Although in this town and its surroundings you will not find many things to visit, the environment and the nature that surrounds it make it worth coming here to get to know it. As soon as you arrive you will realize the tranquility that reigns in this area, very different from the more popular areas.
Munduk is the base for beautiful hiking trails along lush green trails and to see some of Bali's most impressive waterfalls.
WHAT TO SEE IN MUNDUK, BALI
You can get to Munduk by motorcycle, taxi or rental car. And once here, I first recommend that you approach the town to visit it on foot. From here there are a number of hiking trails (you don't have to be an experienced hiker). Some trails are uneven and there are times when you will have to climb, "climb a bit" between rocks that get in the way, but in general they are easy trails and will not be a problem for you.
As you walk you will come across the first 15 meter high waterfall and there are several impressive viewpoints over the green valley. Of course, you can also take longer trips to see coffee plantations, authentic villages, rice paddies, and several more waterfalls.
All the trails are spectacular, so whichever one you choose, you will enjoy the environment and the nature that surrounds it.
The two waterfalls that for me are the most impressive are:
You should keep in mind that the path to reach this waterfall is narrow and in very poor condition. First you can make a journey by car, but it is usually full of mud, so if you do not have a suitable car, it is better not to access it by car so as not to get trapped. If you decide to walk the path from the beginning, you must first walk the path of about 2 km along the main path and then start the trail until you reach the waterfall. We actually got stuck in the mud on the way back (after seeing the waterfall) and luckily we found a tow truck in the nearby town who helped us get it out of the mud. They say that in the dry season, when it doesn't rain every day, the path is more accessible and easier.
Visiting this waterfall is one of the activities you can do with a tour or on your own if you have your own driver to take you. If you go by yourself with a driver or with a rental car, you must pay a small fee of 5,000 IDR to park next to a booth. From there, you will walk about 15 minutes on a dirt path, it is an easy path. When you go down to the waterfall you will have to pay an entrance fee of IDR 20,000 per person. You can hire the service of getting on and off the motorcycle and locals will get you off and on. Sometimes it's a bit crazy because there are quite a few motorcycles, which makes the charm of the place lose a bit. You will then walk to the base of a beautiful 50 meter high waterfall in the middle of the lush jungle. The water falls vertically and is too powerful to be below and is not a suitable place to swim as no pool is created below the fall. What you really get here with is to marvel at the place and enjoy the environment that surrounds you. There are other more impressive waterfalls in Bali, so if you are not going to visit this area, do not come here just to see the waterfall. In another post, I will tell you about the best waterfalls in Bali.
Jatiluwih rice fields
Near Munduk are the Jatiluwih rice fields, one of the most beautiful in Bali and not as visited as the Ubud area, they are not far from the town.
Pura Danu Bratan
You can also visit the famous Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple, for me one of the most essential temples to visit in Bali and that you cannot miss. I include it in the list of essentials and you can read about the article:
The Dutch also came to Munduk during colonial times, so there are some colonial-style Dutch houses in the village. Some of these buildings today are lodgings and are a good option to spend the night. In the town there are also some small local food restaurants for lunch or dinner.
The famous heavenly gates
One of the reasons why tourists come here in recent years is to be photographed at the famous heavenly gates of the Golf Resort. And it is sure that you have seen this photo on Instagram or Pinterest.
This golf resort found a deal, and it costs IDR 20,000. (More or less 1.30 euros) They are the same security guards who charge you this cost to take a photo. If you go to this area as soon as the sun rises, there is no security around 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m., so you can get it for free (although for 1 euro and not much, I don't know if it's worth getting up early).
If you want to stay in this area or specifically in the town there are several options, personally I have never stayed here, but you can search for accommodation and offers from here.
PLAN YOUR TRIP STEP BY STEP
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