The Croatians have their iconic “Plitvice Waterfalls” which is a series of 16 waterfalls with their emerald-colored lakes. For the Langkawians, they have the Durian Perangin, which is a beautiful natural 14-tier waterfall.The geological formation of Langkawi Island not only gave rise to the island having notable caves but also numerous beautiful waterfalls. The Durian Perangin Waterfall is one such natural geological beauty on this mystical island.
This waterfall is considered a great picnic spot by the locals and is regarded as the “third easiest” waterfall on the island to visit. I guess it’s because the other waterfalls on the island require a lot of climbing and trekking to get
The water of this magnificent 14 tier Durian Perangin Waterfall cascades down from the slopes of Gunung
Raya and is extremely popular among the locals as a place for picnics and other outdoor recreational activities. Each tier
of the waterfall has its own uniqueness that makes the different cool crystal-clear pools stand out from the
The lowland dipterocarp forest is extremely rich with a diverse variety of fauna and flora that are an
attraction by themselves. Some of the plant species found here include tropical hardwood trees and vines like Melunak, Meranti, Meranti Jerit, Merapoh, Periang, Rattans, Rengas and Temak.
Where is the Durian Perangin Waterfall?
It is located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Kuah Town. You can easily get to the waterfall by renting a car and driving yourself there.
From the car park (Note: There are also some foodstalls and shops located here at the car park), it’s just a short climb up some steps (clearly sign posted) to reach the falls.
At the summit of the waterfalls, the panoramic view of the lowlands and the coast is simply breathtaking. Beside the cascades, there is a
5 kilometer track that leads to the highest peak on Langkawi Island, the Gunung Raya Peak. Another track which is also
5 kilometers long will lead you to the Malaysia Book Village, the first and only book village in South East Asia. This book
village is located in Lubuk Semilang which is part of the Gunung Raya Forest Reserve.
Getting There From Langkawi
Itself And From Other Parts Of Malaysia
There are daily direct flights from KL on Malaysia Airlines and the budget airline, AirAsia.
can also take a boat from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi. The journey will take 1 hour and 15 minutes.
If you are starting your journey from Kuala Perlis, the journey will be around 45 minutes. Alternatively, if you are on Penang Island, you can also take the ferry from Pena to Langkawi. Take note, there are only two daily trips from Penang to Langkawi and both depart around 8am and 8.30am. The journey will take around 2 1/2 hours.
From KL, take the North South Expressway and head north to Kedah. Then, take the Interchange 177 (Alor Setar Selatan exit) and proceed to Teluk Kechai and onwards to Kuala Kedah.
From Kuala Kedah,
take the ferry to Langkawi island as mentioned above. On Langkawi, head towards Gunung Raya. Durian Perangin is
located at the foot of Gunung Raya, just off the road (on the left as you head northward) to Kampung Air Hangat
(Kampung is the Malay word for “village”).
There is a rail link that runs from KL to Alor
Setar and Arau town in Kedah. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis and catch a ferry to the island.