Templer Park, Rawang
GPS: N03 17.60’ E101 39.25’ / N03° 17.151’ E101° 38.649’
JUST 30 minutes by car from the city, Templer Forest Park in Rawang is a popular destination for locals on weekends.
With a 740m hill, this forest reserve consists of multi-tiered waterfalls, streams, jungle trails and a natural pool.
Activities that can be done here include jungle hiking, picnicking and dipping in the pool at the base of the park. Basic toilet and bathing facilities are available at the carpark area.
From the carpark, a five-minute walk on the road takes you to a sizeable pool filled with water from the river.
The sizeable pool gets its water direct from the river
The hill slope behind the pool is covered with towering rainforest trees and from the pool, a signboard points to a trail to the right towards the waterfall, going upstream alongside the river.
The walk to the waterfall is easy, mostly on flat ground with three river crossings. After passing a water catchment tank, we reached the first river crossing marked by a zigzag concrete bridge.
Fed by the waterfalls and streams, the thriving vegetation includes soft moss covering the forest floor, huge ferns and soaring canopies formed by mature trees.
At the second crossing, a mess of tree trunks in the middle of the zigzag bridge made it impassable. We backtracked, waded across the river to the other side and scrambled through more fallen trunks to re-join the trail after a short detour.
The interesting zigzag concrete bridge.
At the final crossing, we managed to get to the other side without getting our shoes wet although the last section of the zigzag bridge had collapsed.
Five minutes later, we were at the first tier of the waterfall – a modest cascade churning over black rocks into a shallow pool.
Our exploration higher up did not disappoint, bringing us to the final tier with a longer cascade and several bathtub-like pools.
I could not resist trying out the natural ‘Jacuzzi’, letting the forceful water pummel away at my sore muscles. Feeling refreshed after 15 minutes, we bade farewell to this quiet retreat.
A pipeline along the river.
For the more adventurous, a left trail at the top of the waterfall loops back across three forest streams for another 2.5km to the swimming pool.
The jungle waterfall trail can be completed in two hours at an easy pace and is not too difficult for children. The distance trekked is 2km each way.
Templer Park is a 1,214ha forest reserve in Selangor that was named in honour of Sir Gerald Templer, a British High Commissioner in the then Malaya.
Map to the park