Bali – The Land of Waterfalls

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Waterfall in Bali

Bali – The Land of Waterfalls

Apart from beaches, private pool villas, and all-night parties, Bali is synonymous with waterfalls. There are a countless number of waterfalls in its heartland that it always is a tough choice to pick a few. We spent about a week in Bali’s heartland, in both the cultural epicenter in Ubud and also the mountainous region of Munduk. To make it a tad bit easier for you, we have come up with a list of some of the best and must-see waterfalls on your visit to Bali.

Tegenungan Waterfall in Bali

Tenungu Waterfall
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Probably the most famous and well-known waterfall in Bali, Tegenungan is part of many a list of Bali tours because of its accessibility from Ubud. Under a 30-minute drive, it is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in all of Bali. But, that comes with a catch. Being the most accessible also means the most visited, and frequented by the tons of tourists who visit Bali around the year. Hence, if you are looking for a secluded experience, Tegenungan may not be the best option, but is definitely worth it for people who are in Ubud for a short stay and are looking forward to taking a dip into the natural pools. If you visit in the early hours, you can still avoid most of the crowds.

 

Aling Aling Waterfall in Bali

Aling Aling falls

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Under an hour’s drive from Munduk, and closer to Gitgit, Aling Aling is a secluded waterfall. But what makes Aling Aling great is the fun factor. It is actually a series of waterfalls wherein you can start at the top and slide your way or cliff jump to the bottom. Not for the light-hearted, we recommend speaking to a local or hiring a guide in the region to guide you through the falls to ensure that you get the best experience.

Banyumala Twin Waterfall in Bali

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

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The only twin waterfalls in our list, Banyumala is closer to the famous Danu Beratan temple, under a 30 minutes drive from there, and hence can be combined with a trip to the temple from Ubud. The waterfalls isn’t exactly accessible as it involves a short hike. The trail is quite slippery and is moss-covered, hence we wouldn’t recommend it for the elderly or children without any guidance. The short hike is well worth it as the waterfall is gorgeous and creates a natural pool around it where you can take a dip or go for a swim.

Sekumpul Waterfall in Bali

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This was and is our personal favourite, given the sheer size of the falls. Not accessible to everyone – given it is actually a series of seven falls. It involves a ton of slippery steps, a trek across a river, and in the hot and humid conditions of Bali, it is definitely a must-do for adventure junkies. The trek itself takes about an hour and a half to two depending on your speed. We highly recommend taking a guide along with you to ensure that you take the right path in the forest, and also get some of the most stunning views you will get out of any waterfalls. Again, this is best visited with Munduk as a base given the village is about an hour’s drive from Munduk, while it takes a couple of hours from Ubud. If you want the best waterfall in all of Bali Sekumpul should be the one on your list.

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Gitgit Waterfall in Bali

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Gitgit is another falls which is quite commonplace in most Bali itineraries, especially the ones that take you North. About a couple of hours from Ubud, it would be better to visit it from Munduk. It is quite accessible once you arrive at the entrance though – about a 15-minute walk to the waterfall itself. And hence, quite popular among tourists and locals alike. Given its popularity, you will find that there are a lot of souvenir shops, food stalls etc at the entrance. You might even come across the odd monkey or two at this particular fall.

Nung Nung Waterfall in Bali

Nung Nung Waterfall

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Last but definitely not the least, Nung Nung waterfalls lies 900 metres above sea level tucked away in a tiny village that is untouched by tourism. About an hour from Ubud, the falls is recommended only for people who can walk a lot as it takes about five hundred steps to reach your destination. You will definitely be able to hear the falls before you actually see it, as this powerful waterfall is about 50 meters high, coming crashing down into a pool below. We don’t recommend swimming here as the current is just a bit too strong for comfort. Probably you can try it in the summer months when the water level is at its lowest, meaning the current would also be manageable for a swim in the pool.

 

There are a ton of other falls that you can visit as well. Here’s the list:

  • Munduk Falls in Munduk
  • Kanto Lampo Waterfall – Great for families given its accessibility
  • Tukad Cepung – the falls inside a cave
  • Leke Leke
  • Cemara – for the adventure lovers

 

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