Discover Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu Waterfall - Lombok
If you’ve had enough of seeing warm beaches and salt water, another way to get wet and wild is by visiting a waterfall. Luckily, Indonesia has them both in ample quantities. But of all the fresh-water waterfalls, the most beautiful and unforgettable ones are the Benang Stokel and the Benang Klambu waterfalls. Trip Guru definitely recommends that you reserve a day of your travels just to experience these waterfalls.
After paying a modest entrance fee, you can enter Benang Kelambu waterfall, with the fresh plants and water providing a fantastic feeling of tranquility that surrounds you. The road is smooth, and makes for comfortable walking, and there are even stalls placed on the sides of the road where you can buy refreshing drinks, delicious food and snacks for your trip to the waterfalls. Be sure to bring a lot of water, as there is a 500 meter trek in the island of Lombok on the way to the Benang Kelambu Waterfall.
Along the way, you can run into the Benang Setokel waterfall. Benang Setokel means “a bundle of thread”, and it certainly looks like a bunch of thread thrown over a cliff. It’s divided into two—each as high as 20 meters. You can even swim underneath the waterfall, if you dare, because underneath it is a large pond. Continue your walk afterwards, and after 1km you can see the Benang Kelambu waterfall, surrounded by plants grown by the locals there such as banana trees, jackfruit and even freshly-grown coffee. Coincidentally, the name “Kelambu” means curtain and the plants frame the waterfall, pretty as a picture. While challenging, the sights are well worth the trek.
To get to Benang Stokal and Benang Kelambu Waterfall from Mataram, it takes an hour if you have a rental car. From Mataram, head to Narmada City, Sedau, then go east until you find the Pancor Dour intersection. Turn northeast until you find the Teratak market intersection, then head up north. If you ever feel a little lost, don’t hesitate to politely ask the locals, who will be sure to point you in the right direction. Head on over during the dry season—April to October—as the road may be slippery during November to March, which is their monsoon season.