Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sungai Sendat Waterfalls - A Mini Adventure Close to Home

It's time to get out of the house and away from the shopping malls!

For an easy, mini-adventure, that is not too far from home, visit the Sungai Sendat Waterfalls, just outside of Ulu Yam town. 

Sg. Sendat is a lovely place for a day-trip and picnic.  It is a beautiful, 3-tier waterfall.  The recreation site is small and simple, but a fun and easy escape from the usual city grind.  While photographs and picnics can be enjoyed at the top levels of the waterfall, it is advisable to keep your swimming to bottom level of the waterfall only.  The top 2 pools look quite harmless, but after reading feedback and media reports, it would seem not.  The top 2 tiers of the waterfall can have strong undercurrents.  According to reports, people have drowned or nearly drowned due to the undercurrent's pull.

Access is quite easy now, as the Forestry Department of Selangor has been fixing up the site.  Toilets, changing area, as well as a natural trail are all under way by the Department.  There is a small entrance fee, to subsidize the cost to keep the area clean, about RM1 per adult.  But compared to the cost of a movie, or parking at KLCC, that's a very reasonable fee.














Sg. Sendat recreation site is located about 30 minutes drive from Batu Caves, heading past the Batu Dam, and Forest Recreation Sites of Sg. Tua.    From Batu Caves, you follow the road to Ulu Yam, drive past the Batu Dam, along Jalan Sg. Tua, past the many recreation sites of Sg. Tua, Taman Negeri Selangor, past the eco-resorts and small housing developments.  At the end of Jalan Sg. Tua, there is a clear signboard clearly stating 'Ulu Yam Baru (left), Genting Highlands (left) and Sg. Sendat (right)'.  Follow that small dirt road until the end.  You can now drive right to the entrance of Sg. Sendat Recreation site.

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