Sipiso Piso...Indonesia's Highest Waterfall

Trip Start Feb 02, 2011
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Friday, February 4, 2011

We passed many small towns and villages, most of these towns resembled many of those cowboy towns we see at the movies. Finally,at 11.20 am, we reached the small village of Tongging which houses the magnificent Sipiso Piso Waterfalls. 

First look at the waterfalls, I was already awe struck, such a masterpiece of god's work. Once you lay your eyes on it, its beauty would win your heart and you would surrender your complete concentration to its marvel.



Sipiso Piso literally means as sharp as a knife. To those that speak the Malay language, Piso = Pisau as in knife in the Malay language. This indirectly indicates the falls and the sharp slender look of it. Typically, this is a plunge waterfall, falling 120 meters into the Lake Toba level. The way this falls has been formed is also one of natures wonders. 


This is a self formed small underground river of the Karo plateau that hurls itself from a cave along the side of the Lake Toba caldera, falling directly on to the ground on the lake level and flows into the lake in the form of a small stream. 

Tourists flock this place from all parts of the world. Shutterbugs would be able to spend at least half a day here treating their lenses to the natural beauty of the entire area. There is a wonderful gazebo area for tourists as an observation spot. More adventurous travelers could actually walk down the man made steps to view this waterfall from a close distance. However, we did not try that as it is easily 100 meters below the gazebo level. 



Getting down would not be a problem but on the way back, climbing that height would definitely be a problem, especially with my parents. All that we did here as with most visitors were to just hang around at the gazebo area and take some photographs of this falls. After spending some 30 minutes there, we moved on to Berastagi.
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Jay on

This place looks very beautiful Venoth. I can understand from your words how wonderful the sight might have been. Thank you for sharing the beauty with us.

greekcypriot on

Thanks for sharing Venoth.
The word Piso in Greek means the back. (lol)

venoth on

Hi Jay, thank you for taking time to read and follow my entries. I do hope that your trip to North Sumatra does materialize soon and you could witness the beauty first hand.

venoth on today I had learnt my first Greek word. :) Thank you.

venoth on

Hi Sridhar, yeah, its such a beautiful one. Nice to have you back too. :)

selvarajan rengasamy on

Dear Vinoth,
i really enjoy reading your travelling experiences.
keep it up.

venoth on

Dear Selvarajan, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. I am deeply touched and appreciate your kind gesture. Thank you so much for taking the time in reading my travel blogs.

ros on

beautiful shots

venoth on

Hie Ros, thanks

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