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Munduk: the pure side of Bali

After a number of weeks of relaxation in Ubud, I assumed it might be a pleasant concept to make a visit to the north of Bali. I had already read some issues about Munduk and I was pretty fast that I needed to go there.

And I can already inform you: that is really an exquisite vacation spot. It’s full of rice fields, waterfalls and mountains coated with tropical rainforest. Furthermore, you see few vacationers there. In case you are on the lookout for the pure side of Bali, I like to recommend you go here. You’ll frequently be amazed how lovely it is.

On this article I’ll take you to the adventures I’ve experienced in the Munduk area. By the way, along with Mia, a good friend from Ubud. I’ll inform you every part about the spectacular sights, but in addition give my trustworthy opinion about issues that I discovered disappointing.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan: an iconic temple in Bali

As you strategy Munduk, there are a number of places to visit. One is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, maybe the most famous temple in Bali. You possibly can see this Hindu shrine passing by on the conveyor belt on Instagram, at travel businesses and it’s also on Indonesia's letter money.

Once we arrived at the temple, it began to rain. Subsequently
we decided to eat something in the restaurant reverse and wait
until the climate acquired better. This just didn't happen. After one and a half
We thought it was enough and we took the probability

That Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a well known attraction, is clear from the great amount of buses that you simply see standing in the parking zone. I estimate around 40. It was as if we have been standing at the entrance to Efteling.

The entrance is with 50,000 IDR (over three euros) on the high side in the event you ask me. You often pay a most of 20,000 IDR (1.25 euros) for such issues.

By means of a superbly landscaped backyard you arrive at Danau Beratan, a large lake adjoining to inexperienced hills. You may also see the temple there. An exquisite factor.

Unfortunately it was super crowded, alongside the waterfront it was crowded with individuals taking selfies. This took away the magical feeling of this place.

All of a sudden it began pouring once more, so there was nothing left to cover in the aforementioned restaurant.

April is not a rainy season, is it? Indeed. Solely in Bali does this not all the time say anything, as it turned out once more.

When it turned a little less, we drove on and at a supermarket close by we bought a poncho for me. I didn't have one but.

The mountain village of Munduk

After an extended winding street by means of the mountains, previous crater lakes and delightful green landscapes, we lastly arrived in Munduk. We have been each shivering with chilly and the exhausting experience by way of the rain was over.

Munduk is a small place with a number of food outlets and accommodations to stay. And that's what it is. To offer you an impression: there isn’t any supermarket and you must make an effort to find a warung the place you possibly can eat one thing.

It is clear that it isn’t the amenities for which you’re here
come, you go to Munduk purely and easily for the insane nature. That is specifically
extremely lovely, as the next day would prove.

On their lonesome in the rice fields

Concentrate, because that is one of the greatest ideas I’ve for you. Do you need to walk by way of ultra-green rice fields with out encountering any tourists? Then head in the direction of Warung Basic to turn proper just a little later and descend bit by bit. Then you’ll be able to park somewhere and go for a stroll. The character you come via is just superb.

On Maps.me I saw that there is a path to the left, a path that runs by way of the rice terraces of Munduk. We parked close to the exit. Earlier than we proceed the route, we took a take a look at a rice subject on the different side. An enormous inexperienced terrace where a man was harvesting.

Then we walked again to the scooter to seek out the path we got here for. We adopted a street that begins with potholes and then goes up quite steeply.

“Seriously, are rice fields above?” Is what I advised Mia. It felt emotionally moderately illogical. You’d assume that you need to go down for that? Quickly after, nevertheless, it turned out that we had landed in a inexperienced sea. Indeed, the green sea of ​​rice terraces that we had hoped for.

That is one of the most lovely places I have seen in Bali. So inexperienced, numerous palm timber and surrounded by mountains. The peak variations in the fields also make the view additional engaging. And you aren’t guaranteed to satisfy vacationers here. At most you see an area at work or a cow standing in a picket hut.

I used to be utterly silent by what I saw. It was a sense of happiness and happiness. Precisely these are the issues that you simply, as an individual, sometimes want.

A trek to the Munduk Waterfall

After the rice fields we went on to the Munduk Waterfall. It is one of the many waterfalls in the north of Bali. After a reasonably steep descent of 10 minutes by way of a forest, you’ll arrive at a checkpoint where you pay 20,000 IDR (1.25 euros). Then you definitely stroll by means of a superbly landscaped garden and also you hear water pour down onerous. And when you could have had the final steps, you see a surprisingly high waterfall emerge from a rock opening.

The white water strip seems to be super nice, primarily because of the distinction with the rock partitions which are coated with moss and brilliant inexperienced leaves.

The facility with which the water thunders down is absolutely immense. In case you stand underneath it, it in all probability feels like you're being stoned. I subsequently ignored this challenge.

What if I inform you that the most impressive waterfalls are but to return? Read on.

