Known as the “Seven Wells” in English, Telaga Tujuh is located around 45 kilometers from Kuah town at Gunung Mat Cincang.
It is easily reachable by taxis or buses form the main town. Nestled at the north western corner of Langkawi Island, the beautifully crafted geological formation is indeed a natural wonder to be admired. The waterfalls got their name from the plunging waters that cascade down into a series of 7 pools.
At the last fall, the waters fall from a height of over 90 meters and over the millenniums, the fast flowing waters have smoothed the surface of the once sharp rock edges.
If you were to take a cable car up to Gunang Mat Cincang, you can easily see why the Telaga Tujuh waterfall is so awe inspiring. According to the legend that surrounds the waterfalls, it is said that the fairies were so captivated by the beauty of this place that they made Telaga Tujuh as their bathing place. And as they bathed in the pools, healing powers are said to be instilled into the water of these pools. The surrounding foliages near the pools are also said to be left by the fairies.
To reach the first waterfall will require you to take a short climb up the mountain. But getting to the top of the falls will require climbing up a flight of 638 concrete steps inclined at an angle of 45 to 60 degrees!
The first of the lower falls will take about 10 minutes to reach. A hike of 20 minutes will be required for the “Middle Falls”. These are where the “WELLS” are located. They are known as “WELLS” because the falls here are gentler and some of them actually resemble pools.
I have no idea how long it will take to reach the higher falls as I was too exhausted by the time I arrived at the middle falls. From what I was told, the view from the top is truly splendid.
Along the way through the dipterocarp rainforest, you will get to observe many exotic animals, like the cream colored squirrels and the long tailed macaque monkeys, and if you are really lucky, you might even get to see the magnificent hornbill with its enormous curved orange beak.
Actually, a walk through the rainforest of the Telaga Tujuh waterfall is like having a snapshot of what the splendor of nature holds for us if we dare to venture deeper into the jungle.
Not surprisingly, with rich fauna and flora, the area has been made a forest reserve, the Machinchang Forest Reserve. Telaga Tujuh is located in Compartment 8 of the Forest Reserve which comprises mainly of dipterocarp forests.
As the site is popular among both the locals and the tourists, various facilities have been constructed for the convenience of visitors coming to visit the waterfall. There is ample parking spaces for cars and entry is charged at MYR 2 per entry. There are also shops here selling food and drinks but they normally open around midday.
Telaga Tujuh - Getting Here
You can take a taxi to visit Telaga Tujuh but make sure you ask the taxi driver to wait for you for the return trip. If you don’t, you will find that it is almost impossible to find a taxi for the return journey especially during the weekdays. But if you do find yourself stranded, you can always hike down the road to the Oriental Village where you should be able to catch a taxi.
There is no opening or closing time at the seven waterfalls but bear in mind that the place is quite secluded and it can get dark pretty quickly in the evenings with the thick forest canopy shading the area.
The whole reserve can probably be covered in 2 to 3 hours, but if you want to take a dip, 5 hours would be a more reasonable time frame.