The beauty of Daranak Falls is something to marvel, the Batlag Falls is more enchanting and seemingly magical. While most of my group were enjoying Daranak, I decided to visit another hidden secret of Tanay, the Batlag Falls which is interesting located on the same site. The Batlag is literally just above the Daranak Falls but you have to pay a separate entrance fee which is higher than what we paid to enter Daranak but its really worth it!
Much like Daranak, the trail going to Batlag is no longer a challenge. You will be greeted with cemented pathway towards the site. From there, you will find a bunch of cottages in case you want to stay there instead in Daranak. For me, Batlag Falls is truly a sight to behold and I have many reasons to prove why. First of all, the place isn’t really crowded unlike Daranak.The water here is obviously clearer and the entire atmosphere is very serene. The trees, the rock formation, the clear blue water will make you feel like you are living in such imaginary world that are commonly depicted in your favorite fantasy tales. It is indeed magical and it is not really surprising, why many movies and tv series (especially fantasy genre) were choosing Batlag falls as their shooting location.There are two waterfalls in Batlad. Each of them has their own catch basin but they are notably not as deep as the one in Daranak falls.The one on the left is quite narrower and has an unusual configuration but the catchbasin is truly something you can marvel. I can’t help but to be amazed by the clear blue water underneath the waterfalls.
You must be very cautious however because the flooring is not as smooth as the others. It was quite rough and there were huge boulders jutting out.
The larger waterfall, on the other hand, notably has a veil-like formation and the water has a different shade of color compare to the other one. This one has a shade of blue and green. The balete tree and those mini islets inside the pool made the place look more serene and somehow enchanting. We were told that GMA’s Encantadia used to pick this location for their production.
Stream of water coming from the pool of the Batlag waterfalls
Batlag Falls is truly a paradise to me and I’m glad I didn’t hesitate to visit this place during our recent trip in Tanay. The town really has so many great wonders to offer! The trip to Batlag Falls concluded our day tour but here are the things you might need to know or consider before reaching this place
►Batlag Falls is located just above the Daranak Falls
►The Trail going to Batlag is very manageable because of the cemented pathway
►You can rent lifebuoys (Salbabida) in Batlag for Php50-100
►The Batlag falls entrance fee is Php100 for Adults and Php50
►Unlike Daranak, people can do overnight stay in Batlag for Php200
►You are allowed to bring foods but please observe cleanliness and be responsible for your trashes (do not litter)
►Take note that you still have to pay for the Php 50 entrance fee for Daranak since it is the only way going to Batlag (that means you need to pay Php150 for a day visit – Php50 for Daranak and 100 for Batlag)
►You can rent cottages for less than Php500 and Php200 for tables
►A sari-sari store can be found near the entrance to Batlag
How to Get to Daranak Falls Via Public Transport
►From Starmall (EDSA Shaw), you can ride an FX van bound to Tanay. This will drop you off to Tanay Public Market. From there, you can ride a tricycle that will bring you to Daranak falls (The only way to access the Batlag falls). The tricyle fee is 200Php which is already good for 4 person.
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Here are the links to the rest of my Tanay escapade: Feel free to visit the links below
► Pililla Wind Farm
► Tanay Church (San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish)
► The Parola of Tanay
► Regina RICA
► The Calinawan Cave
► The Daranak Falls
► The Batlag Falls