The sky was so bright, as if it blessed us to go vacation. Iksan, Imey and I, we took our holiday. The destination was fixed. Mojokerto, East Java Province. There’s only two famous places at that regency: Trowulan or Pacet. Iksan had been at Trowulan, so we chose Pacet. Many interesting sites there, actually. Unfortunately, we visited only Watu Ondo waterfall due to limited time.
Watu Ondo, in Javanese term, means stone that forms stairway. Before the Malang-Mojokerto bridge was built, paths around the waterfall was a piled by stones, like stairs. That is way the natives called this place Watu Ondo.
Entering the waterfall location, we had to descend through for about 50 meters. It’s quiet near, but it’s not flat. Descending is easy, you just need to beware of slippery ground. The problem may come when you ascend. It requires a long breath. Huff! That’s what work out for.
Watu Ondo is not only about the 100 meters high waterfall. But also about the beauty of typically tropical rainforest’s wild flowers and fruits. There are wild strawberry and orchids grow on trees. Even Iksan saw some budheng (javanese monkey) taking their lunch with the wild fruits.
Finally, we reach the waterfall area in the valley. There are two waterfalls. And one of them was sparkled by a rainbow. I don’t know how a rainbow can show up like that. I just know, it made Watu Ondo more gorgeous.
- Photos by Brahmanto Anindito