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Off the Tourist Trail in Bali’s Munduk Highlands

March 22, 2019 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

Munduk, a cluster of small villages in Bali’s mountainous north, has a unique charm about it that is often overlooked by visitors to the island. Home to some delightful Dutch colonial architecture, the area is a good 1,000m above sea level, with a stunning backdrop of green mountains and rolling hills.  

The evenings are cooler here compared to the rest of the island and as such, it is an ideal place to escape the heat and humidity found in other parts of Bali. Most of the guesthouses and small hotels in Munduk are situated among the rice paddies, so you can be almost guaranteed a stunning and relaxing view.

The region around Munduk is especially suited for soft trekking among the rice paddies, clove and coffee plantations. There are also several spectacular waterfalls that are especially beautiful during the rainy season, which can be incorporated into both long and short treks.

If you’re keen to see the officially designated Munduk Waterfall – the most impressive of them all – there are many points from where you can self-hike along trails to the falls. However, be warned that it is also the most popular of Munduk’s falls, so you’re unlikely to have the place to yourself.

A better option is to ask at your guesthouse or hotel where you can get directions, or even arrange a guide to some of the lesser-known waterfalls and jungle hotspots. Don’t forget to take your swimsuit, since many of Munduk’s waterfalls have beautiful cascade pools full of cool, refreshing mountain water.

After a day of exploring the highlands and waterfalls of Munduk, you can sit back and enjoy a memorable sunset at one of the many restaurants or hotels, with spectacular views looking across western Bali. It’s worth remembering though that in Bali’s highlands, the weather can change quickly, so don’t be disappointed if a low-lying fog suddenly roles in!

For more information or to book this amazing experience, please email to [email protected].

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