Lata Puteh

State Perak
LocationBetween Selama and Lenggong, off the A6
Coordinates and map N05 09.30' E100 53.07'
Water SourceStream
Waterfall ProfileVertical fal and cascades
AccessibilityTrekking

North of Taiping and east of the Perak River runs the Bintang range, culminating at 1862 m in the Gunung Bintang, on the border between Perak and Kedah. This remote range has several known waterfalls and probably many more, which are as yet unexplored. A new road crosses the range below Ulu Jerneh. From this road two waterfalls can be reached.

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Coming from Batu Kerau, from far away, high up in the hills, a waterfall can be spotted

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There is a signboard, where the stream passes under road, telling that this is Lata Puteh, the White Fall

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But how to reach the fall?

There is a fenced-off water tank near the road, where you can park your car. First we tried to find a way up from here, but the vague trail disappeared soon. We almost gave up, when we noticed a drain and a water pipe coming down to the right side of the stream. Following the drain we reached a dilapidated water catchment. From here there was no trail, but the forest was not very dense and we coud hear the sound of falling water.
Climbing up the (steep!) slope, we soon arrived at the first fall.

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Remains of what once was a water catchment.

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The first fall

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A nice fall, but not yet the main one

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Huge boulders

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The secondary stream finding its way between the huge rocks

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Beautiful flowers

It became clear soon, that the river had split in at least two streams. After taking some rest we crossed this secondary stream and scrambled up the slope. No trail, but the roaring sound of water guided us easily to a large open space, from where we could see the main fall, that is also visible from the road below.

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Where to go from here?

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Finally the main fall

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Impressive rock face

From here we had a good view of the valley deep down. Near the fall, the spray of water soaks you within seconds. We did not see an easy way to climb further up.

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View of the valley

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Impressive spray of water

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We did it!

This is a very interesting and unspoilt series of waterfalls.
Near the water tank recently a signboard has appeared, that this waterfall is the 3rd highest in South-East Asia. We were not able to trace if this information is correct and where it came from.

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The signboard near the water tank

Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety

Visitor Comments


zurinss 25-10-2012
tumpang tanya...adakah air terjun ini jalan menghala ke lenggong ??? ataupun jika dari selama perlu lalui ijok? sebab guna latlong tu sy xboleh imagine jalan tu...tlg sy nak p tempat ni
edward 08-11-2011
anyone plan to go there for photo shooting?
Chris 11-01-2011
This is a very nice waterfall. I am wondering anyone is planning a trip to this place anytime soon? I would like to participate for photo shoot of this wonderful. The GPS coordinate in this website does it leads to the main falls or the water tanks?
Batu 08-10-2009
How beautiful!....and how can I missed such a beautiful place just right my back door all these years? I definitely would like to visit Lata Puteh someday.....love it!
DyS 05-03-2009
We are from Batu Kurau and Taiping, and Route A6 next to Lata Puteh & Tebing Tinggi Fall is the place we hang out on weekend nights. As it was, we are quite familiar with these 2 waterfalls. We are proud to see the place so close to our hearts gaining recognition from outsiders. But as locals, we dont want to see these place polluted after it was widely known. So we are begging to all, please dont make these place like another Sedim. We seriously think that if people said they love to see pristine an (nearly) untouched places like this example, please dont leave anything after your visit. Leave only footprints and take only pictures as memory. Thanks.
Tony Sung 25-02-2009
Visited Lata Puteh on 15-02-2009. Truly a magnificent falls; very tall, very wide and very clean. Definitely one of the best waterfalls in Malaysia.
Azie 10-03-2008
Cantiknye .... memang best kalu dapat g ke sini...
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