2 Day Guide To Munduk - The Northern Pearl Of Bali
If you think that Bali only has beaches and temples to offer, you probably didn't heard about the pearl in the north of the island. With astonishing green landscapes, beautiful waterfalls and fantastic views over the lake, Munduk is one of the most underrated places in Bali and we are going to show you why you should consider making a 2 day trip around this beautiful province. Are you ready to explore?
How to get there?
The best and most comfortable way to get to Munduk is by car, as the roads up the mountains have a slightly high inclination, and are full of twist and turns. You can arrange a driver anywhere around Canggu, or Ubud and make a fair deal to get you to your destination, with prices ranging from 300,000 IDR to 500,000 IDR (approximately 18-30€).
The best way to find drivers our get any other help around Bali, join the ''Canggu community'' and ''Ubud community'' Facebook groups. Just make a post there and you will have so many helpful answers.
Should I drive there?
If you prefer to drive yourself to Munduk, we strongly advise you to rent a car, specially if you are exploring the province during the rainy season (October to April), as the weather is cooler and more humid than the rest of the island. It is also hard to predict when is going to rain or not, but according to the locals from sunrise to 1-2 pm you can expect good weather and from the afternoon it will probably rain, so bring a raincoat and a waterproof bag/backpack for your photography gear.
As budget travelers, we made the choice to rent and drive a scooter to the region, so we got caught in some heavy rain and thunderstorms along the way, which can make your trip a little bit more challenging. So if you choose to explore by motorbike, wear proper rainy clothing, drive slow and if you see that you can't keep going, pull over and wait for the rain to stop.
There's little presence of Grab or Go-Jek around the area, so definitely consider in renting your own vehicle to get around and explore as much as you want (and it will cost you less than hiring a private driver per day).
Pura Ulun Danan Beratan Temple
One of the most scenic and beautiful temples in Bali, Ulun Beratan is just as magical as its surrounding views. This water temple will make you feel part of a fairytale, specially if you go at sunrise and experience all its magic wonders with that warm and golden light illuminating it. The best time to visit is during January - March, as the water level will be high, so you can row your boat around the temple. Entrance fee: 50,000 IDR (3€)
After you visit the temple and watch one of the most amazing sunrises of your life, head over to the famous Handara gates, where many people stop to take the famous shot, running along the road. To get the best lightening conditions and avoid the crowds, make sure you are there around 8 and 9 pm, as the sun will be passing the hills and give that extra epic feeling to the scenery. Photograph fee: 10,000 IDR (0.60€)
Bali is famous for its beautiful and jaw-dropping views swings, and in Munduk you can experience it with a magical scenery surrounding you. Drive up the mountain, along the twin lake road and on your left you will see many view points with a lot of different swings to take your photos and enjoy the view. We particularly loved the Wanigiri swing, faced to a green and blue landscape, the best scene you can get along the road. Entrance fee: 50,000 IDR (3€)
On our second day we went chasing waterfalls - in Munduk are you have more than 10 to explore - and we couldn't be more enchanted with the glorious Aling-Aling waterfall. They will charge you an entrance fee to either just see the waterfall or partake in their swimming and jumping activities, so don't do the same mistake as us, you can get there for free. Once you face the main entrance, follow the road on your right. After 50 meters you will find a small path on your left, follow it and you will get to the first waterfall (the one famous for its ''Never try, never know sign). Once you go back on the path, keep straight and you will get to the actual big waterfall.
Banyumala Twin Waterfall
What's better than one waterfall? It's actually two! Banyumala is known as the ''twin waterfall', as on the same wonderful scene you can experience two astonishing forces of nature, with a lush green scenery adding that ultimate lost in paradise feeling.
Twin Lake views
Don't miss the amazing views over the twin lake, right after you explore Banyumala, drive along the road and stop at the multiple view points to the lake.
Munduk Mooding Plantation
This luxury eco-hotel is one of the main attractions in Munduk, specially for its coffee plantations and breathtaking infinity pool. This is our recommendation during your stay in the region, so be ready to experience one of the most amazing views over the city and the mountains, while tasting the best organic coffee of your life.