Visit Neelofa, Maya Karin and Sofea Jane In Kemensah
Two beautiful topics Malaysia is known for are beautiful waterfalls and beautiful celebrities. These two seem to have been combined by locals in the district of Ampang Jaya in Selangor, at the Kemensah Recreational Park. Here lies beautiful waterfalls that have been nicknamed with the names of beautiful Malaysian actresses. Looking at how beautiful the waterfalls are here, as shared by experienced hiker Malathi Chandran on her Facebook page, it’s no wonder that beautiful actresses were related to these wonders of nature. Officially, the waterfalls are actually known as Lata Pinang (aka Maya Karin), Lata Gitar (aka Neelofa) and Jeram Kubang Gajah (aka Sofea Jane). Take a look at this short vide below to enjoy the beauty of these waterfalls.
Three Waterfalls And A Hilltop View
“Our initial plan was to visit the 3 waterfalls – Lata Pinang (Maya Karin Waterfall), Lata Gitar (Neelofa Waterfall) and Jeram Kubang Gajah (Sofea Jane Waterfall). As we started the hike, we decided to add Bukit Batu Kumbang into the list. It was a steep climb to Bukit Batu Kumbang but totally worth it,” Malathi shared with us. According to her, the route that she and her friends took was: Lata Pinang – Lata Gitar – Bukit Batu Kumbang – Jeram Kubang Gajah.
Said Malathi, “It took us around 9 hours inclusive of spending a lot of time at the three waterfalls and Bukit Batu Kumbang’s peak.”
According to Malathi, although she and her friends took their leisurely time in hiking the Kemensah Recreational Park, it was no stroll in the park. Generally, hiking to the waterfalls might be manageable for leisure hikers and families. However, the climb to the peak of Bukit Batu Kumbang can prove to be difficult for some. Hence, we’d recommend hiking only to the waterfalls if you’re not used to climbing steep hills.
Enjoy A Picnic At The Kemensah Waterfalls
While you’re there, enjoy a picnic with family or friends with minimal supplies, like what Malathi and her group did.
“Our picnic was very simple,” shared Malathi. “We carried a camping stove with us and used running water from the falls to boil. We used this to make coffee and instant noodles in a cup.”
However, if instant snacks may not be enough for sustenance, take heart as there are food outlets nearby. The Kemensah Recreational Park might be a natural treasure deep in the jungles of… err… Ampang, but it’s only a 15-minute drive from the Malaysian National Zoo on the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) highway. Interestingly, it’s just 25 minutes away by car from one of the newest shopping malls in the area, the KL East Mall. In fact, there are several eateries on the way from the main road to the recreational park. This includes Atok Ayam Bakar and BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah. At BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah, tables are set up in the shallow creek so that you can cool your toes while enjoying some tasty grilled meat. Talk about truly enjoying nature!
Getting A Permit To Hike In Kemensah
Before you make your way to the Kemensah Recreational Park, though, be sure to obtain the necessary permit. This can be obtained at the Pejabat Hutan Daerah Selangor Tengah. You will need to walk in to the office and apply for a permit – there are no online applications for this.
Information for the Forestry Office where you can apply for a permit:
Pejabat Hutan Daerah Selangor Tengah,
KM11 (Batu 7), Jalan Cheras,
43200 Cheras, Selangor.
Tel : 603 – 9075 2885
Fax : 603 – 9075 6022
Do call first before going as you might be directed to go to another office. It seems that they also have an office at Platinum Cheras in Cheras that might be more convenient for some. Furthermore, some permit applicants have reported that emailing their requests have resulted in glitches in email delivery and such. Nonetheless, getting to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls at Kemensah will undoubtedly be worth the trouble. We hope you’ll have a great time exploring one of the beauties in Malaysia’s own backyard.
All photography and videos are courtesy of Malathi Chandran. All images and videos are copyright to Malathi Chandran, 2021 and may not be reproduced without permission and/or compensation. Gadabout watermark applied on request by owner of images and videos.
From an avid magazine reader in her teens to a writer and editor today, Zurien honed her skills at various publications including CLEO, K-Zone, Prestige, The Malaysian Women’s Weekly, LISA Malaysia, MSN.com.my, GLAM Junior, Going Places, kayak.com, HerInspirasi.com, Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia, Tropicana Magazine and Convergence by Malaysia Airports. Zurien hopes to inspire readers to enjoy the best of travel and lifestyle experiences at Gadabout.