A favorite destination among locals and Mount Banahaw pilgrims, Bukal Falls is not entirely new in the tourism industry. This is evident in the system in place – from the registration fee to the tour guide rates – and the established trail. At least in the Majayjay side.
Bukal Falls is known as such because it is located in Brgy. Bukal in Majayjay, Laguna. But for those coming from Liliw (which entails a much harder trail than the fairly easy one in Bukal), this falls is known as Kilangin. But for the purpose of consistency in this article, let us refer to it as Bukal Falls.
Locals share that Bukal Falls has been a popular spot since the 90s, when it became a pit stop for pilgrims and mountaineers scaling nearby Mount Banahaw. Bukal Falls, after all, lies at the foot of the Holy Mountain.
The trek to the falls take at least 30 minutes and consists of a length of cemented path transitioning to a thick lush forest. When nearing the falls, the trail becomes steep and slippery, and includes crossing a stream that could become dangerous. The rocks, especially the odd reddish ones, are sleek whether you're barefooted or not.
Once at the falls, flat ground is sparse. The area is mostly mossy boulders tucked in the middle of a woodland. There are no rest rooms here. But during our visit, a group had pitched a couple of tents in the little flat surface available there – whether they spent the night or just wanted to improvise since there are no cottages, I did not ask.
|The trek begins on a cemented path|
|Transitioning into a thick lush forest|
|Nearing the falls, one is required to cross a stream|