Feb 18 2013

Driving around Bali: Medewi to Munduk

Published by at 3:21 am under Driving around Bali

You must be thinking this is the slowest drive of all time around Bali, but we’re getting there! From Medewi you have two options — continue east along the coast to Balian and beyond or veer inland. We’re going to opt for the latter and take a left turn at the main junction over the river heading west and take the road to Pupuan.

On the way to Munduk.

On the way to Munduk.

It’s an all-weather road, narrow in places, but fine by either motorbike or car and it quickly scales up the slopes that overlook Medewi and the rest of this coastal stretch of Bali. The views back over the beaches are stunning, so take your time and stop for pics when you can. Aside from the views back to the coast you’ll also pass through plenty of small villages that are interesting in their own right. Signposting is close to non-existent, so if you do get disorientated, just ask for Pupuan.

The view back to the Bali Strait.

The view back to the Bali Strait.

Pupuan is a small town on the main north-south Antosari (south coast) to Seririt (north coast) road. When you hit this take a left and start heading north. The scenery along this stretch is great and there is one layover on a right bend that offers lovely valley views (save the electricity pylons running down the centre of the valley) — stop here for some simple snacks and drinks.

Reaching ricefield saturation point yet?

Reaching ricefield saturation point yet?

From here press on and you’ll eventually hit the turn off to the right the Munduk. Note there are two turn-offs and unless you’re very keen-eyed you may miss the first one, but the second one will also get you there no problem. As with the rest of this portion of the drive, the signposting, even by Balinese standards, is dire, so either have a GPS handy or be ready to ask for directions. On the upside, this is a beautiful part of the island with dense rice terraces and tremendous views up the slopes of Gunung Batukaru.

Just another day in Munduk.

Just another day in Munduk.

Munduk itself sits atop a ridge that snakes up the volcano’s slope and on a clear day you can easily see the Bali Sea to the north and the densely forested slopes to the south. The town is small, but there are plenty of places to stay in Munduk and a smattering of eateries. Activities include trekking, visiting nearby waterfalls and seeing the lovely Danau Tamblingan — one of the three crater lakes that wrap around Gunung Batukaru.

We’ll be writing more about Munduk itself soon as we’re heading there the coming weekend…

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2 Responses to “Driving around Bali: Medewi to Munduk”

  1. exactoon 27 Feb 2013 at 10:13 pm

    nice pictures, stuart! we are still thinking about a trip to Bali in 2014. about how much would it cost per day to rent a car for this trip? would you make the journey is a series of day trips or overnight along the way? and most important of all – can you still get a bintang in these out-of-the way places? keep those cards and letters coming. thanks. mark

  2. adminon 28 Feb 2013 at 12:27 am

    Hey Mark,

    You’ll get a decent car for around $20 a day, perhaps a little less if you want a more compact jeep or something.

    I’d definitely do it in a series of overnight trips along the way as otherwise you’d be driving over the same ground over and over.

    Bintang everywhere!