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Exploring The Legendary Tanggedu Waterfall in 2023, Grand Canyon of East Sumba

Exploring The Legendary Tanggedu Waterfall in 2023, Grand Canyon of East Sumba

Tanggedu Waterfall
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Not only is Sumba Island famous for its savannah, hills, or beaches, but it also has beautiful waterfalls that are still hidden. Not many people reach this waterfall. Hidden spots, imperfect road conditions, canyons and valleys, hot weather, and perfect physical conditions for long hikes are the challenges visitors must face before reaching this waterfall.

This waterfall is called Tanggedu Waterfall. Visitors have dubbed this waterfall the “East Sumba Grand Canyon”. Another visitor named “Twin Canyon”.

A Rural Paradise in East Sumba

Tanggedu Waterfall
Fig 1. Tanggedu Waterfall (source: Travel Kompas)

The tropical beauty of Tanggedu Waterfall is a must visit for anyone looking for a tropical climate vacation as a wonderful hidden holiday destination.

The Tanggedu Waterfall rises from a low cliff. However, this waterfall is complemented by rocky cliffs and stunning water streams. This waterfall is formed when a small river joins him into one. Some rocks have been eroded over the years. This creates a unique structure that appears to be terraced and formed from numerous rock fissures.

The beauty of Tanggedu Waterfall lies in its rocky cliffs along the clear, winding stream of water. The natural and unique relief of the rocky cliffs makes for a wonderful sight. The water is turquoise blue and so clear.

Tanggedu Waterfall is like a natural hot spring facility. White rocks mix with turquoise water, fallen trees create bridges connecting large boulders to other large boulders, and small depressions in the rocks create a unique atmosphere.

A small niche in the rock fills with water and turns into a small natural pool. Visitors can swim in these natural pools while enjoying the scenery.

The nature around this waterfall is still very natural. The cliffs and hills are lined with trees that alternate between green and brown leaves as the seasons change.

How to Get to Tanggedu Waterfall

Tanggedu Waterfall (Waturandatrip.com)
Fig 2 Journey to Tanggedu Waterfall

The journey begins by car from the town of Waingapu in East Sumba. Visitors travel up to 45 km. Along the way, visitors can see the typical hill scenery of East Sumba, where cows roam freely in pastures.

The road to Tanggedu is winding and partly unpaved. Before reaching Tanggedu village, visitors pass through Mondu Village and Kampung Adat Prainatang in the middle of the hill.

After parking the car near the citizen’s house, visitors should take a hike through the fields of local residents. Tanggedu Waterfall is located between rocky cliffs, so be careful when descending the cliffs.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Come in the dry season. When it rains, it is very difficult and dangerous for tourists to decide which route to take. Also, during rainy weather and the rainy season, the flow of the waterfall becomes very strong, so it is dangerous to swim. During the dry season, the falls are safer and show their true beauty.
  2. The dry season is very hot, so bring sunscreen or sunscreen oil and a hat. Wear comfortable, sturdy, non-slip shoes. Please note that visitors are required to hike a rather difficult trail.
  3. Visitors are welcome to bring food and drink from the town of Waingapu if they cannot find the stalls open at the entrance to the falls.
  4. Depart from Waingapu City in the morning. As such, visitors have plenty of time to explore this waterfall location.
  5. Get me a garbage bag. Do not pollute.
  6. Take care of yourself. Note that visitors have to do a fairly strenuous hike.
  7. Please bring a change of clothes. Also, don’t forget to bring your camera.
  8. Hire a local guide and driver if possible. This makes driving safer and easier.
  9. Nature is unpredictable, so be careful because safety is the first thing.

Facilities and Accommodations

The road conditions to this location are winding and inadequate. However, the scenery during the trip is wonderful.

Tanggedu Waterfall
Fig 3. Beauty of Tanggedu Waterfall

Accommodations at this location are still very limited. If visitors want to stay, they can find variously priced accommodations in the city of Waingapu.

If you are not traveling in a group, you can take a open trip of Waturanda Trip to Sumba Island. There is promo for open trip Sumba starting from IDR 2,900,000 / Pax. You will get many facilities from us which is very unfortunate if missed.

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