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The mysterious falls of Batangsi, Semenyih

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

The ugly sister of Semenyih, Batangsi has never been in the spotlight, of course losing to the famous Bukit Broga. However Batangsi trail has so much more to offer, with the mysterious pristine waterfall with soft slivery sand and the rare "umbrella palm" forest puts it in my gems of Selangor list!

batangsi waterfalls
Undulating-hilly terrain, on other side of stream is lies the Umbrella Plam forest!

Starting point: Burmese Temple of Nian Jue Lin ( the temple gates opens at 7am, possible to park inside the temple premise)

Hike Duration: Allow around 7 hours, depending how long it takes to find the falls

End Hike: Backtrack

Distance : 20km (to the final fall)

Hike Difficulty: 3.3/5

Scenery Rewards: #avatarmoment in the umbrella leaf forest

Toilet and bathing facilities available at the temple. Be charitable and drop a donation!

What to bring

1. Basic first aid stuff such as disinfectant, ankle guard in case you sprain your ankle, band-aid.

2. Walking stick. The ascent here is extremely steep

3. Raincoat and Poncho

4. At least 2l of water, snack! Bring enough water

5. Change of clothes, cool down at the pristine falls

6. Good pair of hiking shoes is absolutely necessary (slippery on wet rocks)

7. Plastic protection for mobile phone in case!

8. Leech Alert! So do bring a Dettol or Listerine spray

9. Check the weather forecast

10. Cap

Note: Trail is long and not suitable for newbies. The initial 6km is easy on 4x4 tracks but after river crossing

Temple to Campsite

We arrived around 7am at the temple parking just as the caretaker was opening the gates. Nian Jue Lin 念觉林 ကျာ်စေတဳ temple is a Burmese temple according to Google maps. The surroundings of the temple is serene and tranquil, and I reckon a perfect place to meditate!

We climbed up a few flight of stairs to arrive at the Reclining Buddha and the praying hall. Veered left to the concrete path towards the hills.

batangsi waterfall hike
The gates to the temple opens at 7am