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Goa Rang Reng

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East of Ubud, near Gianyar, a handful of attractive waterfalls punctuate the rivers, the most delightful being at at Goa Rang Reng near the small village of Gitgit.

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Goa Rang Reng translates to “multicoloured cave” and here at the confluence of Bangunlemah and Betiting Rivers (river confluences are considered sacred in Bali), an ancient cave mixes the waters spilling them in a wide and gentle cascade to become the Cangkir River.

Watch your step. Photo taken in or around Goa Rang Reng, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Watch your step. Photo: Sally Arnold

From the carpark it’s an easy walk down a stepped jungle path where the track divides into three. Take the higher path to the right to reach the waterfall (marked by a sign), but for a more interesting trip it’s worth hiring the services of a local guide to explore the other paths. Much of this neck of the woods is regarded as holy, and locals request you don’t venture alone without a guide (except to the waterfall) and it’s best to bring your own sarong and sash, although you may be able to borrow one from the ticket booth.

The trail to the left leads to Pura Taman Manik Mas, a small holy spring temple you wade across the river to reach. Bring a water bottle, the spring water is pure and sweet. Local guides offer trekking in the hill above where you’ll find another ancient temple, several hectares of long pampas grass used in roofing, jungles and a river canyon. Treks last about three hours and guides charge around 100,000 rupiah. If you are curious, guides can take you to the holy cave. Don’t endeavour to go in alone and be mindful that it’s considered consecrated grounds and locals are rather guarded about allowing hordes of tourists ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Goa Rang Reng
12.5 kilometres east of Ubud
Admission: 15,000 rupiah

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