Pulai waterfall

Pulai Waterfall and Gunung Pulai(654m)

via Forest route

Date: September 2000

The main waterfall (03 Sep 2003)

The main waterfall (03 Sep 2003)

The Pulai waterfall is located in Gunung Pulai Park near the town of Kulai. Over the weekends, there would be many locals flocking to it. This waterfall is very much commercialized with a road that leads to it. Fortunately, there are no charges to enter the waterfall. A trip to there is really a visit to a park rather then a trekking trip even though the park boasts a waterfall and a mountain.

A small waterfall just in front of the main waterfall (03 Sep 2003)

A small waterfall just in front of the main waterfall (03 Sep 2003)

Most people who visited the park are to spend their weekend at the waterfall. As for Gunung Pulai, there is a tar road that leads all the way to the top. However, there is a radio station at the top of this mountain, which prevent any visitors from getting any higher. The main park area consists mainly of two levels, one near the bottom of the waterfall and another one at the top. There are also toilet facilities at the second carpark. At the bottom of the waterfall, there are several pools where visitors can take a dip in the cool water. By the left side of the main waterfall, there is a flight of stairs that lead from the bottom to the top of it. There is also a large campsite near the top of the waterfall.

Due to its popularity, the area is littered with rubbish. But, there is a place where you can enjoy the water and it is relatively clean. At the top of the waterfall, there is a small dirt path that would lead to another waterfall after 20mins of trek. There is also a campsite by the side of that waterfall. For people who want to avoid the crowded main waterfall, this is a good place to rest, relax and to enjoy the peaceful surrounding. However, there are leeches in the forest so be prepared.

However, camping overnight there can be a problem. A permit is required if anybody wants to stay overnight and the office at the second level have a ranger who would demand it from you. The permit can be obtained from the Central State Government Building behind the Post Office across the causeway according to a local visitor. There is also a gate at the base of the mountain, which opens from 7am to 7pm.


Getting There

From Singapore to Kulai
Bus
From Larkin(Johor Bahru Bus Interchange) to Kulai Bus Interchange
Bus service: Transit Link bus No. 2 (to Air Hitam)

Frequency : approx. 10 to 15 minutes
Cost : RM 2.80 per person
Duration : 1hr
Remarks : Free seating
  : Ticket is bought on the bus
OR

Rail
Take train from Tanjong Pagar railway station to Kulai railway station

Cost : S$3
Duration : 1hr 20mins
From Kulai to the Gunung Pulai Park
Cab
Cost : RM 30 per vehicle for one way
Duration : 40 min
Remarks : Arrange for the taxi to pick you up for the return trip.

Permit
A permit should be obtained from the Central State Government Building behind the Post Office across the causeway if you want to stay overnight.
There is a gate at the base of the mountain, which opens from 7am to 7pm.


Route Descriptions

There are two levels to the Gunung Pulai park. The first level is at the bottom of the waterfall and it can be reached by turning left at a branch along the road. There are shops at this level. The second level is at the top of the waterfall. There are roadside stalls located at the car park and there is also a toilet, an office and the main campsite.

From the second level, after crossing the bridge on the right side, there is a cross junction. The road on the left leads to the waterfalls at the first level.

The road straight ahead will lead to a T-junction which on the left will lead to an obstacle ground and the track on the right seems to terminate at a hill top even though just before the hill top, there is a track leading down to the river.

The road on the right will lead to another bridge. From the track across the bridge, it leads to another waterfall after about 20mins walk. Several campsites can be found along the way.

From the second level, the tar road in front will leads to the top of Gunung Pulai where there is a radio station, which is out of bounds. The walk up takes about 90mins.There is also a dirt track that is supposed to reach the top of the mountain just before the entrance of the second level.

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