Pongour waterfall in Dalat
Pongour waterfall, also known as Seven-storey waterfall, is located in Duc Trong district, Lam Dong province, 50 km south of Dalat. Pongour waterfall is the most dreamy, majestic and wildest waterfall of the South Central Highlands. Therefore, if you come to Dalat, you should not miss out the Pongour waterfall.
The waterfall is located in the middle of a dense primeval forest. Before, to reach this waterfall, people had to clear trees through the forest. Or drift the boat along the Da Nhim stream to come close, then stick to the roots of the tree and release the people to the edge of the waterfall. But in 1999, Pongour jungle opened its doors. Currently, the entrance to Pongour waterfall has an asphalt road about 7km long to welcome visitors to admire the majestic waterfall.
The name of the waterfall is translated by the French from the indigenous ethnic language K’Ho: Pon-gou – meaning the owner of white clay. The local people call it Bay Floor waterfall because the waterfall flows through the 7-storey stone system with a height of nearly 40m.
Pongour waterfall stretches over 100m, through a seven-storey terraced stone system. It is surrounded by a primeval forest with an area of about 2.5- hectare diverse and rich vegetation. Furthermore, it is blocked by the cliffs, the river tore into a dozen streams of cascading waterfalls spread along the vertical cliff. This Waterfall is bounced into thick, white foam walls, forming giant clouds of steam covering the river’s surface. At the foot of the waterfall, the river boils gently. Hundreds of strange flat rocks protrude above the water’s surface as if welcoming visitors through the rain of water dust at the foot of the waterfall.
Standing from the waterfall, we feel like a tiny person falling in a strange fairyland. In particular, this place has many beautiful and strange scenes. The deputy blinks, “model” can freely stop to take pictures. You can stand watching the waterfall at the observatory near the center and this is also the place where King Bao Dai used to stop in the forest trips to hunt wild tigers. You can also follow the steps that curl along the mountainside to the bottom of the waterfall to admire the majestic beauty of the waterfall from the view below.
In Pongour there is a three-story stupa that rises in the middle of a lake. This is where one can meditate to cultivate the mind and enjoy good air. The small path leading to the tower is submerged in the water, making people feel like flying on the lake. The stupa, 10 meters high, was built due to the dream of a peaceful country, a rich population and a strong country.