Waterfall and a holy spring
Tucked away in the village of Apuan, 15 kilometres east of Ubud, Tibumana Waterfall plunges into the Bangunlemah River.
The falls here are scenic, but not overly spectacular, what makes the journey here worthwhile is, well, the journey. Passing charming villages, the roads narrow and the picturesque landscape changes to green and more green. Rice fields, coconut palms, banana trees and temples. Bali at its bucolic best.
From the car park near the Pura Dalem, where an entry booth charges 10,000 rupiah, a cement path leads on an enjoyable short trek down to the river peppered with flowers, bamboo groves, birds and butterflies. The path splits—take the path to the left to the waterfall. First you will pass a smallish jungle cascade falling through creepers and vines to a shallow pool.
Continue along the path, for a more powerful torrent spilling into a swimming hole. The area is quite pretty, but unfortunately there was a bit of plastic rubbish around when we visited, and a cave behind the falls itself was full of plastic bottles. What’s with that? However, locals did seem to be making an effort around the paths and they were clean.
A change room is available if you’d like a swim, and a bamboo hut offers a shady rest spot. Take a sarong and sash, so you can take the other branch of the path where steep steps lead to a holy spring at a confluence in the river. We thought this spot was delightful with shallow rapids and large mossy boulders and happily enjoyed it in sunny solitude.
A small warung near the car park sells cold drinks and bakso ayam, chicken meatball soup. Continue your journey two-and-a-half kilometres south to Goa Rang Reng where picturesque falls flow from a holy cave, or five kilometres south to Kanto Lampo Waterfall.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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