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Anisakan Falls: View It, Then Swim in Its Pool 22 Feb 2013 Explore | 0 comments
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Nowever, nestled in verdant foothills close to the city of Pyin Oo Lwin, they demand a certain commitment from all who wish to behold their delights. That commitment is typically a pair of stout boots allied to a hearty constitution—not to mention a head for heights.
No one accidentally cruises by here on a skateboard. Any explorer would do well to have it right at the top of their priority list, taking care to note its other name, the Dattawgyaik Waterfall. Like New York, this place is so good, they named it twice.
Anisakan boasts three separate falls, a trio of cascades united as one to stun all with their beauty. Reaching this secluded haven involves a descent through nearby trees. This is an invigorating adventure all its own and takes around 45 minutes. There’s no chair lift here, no purpose-built miniature railway to convey you to your destination—visitors must hotfoot it stone by stone, branch by branch, as part of a master class in anticipation.
At 122 meters tall, the Falls are dwarfed by their more famous Niagara and Yosemite counterparts. Both those mighty beasts are impressive, but herein lies the problem: On a good day, even the most seasoned sightseer would be hard pressed to find a clear panoramic view of either Niagara or Yosemite thanks to the crowds of tourists holding camcorders aloft.
When the crash of foam is blotted out by the flash of cameras, the last thing you’re going to see before you is a secluded treasure. Who needs to venture with the mob when you can come to Anisakan and find your true self?
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Take a Dip
The pool beneath Anisakan is almost as deep as the falls are tall—a lagoon-like 91 meters to be precise. Anywhere else, you’d see railings and red warning signs, not to mention uniformed guides on the prowl with buzzing walkie-talkies. Here, you can take your chances and go for a dip.
There are plenty of shallows and the views from the water are spectacular. The Falls are beautiful enough seen from the water’s edge, but for true connoisseurs of adventure, nothing beats the sight and sound of the crashing water from a gently floating vantage point.
People have been coming here for a very long time. At the base of the falls stands a small pagoda that clearly wasn’t built last week for effect. Like the falls themselves, it has a long, long history, and radiates precisely the quality that spectacles like the bright lights of Las Vegas do not.
Here you will find a subtle, almost spiritual quiet—a stillness to complement the water’s invigorating roar. When the spray rolls out from the water’s edge, it shrouds the pagoda in a mist like the breath of some proud dragon.
Finding Anisakan is well worth the effort, a tonic of inspiration that may well last a lifetime.
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