Munduk might be Bali’s best-kept secret with endless gems tucked deep into the lush jungle such as waterfalls, swimming holes, and picturesque temples. The untouched charm remains and while you’ll be hard-pressed to find a boutique hotel in the area or cute cafe you can certainly discovering charming natural wonders and get back in touch with Mother Earth in Bali’s central northern territory. There is serenity to be found deep in the mountains of Bali. Munduk is simply breathtaking. Rent a motorbike and head out to discover these five unique experiences to have in Munduk, Bali. Here are 5 unique things to do in Munduk.
Before exploring Munduk make sure to grab a travel insurance plan with World Nomads. If you plan to rent a motorbike like I did make sure you have an international license or motorbike license. If you get in a scooter crash and you’re not licensed, your medical fees won’t be covered. Be sure to check local laws and contact World Nomads about the coverage for any adventures you plan to have!
GET LOST FINDING WATERFALLS
It’s impossible to know how many waterfalls are pouring out over the mountainous region of Munduk. You’ll likely come across a few that aren’t even on a map as you follow the below waterfall route. From what I found, wherever there is one waterfall, there are usually a few more nearby. Be sure to bring a swimsuit as most have pools of water at the bottom of the falls that are safe for swimming. There’s nothing like a cool dip on a hot day after hiking around and getting lost searching for waterfalls. Save this map to follow this Bali waterfall route.
BANYUMALA TWIN WATERFALL
This was one of my favorite waterfalls as it was easy to find, climb down to, and has a massive pool for swimming. The path takes 15 to 20 minutes to get to the base of the waterfall and is clearly marked but can be very muddy and slippery so it’s best to wear durable shoes. Twin is an understatement for this fall, it’s more like a quadruplet with water pouring from a massive edge boasting numerous powerful streams flowing into the pool below.
In the same park, there are two other waterfalls that can be visited. One is rather tiny and looks like a leak in comparison to the others. However, the fall directly to the right of the main Banyumala waterfall is fantastic. Although it’s easy to reach there was no one else here enjoying its beauty. It’s a great place to sit down and meditate, or if you’re like me, soak up the sun.
PUCAK MANIK WATERFALL
From Banyumala head back up to the main road and take a left, within a few minutes you’ll be on the road that will take you down to the Pucak Manik waterfall entrance. This was one of the easiest waterfalls to reach as it called for about a 10-minute stroll through a village down on an easy to follow the path. Once you reach the base of the waterfall there are a few tables set up and a wooden viewing platform. Surprisingly, no one was here, even on a sunny afternoon in October! There is also a pool for swimming here so float around and gaze up at the magnificent waterfall above you.
GIT GIT WATERFALLS
Git Git is meant to be one of the easiest waterfalls to find as it’s right by the road, however, I couldn’t track down the most popular falls. To be fair, the area is known for having multiple waterworks. I followed a creek that cut through farms and dense jungle to arrive at this waterfall and was rewarded by having the spectacular beauty all to myself. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to get back to this exact one, but I hope when you go to Git Git you’ll also find your own personal waterfall.
Sekumpul Waterfall is about a 40-minute drive from Git Git. They do say to save the best for last and WOW is the Sekumpul Waterfall the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen. It’s simply other-worldly. The hike just to reach this viewing spot took almost 20-minutes, and the trek to the base is likely another 40 minutes or so. I didn’t make it down due to time constraints and a very wet path but I’ve been told there are pools for swimming at the bottom and cliffs to jump off of, although I can’t recommend the latter.
SNAP A PIC AT THE MOST INSTAGRAMMED SPOT
The Handara Resort likely has more guests that stop by to snap a picture between the looming gates that stand as the grand entrance to the resorts golf course than hotel patrons. The gates appear to have a traditional Balinese structure similar to what can be seen at temples around the island. What makes this spot so stunning are the massive mountains in the background, especially when they’re a bit moody with morning fog. If you would like to stay at the resort you can grab a luxurious garden view room on Booking.com for a mere US$63, including breakfast!
TAKE SILLY PICTURES AT THE SELFIE PARKS
Head up the main Jl. Raya Wanagiri road and you’ll start to see an odd phenomenon. Larger than life (or at least too big for your average kingfisher) birds nests jut out along the road and over the twin lakes. These are Munduk’s newest attraction, locally made structures to meet the needs of Instagrammers everywhere. Dubbed selfie parks you can find everything from hanging birds nests, numerous swings, massive sunflowers, and even stranger installations. Rumor has it somewhere along the road is a complete wooden pirate ship but I didn’t find it! Each selfie park is a little bit different so hit up as many as your heart desires. Be careful as many of the structures leave you quite literally on the edge.
EXPLORE PURA ULUN DANU BERATAN
Have an afternoon of tranquility at the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. The serene Shaivite water temple boasts several prayer halls but is iconic for a temple appears to be floating on Lake Beratan, locally known as the Lake of Holy Mountain. The picturesque scenery is only enhanced if you happen to visit during a ceremony where you’ll be able to witness local customs and clothing. The temple was built in the 1600s so villagers could make offerings to the water Goddess Dewi Danu.
LEARN ALL ABOUT COFFEE
Munduk is filled with coffee plantations. The Dutch brought coffee beans to Indonesia during the colonization of the country due to the cool temperatures in the highlands and nutrient-rich soil. There are many coffee plantations that you’ll come across as you explore Munduk, be sure to stop by one to learn about how coffee grows, coffee roasting, and what makes Bali coffee so delicious. I learn about all of this and more during my stay at Bagus Agro Pelaga.
If you have more time in Munduk pay a visit to Banjar Hot Springs, Kayuputih village, and Pura Ulun Danu Buyan. Have you visited Munduk? Tell me about your favorite spots in the comments.
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