Just today, I joined the group of Green Ilocos Norte and Network Advocacy (GINNA) trek the Kaangriaan Falls located in Baranggay Paayas in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. The trail that you would pass by is covered by Barangay Agaga. The distance runs around 10km from the municipal hall to the site. Half of the road may be accessible by car and the rest would be trekking.
This water falls was discovered in the year 1998 when the local government was looking for a good water source and took a photo of this natural wonder. Many people including members of US Peace Corps Volunteers were impressed with it and they began to explore this place. By word of mouth, it slowly became popular tourist attraction and was featured in some travel shows.
The name Kaangriaan was derived from the Ilocano word “naangri” which means stinky. The reason for arriving at this term is that there were some bat caves and the bat droppings made it stinky in the area. However, I have not smelled any odor.
It was so breathtaking and amazing. Rejuvinating is the effect of the sound of falling water. One can take a dip and experience the massaging effect of the water and be refreshed. It’s the best time to visit the place during rainy season to December. The water starts to become thinner in the months of January to summer time. The water runs all the way down to Dirique in Pasuquin out to the sea.