Kanching Rainforest Waterfall for a Quick Escape to the Jungle
Surrounded by beautiful hillside terrain the Kanching Rainforest Waterfall is a stunning natural display just outside the city.
Nestled within a forest reserve, the river spills over a rocky waterfall landscape that empties into a series of swimmable waterfall pools.
Managed by the Selangor Forestry Department, good trails offer easy access to each tropical waterfall as you hike up the slope.
The park is a great outdoor introduction to rainforest activities. It is the most popular of the three forest parks in the same vicinity, the other two that are nearby are:
Choose to picnic on the grassy flats near the entrance or wander on forest paths until you find a refreshing spot near the river. There are nice jungle huts scattered among the tropical trees to take in the beautiful nature scenes while chowing down your favourite Malaysian food.
A cool rainforest for kids, there are several built-up, waist-deep pools that capture the natural flow for a cold dip. Or find a perch on the rock slope and let the cascading waters replenish your energy after the short trek up. The waterfall background helps you to soon forget that you just came from the asphalt jungle.
A very popular place, it is one of the many cheap weekend getaways for family day trips and outings. Expect plenty of jungle waterfall lovers. But the higher you hike up the falls, the fewer people you find. Go early and spend the entire day enjoying the rainforest and waterfalls.
Kanching Rainforest Waterfall: Outdoor Nature Activities
Getting back to nature doesn't get much easier than a visit to Kanching. Grassy patches with outdoor picnic tables provide lots of play space for the family. A stream, suitable for younger kids, runs through the grounds where monkeys scramble for food scraps.
Walkways and dirt paths follow along the river at the base of the hill. These wooded and shaded flats are good if you prefer to stroll around instead of climb up. The trek to various waterfalls is vertical but gradual. Take time to rest and check out some of the other trials or viewing platforms near the river. Or just take a quick dip.
Pack a lunch and take the kids on a hike-swim combo. Kanching Rainforest Waterfall is a good place to begin hiking with kids. After trekking up the hill, jump into a refreshing waterfall pool as a reward for all the exercise.
Get them started on enjoying the outdoors, carrying their own food and water and pacing themselves out in the forest.
A trek in the rainforest, a swim in a cold waterfall pool, or a simple picnic with family or friends. The choices are plentiful and the drive is short.
Kanching Rainforest Waterfall: Jungle Photography
Have you ever wanted to capture that perfect wild shot? Well take your camera and practice your photography skills. The accessible waterfall landscape and tropical rainforest at Kanching makes it easy. Head out on the trails, keep a slow pace and look out for all the things that a rainforest displays for each visitor:
- Rainforest Flowers
- Rainforest Monkeys
- Jungle Vines
- Tropical Orchids
- Rainforest Insects
- Rainforest Frogs
- Forest Pictures
- Jungle Waterfall
Kanching Rainforest Waterfall is chock-full of long-tailed macaques. These monkeys are everywhere - swinging in the trees, running on the rocks, sitting atop the huts - and are good models for jungle pictures. Take advantage of their close presence to frame that perfect wildlife shot. Do not leave your gear on the ground, macaques are curious, quick and grab anything in reach.
During the early morning or late afternoon hours the lighting will be best for landscape shots. But anytime is good under the cover of the rainforest canopy to find interesting bits of flora and fauna to transform into a masterpiece to show off in the next email to faraway friends or family newsletter.
Kanching Rainforest Waterfall: General Information
During the weekends Kanching is very crowded. So be prepared to wander around to find you own space. There is no supervision at the park, so be mindful of kids swimming or climbing on rocks. The monkeys are cagy and aggressive so be sure to watch your gear. Or you'll be waiting for them to drop your bag from the trees.
Keep to the waterfall trails that remain nearby for easy hikes and walks. There are other forest trails for those who want to get away from the main crowd, but not sure about their conditions, signs or difficulty.
Open to Public:
Everyday from Sunrise to Sunset
Fees and Advice:
- Entry fees - RM1 per adult
- Parking fees - RM2 per vehicle
- Plenty of food stalls in the parking area for drinks, snacks and lunch
- Bring water and snacks for the trail and extra clothes for water play
- Restroom and changing facilities available
- Take out your own trash, the bins are not monkey proof
- No proper overnight camping facilities
- Public transport availability difficult
- Follow the road to Kepong and Rawang (E1) for about 20 to 30 minutes
- Look for brown signs pointing the way to Hutan Lipur Sg. Kanching.
- See signs for Templers Park and just after the protruding limestock rock on the right.
- Kanching Park is also on the right but you need to make a U-turn another 1-2 km further down.
- Go straight until you pass by a Petronas station on the left and stop at the next traffic light in the right lane.
- A Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet will be on your right side.
- Make the U-turn and go back on the same road until you see the entry sign for Kanching on the left.
- It's a quick descent to the entrance parking lot, so be aware.
- If you miss it, no problem. There is a U-turn up the road after passing the limestone rock. So just repeat the above.
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