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10 Best Things To Do In Munduk

Located in northern Bali, Munduk is a picturesque mountain village that’s surrounded by lush green vegetation, mountains and rice terraces.

Although cooler and quieter than some areas of the country, more and more tourists are being attracted by the beauty of north of Bali.

With spectacular waterfalls, lakes and viewpoints, this area is a photographers paradise with endless perfect picture postcard shots to capture.

So, here’s an ultimate guide to the best things to do in Munduk.

1. Wanagiri Hidden Hills

Definitely top of most people things to do in Munduk list, Wanagiri Hidden Hills is popping up on everyones Instagram feed lately!

You can’t miss the bamboo made platforms and photogenic swings when you arrive in the Wanagiri area.

They are dotted along the left hand side of the road as you head along the main road that leads in from Bedugul.

You’ll see the competition lined up waving you into their tourist traps.

Although as cheesy as they are, these impressive works of art are an incredible way for the locals to make a living thanks to tourism.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

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Swinging away at Wanagiri Hidden Hills.
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One of many hanging baskets.

2. The Handara Gate

As the name suggests, the Handara Golf & Resort in Bali is a fully functioning golf club. A golf club though, with very tall and picturesque entrance gates.

The Bali gates have become crazily popular thanks to social media and are now at the top of most visitors lists particularly as a must have Bali Instagram photo.

We passed through at sunrise and nobody was there. Although later that day on the way home there was a tent with a security guard at the entrance charging 10,000 Rupiah.

So if you want the photo you’ll have to cough up 50p or get up early for sunrise!

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The famously photogenic Handara Gate.
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Arriving at the famous gates in Munduk.

3. Stay At Munduk Moding Plantation

We’re going to put it out there, Munduk Moding Plantation was the most beautiful accommodation we have ever stayed at!

Located high in the mountains of Munduk with incredible views, incredible food and an incredible atmosphere – there was not a fault we could find at MMP.

Waking up to one of the most famous infinity pools in the world, and watching the sun set over the mountains from above the clouds were some of the best memories of our lives, and ones that we’ll never forget from Bali.

With excellent service and rooms that will blow your mind, if you can afford to spend a night or two at Munduk Moding Plantation we highly recommend it!

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Staying at Munduk Moding Plantation is on most peoples Bali bucket list

4. Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint

Twin Lakes Viewpoint overlooks both Tamblingan Lake and Buyan Lake in Munduk.

The large stone block can be found along the main road, the same road that’s also famous for Wanagiri Hidden Hills, and is pin pointed on google maps as ‘Bali Twin Lake Trekking Point’.

Separated by a rainforest-covered hill, almost 2km wide, Bali Twin Lakes used to be one whole lake until a landslide separated them in around the 1800’s. Now this awesome viewpoint is becoming an attraction for locals and tourists.

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Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint in the north of Bali.
Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint Buyan Lake Tamblingan Lake
Wild side of the road views from Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint.

5. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

The word Jati translates to ‘really’ and Luwih to ‘excellent’. So you can expect something ‘really excellent’!

Jatiluwih Rice Fields are scattered across an unimaginable area of 632 hectares wide. You can also experience a cooler atmosphere with it being 700 metres above sea level.

The best times to visit Jatiluwih is between are February and April. You will see the tall green and yellow rice plants in full swing. However, we visited in January so we hit the Jatiluwih Rice Fields and little bit before the true green land season.

Either way, Jatiluwih is definitely something to add to you things to do in Munduk Bali list!

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The views over Jatiluwih Rice Terrace are beautiful.
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The vast landscape at Jatiluwih Rice Terrace.

6. Munduk Waterfall

Munduk Waterfall is one of the more lesser known waterfalls in Bali.

Operated by a couple of locals, Munduk Waterfall is not super popular with tourists, meaning you’ll likely have the whole area to yourself. There is also a toilet and changing area near the entrance.

Either take a picnic and relax, or jump in for a splash, before heading over to the impressive Banyumala Twin Waterfall.

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Munduk Waterfall was completely empty when we visited.
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Crossing the bridge to reach Munduk Waterfall.

7. Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are becoming quite the hit in the North and one of the top things to do in Munduk Bali.

With other popular spots such as Gitgit and Sekumpul just a short drive up, Banyumala is an ideal starting point for those staying in Munduk.

A slightly difficult trek down, through DIY bamboo trails, it’s certainly worth the effort when you reach the foot of the falls.

Two epic waterfalls separated only by the rocks holding them together, and a huge swimming hole at the bottom. There’s plenty of space for all visitors to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters, and it’s ideal for jumping in and freshening off after the trek down.

