Benang Kelambu Waterfall
If you want to feel amazed by the nature of the Lombok island, then you should visit Benang Kelambu Waterfall. This waterfall might be the best waterfall in Indonesia and maybe even in the whole world. There are so many waterfalls in Lombok, like one on the feet of Mount Rinjani. However, if you want to find a spectacular waterfall, then Benang Kelambu Waterfall is the best choice. It is located in the center of Lombok at about 32 km from Mataram or about 1 hour by vehicle. From Mataram, you should go to Narmada City, Sedau, then you should head east until you find the Pancor Dau intersection. Turn to northeast until you arrive at the Teratak market intersection and head north. Make sure to ask the local people if you feel clueless because there is only one sign to reach the waterfall, or for your safety, you can ask a travel guide to take you there. You only need to pay about IDR 5,000 to enter the Benang Kelambu Waterfall location. At the gate, you will be welcomed by many plants and a peaceful atmosphere. The road is paved, so it is very comfortable and you can find some stalls on the sides of the road. You can buy small towels, drinks, foods, snacks, or even kaput rice. Make sure to bring water with you because you will hike about 500 meters before you reach your first stop. You will hear waterfall sounds on your way to Benang Kelambu Waterfall, but it is not Benang Kelambu Waterfall. It’s Benang Setokel waterfall. Make sure to visit this waterfall too. This waterfall is divided into two parts and each of them is as high as 20 meters. The water is so clean and fresh, so you can jump in if you like. You can swim under the waterfall because there is a huge pond underneath. The water flows to the river on lower level. The clean and clear water allows you to see the bottom of the pond. If you have your children with you, make sure to take them to a river that is located about 50 meters from the waterfall. This river part is shallow and has calm water, so it is perfect for children. They can play and swim safely. After visiting Benang Setokel waterfall, you can continue your trip to Benang Kelambu Waterfall by walking about 1 km. You will find so many plants that are managed by the local people. You can see various plants there like banana trees, coffee, jackfruit and many others. The path runs through the middle of the forest, so the walk can be quite challenging. If you have not bought beverages and snacks, you can buy them at the entrance of Benang Kelambu Waterfall. About 100 meters before the waterfall, you have to climb quite a steep stairway. Once you reach Benang Kelambu Waterfall, you will get mesmerized by the it. Instead of flowing through stones, the waterfall is flowing through plants. The word “Kelambu” means curtain and the plants are framing the waterfall just like a window and curtain. There are six waterfall spots and two of them are stretching like a curtain. Tthe water flowing through Benang Kelambu Waterfall and Setokel waterfall does not pass any river. Since the water flows directly from the fountain, it is very clean, fresh and can be drunk directly. The cliffs of Benang Kelambu Waterfall are overflown by fountains, so no wonder plants are growing almost everywhere. Benang Kelambu Waterfall can be divided into two parts. The first part is similar to Benang Setokel waterfall and the second part is a group of four waterfalls. The last part is the major attraction. The waterfall has 2-3 levels. The first waterfall level is as high as 30 meters with water that comes straight from the fountain. The second level of waterfall is as high as 10 meters with water that flows from the first waterfall level. There are some third level waterfalls that are only as high as 5 meters. Unlike Benang Setokel waterfall, Benang Kelambu Waterfall does not have a pond, so you cannot swim. However, the best thing about Benang Kelambu Waterfall in Lombok is the freshness of the water because it is fresh from the spring. On the front part of the Benang Kelambu Waterfall, there are some large and small stones where you can enjoy the view of the waterfall.