Photo: Impressive.

Tegenungan Waterfall

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Steamy weather getting to you? Tegenungan Waterfall offers the perfect place to cool off and is the closest waterfall to (beach deprived) Ubud.

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Hidden in lush jungle surrounds near Tegenungan village, ten kilometres south of Ubud, the impressive falls cascade about 25 metres into Petanu River. Photos near the entry booth show the waterfall with a “normal” amount of water and during rainy season “some like brown sugar” says the caption—probably not the best time for a swim. However it was the rainy season when we visited and the falls were perfectly swimmable, just like in the “normal” photo.

A breathtaking setting. Photo taken in or around Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

A breathtaking setting. Photo: Sally Arnold

Passing a row of surprisingly neat and clean looking food stalls all with “good toilets—free if you buy something”, a lookout allows you to peer into the gorge, and judge if it’s worth climbing the steep steps for a swim (you’ll still have to pay the entry fee to get that far). The cement stairs are wide and well made, there’s just a lot of them (about 50 our driver said, but we didn’t count). The path splits near the bottom, but both trails end up near the river.

At the bottom of the stairs, in a small enclosed grotto a pretty spring is a lovely spot for a dip if the waterfall is in “brown sugar” mode, although a sign requests “For: Ladies. DO NOT shower during menstruation”. Holy water. Next to the spring, Warung Beji offers lockers to rent for 10,000 rupiah, and toilets for 3,000 rupiah. Don’t loose your key, or it’s 150,000 rupiah. From the warung, the friendly owner has built a set of stairs that lead to a small waterfall behind, not really for swimming, but pretty ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Tegenungan Waterfall
10 kilometres south of Ubud
Daily 06:00–18:00

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