Madakaripura waterfall is located in East Java, part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. It is described as one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Indonesia.
How to Get to Madakaripura Waterfall?
There is no public transport to the Madakaripura Waterfall. The best way to get there is to rent a car from Surabaya or Malang, or include it in a private or organized tour package along with Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater.
Background Story: Train From Yogyakarta to Surabaya
I left Yogyakarta after only two night stays. Sesilia was kind enough to accompany me when I left and to call me a taxi to the railway station. We said goodbye and I began my own way. I had bought a ticket in advance, which had to be replaced for an original one at the station. I sat comfortably on the train and we left for Surabaya.
The route went through many picturesque views of rice plantations, as well as through many poor villages and regions. Inside the train, there was a colorful, racy and funny atmosphere. A little girl sitting on the next seat was looking playfully towards me, and she was smiling when I’d look at her; her little sister, on the other hand, did not stop crying during the entire time even when the attempts of her parents to distract her with some toy or bonbons didn’t pan out. Another child was playing at some game, whose melody could make even the calmest human nervous. Two men, however, were singing some Indonesian songs, and one of them was even dancing with his hands in the air. And so it went on for a couple of hours…
The train arrived at 11 a.m. in Surabaya. I was greeted by a woman at the station, a representative of the agency, where I had booked a tour to the volcanos Bromo and Ijen. She introduced me to the driver Erwin, with whom we would share the next three days.
- Train ticket from Yogyakarta to Surabaya: 158,500 IDR (€ 10.05)
- Bromo – Ijen Tour: 2,500,000 IDR (€ 159.30)
The first stop of our travel was the Madakaripura Waterfall. He left me in the parking, where I hired a driver on a motorcycle. Aside from that, the local ones offer also guided tours to the waterfall. The road is completely safe, so in reality you don’t need a guide but the locals do not like the ones who decide to go alone. I, personally, would recommend hiring a guide because it will show you exactly where you can go through the river and he will help you with the pictures. My guide even offered me his own flip-flops because I had forgotten mine in the car and I had to walk barefoot, going through the slippery and sharp stones.
The grandiose Madakaripura waterfall is one of the falls in the region of the Bromo – Tengger – Semeru National Park. It is the highest one in East Java and it is hidden in the end of a deep valley in the foothill of the mountain. The water has many cascades, spouting over the thick forest. Actually, Madakaripura consists of seven waterfalls, whose biggest cascade falls from 200m height. In order to reach the canyon with the 200-m waterfall, it is necessary to walk about a kilometer along the mountain river, and after that, another 500m on the river below a couple of more falls.
Madakaripura Waterfall Entrance Fee