Are you ready for some adventure after a busy weekend hustling between classes, lectures and assignments? How about a visit to an offbeat attraction in Malaysia? Let’s dash of on a weekend getaway to one of Selangor’s beautiful waterfalls known as Sungai Chilling for a sweat shedding experience and an ice cold dip in Mother Nature’s pool.
Chilling at the Chilling waterfalls that is located at Kuala Kubu Bharu will be a journey worth going for with your friends. This spectacular waterfall at Selangor is only a 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur. Rent a car or a van and even a bus if you want and have a safe ride to this amazing waterfall. You can even Waze yourself here! Just search for “Sungai Chilling Fish Sanctuary”.
Chilling waterfall is also known to be a fish sanctuary that preserves a local species of fish known as the Kelah fish. You will come across an abundance of these fishes swimming happily in the river. Do bear in mind that you are not allowed to catch these fish for your “pet” project or most importantly as your……… FOOD!
Getting to the peak of the waterfall
Once you have reached the sanctuary, you will be required to register yourselves at the ranger’s office. If you are bringing any snacks or food, you will need to pay a deposit for the items that you have brought. Hence do not litter or leave your food packets at the river if you want to get your deposit back. This is all meant to make us all mindful that we are meant to preserve this beautiful sanctuary.
a) Entrance fee: RM 1
b) Food deposits: RM10 onwards, depending on the amount of packages you bring
c) Opening days: Friday to Sunday
Let’s begin the Chilling journey @ Sungai Chilling!
There are a total of 6 rivers that you will come across in order to reach the peak of the waterfall. The journey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. You will be walking through the green forest, surrounded by flora and fauna.
After the first 15 minutes of the walk, you will be greeted by the first chilling river. Now, here comes the most fun part of the journey. In order to get to the other side of the river, prepare to dip your legs in a river flowing with ice cold water and small fishes. Whether the sun is scorching hot or hiding behind the clouds, the water at Chilling Waterfall will always stay chilled. You will be going through a wet and dry journey as you will not only be crossing one river but all 6 of them!
At some point during the day, crossing the river is a challenge due to the strong water currents. You might need to walk hand in hand with your friends to get over to the other side of the river. Or maybe even hold hands with a hot new friend on this river crossing! Prepare a pair of steady legs and hold on tight, okay!
The 6th river crossing
At the 6th crossing, tilt your head up to look at the wonderful 80 metre high waterfall coming into view. As the strong fall of water smashes the rock and land beneath it, just sit back in the chilling river water to admire the best of Mother Nature.