Feb 18 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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