Sendang Gile Waterfall is a tourism destination near to Mount Rinjani National Park. But this waterfall is rarely visited. This Sendang Gile Waterfall is located in Senaru village, Bayan sub-district, Lombok Utara district, Nusa Tenggara Barat Province. You can say that this waterfaal is located at the gate to hike on Mount Rinjani.
This waterfall comes from the clean, natural, clear and refreshing Mount Rinjaniâ€™s water spring. According to local people, the name â€˜Sendang Gileâ€™ was taken from the way they found this waterfall accidentally while hunting wild lion which disturbed their settlement a lot and made a mess. The lion ran into the woods then the waterfall was found unpurposely. Since then, local people called Singa Gila as Sengang Gile, then Sengang changed into Sendang and finally the waterfall was called as Sendang Gile.
This 31 meters high waterfall is located at 600 meters above sea level. There are two levels in this waterfall, where the first level came up from a hill above and fall into the pond below. The water then falls down forming the second level then falls again forming a river below. The bottom of the river is quite flat, making tourists can enjoy the freshness by bathing comfortably.
One interesting thing from this Sendang Gile Waterfall is that local people believe in a magic power owned by this waterfall. If thereâ€™s any tourist wash their face or bathe in this waterfall, they will look a year younger than their recent ages. But still, itâ€™s only a myth believed by local people.
In the area, thereâ€™s only one toilet, one changing room and some stage houses to take shelter, local people call it as berugak. There are no merchants selling food or drink around the waterfall. Itâ€™s better for you to prepare everything first before going to this destination. Thereâ€™s also no inn you can find near the waterfall, but you can find one in Senaru village.
From Mataram City, this waterfall is located 60 km away and can be reached using private or rented vehicle for about 3 hours trip. Along the way, you will be served by beautiful scenery. There are 2 routes you can take: the first one is through Pusuk and the second is through Senggigi Beach heading to Senaru village. As you arrive in Senaru village, you continue going on foot through hundreds stairsteps and a valley. You will need 20 minutes to get to the waterfall from the entrance gate.
The entrance fee for the Sendang Gile Waterfall is IDR 5,000 per person.