The magnificent river
of Endau-Rompin forms a backbone of the park and provides for some of
the most spectacular views that you will come across. From foaming white
water rushing over mighty boulders to gently meandering rivers and crystal
clear pools of still water, the many waterways of Endau-Rompin abound
with sights and sounds that are awe-inspiring. Some of the most breathtaking
waterfalls are found along each of the three main rivers of Endau-Rompin,
in addition to the many smaller cascades that dot the landscape.
Upih Guling derives its name from an Orang Asli
legend. Upih, an Orang Asli, was about to go for a cockfight. As he was
about to cross the river at one end of the waterfall, he saw his fiancée.
He slipped upon turning and fell, or "guling" (roll in Malay Language),
down the cascading slope and died at the foot of the falls.
The journey uphill to Buaya Sangkut takes two hours
of trekking. The stretch is frequented by wild animals such as tigers,
mouse-deer, and baboons, which congregate by the river to drink. Be careful
when you reach the fan palm area as tigers like to rest under the large
leaves. Buaya Sangkut is as mysterious as its name. Based on Orang Asli
legend, a mother gave birth to a girl but was haunted by a dream that
a crocodile was coming to kill her daughter. They moved uphill to the
present site but the crocodile managed to follow them. Her husband called
a python to kill the crocodile. Both were killed in the fight. Her husband
lynched the crocodile's skin and hung it on a wall but it fell on their
daughter and killed her. When the water level is low, it is said that
you can see a crocodile shaped stone at the foot of the waterfall, which
is supposedly the crocodile from the legend. After a long and tiresome
trek, one can heave a sigh of relief upon hearing the thunderous roar
of the 40m high waterfall. One can take in the breathtaking sight of the
calm, tranquil lake and fascinating rock formations.
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