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall: a fairy tale so lovely

“The sky is blue, nice isn't it.” I shouldn't have stated it as a result of a couple of moments later we all of a sudden drove via veil clouds. And as you understand, it began to rain really onerous once more. We subsequently took refuge in the first case that we encountered.

And it obtained worse and worse. I have by no means seen such rainfall in Bali before. After a great hour it appeared to get higher and we have been glad to proceed. We needed to go to the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls.

However as a result of it came once more afterwards with bins from heaven, it was not potential to examine the navigation. I did know it will be left a couple of kilometers away. And then I noticed an indication with “Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall” on it, though I didn't actually understand that text. The word “Waterfall” reminded me that I took the right turn. We went that means and we arrived in a moderately drenched state by way of a great distance down.

At the similar time I noticed that we have been sitting at the fallacious waterfall. The photographs at the entrance, nevertheless, appeared promising, and given the weather circumstances, we didn't really feel like getting on the scooter again.

“Do they really look like that?” I requested one of the staff. In fact he confirmed this. Right here too you pay 20,000 IDR (1.25 euros). But don't fear, you will obtain a minimum of four waterfalls in return.

We have been the only guests and we started a trek via the wilderness. Slippery paths and deep steps with puddles of water would comply with. The rain turned extra intense, though this didn't hassle me much anymore.

Mia determined to not as a result of of an damage to her knee anymore
to continue and I subsequently continued alone.

The One Waterfall and the BWA Waterfall

The primary place I ended up was one with two waterfalls. The One Waterfall and the BWA Waterfall. Significantly, I hardly believed that I had this pearl all to myself. The BWA Waterfall particularly is spectacular, it is a giant assortment of all types of smaller waterfalls.

In case you are speaking about idyllic spots, that is definitely one. Does Bali have such lovely waterfalls? So sure. The pouring rain also gave an extra mysterious touch to the already spectacular setting. It was pure pure power that I noticed round me.

Along with the waterfalls, it’s tremendous inexperienced, and all types of colourful tropical crops grow amongst all that greenery. A river flows rapidly from one waterfall to the different.

Typically, very typically, you might be overwhelmed by a magical feeling. A sense of unreality. As in case you are in a fairy story. And consider me, this was such a moment.

The Two Waterfall

Totally stunned I walked back upstairs and adopted the street that results in the Two Waterfall and the Spray Waterfall.

The Two Waterfall comes first and, remarkably enough, consists of three waterfalls, though in my case this was in all probability resulting from the large amount of rain.

A nice place, though I was sort of too keen about the waterfalls that I had just seen earlier than.

The Spray Waterfall

Somewhat deeper into the jungle is the Spray Waterfall. And oh, how particular that is. From above you look down on all the violence, and by way of a mud path that goes down you instantly stand straight in entrance of it.

No individuals in sight and nothing to hear, besides the sound of falling water. From a cramped but picturesque bridge I checked out the waterfall and all the greenery round me. I felt at one with nature. What a special thing this was. Anyway, all day anyway.

Different places of curiosity in Munduk

In addition to the sights that I described above, you’ll discover different places to go to round Munduk.

One is the Handara Golf Gate, although I discover it overrated. It’s once more such a sometimes hyped Instagram spot that vacationers only strategy for a quick photograph. On the approach again to Ubud we stopped there, however we had seen it pretty shortly. You pay 20,000 IDR (1.25 euros) to be able to stand in front of a Balinese entrance and to take a photograph. After what I had seen earlier that day, I not needed this.

There are also a number of coffee plantations, a really previous Banyan tree and you are able to do cool hikes. Make sure to cease at one of the viewpoints around the Twin Lakes, these are Lake Buyan and the aforementioned Lake Tamblingan. In addition to enjoying the lovely views, you may as well make a trek to the lakes. If you wish to see extra waterfalls, you’ll be able to continue in the direction of Singaraja. The Sekumpul waterfall is a should there.

However simply driving by means of the mountains and enjoying the lovely views of the tropical rainforest, fields full of blue hydrangeas and valleys full of crater lakes is definitely an attraction in itself. You will notice it yourself when you’re on the scooter.

Where are you able to spend the night time in Munduk?

As I already talked about, Munduk is a very small place. So don't anticipate lots of of homestays, motels and guesthouses like you’re used to in Ubud or Seminyak. The accommodations which might be out there, nevertheless, typically have unbelievable views and are surrounded by unspoilt nature.

I personally slept in Geriya Siena, the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in a gorgeous view of the mountains from the restaurant – and from your balcony. In case you are in search of a hostel, then Dong Paloh is a must. Additionally they have a comfortable espresso bar.

How do you get to Munduk?

To get to Munduk, you’ll be able to take a shuttle bus in Ubud. You
You’ll be able to then lease a scooter there to explore the area.

Nevertheless, it’s nice to do the trip from Ubud yourself. It’s
a true journey by means of rice fields, native villages and thru the mountains. Please
notice that you are on the street for two to 2.5 hours.