Visiting Gangga, which is one of the sub-district in North Lombok, was actually not part of the plan.
Our plan was actually going to Senaru to see the waterfalls there.
I knew that we’re going to see something else, when Faiz, our driver, woke me up after a quite long journey from Senggigi.
‘Hey … Do you want to see this first?’ asked Faiz.
I instantly look at the direction made of a board saying something like ‘Tiu Pupus waterfall … This way.’
Even though I don’t know what we’re going to see, I needed to answer it quick as we’re approaching the intersection.
After I said yes to him, we’re off the main road and followed the direction to Tiu Pupus.
The direction to the waterfall was all written on a board, but it’s quite useful, until we reached in an area of a village where we couldn’t continue the trip with the car.
Just to make sure about the location of the waterfall, Faiz asked an old woman who was beside her house using Sasak language, and then returned to us.
‘Yes, we’re in the right location. We just need to walk down there, and follow the creek.’
We started walking alongside the creek on a dirt road until we saw a bridge in front of us, and a small building on the right side. All has been paved, including a small part of the road near the bridge.
‘Aah … The waterfall!’
The water came up from a rocky hill, which made the rock becomes mossy. Unfortunately, there’s not much water flowing from the hill during our visit, so it didn’t make a big splash.
I think, they also intentionally built a small wall from stone not far from the waterfall, just to block the water so it did not flow directly downstream. Therefore it makes a pond.
Sadly, there’s no one visiting this waterfall besides us and a couple of villagers.
We then decided to go back to the car, and continue our trip to the next waterfall.
‘Kak Faiz, where we going now?’
‘We’re going to Gangga waterfalls.’
Gangga waterfall? Humm … .
The direction to Gangga waterfall was also looks like a self made board with painted the direction. I could see it from the main road, which was 7 Km more to the waterfall. Then I could see another self made direction but this time, beside it, there’s an official direction to the waterfall. It’s 2 Km from the waterfall.
The waterfall is still in the area of a village. That’s why we passed some fields beside the road. Mostly the plant were peanut and sweet potato when we visiting this area.
We parked the car, then we walked to a post, where there were a few villagers. They apparently also acted as the guide to the waterfall. Our guide name is Madi.
Gangga waterfall, or also known as Kerta Gangga waterfall, is a 3-stage waterfall.
To reach the waterfall, we needed to do a little trekking.
The first stage waterfall is located in the upper part of the hill.
The stairs are already being paved, so it’s easy to go up and down.
The first stage waterfall is actually beside a small floodgate, so we needed to climb and cross this floodgate to be in the waterfall.
The first stage waterfall was not really disperse. It seems, the water flows on a groove of the rocky hill.
When I looked at my photo of the first stage waterfall, it seems that the waterfall was not that high.
Then I looked at Sinthya’s photo, which was taken from a bit different angle, but shot at the same location. Now I could see that the waterfall is actually quite high. Look at the different on the photo on the right.
Although the first stage waterfall was not as I expected, but the view from here was beautiful 🙂 …
Different with the first stage of the waterfall, at the second stage waterfall we didn’t need to climb and cross a floodgate … But bamboo sticks! Interesting! Climbed a little bit to go up and voila! The second stage waterfall, hidden behind the hill.
This one is more beautiful than the first stage.
When I wanted to go back and cross the bamboo stick, I looked at the scenery and then an image of a swimming pool of a hotel in Ubud flashed in my mind. The difference is, this one is not a swimming pool, but merely a pond, but the view was also nice 😉
The last stage of the waterfall was at the bottom of the hill, so we went down on a dirt road until the bottom of the hill.
We walked alongside a creek and between very high rocky hills.
Then we stopped in front of a pond, and I saw a strong flow of water coming from a hole on the side of a hill not far from we stood.
I was busy taking pictures here and there, and not realizing everyone already stood below the hole, and ready to climb a stick to go through the hole.
I didn’t want to miss the fun, and I didn’t really care that I would be wet if I went there, so I rushed there.
I needed to be extra careful when going up by stepping on that stick because the water flow coming from the hole was quite strong.
Inside, I had two choices, joining Madi, playing the water and enjoying the waterfall, or going up to the dry side, and watched him enjoying the waterfall. Sadly, I had to choose the latter. I didn’t bring any spare clothes!
So this was the last stage of the Gangga waterfall.
I did really enjoy this Gangga waterfall very much, and probably will go back here with a spare cloth! Haha.
After trekking back to the parking area, Madi brought us around the area, and passing some Sasak house, including his house. He then also showed us some of his craft. We bought two of his craft, it’s like a cylinder made from bamboo. He also made some paintings too, but we didn’t buy it.
He also brought us to the field at the side, and showed us the waterfall from afar. Well, it didn’t look big from that spot 😉
He said that there will be some lodging here; I guess it’s more a simple lodging for people who wants to live in a countryside, and trekking to the waterfall. Who knows I’m going to be their guest in the future 🙂