Langkawi has a rich culmination of nature and culture. Be it undisturbed, pristine beaches, tropical forests, or the fascinating mix of Malay, Thai and Indian cultures, Langkawi has become one of Malaysia’s most-visited tourist destinations.

One of the lesser-known facets of Langkawi is its gorgeous, serene waterfalls. These fresh waterfalls add a diverse mix from the expansive beaches that Langkawi offers.

If you’re in the mood to go down a refreshingly off beaten path, here are some of Langkawi’s waterfalls you should explore.

1. Telaga Tujuh

Located at the Mount Mat Cinchang, inland from Pantai Kok in the Western part of the island, Telaga Tujuh is a set of 7 interconnected pools of freshwater made by one waterfall each. Locals say that Telaga Tujuh, meaning “seven wells”, is home of the fairies.

The rich foliage of flora and fauna surrounding you does make the place seem rather enchanting. If you want a slice of adventure, you can hike atop the mountains to the source of the waterfalls. The hike takes about 45 minutes, but it well worth it for the excellent views of the island.

2. Air Terjun Temurun Or Temurun Waterfall

Temurun, quite nearby the Telaga Tujuh, is a gorgeous three-tiered waterfall that cascades 30 metres downwards in the Mount Mat Cincang, before reaching Datai Bay. During monsoon, a nice little pool is formed at the base of the waterfall where visitors can enjoy a pleasant swim.

If you’re travelling with a group or a partner, you can even plan a delightful picnic by the pool. Frolicking by a freshwater pool nestled serenely in the mountains can be quite therapeutic, we think.

3. Durian Perangin

Durian Perangin is a page from a Ruskin Bond novel. Named after the lovely Durian trees that one finds in abundance around it, Durian Perangin is one of Langkawi’s most popular waterfalls. Embracing the slopes of Mount Gunung Raya in central Langkawi, it is a 14-tiered fall located north of Kilim village.

The fall delightfully plays hide and seek amidst the enthralling rock formations, foliage of greens and the footbridges you will find along the way. Because of its tiered structure, you can view the waterfall from different altitudes.

Durian PeranginDurian Perangin via @dobercototheworld

Each tier has crystal-clear pools in which visitors can take a refreshing dip. The climb to the highest end is moderately difficult, but not too much if you take frequent breaks at the many gazebos or hut-like structures meant for resting. At the base of the fall, at the car park area, you will also find small eateries and souvenir shops from where you can buy hats, scarves, bottles and basic trekking essentials.

4. Langkawi Waterfall (Man-made)

Finally, the manmade Langkawi waterfall is a tranquil, refreshing place to spend your time at. Located near the Temurun waterfall, it is a fascinating man-made structure because it flows over a 50-metre road tunnel.

One can drive through the tunnel and enjoy the sight of several, gorgeous mini-waterfalls that fit right in with the flora and fauna. The Langkawi Fall is a three-tiered fall created by using water from the Sungai Temurun River that has been channelled manually to flow across the tunnel.

With their cool waters, abundant foliage  of greens and breathtaking views, Langkawi waterfalls are truly a rejuvenating experience. What’s even better is unlike a lot of tourist places, these waterfalls have no entry fees, making the whole experience lighter on the pockets as well.