Living in the Klang Valley can sometimes make one feel deprived of nature’s beauty.
But you might find a park with seven waterfalls in a row less than an hour’s drive from the city centre if you know where to look.
The place is called Kanching Waterfalls near Rawang, in Templer Park.
This public eco-park has been there since the 1960s but the younger generation might not be aware of it.
And when Elen Nia Sari Muhamad Arif, 27, found it, she was taken aback by the proximity of nature’s gem so near the city.
The takaful insurance agent living in Ampang makes a point to seek out parks and waterfalls on her days of rest and when friends suggested Kanching Waterfalls, off she went.
“It is amazing because the place is suitable for us to bring kids and older parents.
“There are stairs and concrete paths for us to walk from the first to the fourth waterfall.
“From the fifth to the seventh waterfall, a little trail hiking is needed but even then, the trails are gentle and manageable,” she said.
Elen Nia Sari wrote a detailed review on Kanching Waterfalls in social media groups dedicated to hikers and campers recently, earning her thousands of likes and hundreds of responses.
While other beautiful waterfalls she had been to usually need an hour or two of hiking to get there, Elen Nia Sari encourages folks with children and older parents to bring them to Kanching Waterfalls to enjoy some time with nature.
“At the pools below all the falls, the water is just waist-deep so you can safely take your kids to the water, but always with constant supervision, of course,” she said.
For her, waterfall number six is most beautiful because “you can see the water cascading down several large boulders to reach the pool. You can get beautiful photos here”.
But nothing is perfect and the downside of Kanching Waterfalls is the presence of pesky, light-fingered macaques at the entrance of the park where there are many gazebos for picnickers.
“One macaque even tried to grab my sling bag though I had no food in it. I could hear the screams of picnickers in gazebos being harassed by macaques as I explored the place.
“There are too many of them and they are too brazen. The picnicking facilities are well made, but I don’t think I would ever go picnicking here because of the macaques. I just come for the joy of the waterfalls,” she said.