Our favorite place we ventured while on our 2-week Bali adventure was Munduk. There are handfuls of activities you can do in and around Munduk, but we are here to give you the best 6 things to do in Munduk, Bali – So, get excited!
Munduk is a place overlooked by many tourists. It’s a small town situated in the northern part of the island of Bali. Its cooler climate offers a wonderful break from the hot and humid towns and beaches in the south. If you’re looking for beautiful views, amazing waterfalls and to get away from the chaos, head to Munduk. You will not be disappointed.
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How to Get There
Located about 2 to 2.5 hours north of Denpasar (73 km / 45 mi) it can easily be reached in a day. Our advice, rent a jeep or scooter and enjoy the ride up! We rented a jeep from Bima Sakti Bali Car Rental and it was amazing! Having your own transportation is a good thing to have as the things to see and do in Munduk are scattered and are in no means walkable.
Where to Stay
This place was very accommodating, the staff super friendly with a simple but delicious selection of food. One of the big perks of this place was its rooftop dining area that overlooked the valley. Superb sunsets and relaxing mornings watching the canopy come to life.
What to See & Do in Munduk, Bali
1) Visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
One of the most iconic temples in Bali can be found 30 minutes outside of Munduk. Located on the shores of Lake Bratan, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan was built in 1633 as a place where people could make offerings to the water goddess Dewi Danu. It’s a beautiful place to spend an hour or two wandering around the grounds and enjoying the beautiful setting the temple is surrounded by.
2) Take In The Views Over Lunch
Lunch with a view? Doesn’t get much better, are we right? Stop at one of the roadside cafes and grab a bungalow. The views over Twin Lake are stunning and a marvelous spot to have a meal and sip some tea.
3) Get Your Photo In front of The Gate at Handara Golf Course
For those Instagramming folks itching for a good shot, look no further than Handara Golf Course. The main entrance to the course is a big, beautiful Balinese gate that frames any shot perfectly. The gate stands in front of amazing scenery and smoking green hills. A beautiful spot to capture a perfect Balinese picture.
4) Take A Dip at Sekumpul Waterfall
Our favorite waterfall we saw on our 8-month backpacking trip was Sekumpul Waterfall!
A bit of a drive down winding roads, but worth every mile it takes to get there! After you arrive, park and prepare for a 25-30-minute walk. Majority of the walk is a slow steady descent except for the last 10 minutes or so. The last handful of minutes you descend rapidly till you reach the jungle floor.
Once on the ground, you are standing at the foot of a gigantic waterfall! Multiple waterfalls cascade down the side of a cliff into a cool and refreshing pool below. Take a dip and enjoy the power of nature!
5) Sip Some Coffee
Munduk is known for its cooler temperatures making it an ideal place to grow coffee. Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation is a wonderful spot to see a roasting and sip a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Grab a seat in their garden and take in the beautiful, quiet views of Northern Bali.
6) Watch the Sunset Over Dinner
Our favorite Warung in Bali! Damn, bold statement, right? Well, it was that good and the view made our meal even better.
Warung Classic is a café run by a family who serves up some delicious Balinese meals. The Warung is small so make sure to get there early or expect a little of a wait. The best part, the Warung is elevated, giving you views of the most perfect sunset as you sit enjoying your meal and a cold Bintang in the open-air restaurant.
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