewu Waterfall?

I would hope that this entire article serves as a Madakaripura waterfall review, but this is a difficult one, I would definitely say you would be doing yourself a disservice by only visiting one.

The waterfalls are so different in their entirety and feel. I definitely felt like I was in an enchanted magical place at Madakaripura waterfall in East Java Indonesia, the lush greenery and moss-covered rocks were something from a storybook. Whereas Tumpak Sewu waterfalls leave a feeling of awe at the sheer grandeur of the rock’s face height and tumbling streams of countless mini waterfalls.

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I sincerely hope this Madakaripura waterfall blog post helps you realise that you have to visit this hidden gem in East Java.

Have you visited Madakaripura Waterfall before? Is it now on your list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Magnificent Madakaripura Waterfall: The Most Unique Waterfall in Indonesia”

  1. Hello, which month would you say is best for visiting the falls? June or September? We prefer september but are a little afraid that there is going to be not much water left. Thank you,
    Chari, from Belgium

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    • Hi Chari! I would suggest visiting in the dry season which is between March to October. This is a vast waterfall so you definitely will still have a significant amount of water! HAve a fabulous trip 🙂

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