Within the Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape, another paradise , the enchanting Bukal Falls, awaits people who are longing to escape from the pressures of their daily activities. The waterfalls is given the name bukal (Tagalog word for spring) since it is located in Barangay Bukal in Majayjay, Laguna. Although there are some claims that the waterfalls is located within the boundaries of the municipality of Liliw, where it is called by the locals as Kilangin or Maimpis Falls, you could actually confirm that it is indeed within the jurisdiction of the local government of Majayjay by plotting its coordinates in Google Earth.
Along the start of the trail, you can see various kinds of crops planted by the locals, such as tomatoes, and bitter gourds. As you go along the trail, you will notice that the vegetation cover is still pretty good in spite the fact that there is an increase in the number of people visiting the area.
When we went to the area, we were able to reach the location of the waterfalls in just around 30 minutes. Since it was our first time to visit the area, we were really captivated by its magnificence. The whole place was really like a playground of fairies; the water was bluish in color, the boulders were covered with mosses, and the whole place was covered with thick vegetation. Just like in Taytay Falls, which is within the same municipality, the water here is really cold, which makes the place perfect for a summer get away.
Since we wanted to visit Taytay Falls as well, we opted to stay in Bukal Falls for just around an hour. Also, the crowd was getting thicker. So, after we took some Instagram-worthy photos, we decided to head to Barangay Taytay.
When we left, we took nothing but pictures, we left nothing but memories.
- Camping is not allowed near the waterfalls.
- Comfort room is not also available within the area of the waterfalls, but it is available at the barangay hall (registration area).
- The locals built a bamboo bridge so that visitors can cross the river without getting their feet soaked in water.
- Food stalls and sari-sari stores are available near the registration area.
- The trail is established, however, there are portions that are slippery, especially during wet season.
- Since the trail is easy, you could actually visit other nearby tourist destinations such as Taytay Falls (READ: Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna: An Escape from Heat) and go tsinelas buying in Liliw (READ: Liliw, Laguna: More than A Tsinelas Capital).
- Pls follow the instructions given by the guides; it is for your own safety.
- Always be reminded of a simple rule: garbage in, garbage out. Help in protecting and conserving our environment.
I would like to send my sincerest gratitude to the people who were with me during this trip.
|Route||Mode of Transportation||Estimated Travel Time|
|DLTB/HM Bus Terminal (Cubao) to Sta Cruz, Laguna (Pagsawitan*)||Bus (Sta Cruz Bound)*||3 hours|
|Pagsawitan to Majayjay (Poblacion)||Jeep (Majayjay Bound)||45 minutes|
|Poblacion to Bukal (Barangay Hall/ Registration Area)||Tricycle||15 minutes|
|Barangay Halls to Bukal Falls||Foot||45 minutes|
|Estimated Budget (in Pesos)|
|Cubao to Sta Cruz, Laguna (Pagsawitan*)||149|
|Pagsawitan to Majayjay (Poblacion)||35|
|Poblacion to Bukal (Barangay Hall/ Registration Area)||25|
Here are some photos during our Bukal Falls adventure: