Today I’m going to talk about a waterfall I visited recently in the valley of Harau. Now, I know that the valley of Harau is anything but hidden but it is a really big place and there are places that very few know about. While I write those lines I realize that some of you would have googled the waterfall name and just “meh” at the picture. Understandable reaction as this waterfall is pretty common. But what I am going to share with you today is a nameless waterfall in the surroundings of Robo waterfall.
Now, “how can a nameless waterfall be worth the sight? If it was really that good, people would know about it.” you might think. Fact is that this waterfall is quite small and is a bit off track which is why it doesn’t have it’s own name. However, locals know about it (some of them at least as it was one of them who showed us this place).
It all started with the visit of one of my friend; a French teacher I met at the “alliance française de Kuala Lumpur” while I worked there. She returned to France after a few months but she came back in Asia, and on this occasion she decided to pay Winny and I a visit.
We didn’t have a motorbike then and hadn’t got the chance to explore properly Payakumbuh, which is why, the destination that naturally arise was Harau valley which is THE tourist attraction around here, I keep being amazed by this place… Immense cliff like hills with smooth steep sides like a one piece wall that would have been shaped by titans. Harau valley is a must see in Sumatra in my opinion. However, I will not write an article on it as I want to focus on places that are not known as much as they should. So lets go back to the original topic.
We brought my friend to Harau with the help of one of Winny’s student. Winny wanted us to visit robo waterfall as we tried several times to do so with a local guide but he never was available for us. We packed our stuff and brought food and drinks before going to the man’s place. Bummer, he was not available once again. Winny got told the place was quite deep in the jungle and a guide was a necessity to avoid getting lost.
The guy still gave us the directions to the place which, in the end, was quite easily accessible. We parked our motorbikes a few minutes from the waterfall and recruited a local guy to guide us to the waterfall which was relatively far down a dirt path (quite a slippery one as we went on the rainy season). After walking we reached the said waterfall, the water was very clear, nice place to refresh yourself; too bad a blue pipe ruins the whole place but whatever, this is not this waterfall I want to talk about.
We continued our way a bit further (maybe 50-100 m further) and went off track on our left for just a minute or so before facing this little treasure. A double sided waterfall that flows both way of a small cave, crystal water, unknown to the tourist, you could literally bath naked there for hours with the certainty no one is going to disturb you but the local fauna; a true hidden jewel of Sumatra, far nicer than the one we saw just few minutes ago.
Nous avons continué notre chemin un peu plus loin (peut-être 50-100 m plus loin) et sommes sortis de la piste sur notre gauche pendant une minute environ avant de tomber nez à nez avec ce petit trésor. Une cascade double qui coule des deux côtés d’une petite grotte, une eau cristalline, inconnue du touriste, vous pourriez littéralement vous y baigner nu pendant des heures avec la certitude que personne ne va vous déranger excepté la faune locale; un véritable joyau caché de Sumatra, un bien plus bel endroit que celui que nous avons vu il y a quelques minutes.
A few pictures (and a lot of water) after, we went back to the first waterfall and had lunch near the blue pipe before dipping ourselves once more and then going back to our motorbikes.
It was the first time I ever saw a double sided waterfall in my life, I was enchanted by this beautiful secluded place that definitely worth all the other waterfalls in Harau that I saw so far (I am sure I only saw a fraction of them tho).
C’était la première fois que je voyais une cascade double de ma vie, j’ai été enchanté par ce bel endroit isolé qui vaut vraiment toutes les autres cascades de Harau que j’ai vues jusqu’à présent (je suis sûr que je n’en ai vu qu’une fraction par contre).
The map is sadly inaccurate as the waterfall is not in google map, but once you are at the indicated point, you may ask people around and they’ll be able to tell you where to go (probably).
Bonne condition physique requise.
État de la route correct la plupart du temps.
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If you get there, leave the place clean,