The Nglirip waterfall locates south of Tuban. By car just forty minutes to drive into the highland jungle. Tuban is a town around 100 km northwest of Surabaya in East Java. The waterfall locates nearby a small village. However, the village and the area are called Nglirip Mulyoagung village. A little river feeds the waterfall. That’s why the name of the waterfall is Nglirip waterfall.
Actually, the highlands are coral riffs and millions of years old. Because the sea level had fallen, the riffs came up to the surface. The colours of the limestone are something between white and light brown. However, during the sunset, the limestone changes its colour by following the colour of the sun. That’s the right time to come over here and take some pictures.
Jungle, waterfall and a legend creates attention. Indeed Tubanese people like to spend their spare time here. Especially on the weekends the waterfall becomes a hotspot for visitors and turns into a crowded place.
Mostly in the dry season, the creek has a low water level. But in the rainy season after a few days of rain only, the creek becomes a little river. At this time the waterfall is a stunning place. It’s great to feel the power and hear the roaring of the water. The water drops from around 25 m down into a natural pool. Downstream, the creek disappears into the Javanese jungle.
Locals talk about a legend. It’s a legend about Princess Nglirip and her love story. Finally, the story tells that Princess Nglirip was kept imprisoned in a nearby cave. According to the legend, the cave is downstream close to the waterfall. Sometimes the princess reappears to the local residents. Another legend says something about a connection between the waterfall Nglirip and the cave of Goa Ngerong in Rengel village.