Saturday, February 1, 2014
Daranak Falls, Tanay, Rizal
One of Rizal's pride is having the Daranak Falls (in Tanay). But Tanay, the Home of Rock Balancing, has many tourist spots to offer aside from the falls such as the Tanay Church, Grotto, Regina Rica, Parola, Kinabuan Falls, Masungi Rock Formation, Daraitan River, Calinawan Cave, and Tinipak Rock Formation.
But Daranak Falls was my sole destination that day.
From Manila, either ride the LRT or jeepney to Santolan and then ride the jeepney or van to Antipolo (fare is P22.00 and travel time is 45 minutes) and alight at Shopwise. From Antipolo, ride another jeepney to Tanay. The fare is P28.00 and travel time is more or less an hour. Then, alight at the public market of Tanay and then hire a tricycle for P300. You can also opt to ride the jeepney to to the site and then alight at the road towards Daranak and then hire a tricycle there but it is difficult to get one once you are there.
Entrance Fee adult - P40
Entrance fee child - P20
Picnic shed - P300
Picnic table - P200
Pictorial (for wedding, debut etc.) - P1,500
Open - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Seven days a week
Rubber tube rent
big - P40
small - P30
From the town proper, it took me 30 minutes to reach the spot using the chartered tricycle. The road leading towards the falls is slippery due to the numerous presence of small rocks and pebbles.
There are actually two falls in the site and I also took a picture of the other falls.
And the other falls is the famous Daranak Falls!
And while inside, I also witnessed what Tanay is known for - Balancing of Rocks!!
After one hour inside Daranak Falls, I decided to go back to town. Along the way, I saw the path leading to Calinawan Cave. It was not part of the itinerary that day and I decided to see it on my next trip to Tanay.
I also passed by the road leading to Grotto.
But I simply cannot resist going to the light house.
I have seen so many lighthouses in the Philippines and this "parola" or lighthouse is a must-see eventhough it was not part of the plan that day.
Last stop for the day was the Tanay church. I paid the tricycle ride for P400 and every cent of it was worth it. My guide/driver that day was Mr. JR Amaro (0916-828-0768).
It's really Fun in Rizal!
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9HW044iLl0