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Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh)

Named after seven natural pools connected by a gushing river, Seven Wells Waterfall is one of Langkawi's most captivating natural performances. The falls are split into 2 sections, the upper pools and the lower pools, separated by a striking vertical waterfall cascading down a 91-meter-high cliff face.

Cooling down in a refreshing natural pool is the reward for hiking through the humid rainforest to reach the zen-laden waterfall, amidst leafy trees with cheeky monkeys swinging between their branches.

First up are the lower pools, reached after climbing around 200 steps. These are the most popular for their ease of access, view of the vertical waterfall, and large plunge pool at the bottom of a slippery rockface. Dedicated hikers continue the climb totaling 638 steps to reach the upper pools. Here you'll find the fall's namesake 7 pools of various depths, shapes, and sizes. The pools are connected by a river forming a smooth natural waterslide along the slick rock.

The most tempting yet potentially-treacherous pool is a natural infinity pool at the mouth of the waterfall. Foolhardy swimmers must be extremely careful to not get swept over the edge by the deceptively-strong river current.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

1.5-4hours

Fitness level: Significant effort

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

Falls entranceFalls entrance
Steps to lower fallsSteps to lower falls
Vertical waterfall in dry seasonVertical waterfall in dry season
Entrance and lower falls
Directions to park facilitiesDirections to park facilities
Lower falls area in dry seasonLower falls area in dry season
Plunge pull at lower fallsPlunge pull at lower falls
Slippery rock surfaceSlippery rock surface
Lower fallsLower falls
Lower falls area

Who Will Like Seven Wells Waterfall

Nature Lover

Spend a day in the rainforest admiring natural pools and a flowing waterfall. The climb to the upper pools will reveal exquisite flora and fauna like canopy trees, monkeys, squirrels, hornbills, lizards, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Outdoor Trailblazer

Conquer the 638 steps to the upper pools and cool off in natural Jacuzzis. On the way down, stop at the lower pools to jump into the natural plunge pool.

Photography Whiz

Visit the lower pools with your tripod for a silky long-exposure shot of the vertical waterfall. The waterfall is only worth photographing when water levels are high, typically from July to December.

Fun Expert

Visit the lower pools with your family for a picnic and let the kids paddle in the shallower, safer pools. Buckets, spades and other water toys can be purchased from stalls near the parking lot.

Insider Tips For Seven Wells Waterfall

  • Reaching the upper pools requires climbing 638 steps. There are markers along the way stating how many steps are left. The climb should take 45-60 minutes depending on your fitness level.
  • The lower pools are marked by a signpost pointing left towards the waterfall base, reachable after around 200 steps. The climb should take 15-20 minutes.
  • Rocks at both levels can be very slippery so wear slip-resistant shoes and watch your steps very carefully. Never stand on the edge of rocks at the upper level. The upper level pools are most dangerous as the water current can push you into sharp rocks or even over the edge of the waterfall. Swim in the "infinity pool" at your own risk.
  • Arrive early in the morning to beat tourist busses and tackle the hike while it's still cool(ish).
  • The best time to visit is during monsoon season (September-October) when the pools are at their fullest and waterfall flow is heaviest, however this is also the most dangerous time to visit as the rocks are extra slippery and current extra powerful. You're still likely to get some sunshine as rain typically falls in the afternoons and evenings, even during monsoon season. The fall and pools are quite underwhelming when dry.
  • No toilets are located at either section of the pools. The only toilets and changing rooms are at the bottom of the steps, near the parking lot, so use them before starting your hike.
  • A series of vendors are located at the bottom of the stairs near the parking lot selling clothing, hats, drinks, meals, and pool toys.
  • Visitors who don't want to climb to the lower pools can hire 'transport'. A 700m drive to the lower pools entrance costs RM5 (USD$1.17) per person. From there, the walk to the waterfall base is only 100m.
  • Seven Wells Waterfall is a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk to Langkawi Oriental Village. Combine your visit with a trip to the cable car and sky bridge for an unforgettable day out.
Transport to lower fallsTransport to lower falls
Park mapPark map
Signage directing to waterfallSignage directing to waterfall
Steps to waterfallSteps to waterfall
Signage and transport options

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Where Is It

Mukim, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Car

RM2 (USD$0.47) • Large public car park located 700m from the entrance to the lower pools.

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Motorbike

Plenty of scooter and motorbike parking in the main parking for RM1 (USD$0.23) per motorbike.

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Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off in main carpark.

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Public carpark

What To Bring

Do:
  • Loose, light clothing to stay cool.
  • Comfortable shoes, preferably slip-resistant.
  • Hat, sunscreen and other forms of sun protection.
  • Large water bottle to stay hydrated during the climb.
  • Swimsuit and towel.
  • Insect repellant to keep mosquitos away.
Don't:
  • Flip-flops or shoes likely to cause slips.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Early Morning

Tips: Bring a tripod and use an ND filter for long exposure shots of the waterfall.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Food & Drink

A handful of local stalls selling reasonably priced cold drinks, snacks like coconut ice-cream, and Malay meals like fried rice and laksa are located near the parking lot.

Food stallFood stall
Coconut ice-creamCoconut ice-cream
Food & drink options

Backstory

The Seven Wells Waterfall was named after the 7 natural pools located at the peak of the 91-meter high vertical waterfall. According to local folklore, fairies live in the forest near the waterfall and bathe in the natural pools, giving the water healing powers.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Be careful when walking on the rocks as they are very slippery.
  • Stay within barricades at the upper level and obey all signage.
  • Keep to the designated paths. Don't wander into the jungle.
  • Watch children at all times and keep them close to you.
  • Assess suitability for swimming in each pool by watching the current intensity and water levels.
  • Dress modestly out of respect for local Muslim customs. Ladies should wear one-piece swimsuits or swim in a t-shirt and shorts.
Don't:
  • Stand on the edge of rocks at the upper level.
  • Cliff jump into the lower plunge pool.
  • Feed monkeys as this encourages them to steal from hikers.
Safety signage

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Refreshing pools to dip your toes in after a long and humid climb.
  • Natural beauty of the vertical waterfall.
  • Ability to see wildlife like monkeys, squirrels, butterflies, and hornbills.
  • Availability of cheap drinks, meals, and snacks near the parking lot.
  • No entry fee and cheap parking.
Could Be Better:
  • Slippery rocks at both upper and lower levels.
  • Broken safety barriers at upper level make it very dangerous to walk too close to the edge or swim in the infinity pool.
  • Long hike to upper falls in hot and muggy weather.
  • Crowded during peak season. Several tourist busses arrive by 9am.
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