Gunung Pulai Falls

State Johor
Location15 km north of Pekan Nenas
Coordinates and map N01 35.55' E103 32.01'
Water SourceSmall River
Waterfall ProfileCascades & Falls
AccessibilityFrom carpark

Neglected jewel of Johor

Although the Pulai Falls are even mentioned in Wikipedia, and officially it belongs to the Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, the place looks very run-down. That is a pity, because it has good potential to be a major tourist attraction in Johor. To reach the park, you take the road from Johor Baharu to Pontian and turn right at Pekan Nenas, the Pineapple Town. This road leads back to Kulai and probably you can reach the park also from this N-S highway exit. About 15 km from Pekan Nenas, a signboard leads to Gunung Pulai.

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This signboard leads the way to the Recreational Park

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The entrance of the Hutan Lipur. Officially it is closed, but the gates are open.

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Remains of buildings show that the place has known better days.

From the derelict carpark it is only a short walk to the first of the cascades. Another cascade follows and from the top of this one, you can seen the quite dramatic main fall.

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The first cascade with its nice pool

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The second cascade

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The imposing rock face of the second cascade

The main fall is a tall one and quite spectacular, because it comes down a narrow gorge.

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Notice the tiny person on top of the fall!

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To the left of the fall, a path goes up to the top. But you can also reach the top by continuing from the car park. A few neglected chalets still remind you of the past glory. The road goes on to the top, where there is a military station (restricted area)

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VIew from the top of the last fall down into the narrow gorge

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Halfway to the top, a last waterfall can be spotted from the road

Update 2012 by Faye

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Top tier of the waterfall

The top tier of the Pulai waterfalls can be reached by river trekking.

The coordinates are N1.59366 E103.53417. Pictures were taken during the rainy season. Normally the water flow is rather pathetic.

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Another view of the top fall

Waterfalls can be dangerous ! Always take care about your safety

Visitor Comments


mingming 24-07-2012
We revisited to Gunung Pulai Waterfall last weekend. I wrote a blog post about how to get there, and some useful tips for new comers. http://walkwalk.github.com/blog/2012/07/23/gunung-pulai-waterfall/
FV 17-11-2010
I been Gunung Pulai recently on 31 OCT 2010, a lot of visitor there every weekend. Check my blog and view photos i take at Gunung Pulai. http://photosmalaysia.blogspot.com/2010/11/gunung-pulai-weekend-jogging.html
Faye Snail-works 05-04-2009
just visit the fall today. The park still closed. The only way lead to the fall is following the stream at the foothill. The trail quite easy althought there is lot of loose rocks. Becareful of the thunder storm in the hill, the current could become quite strong. Almost trapped in the jungle today... :P
akidah 21-10-2008
This waterfall is near with my hometown. we used to go to this waterfall whenever it weekend. this place is used to be nice place before the unforgettable incident past few years ago. it was so cheerful with campers, trekkers, visitors and so many food stalls and even chalet.... it was a nice memory of gunung pulai...
limchoonteck 21-05-2008
The park was closed for sometime after an incident a few years ago where rocks and sand were sent washing down after a thunderstorm. Three village kids that were wash away by the water were never found. I cycle there from singapore a few times before and after the closure. There use to be a guard at the gates after the closure.
mark 13-11-2006
I was there over the weekend (10/Nov/06) Not easy to find unless youre quite apt at reading road signs. The tell tale sign is a big board that reads "KEM MEMBINA GUNUNG PULAI" Follow that sign across Pekan Nenas, literally. The gates were opened, but the place is utterly in ruin. BTW, the water is not that clean, more milky rather. Possibly due to heavy rain earlier. All in all, its a quiet place but not truly recommended.
aregion 04-07-2006
the last time I went (early 2006) the gate was closed and could not access inside, though you could walk in I guess. or mayb there is an alternative way in which I do not know of?
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