Lombok is one of the finest tropical islands for the tourists. It’s got everything an average foreigner would want to see and experience, including temples, beaches, mountains, and, of course, waterfalls. There are more of those than you can count, actually, and it will take a lot of time and dedication to check them all out.
Today we’ll talk about a very special landmark – the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls. Yes, they come as a package deal and are, without a doubt, among the most exciting spots in Lombok. Even if you’ve seen dozens in the past, I bet you’ll still be amazed by this beautiful image. Just take a look at the pictures and tell me how they make you feel!
This natural beauty consists of two levels and multiple water streams, all of which turn it into a sight for sore eyes. So, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a fan of lush forests and beautiful waterfalls or not, because these two are a must-see. Generally speaking, Lombok is a more peaceful, tranquil, and “civilized” version of Bali, the party-friendly neighbor.
It is more attractive for the mature visitors that want a piece of the heavenly sunsets, crystal-clear waters, centuries-old temples, and everything else in between. If you’re one of those tourists and love to travel with your family, the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls are exactly what you need.
What Are The Benang Stokel And Benang Kelambu Waterfalls All About?
Most foreigners prefer to hire guides that know the island by heart and are qualified to lead them through the safest and fastest routes. However, the people of Lombok are known to scam and cheat, which means you’ll end up paying more than you should. Bit in all fairness, you won’t need a local to guide you through it all.
Usually, you have to go through a dense forest before you get to a waterfall. Same goes for these ones. In a way, getting there is a separate journey that makes you feel like Indiana Jones (or, at least, one of his partners). The sounds of the birds singing, the monkeys running around, and the wind playing with the crowns of the trees create just the right atmosphere for a tiny adventure.
The good news is, while the path will be quite exhausting even for the folks that like sports and trekking, the road is paved and will be pretty comfortable. The Central Lombok Regency is breathtakingly beautiful, and that’s where you’ll find the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls. This cascade pair is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Senggigi, the most popular beach in Lombok.
Let me make everything clear before we get into more details: these waterfalls are approximately 1km away from each other. So, no, they’re not Siamese twins or anything like that. They are very similar to one another, though, and the sight of tons of water crashing down through lush plants will definitely linger on long after you leave the island. They’ve been here for centuries and will keep flowing even after we go away.
Learning More About The Benang Stokel And Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
Despite the fact that there aren’t many hotels/guest houses or restaurants/cafes in the area (especially once you get closer to this landmark), you can always count on the food stalls that serve the foreigners and the locals on the sides of the road. Drinks and snacks will bring you back to life, while the tiny towels will be of great help if you decide to get more “intimate” with either one of the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls.
By the way, can you guess what the name of the first ‘fall means? In English, it can be translated as “a bundle of threads” – sounds scary, doesn’t it? There are two levels to it, as you can clearly see on the pictures.
The water is coming down from Mount Rinjani (same goes for most waterfalls in Lombok) and feeds the forest and the citizens of the island. At the very bottom, there’s a pond and it’s perfect for messing around with your friends and taking some quick dives.
Please keep in mind that even though the climate on this island is tropical, sometimes, the water from the top of the mountain is freezing and you’ll probably catch a cold if you spend too much time in it. As for Benang Kelambu, it consists of three levels and is a bigger attraction for the foreigners with kids. In Sasak, Kelambu means a curtain (the plants look like windows or doors that frame the waterfall).
What Else Is There To Do At This Landmark?
According to the locals, the water in the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls is clean and can be used to quench the thirst. It’s a part of a water spring on Rinjani, the 2nd-highest volcano in Indonesia, and it’s believed that this spring is magical and can heal even the most severe injuries.
Don’t believe the fairytales, my friends, but do drink the water, because it will give you a nice boost of energy for the walk back to the hotel. Obviously, no modern-day tourist can go to a faraway resort island without grabbing his/her favorite camera. For taking some epic photographs and selfies, the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls are simply perfect. Don’t forget about the jumping spot (it’s 11-meters-high and is located on the left side of the bridge).
The entire area is unbelievably beautiful and sets just the right mood. Most of the time, you’ll find other tourists there, but it’s possible to find just the right time where both spots will be 100% empty. If you want to meditate and connect with nature, that will be the best way to do that. Personally, I always love to see other people and make friends in my foreign trips.
The language barriers don’t seem to exist near these waterfalls and every single visitor becomes one with the rest. You won’t see trash lying around or any “crippled” buildings there. The paved road is new, the benches look lovely, and it’s obvious that the government is taking good care of it all.
Some General Tips Before You Embark On Your Journey
I know I just praised the road, but that’s only true for the paved part of it. The path to this destination is actually in a drastic shape. Keep that in mind and make sure not to pack the bag with tons of junk that you won’t need. As mentioned earlier, the food stalls will get you fed and clothed.
The “primal” state of Central Lombok is one of its biggest selling points and you’ll find a lot of that near the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls. Get yourself ready for a long strall if you want to see Kelambu, as you’ll need to walk for about 15 minutes to get there from the first waterfall. Kelambu is the star of the show, no doubt there.
The sight of hundreds of water streams “squeezing” through the plants is very humbling and deeply inspiring. As mentioned in the beginning, the guides will try to rip you off.
And, even though the official entrance fee is low, there are a lot of shady folks around that will make you pay more. Keep that in mind and always demand the official fee. They will talk to you in English, by the way.
How To Find The Benang Stokel And Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
Good news, dear friends: even though it might seem like these tourist magnets are on the other side of the island, it will take you no more than one hour to get there from the Lombok International Airport. Obviously, you’ll never make it there on foot, which means a transport is a must.
The visitors are free to choose between renting a bike/car (fun, fast, and bad-ass), hiring a taxi driver (expensive, laid-back, and also fast), and using public transportation (slow, hot, cramped, and frustrating). From Mataram, the route is just as long and, again, you’ll get to the destination in +/- 60 minutes. The road is nice and straight, with no sudden twists.
From Kuta, it will take 1, 5 hours to get there. It would be best to rent a scooter and enjoy the ride. Summing up, I want to say that the Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls definitely deserve a visit.
While the first one might not be that impressive, Kelambu is one hell of a landmark. You won’t find a waterfall like that in many other spots around the world, and that’s what makes it so special.