Cam Ly Fall is one of the most attractive destinations in Dalat. Lovely scenery and romantic nature will certainly be unique impressions of the wonderful waterfall.
Cam Ly waterfall is a very sad place indeed. As this waterfall is as good as in Dalat city, it’s been subjected to awful development, and suffers terribly from sewage, dumped into the river just a couple kilometres upstream. The waterfall is small and attractive, but the cascade turns to foam at the bottom, and the smell coming off the grey water is horrible. There’s lots of trash floating around in the bubbles. Concrete toadstools, elephants, and tigers are dotted around the main rock pool. Rides around the falls are offered on miserable looking ponies, some of them painted with black and white stripes to make them look like zebras. The entrance to the falls is on Hoàng Văn Thụ Street, 2km west of Dalat city centre.
The legend story of Cam Ly waterfall
The name “Cam Ly” is explained in many ways with legends according to regions.
The first story: According to Mr. Chil Long who live in Ta Nung commune, in the old time, they called the waterfall Liang Sra and there was a village of Lach minority people, which is located near the present Ma Trang Son street, Yagut street, Tran Binh Trong street, Le Lai street and Hoang Dieu street. The chief of the village was Mr. Yagut Hamon whose son was Dam M’ly or Mon M’ly. At that time the French dominated the region and for some reason, they tortured Dam M’ly very cruelly; they tied Dam M’ly by the nests of ants and bees in the forest in order to take the statements from him, but he said nothing. Despite of the hunger, thirsty and the pain, he never entreated but he just stared at the cruel colonialists. After days and nights, Dam M’ly could not suffer from the hard punishment and then he died. Loved his son so much, the old father screamed and rushed into the body of his son then he died in the front of cruel gunmen. Since then, they K’ho minority people called the waterfall Liang Mon M’ly. Through the varied process of pronunciation, the word: “Mon M’ly became Cam Ly. Nowadays, we can see a holy light, Ban which was built from concrete in a form of a tree with the names; Mon M’ly and Dam M’ly carved on it.
The other story: according to Mr.Dagut K’Mloi, when the French surveyor asked Mr.K’Mloi what the name of the waterfall was, but K’Mloi misunderstood: he thought the French man asked his name, so he said “K’Mloi”. Then the French man called K’Mloi “Camly”. Since then the name “Camly” was used for the waterfall and the stream.
Cam ly waterfall flows gently through the range of granite rock and it looks like the hair – style of a girl. There, tourist can take a horse – riding, take photo and go for a walk a round the fall.
In 1998, Cam Ly waterfall was recognized as a National – level Cultural historical heritage.
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