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11 Incredible Things To Do In Munduk, North Bali

If you’re looking to escape the crowds in the touristy areas of Bali such as Canggu, then you absolutely need to head up to Munduk in the north!

It’s here where you can experience the true authentic Bali and natural beauty, full of breathtaking landscapes, incredible waterfalls, temples, rice terraces and more!

The charming village of Munduk is nestled amidst lush greenery and mist-covered hills. The temperatures are cooler up here, and it is the perfect place to slow down and spend a couple of days surrounded by nature.

one bedroom villa with pool and jacuzzi at Munduk Moding Plantation North Bali

It’s truly a hidden gem just waiting to be explored! Here are all the best things to do in Munduk, North Bali.

Things To Do In Munduk, North Bali

Chase Waterfalls

North Bali is where you’ll find the best of Bali’s waterfalls – it’s full of them! And the great thing is that many of these waterfalls are just a short drive from each other so you can visit several waterfalls in one day!

1. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are a must-visit when in Munduk. The falls are absolutely breathtaking, nestled amongst lush jungle, and are one of my absolute favourite waterfalls in the whole of Bali!

banyumala twin waterfall munduk north bali

The hike down to the waterfall takes around 15 minutes, passing through a beautiful tropical forest. Some steps are steep but it’s not too challenging – I managed it at 22 weeks pregnant with a few pauses for breath along the way!

You can swim in the cool, turquoise waters, or enjoy the views of the waterfall from the wooden bridge. Either way, you can get some fantastic photos in this little paradise, and it’s never too busy.

banyumala twin waterfall munduk north bali bridge    

Be sure to check out the smaller waterfall as well that’s 100 metres or so down the path once you’re at the bottom!

Admission fee: IDR 30,000 per person.

2. Munduk Waterfall

Just a short hike from Munduk village, Munduk Waterfall (Air Terjun Munduk) is a stunning waterfall to visit in the area.

Accessible via a scenic 300 metre walk from the main road through lush jungle and coffee plantations, the 15 metre high Munduk Waterfall is surrounded by beauty and tranquil surroundings.

From Munduk Waterfall, you can actually do the Munduk Waterfall Trek and walk to three other waterfalls (Labuhan Kebo Waterfall, Red Coral Waterfall and Golden Valley Waterfall).

However, there is lots of hiking in between each waterfall so I only recommend this if you’ll have at least 2 days in Munduk as you’ll want to allow yourself the best part of a day (around 6 hours) to complete the hike.

The paths along the Munduk Waterfall Trek can be confusing so be sure to grab a map. Alternatively if you don’t fancy doing the whole trek and are short on time, you can always drive between the waterfalls!

Admission fee: IDR 20,000 per person.

3. Golden Valley Waterfall

The Golden Valley Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall tucked away in a secluded untouched valley and is definitely worth a visit.

It’s a 650 metre walk from car park to the waterfall (or you can reach it via the long Munduk Waterfall Trek mentioned above).

The Golden Valley Eco Cafe is perfectly located next to the falls so you can sit with a coffee enjoying the views!

Admission fee: IDR 20,000 per person.

4. Visit Pura Ulun Danu Beratan (The Water Temple)

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, often referred to as the “Water Temple” sits on the shore of Lake Beratan and is absolutely worth a visit when you’re in Munduk!

This stunning temple, which often looks like it is floating on the lake, has a backdrop of mist-covered mountains that makes for fantastic photos and is often said to be the most beautiful temple in the whole of Bali.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is known for its spiritual significance and serene setting, however you’ll want to visit early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds, as well as have the best lighting for photos.

You can get good photos of the temple from the shore, however for a unique perspective you can also take a traditional wooden boat ride on Lake Beratan.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple North Bali

Admission fee: IDR 50,000 per person. Opening times are 7am – 7 pm daily.

5. Handara Gate

On the main road heading into Munduk, just a five minute drive from Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Water Temple you’ll see the iconic and highly Instagrammable Handara Gate, which is actually the entrance to a Golf Course!

As this is a popular Instagram spot, it gets very busy with people queueing for photos here during the day.

Therefore try to arrive as close to sunrise as possible to escape the crowds and avoid the long wait for a photo, plus sunrise often offers the perfect lighting here! 

Entrance fee is IDR 50,000 per person, and you’ll need to pay 200,000 IDR if you want to use your drone.

6. Wanagiri Hidden Hills & Instagram Swing

If you’re after the perfect Instagram shot, Wanagiri Hidden Hills – a 15 minute drive from Handara Gate, has some epic photo props that overlook Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan.

