Munduk Bali: Hotels, Hiking, Waterfalls & Things To Do In Munduk
Munduk, Bali is a misty mountain village in the north part of the island that’s surrounded by jungles and waterfalls.
There are a lot of great things to do in Munduk, from rice terrace walks and waterfall hikes, to ancient temples, jungles with giant banyan trees, and the twin lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan.
Some people visit Munduk on a day trip from other areas of Bali, Indonesia, but it’s even better if you stay a couple nights in one of the beautiful accommodations like Munduk Moding Plantation or Atres Sari Resort.
This page will explain how to get to Munduk, where to stay, and what are some of the best things you can see and do in the area!
Where To Stay In Munduk
How To Get There
Munduk is located in north Bali, 1.5 to 2 hours from touristy places in south Bali like Ubud, Sanur, Canggu and Kuta.
How To Get Around
The Munduk sights are a bit spread out over the area, so you’ll need transport if you plan to go exploring.
The most popular way to get around short distances in Bali is by scooter, and you can book these online or rent from a hotel or street shop for about 80k IDR (~$5) per day.
Most hotels will also be happy to provide a day driver + car if you need one, and tour companies typically include transport in their packages.
Best Things To Do In Munduk
• Munduk Waterfall Hike
The most popular thing to do in Munduk is the classic waterfall trek that takes you to 4 falls, including the Golden Valley Waterfall. This is a great trail, but be prepared to spend a few hours hiking!
More info: Munduk Waterfall Hike
• Ulun Danu Tamblingan Lake Temple
This is an epic temple at Lake Tamblingan in Munduk. One of the last remnants of the 10th century Tamblingan civilization, this temple sits inside of an ancient caldera surrounded by rainforests.
More info: Tamblingan Lake Temple
• Munduk Twin Lakes Viewpoint
This is a nice roadside viewpoint in Munduk where you can see the twin lakes of Danau Tamblingan and Danau Buyan, along with some cheeky monkeys.
• Banyumala Waterfall
Banyumala is another nice waterfall in Wanagiri, just 15 minutes from Munduk! This is a quiet cascade waterfall with no crowds.
More info: Banyumala Waterfall
• Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
This spot has no less than 4 fantastic falls just a short distance apart, and the main one is one of the biggest and best waterfalls in Bali!
It’s a huge cascade with a leafy background and a wide, shallow pool at the bottom for swimming. It’s only 15 minutes from Munduk.
More info: Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
• Bhuana Sari Waterfall
This is another popular waterfall at the Banyu Wana Amertha trail, just a few minutes’ walk apart.
It has dozens of tiny waterfalls cascading down the rocks in a way that almost looks artificial!
More info: Bhuana Sari Waterfall
Other Things To Do Near Munduk
• Ulun Danu Bratan Lake Temple
This is an old temple on a crater lake, and it’s arguably one of the most famous and iconic places in Bali. The 12-story pagoda just screams ‘Asia’, and the mountains in the background aren’t too shabby either.
This one is only 20 minutes from Munduk.
More info: Beratan Lake Temple
• Bali Botanical Garden
You might not see this place on many Bali itineraries, but we loved it and it’s centrally located in Bedugul. Some of the trees and plants here look like they’re straight out of Jurassic Park. The highlight is a huge Banyan tree that may be hundreds of years old.
This one is only 25 minutes from Munduk.
More info: Bali Botanical Garden
• GitGit Waterfall
Gitgit is easily one of the best waterfalls in Bali. It’s a new favorite in north Bali. The hike is easy and it takes you to a really big twin waterfall!
This one is 35 minutes from Munduk.
More info: GitGit Waterfall
• Colek Pamor Waterfall
This is a nice 50-foot waterfall that comes from the same stream as GitGit, but it’s more secret.
Some Bali canyoning tours include this waterfall, but aside from that, it’s still mostly unknown to tourists — even though it’s only a few minutes from GitGit!
More info: Colek Pamor Waterfall
• Aling Aling Waterfall
There’s a total of 4 waterfalls at Aling Aling. The main one is a giant with a height of about 35 meters (115 feet).
The pictures don’t do it justice. This is a big, tall waterfall and it puts out a ton of mist!
This one is 40 minutes from Munduk.
More info: Aling Aling Waterfall
• Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul is the biggest waterfall in Bali (at 260 feet), and it’s also one of our favorites. This is a big twin waterfall located in a jungle ravine in north Bali, near Singaraja. You have to see this one!
This one is 1 hour from Munduk.
More info: Sekumpul Waterfall
Best Time To Visit
The weather in Munduk is generally nice any time of year.
It sits in the mountains at a higher elevation than the rest of Bali, so the temps are pretty cool (about 10-15 F lower than at sea level).
How Long To Stay
You can see the best sights of Munduk in a couple days, or you could even visit on a day trip from other parts of Bali.
With that said, you’ll probably want to stay longer because of the fresh mountain air and jungle scenery. If so, there’s plenty of things in the area to keep you busy.
Bali Private Driver & Motorbike Rental
If you want to explore Bali in the comfort and safety of a private car with a driver, my top recommendation would be Klook.
Their price is 450k IDR ($30 USD) for a full day of driving and sightseeing in Bali (up to 10 hours) for 1-5 passengers. That's the total price for the whole car + driver + petrol! It's a steal.
If you'd rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 85k IDR (~$6) and include a helmet, rain coat, and pickup in the south Bali area.
We've used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.
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