Tengkil Falls

State Johore
LocationTengkil Falls
Coordinates and map N 1 51.18 E103 47.27
Water SourceStream
Waterfall ProfileVertical fallls and cascades
Accessibility4WD and trekking

A remote fall on the slopes of the Gunung Muntahak, the same range where the well-known Kota Tinggi falls are located. From Kota Tinggi you take the road to the falls until Kg Batu Empat, where you turn left (nr 91) until you reach Petri Jaya. From here you first follow an oil plantation road, then a logging road through a kind of desert until you finally reach the jungle and the Tengkil river. You will need a guide.

Read the comments! The waterfalls have become virtually in accessible

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Our guides had motorbikes, easy.

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Destruction of the landscape!

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Finally we reach the river

The Tengkil falls are a collection of falls and cascades, remote and unspoilt. Our guide counted seven tiers, but some of them are small. No big pools, but many "bathtubs". Lots of fishing spots

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The first, small tier

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A bigger one

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Tier after tier

Some scrambling is needed, but in general it is a very pleasant hike. During our visit the water flow was reduced, as it had not been raining for several days. After heavy rain, it must be a very impressive series of waterfalls. The mainfall is almost vertical and quite spectacular.

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The next level

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The impressive main fall (level 7)

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Lower part of the main fall

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Top of the main fall

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Our guide, enjoying a shower

