To many travelers who have gone to Langkawi and in many literatures written about Langkawi, the Seven Wells Waterfalls is synonymous with the island. Langkawi is now the most popular tourist destination in Malaysia and wherever there is a mention of Langkawi, Seven Wells is sure to follow.
Also known as the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls in Malay, this considered the most popular waterfalls in the entire Langkawi archipelago. The rocks and slopes over which the waters cascade are beautifully crafted as though they were man-made. Mother Nature did some very good landscaping here. The rapidly flowing cool waters glide and pass through all seven pools as though they were being pumped and navigated by a wave machine. The stones and rocky surfaces have been smoothed by the waters through the centuries, so that visitors may ride with the current and slide from one pool to another as though the rocks were a playground slide for children. The seventh pool, the climax, is a 90 meters drop to a relaxing bath in the seventh pool below. The Seven Wells look even more inviting and picturesque, thanks to the surrounding lush foliage and sound of birds chirping.
Before gliding through the seven pools along with the current, getting to the top of the waterfalls is an amazing experience in itself. The climb is a short but fun adventurous hike through a rainforest that is teeming with all sorts of exotic creatures endemic to the area. Interesting inhabitants are long-tailed macaque monkeys, cream-colored squirrels, hornbills, and who knows what else are living inside the rainforest. While the 200-m steep hike is short and exciting, it is also potentially difficult and dangerous. Make sure to follow the signs, because it is easy to get lost in the rainforest. There have been a number of incidences where travelers have lost their way and died. Obey the warning signs and you will be fine.
Once you reach the top, take a glimpse at the picturesque Burau Bay and Pantai Kok, before gliding down the natural rock slides of Seven Wells like a child; something that is difficult to resist. The waterfalls and the surrounding areas are so beautiful they have become objects of legends. According to folk beliefs, fairies used to love bathing here and the waters have healing powers. The surrounding fauna, especially the lime plants called Sintuk, are also believed to have been planted by the fairies.
To get to Seven Wells, driving or renting a car is your best option. You could also get there by taking a taxi, but taxis are more expensive. The waterfalls are located on Mount Mat Cincang (or Machincang), near Telaga Harbor, about 45 km from Kuah. You can start the climb from a parking lot near Kok Beach.
Finally, if you wish to get an aerial view of the falls, take the Langkawi Cable Car that starts from its Base Station at Oriental Village and ends at the peak of Mount Mat Cincang. In between, you can clearly see a majestic view of the Seven Wells and all the people enjoying the natural slides.