Often hailed as Selangor’s most beautiful waterfall, the Chiling Waterfalls and Santuari Ikan Sungai Chiling (Mahseer Fish Sanctuary) are located just over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
An enjoyable jungle trek takes visitors across streams and rivers, passing exotic plants like wild orchids and bamboo, before reaching the signature 80-meter waterfall overlooking a calm lagoon.
Santuari Ikan Sungai Chiling
The waterfalls and river are also the site of the Mahseer Fish Sanctuary managed by the Selangor Fisheries Department and Selangor Forestry Department.
The main aim of the sanctuary is to provide a safe haven for mahseer fish. Today, the area has become an important habitat and natural breeding grounds for the fish who roam the creeks along the river to the main waterfall area.
Tel: +603 6064 1214 (Pejabat Perikanan Daerah Hulu Selangor)
44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Saturdays and Sundays only: 8.00am – 6.00pm. Closed during public holidays.
The entire site is closed to visitors from Monday to Friday. No night activities are allowed.
RM1.00 per person.
How to get to Chiling Waterfalls
The falls are around 20 km from Kuala Kubu Baru, the capital of Hulu Selangor district. PLUS highway makes it convenient to travel towards Kuala Kubu Bahru (“KKB”). From the KKB exit, drive towards Fraser’s Hill. You should pass the Selangor Dam and a bridge crossing Chiling River after which you reach a carpark. Walk towards an arch visible on the right side of the road.
When you’re there
You will come across a defoliated area with a few wooden buildings housing the registration booth where you write your particulars down and pay the entrance fee.
There are 6 river crossings en route to the main waterfall. A suspension bridge on the right of the registration booth is the first crossing.
It is important to make a left turn at the 4-way junction you come across after descending the bridge. Turning right takes you back to the river you just crossed. Going straight means hiking up away from the water.
Look out for river crossings marked with steel signs as well as red plastic bags tied around nearby trees. The river bottom is rocky and slippery making your choice of footwear as important as your ability to maintain your balance. The water goes waist-deep at certain points; you’ll start noticing the harmless Kelah (mahseer) fish swimming around the river. Note that fishing is strictly prohibited.
After trekking for around 40 minutes, you’ll reach the main waterfall which welcomes you with its mighty roar. On busy days, the area may be crowded but know that the turnaround at the pool can be rather fast due to how chilly it can get.
Those looking for more adventure may climb up steep slopes toward the second waterfall (not accessible) and thereafter the third and last waterfall which offers more private and quiet enclosures ideal for picnics.