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Very photogenic

Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety

Visitor Comments


liang 02-08-2015
Just came back from the tengkil fall, 1 Aug 2015. We been to petri jaya but not able to find the right driving route in kelapa sawit road. Then we got ask around kampung and found a guide name Man(update contact number later), but he is not free. Then he gave us 2 directions. 1. Keep right on kelapa sawit road, but we still fail, then we go 2nd direction. 2. Goto lenggiu(on kota tinggi - kluang road), a right side entrance before a river bridge, enter there to can reach an off road path for motor and 4wd. Then we try. We actually went to wrong place but the wrong place was able to reach waterfall, I guess no many people know. Here I introduce this new route to all. On kt-kluang road, after petri jaya, still go straight, after lenggiu, go straight more, before a small river bridge, enter right, to a jalan pasir, quite big road, this road have many old mining lake. First big Y junction, turn right, then all the way go straight without any turn left right, quite far, then another Y junction, kepp right(a signboard writen "GD", follow it). No far will reach a gate to enter private mining site. Ask the permission to enter, or like us, we park our car on the right of gate. We then go in by our bicycles. Dont try to walk, I am sure u die on desert. The mining site is as a desert area, very hot and not advise to walk. We cycling for 10minutes, passed big sand hill, to reach the middle of mining, after the water machine(to filter sand and timah), turn right, and soon Y junction, then keep right again toward the green colour hill. Another 10minutes cycling, watch your right, not o continue on main path, turn right into small path. need to cross few mud, and u can see the kesan tayar motor. Just 5minutes, u will enter the jungle and can see the very obvious waterfall path and markings. The waterfall on your left. That's all I can help but advise u to ask ppl in mining site, they mostly dont know the waterfall but try ask as many ppl as u can. Even orang asli also dont know. Another hint, on the gate, follow direction to the highest mountain at 2' o clock direction. When go nearer, u see, on the bottom of the highest mountain, there is green colour nearest hill. The waterfall is inside it. Or call me I can help u. 0196539923 liang.
FunkFatherBulat 10-10-2011
ahh finally can log in again... XTerra, hope you managed to find the trailhead eventually. I went to Tengkil 2 wks b4 puasa. Still the same Petri Jaya route. I you have 4WD with AT or MT tyres you can now drive pass the two gorges and park next to the sand mines. the trail is still not easy to find. but once found the markers will to take you all the way up. not easy to explain but u must keep right when you reach the mine lakes. you will see a small red earth mound/hill. you must go around it to ur right- this is the key point; if u miss this then you wont find the river. keep walking along the edges and look out for the black rock shown in picture #3. the stream starts here.. take left and walk along till you see red&white barricade marker on ur right and u are well on ur way here onwards- only bout an hour to mainfall. ps:we saw fresh paw prints saw be alert.
X-Terra 21-06-2011
Hi all....i went for a recce last weekend,everything is right according to the trek i aqcuire here...But i cannot find the entry point of the trail...can someone help me?fell rather dissapointed coz after 14km of through and fro trekking but cannot find the trail....thanks
fishcrasher 22-06-2010
Panti is 500m, Muntahak is 650m, add together is about 1100m, plus Pelepah waterfalls? Wah... not impossible but u mus be very fit to do all in one day... marathoner standard and knows the way well can, but regular hikers with no clue to the place is impossible...
fuzzybacteria 23-03-2010
Hello! Can someone tell me if its possible to climb gunung panti, gunung muntahak and visit the Pelapa waterfalls in one day? are the situated close to one another?
fishcrasher 18-03-2010
Actually i am an outdoor guide from Spore... The trail i took is exactly the same as you guys bcos we also had to cross the 2 gorges. Like i said the digging was ridiculous, mayb thats why you thought it was a different trail. You can drive till the gorge but we ever got lock out by the barriers... If dat happens you have to spend the night there so its safer to charter a veh in, least you can still walk out if your veh cannot come back in later part of the day. At first i tot the electric fencing were dummies to deter outsiders... till i saw thick electric cables at both ends of the fencing... So for those who intend to venture there pls be very very careful!
FunkFatherBulat 17-03-2010
fishcrasher.. saw ur pics... it looks like a different trail... u manage to drive your cars to the two gorges? went with guide or on ur own?
fishcrasher 16-03-2010
The place is as good as totally gone... The digging was sooo bad that i could almost no longer reconize the place anymore! had to do loads of bashing doin a detour, the mud at certain points were as good as quick sand, dangerous! To make tings worse the plantation owners have place ELECTRIC FENCING around all the entrance points!!! Very dangerous! Am not joking about the electric fence... see the pics... http://singaporetrekkers.multiply.com/photos/album/54/Ken_Waterfalls_13th_March_2010
FunkFatherBulat 18-02-2010
oh yah, technically i think u have to register wif forestry or police fr any adventure in the woods but we didnt la. this one is quite remote so no bother from authorities.. plus the guide is a PERHILITAN ranger so we felt quite safe :o)
FunkFatherBulat 18-02-2010
wayfarer, so sorry, just saw yer msg. If u havent got the guide contact already by now.. pls contact me - ref my 1st post below fr details. cheers!
wayfarer 08-01-2010
bulat187, do you have the contact for the guide? and also do we have to register with the forestry department? thanx
FunkFatherBulat 30-12-2009
hi...went again last Sunday (27th/dec).. and this time we found it! went wif guide of course. it was gorgeous!! had some scrambling to do and two gorges to cross at the very start but a pleasant hike overall... our guide En.Md Noh was excellent! a seasoned hiker whoz very well versed with the surrounding topography.. the falls are very remote and unspoilt... hope it can be kept that way... definitely a must-see! the last fall (level 7) almost looks man-made...simply gorgeous! SUV/jeep necessary (doesnt need to be 4WD though)..and preferably not a big group.. mine was 5 pax.. thanks very much Jan! will alert once pics are up!
junglemania 27-12-2009
four of us went there on christmas day...lovely falls and so undisturb except for the sand mines before the river..not easy to find the place but it is really worth it. we wanted to stay on longer. so serene and lovely. we are planning to hike up muntahak from the falls..
FunkFatherBulat 22-09-2009
Hi.. went looking for tengkil falls yesterday... cudnt get a guide since it was raya break.. decided to venture on our own based on directions from one of the kampung guys. i think we made a wrong turn somewhere.. so mission failed.. you hv contact number to the guide(s)? pls advice as i will be going again soon.. mail me blackened79@hotmail.com or call 0177539054. thank you. p/s: observations made: 1) motorbike would be the best option 2) the roads are accessible by car but 4WD advisible 3) need local guide regardless wheter you know the route coz there were a lot of wild boar hoof prints.
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