Munduk Village at Buleleng, Bali, is an agricultural center for precious commodities such as coffee, vanilla, and cloves. Tourism is not their main income focus for most villagers. The village itself is quiet, scenic, and pure. Far from the busy touristy impression. It takes a certain poking around to discover Munduk’s hidden gem, Munduk Waterfall.
Munduk Waterfall is a 15-height waterfall located in the north part of the village. It is a slightly similar landscape with the popular Gitgit Waterfall, only a lot smaller. The water at Munduk Waterfall contains a small concentration of sulfur. An ingredient that has a healing effect.
Other benefit include treating skin inflammation and beautifying results. At least that’s what the locals believed. Looking back at the Indonesian colonial era, Munduk area is not entirely unknown from the outsiders. Dutch officers used to go to the village for a retreat.
Believe it or not, the earliest guesthouse in Munduk was opened in 1908. Long before Bali became popular internationally. Nowadays, history seems to repeat itself. Only it’s tourism rather than imperialism. Munduk Village is a retreat place for tourists. Especially those who were looking for an escape from Bali’s tourist area.
Munduk Waterfall Easy To Walk
The entrance to Munduk is a muddy path down to the lush forest. However, it will soon turn into a paved road. The trek is an easy 500 meters downhill. After 15 minutes of walking, there’s a wooden bridge leading to the waterfall. At this point, Munduk waterfall stands among a magnificent jungle setting.
Water flows down from a small crack surrounded by thick shrubs. Since the waterfall is not quite high, try to stand under the waterfall. It is refreshing as the strong shower hits the head. Stay in the water for some time so the sulfur can work its wonder. For the sake of the skin’s health.
Enjoy the beneficial effects, no need to go to a spa for glowing and healthy skin. Later on, restore the body’s heat by ordering a cup of hot coffee from the food stall nearby.
Munduk Village has other waterfalls aside from Munduk. Continue to take the off-beaten path to Melanting Waterfall. The upcoming waterfall is an hour trek from Munduk. Despite the distance, the waterfall can easily be accessed from the same forest. The water towers are 30 meters high, slightly higher than the Munduk waterfall.
The dew coming from the water flies more wildly here than at Munduk, creating a natural shower. Other waterfalls include Laangan. The waterfall located in one of the villager’s private land. Befriend the old man whose family owns the place. And ask him how it feels to have a waterfall at one’s backyard.
The last waterfall is Golden Valley, which is popular for its Eco Cafe. The cafe is situated in front of the waterfall. Order a hot beverage from the menu, while enjoying the view of the waterfall from the cafe.
Former Retreat Spot
There’s a reason why Dutch officers from Singaraja liked to visit Munduk in the past. Munduk is situated at 500 to 1200 meters above sea level. It has average temperatures of 20 to 25°C. It’s way more chilly compared to Singaraja which is hot and crowded. The other upside it has fewer populations, and a scenic landscape.
Exploring Munduk Waterfall, notice leftovers from the colonial era. There are many houses in the village with colonial-style architecture. The agriculture here is also evidence from the colonial era. It was the Dutch who introduced cloves, coffee, and vanilla farming.
Find a coffee shop at Munduk Village and try the local specialty: a cup of Luwak Coffee. Walk around Munduk to feel how the village has transformed. From a humble settlement of Bali’s mountain people. Survived through the colonial era, to be what Munduk is today.
A trekking journey will bring visitors along the plantations. Where cloves scent fills the air. Some of the old retreat houses are transformed into guesthouses for tourists. Stay overnight to have a time travel experience at Munduk.
Munduk Waterfall Opening Hours
Munduk Waterfall opens from 6 AM to 6 PM every day. Moonson is the least favorite time to explore the waterfall. It’s slippery and muddy. Pay attention to the weathercast. If it’s raining a day before. There is a high chance the water will be muddy brown.
|Munduk Waterfall Opening Hours|
|Every day||06:00 – 18:00|
Munduk Waterfall Entrance Fee
The entrance fee is IDR 20,000 for adults and IDR 10,000 for children. There’s an additional parking fee of IDR 5000 per vehicle. Other waterfalls beside Munduk Waterfall need separate tickets, typically around IDR 15,000 – IDR 20,000/visitor.
|Munduk Waterfall Entrance Fee|
Munduk Waterfall has basic facilities. There are parking lot and toilets available for visitors. The small path to the waterfall is clean and well-maintained. There’s a couple of small coffee shops selling hot beverages and snacks along the trek toward the waterfall. For tourists looking for a place to stay overnight in the village. There is no short of options for hotels alongside Munduk Street.
How To Get To Munduk Waterfall
From Denpasar, visitors will need around 2 – 2,5 hours to reach the waterfall. Rent a car usually cost around IDR 600,000/day. Tourists coming from Singaraja is recommended to rent a motorbike. Since it’s closer and the rent will cost IDR 50,000 for a day.
As for public transportation, there’s a ‘Perama’ bus line to Bedugul either from Singaraja and Denpasar, fare around IDR 40,000/person. The route from Denpasar is as follows Singaraja-Denpasar Road – Bedugul – Wanagiri Intersection – U-turn to Wanagiri Road – Munduk-Wanagiri road. Once at Munduk Village, pay attention to road signs to the waterfall location.
For visitors departing from Singaraja, the journey will take an hour to Munduk Waterfall. Visitors can take Singaraja – Denpasar road and then take a similar route as visitors from Denpasar once arrived at Wanagiri Intersection.