Photo: Melanting Waterfall, Munduk.

Waterfalls around Munduk

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Sitting astride a ridge that runs up to the northwestern rim of the Bedugul caldera, the small Balinese village of Munduk has a series of jungle trails that lead to a selection of beautiful — and powerful — waterfalls. With a half day we were told, one could easily visit three of the best and most accessible waterfalls around Munduk. So that’s what we set out to do.

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Munduk offers plenty of places to stay and just about every one has its own version of a local waterfall map and often no two routes are the same — as luck would have it we embarked on one of the more challenging routes and, if we were to do it again, we’d do it backwards. That aside, here’s a guide to exploring three of the best waterfalls near Munduk.

Just follow the map... Photo taken in or around Waterfalls around Munduk, Munduk, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Just follow the map... Photo: Stuart McDonald

Walking towards Bedugul along Munduk’s main road, you take the footpath that leads to your left immediately after Taman Ayu Homestay and you follow it on and on and on. Eventually it narrows. Then it narrows again. Then it turns to dirt. Then to mud. Then you’ll round a bend to the right and you’ll hear the roar of magnificent Melanting waterfall. Like us, you’ll probably keep walking, thinking you’re getting closer to the falls (you are, but you’re nearing the fall’s summit) then you’ll suddenly hit a small bridge that crosses the river and you’ll realise, ahh yes, that is the bridge marked on the map — I have gone too far.

So then you start to backtrack, looking for a trailhead running off to the north. You keep going back till the waterfall is more whimpering than roaring and you’ll see a very small trail running to the north — if you get back to the hardbase path that goes to the small house with the big dog, you’ve gone too far.

What do you mean you can’t see the trail? It’s obvious. Photo taken in or around Waterfalls around Munduk, Munduk, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

What do you mean you can’t see the trail? It’s obvious. Photo: Stuart McDonald

So you take this small unsignposted trail which teeters along for perhaps 50 metres, then splits two ways. Which way? The trail to the right looks more substantial, so try that — we did — for a good 100 metres or so.

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