Our Panorama Walk trekking trip in Senaru ended at the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, both located at the foot of Mount Rinjani. The waterfalls are connected, with Sendang Gile being the lower one and Tiu Kelep the more elevated one. When we arrived at Sendang Gile we could finally rest and relax, enjoy a cold drink, and take our time appreciating the charming waterfall and all the sights around it. There are many warungs at the waterfall that sell drinks, snacks, and clothing as well.
Sendang Gile has a fall of about 30 meters and the basin of the fall is rocky ground. The stony walls along the fall are covered with vegetation and it’s just a beautiful display of some awesome Lombok nature. We watched the local people shower under the water of Sendang Gile and we enjoyed the cool mountain air while resting. At times, the strong wind, which fills the valley of the waterfall, blew the mist from the waterfall to the viewing platforms and it felt very refreshing when it caught our faces.
Apparently it is said the Sendang Gile waterfall can cure diseases and, since I was suffering from a bad flu at that time, I decided to go under the water as well. I borrowed the sandals from our guide and set out to have a waterfall shower. I just wore my regular clothing, as it would dry up pretty fast in the Indonesian heat. It was pretty crowded at the base of the waterfall, but slowly I made my way through the people. Once I was under the waterfall, I was quite surprised with the force of the water falling on my head and shoulders. It was quite heavy and it felt as a strong massage. It was a lot of fun talking with local people under the water and them explaining to me which part of my body I should let the water fall on. I felt like I was being slapped on my back constantly. The water felt refreshingly cool, but my flu was still there the next day.
As is the case with many other natural locations in Indonesia, Sendang Gile also has a folktale explaining its origins. Apparently, the name was taken from a local legend, which tells the story of a prince who is being pursued by a crazed lion. To escape the lion, the prince hid behind the waterfall. Thus, Sendang Gile came into existence. Besides the healing powers of the waterfall and its origin, there is another supernatural element to this waterfall, which has become my favourite one. It is said that the flow of the water increases and becomes bigger when more people are around it and the louder they are. I thought this was a cool little tale.
Both waterfalls are outstanding in their own right. The Sendang Gile waterfall, which is also located nearer to the waterfall park entrance, is easier to reach than the Tiu Kelep waterfall, which requires another 20-30 minute hike to reach. More on the Tiu Kelep waterfall can be found here.
All in all, I think the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls are not to be missed if you happen to be in the area. They are quite spectacular and beautiful and make for a great day-trip.