As the capital of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, Mataram has many tourist destinations that can be visited. As a typical coastal city, Mataram has many beach attractions, such as in Loang Baloq Park, Ivory Coast, and Ampenan Beach in Kota Tua.
Not only that, there are also several destinations with cooler characteristics that can be visited when you come to Mataram. Some waterfalls can even be accessed only within a 30-minute drive from the city center, you know.
1. Tibu Tereng Waterfall
The waterfall in Bukit Tinggi Village, Gunungsari District, West Lombok Regency, is about 11 kilometers from the center of Mataram City. To get there can be reached by a 20-minute road trip by motorbike.
On weekends, Tibu Tereng is always crowded. There is no ticket withdrawal for visitors. However, local residents manage parking locations at a rate of IDR 5,000 per motorbike.
The location in the middle of the forest makes the atmosphere at Tibu Tereng Waterfall so cool. Arriving at the parking lot, you can immediately enjoy the view of the beautiful green trees. Almost no sound, other than the flow of the river and forest insects.
Tibu Tereng itself is a waterfall that is not too high, only about 3 meters from the surface of the natural pool that forms below it. The water is so clear that the bottom of the pool can be seen.
2. Tibu Kelambu Waterfall
Still in the same complex as Tibu Tereng Waterfall, there is also Tibu Kelambu Waterfall. This waterfall can be accessed by following the Tibu Atas River downstream by walking for about 20 minutes.
Not much different, Tibu Kelambu has a natural pool that can be freely used to swim. Uniquely, this waterfall seems to be hidden between two cliffs that flank it. Anyone who wants to see the waterfall must throw themselves into the water.
Tibu Kelambu itself provides an atmosphere that matches its name. There are shady trees like curtains or mosquito nets in the Sasak language, so Tibu Kelambu feels more closed than Tibu Tereng.
3. Princess Twins Kerandangan Waterfall
This waterfall is located in Taman Wisata Alam (TWA) Kerandangan. To get to TWA Kerandangan itself can be taken about 30 minutes from the city of Mataram.
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After arriving at the Kerandangan TWA parking lot, visitors need to walk for about an hour to arrive at the Putri Kembar waterfall. The atmosphere of the Kerandangan forest, which is inhabited by many birds, will accompany you along the way.
In addition to the Twin Princess Waterfall, in this location you can also visit Swallow Cave, butterfly breeding, and tours outbound managed by local authorities. To enter TWA Kerandangan, visitors need to pay a ticket of IDR 5,000 for local tourists and IDR 100,000 for foreign tourists.
If it’s a holiday, the tariff is IDR 7,500 for local tourists and IDR 150 thousand for foreign tourists. How about it, very interesting, right?
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4. Tibu Ijo Waterfall
Located in Kekait Village, Gunungsari District, West Lombok, this waterfall is about 13 kilometers from the center of Mataram. It can be reached by motorbike for 20 minutes from the city center. This tour is also one of the favorites for trekking and cycling.
There is no special parking space available at the entrance to Tibu Ijo Waterfall. Visitors’ vehicles can be deposited at the stalls along the road at a sincere rate.
To get to the location of the waterfall, visitors need to walk through an uphill track for about 45 minutes. Exploring the residents’ plantations to cross the river with a bamboo bridge made by local residents.
When traveling, feeling tired is often approaching. However, all the fatigue will disappear when you arrive at the waterfall and find the clear flowing river.
5. Tibu Atas Waterfall
Located about 18 kilometers from Mataram City, Tibu Atas waterfall is located in Buwun Sejati Village, Narmada District, West Lombok. Accessible after traveling about 20 minutes from the city center, this place has many tourist attractions.
To arrive at the waterfall, visitors need to walk about 15 minutes through the rice fields. If you visit when the weather is scorching hot, soaking in the natural pool formed under the Tibu Atas stream will be very tempting.
Before entering, visitors need to pay a ticket for IDR 5,000 per person. Don’t worry about eating or drinking, at Tibu Atas, there are many culinary stalls that offer Lombok specialties, from pelecing kangkung to sate bulayak.
There are so many tourist destinations in NTB, including when visiting Mataram, the provincial capital. Although famous for coastal tourism and the old city, in Mataram there are also many forest tours and waterfalls that can be visited, you know.
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