Selangor’s Chiling Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the state. This recreational park and fishing sanctuary is sure to delight hikers, nature lovers and city slickers looking for a fuss-free getaway.
The Chiling waterfalls offers, just as its name describes, a chilled and refreshing experience for nature lovers and it is just under two-hour’s drive north of Kuala Lumpur.
Visitors must travel towards Kuala Kubu Bharu and use the road leading to Fraser’s Hill. Head 20 kilometres from Kuala Kubu Bharu before coming to the trail head of this natural attraction. Visitors will find the access to Chiling waterfalls clearly marked by an arch.
The site is managed as both a campsite and a fish sanctuary, maintained by the Selangor State Fisheries Department, which uses it to research river wildlife and fish species such as the Tengas.
Open only from Fridays to Sundays, visitors pay a small fee (RM1) to hike for up to an hour or more on a clearly marked trail towards the main waterfalls.
The run-up to this amazing sight is a multi-tiered cascade of water, with drops of 80 metres into surrounding pools.
Along the trail, visitors can appreciate the many different types of plant species such as pitcher plants, bamboos and wild orchids.
There are trails to lead visitors to the upper tiers that allow for swimming, though park rangers remind people to be alert during heavy rainfalls and avoid swimming. The park authorities put in place strict rules for visiting and camping on the site to avoid any accidents.
During heavy rainfall, rangers will ban visitors from trekking to avoid fatal accidents, several which have taken place at the waterfall in the past few years.
For the slightly more adventurous, tubing is being introduced by Tourism Selangor, the state tourism authority to promote outdoor recreational activities in the state.
Sungei Chilling is a tributary of Sungai Selangor and involves six river crossings along the way.