10 reasons you should visit Munduk, Bali

This is a guest post by our fellow-blogger Delilah. She is a lover of all things travel. Her biggest interests lie in trekking, landscape photography, and writing for her travel blog.

Bali is a fabulous choice for a dreamy place to escape to for your next holiday. We’ve all heard of Ubud and Seminyak being popular hubs in Bali, but there is one lesser-known town that is worth a visit. 

Munduk is located in the hillsides of Northern Bali and provides a getaway from the busier tourist areas so you can truly relax and unwind, and get back to nature. This article will outline 10 reasons why you should visit Munduk on your next trip to Bali. 

1. The waterfalls are remarkable

Being home to the best waterfalls on the island, chasing waterfalls is amongst the best things to do in Munduk. From the village itself, you can organise your own half-day tour of the waterfalls. Some paths aren’t marked well, but you should be able to find your way around if you start at one end, then work your way to the other.

Start at the Melanting Cottages. You’ll reach Labuhan Kebo Waterfall first. You can wade and swim in these waterfalls – this one has the highest water level of the four. The next waterfalls are Red Coral and Melanting. Melanting takes a little longer to get down to Golden Valley Waterfall is the last of the four waterfalls in the area. Treat yourself to a delicious Indonesian meal at Eco Cafe, where you’ll get to view the waterfall right from your seat.

For adventure junkies, there are waterfalls located further north that are perfect for cliff jumping. Check out Aling-Aling, Gitgit, and Sekumpul Waterfalls.

Munduk Waterfalls, 10 reasons to visit Munduk,Bali

2. The Instagram Oppportunities

Apart from the Instagram opportunities provided by the waterfalls, there are a few other spots that are perfect for the ‘gram. 

Wanagiri Hidden Hills is located just 15 minutes away from the town of Munduk. This attraction consists of the iconic props to pose with, including Bali swings, human-sized birds’ nests, wooden boats, and decorative frames.

The Handara Gates are another place made famous through Instagram. The towering stone pillars are actually the entrance to a golf resort. Tourists travel far and wide to take the iconic shot. 

The gates are less busy than the Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple, where visitors have been known to wait up to four hours for a photo! The Handara Gates make for a great alternative, although during busy parts of the day there will be a line.

Wanagiri, 10 reasons to visit Munduk,Bali

3. The lack of tourists

Bali is a haven for tourists. Australians especially only have to travel a few hours to reach this paradise. But sometimes crowds and mass tourism can hinder the atmosphere of a relaxing holiday.

Thankfully, there are some parts of Bali you can escape to which haven’t yet become popular with tourism. Munduk is a perfect example. Of our month touring Bali, the fewest number of people we saw (tourists and locals) was in Munduk. In fact, we saw less than five tourists within days exploring and trekking through Munduk!

Being in the northern region of Bali in the highlands, few tourists visit Munduk. It truly is an untouched paradise.

4. The beauty of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

The vast majority of the Balinese is Hindu, which contrasts with the rest of the country which is predominantly Muslim. There are many beautiful Hindu temples scattered across Bali, and Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, also known as Ulun Danu Temple, is no exception. 

When the tide is in, it looks as if this temple floats on the water. The grounds surrounding the temple are stunning, feating bright red flowers and manicured gardens. In the background of the landscape, you’ll see the Bedugul mountains.

It is located only 30 minutes away from Munduk Village in a nearby town called Bedugul.

Ulun Danu Temple, 10 reasons to visit Munduk,Bali

5. The vast rice terraces

The production of rice is incredibly important for the Balinese people and the economy. Back in the 1980s, Indonesia exported over 100,000 tonnes of rice. It’s no surprise that there are numerous rice fields in Bali. Some are well-known, such as Tegallalang, a major tourist attraction in Bali, whereas some are unknown to tourism. 

Munduk Rice Terraces are a way to experience the beauty of the rice fields without the crowds. They’re only one kilometre from the village, so within walking distance and can be tacked onto a trek around Munduk.

6. The delicious Indonesian cuisine

Since the town is not a tourist hotspot, you’ll struggle to find westernised cafes, which is a great thing. It gives you the chance to sample traditional Indonesian cuisine – which is delicious!

Nasi goreng (fried rice), sate ayam (chicken satay), and mi goreng (fried noodles) are my top picks.

 Local restaurants called warungs are dotted all around the island. You can buy nasi campur here, which literally translates to “mixed rice”. It’s a buffet-style of restaurant, so you point to the items you would like to try, then pay at the end for the number of items you choose. This is the cheapest way to eat in Bali with a plate costing an around $2.50 USD. 

Indonesian Food, 10 reasons to visit Munduk,Bali

7. The nature trails

As well as visiting the Munduk waterfalls (Golden Valley, Melanting, Red Coral and Labuhan Kebo) and the Munduk Rice Terraces, there is another great hike to go on while in Munduk. The Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint provides a spectacle of Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes. These lakes were once one until a landslide split the lakes into two.

Like the Munduk waterfalls, the hiking to the lakes can be done as part of a tour, but it can also be hiked on your own.

8. The views from your accommodation

If you haven’t already noticed from this article, Munduk is such a picturesque place to visit. Located in the highlands, many of the accommodation available looks over the valley, giving you a view of the surrounding jungle and bush.

I stayed a few nights in Munduk town in a guesthouse with an amazing view. During the evening, it was such a pleasure to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the sunset.

Munduk View, 10 reasons to visit Munduk,Bali

9. The amazing coffee

Munduk is home to internationally-recognised, award-winning coffee. The Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa is the only resort in Bali located right amongst the plantation. The coffee is organic, ethically-sourced, and supports local workers and their families.

The coffee isn’t the only great thing about this place. The resort has an infinity pool overlooking the jungle and mountains in Munduk. It’s definitely the most luxurious place to be in Munduk and the perfect getaway to relax and unwind. Day passes are also available if you choose not to stay at the resort, which gives you a chance to sample their coffee and feast on their delectable cuisine.

10. The Dutch colonial architecture

Bali was actually colonised by the Dutch back in 1908 and ruled Bali until 1945. Before this, the Dutch took control of Munduk, and many settlers built their holiday homes in this mountainous region. Because of this, you’ll see more remnants of Dutch colonial architecture in this area of Bali compared to other regions.

Characteristics of Dutch colonial architecture focus on symmetry, gable roofing, tall and narrow windows, and ground-level porches.

If you’ve got access to your own scooter, or if you’ve hired a car and driver, take a drive around the area and spot the beautiful architecture encompassed by lush greenery.

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  1. Bali is one of the best places for Indian tourists because there are lots of Hindu religious temples. I have read your article and I’m impressed with your article and you give full information for munduk in Bali. I also written an article about the famous temples of bali.