Sitting astride a ridge that runs up to the northwestern rim of the Bedugul caldera, the small Balinese village of Munduk offers a healthy respite from the crowds and development that blight southern Bali. Placed along the ridge, many of the guesthouses and hotels in the village offer spectacular views to both the deeply forested south and, on a clear day, the Bali Sea to the ... Read more about Waterfalls around Munduk, Bali .
After almost a week in Bali I had still only managed to acquire one two-word phrase of Indonesian, which is more than a little sad really. Fortunately, terima kasih is a phrase with a lot of mileage; it got me all the way from Denpasar to the magnificent volcanic highlands at Munduk and back again, with barely a hitch in the process. Which is just as well as the only other support I had to get me ... Read more about Munduk by motorbike .
To get to the park, take a left where a sign points to Pondok Kusuma Wisata as the road commences downhill from the hills surrounding Lakes Tamblingan and Buyan on the road from Bedugul to Munduk. At the guide office next to Lake Tamblingan you'll find a bunch of guides hanging around waiting for visitors to arrive. A guiding organisation fixes prices slightly above what you might expect ... Read more about Tamblingan Nature Recreation Park .
The path winds its way through dense jungle where it's possible to see a wide variety of plant and bird life before arriving at a ticket office where the entry fee needs to be paid should anyone be in attendance. A further 200 metres on the thundering 25-metre high waterfall comes into view, spraying right out of the side of the jungle into a shallow-looking pond that you can frolic in. The ... Read more about Tanah Barak Waterfall (Munduk Waterfall) .
While the sign from the car park says 900 metres, but felt a touch longer. Most of it is easy enough, but the last part which slogs it up to the cafe and waterfall is a bit more difficult, especially when it's wet. The cafe is a simple warung overlooking the waterfall. Fare is simple, but the dessert of lak lak, coconut cakes with palm sugar syrup and freshly grated coconut, are noteworthy. ... Read more about Golden Valley Waterfall .
To reach here, turn left when you reach the ticket office for Tanah Barak and continue on, taking a second left when you reach Rizka & Indra Coffee Corner and continue downhill, first down the trail then down the very steep stairs. Before you reach the base you'll get to see down into the spectacular pit of Melanting Waterfall. At the height of the wet season this is a very spectacular, ... Read more about Melanting Waterfall .
The views along almost the entire length of this road are awe-inspiring, with massive ravines, soaring mountain peaks, steep rice terraces and ridge-top towns all providing moments where you just have to pull over and take a photo. It's sometimes possible to get onto the back roads around here to towns such as Gobleg, where the views are equally fantastic, but this is largely dependent on the ... Read more about Munduk to Seririt Road .