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Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is one of our favourite spots in Munduk.
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Arriving at Banyumala Twin Waterfall.

8. Tamblingan Lake

Tamblingan Lake is situated high in between the mountains of Munduk.

Still very untouched and maintained by locals, the lake and its surrounding area are an ideal way to have an afternoon away from the Bali crowds.

The entrance to Tamblingan Lake leads through a forrest and pops out directly in front of the temple.

Beyond the temple lies Tamblingan Lake itself, where local farmers use the marshland as crops for their cows, and many that visit tend to ride a canoe across the water.

Cool, fresh weather is hard to find in Bali. However at over 1,100 meters above sea level, Tamblingan Lake makes for the perfect place to relax.

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Playing around at Tamblingan Lake
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The old temple found at Tamblingan Lake.

9. Bali Coffee Plantation

A Bali coffee plantation is on most tourists itineraries, and where better to visit that Munduk Moding Plantation.

Munduk Moding Plantation has many daily activities available, the Bali coffee plantation tour being one of them.

In 2007, the current owners discovered this hidden gem situated high above the forest canopy. A dedicated team cleared old growth and planted shadow trees. They planted Arabica coffee seedlings, found fresh water sources, purchased necessary machinery and also created many jobs.

Munduk Moding Plantation offers tours to guests and tourists that pay for a package.

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Lauren exploring the Coffee Plantation at Munduk Moding Plantation
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Lauren up high in the jungle.

10. Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall

Just a 30 minute drive from Munduk, high in the mountains is the beautiful Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall.

There are more popular waterfalls in Munduk, such as Banyumala Twin Waterfall or Munduk Waterfall, but this is definitely a hidden gem.

After about a 10 minute walk down the well maintained, stepped-path through the jungle you actually come to two spectacular waterfalls not far from each other.

The first waterfall has a bamboo bridge built across a creek that takes you to the small pools at the base of the falls. The bridge is a great place to stand and get some perfect insta shots.

The second set of falls, called the Bhuana Sari Waterfalls, have to be up there as one of the most beautiful falls in Bali.

The water flows out of many different outlets over large rocks and through lush green vegetation before cascading down into a creek. This creates an almost magical and fairytale like setting.

A lovely place to relax and refresh and has to be on the best things to do in Munduk list.

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Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall trickling down the rocks.
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A typical bamboo bridge leading to the smaller waterfall.

Where To Stay In Munduk

Luxury

Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa

Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort offers luxurious suites and villas with free Wi-Fi.

An outdoor infinity pool also provides scenic views of the surrounding coffee trees, rice fields and mountains.

The resort also boasts its own spa, restaurant and tennis courts.

Buyan Lake and Tamblingan Lake are both a 5 minute drive from Munduk Moding Plantation. Munduk Waterfall is just a 15 minute trek away.

Featuring wood flooring and furnishings, each room has a 4-poster bed and floor-to-ceiling windows.

All rooms come with a flat-screen TV and refrigerator with minibar. Private bathrooms include a shower and terrazzo bathtub.

Mid-Budget

Puri Lumbung Cottages

Set in North Bali and surrounded by nature, Puri Lumbung Cottages offers simple yet charming accommodation with a spa and a restaurant.

Each cottage at Puri Lumbung comes with an attached balcony made of solid wood and presents stunning views of the surrounding.

The attached bathroom comes with hot shower facilities and some rooms have a stone bath. Guests can also indulge in a range of traditional Balinese massage at Puri Lumbung Cottages.

You can also join various Balinese culture activities such as cooking class, language lessons and yoga.

Budget

Umah De Madya

Situated in Munduk, 9.3 miles from Banyumala Waterfall, Umah De Madya features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge.

The guest house offers a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available.

Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available each morning at the guest house.

The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International, 51.6 miles from Umah De Madya, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

For more places to stay in Munduk, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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9 Best Things To Do In Munduk Bali

Aaron LaLux

Saturday 21st of November 2020

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Charlie Pauly

Thursday 28th of January 2021

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Deepanshu Kumar Singhal

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

hey, i guess i have seen all of your blogs relating bali everything is best but the thing is i am planning the tour for 7-8 days in march could you help me with itinerary

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Sure, the closest thing we have is our Bali 10 day itinerary - 10 Day Bali Itinerary – Where To Go?

Bilal and Izzy

Friday 31st of May 2019

Your photos are always on point guys! We're pretty much saving all these articles so we can plan our visit to Bali soon! Theres so much to see and do