There are so many different photo opportunities you can have here, from swings to wooden platforms and bamboo constructions. 

The panoramic views over the lakes are absolutely stunning, and you can get some incredible photos so it’s definitely worth a stop here!

Visiting in the morning is best when there are less people, and there are (usually) less clouds so the views are better.

The entrance fee is to Wanagiri Hidden Hills is IDR 30,000 per person, and to swing in the Bali swing here is an extra fee.

7. Twin Lakes Viewpoint

Just a two minute drive from Wanagiri Hidden Hills is one of North Bali’s most incredible views: the Twin Lakes Viewpoint.

You can enjoy the views of the two lakes for free on the side of the road (there are places to pull over and stop), or order a coffee from one of the stalls or restaurants on the side of the road and sit at one of their tables overlooking the view.

twin lakes viewpoint lookout wanagiri hills munduk north bali

8. Trek Through Munduk Rice Terraces

Go for a walk amongst the picturesque Munduk Rice Terraces, which can be easily reach by foot from Munduk village.

Much quieter than the popular Tegalalang rice terraces near Ubud, the Munduk rice terraces are a great place to relax and get close to nature.

The rice terraces are at their greenest and most impressive during the months of March & April, as well as September & October.

Entrance is free.

munduk rice terraces north bali

9. Sunrise Trek to Mount Batur

The sunrise trek guided tour to Mount Batur, an active volcano, is a popular activity to do when in Munduk – although beware, it involves a very early start!

It will take roughly two hours to walk the top of the volcano, but watching the sun rise from here is simply spectacular. 

10. Experience The Iconic Infinity Pool At Munduk Moding Plantation

A stay at the luxurious Munduk Moding Plantation Resort is a must when in Munduk!

infinity pool at Munduk Moding Plantation Resort North Bali

This luxurious boutique eco resort is nestled within a working coffee plantation and offers the most stunning panoramic views over the North Bali mountains.

Relax in your private infinity pool at your villa with a floating breakfast, or head to the iconic main infinity pool to get THAT photo, and feel like you’re among the clouds! 

Note that you can only access the infinity pool at Munduk Moding Plantation if you’re an overnight guest at the hotel! If you come here solely for lunch or for a coffee plantation tour you won’t be able to access the pool.

floating breakfast at Munduk Moding Plantation Resort North Bali

Check out our latest stay at Munduk Moding Plantation!

infinity pool at Munduk Moding Plantation Resort North Bali

Munduk Moding Plantation Resort is one of the best hotels in Bali and so the price to stay here isn’t cheap.

There are plenty of guesthouses and more affordable hotels available in Munduk village if you’re on more of a budget.

11. Try the Local Coffee At Munduk’s Coffee Plantations

Munduk is known for its smooth-tasting and aromatic coffee, due to its optimal growing conditions of a cooler climate and its rich volcanic soil.

When you’re in Munduk, visit one of the local coffee plantations and take a guided tour to learn about the coffee-making process and sample freshly brewed cups of locally grown coffee.

If you’re staying at Munduk Moding Plantation, you’ll be able to experience their coffee plantation tours and demonstrations for free.

Note that you’ll see lots of places advertising ‘Luwak Coffee’ but this is not an ethical practice so its best to avoid it. It’s the process of getting the luwak animal (like a wild cat) to eat coffee beans, poop it out, and then eat it again.

Weather in Munduk

The temperature in Munduk is a lot cooler than at Bali’s famous beaches in the south, so a trip here offers the perfect escape from the heat and humidity.

Year-round Munduk enjoys a mild and temperate climate, with temperatures of around 28 degrees in the day, but rainfall and fog is frequent – and pretty much expected in the afternoons, especially during the rainy season of November to March!

This is another reason why it’s best to see the sights in Munduk in the morning, as the weather is usually better!

banyumala twin waterfall munduk north bali

During the dry season – from April to October, the days are sunnier but it can still rain.

Whatever time of year you visit, it’s definitely advisable to pack a couple of layers for the cool evenings.

How To Get To Munduk

Located in North Bali, Munduk is roughly a 2.5 hour drive from both Ubud and Canggu, and the easiest way to get there is to hire a car and drive yourself, or get a Grab/Gojek (Uber equivalent in Bali) driver to take you there.

On the drive up to Munduk you go past two incredible waterfalls that are definitely worth a stop to stretch those legs: Leke Leke Waterfall and Nungnung Waterfall!

How Long Should I Spend In Munduk?

Lots of people just do a day trip up to Munduk, but if you want to experience all the things to do in Munduk and enjoy it without being rushed, I recommend to spend two nights here.

 

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