Central Bali – 7 Great Things To Do in Munduk

Central Bali – 7 Great Things To Do in Munduk

Central Bali – 7 Great Things To Do in Munduk

Bali is well-known for its paradise-like coastline, rice paddies, and powerful waterfalls. The mountains of Bali is where the real beauty of this island is hidden. Munduk is a quiet, cooler, green region, in the north of Bali far from the packed streets of Seminyak and Canggu. It is common to take a day trip to here but spending a few nights allows you to experience all the things to do in Munduk, Bali.

Things to do in Munduk

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1. Bath in the waterfalls of Munduk

North Bali is the king of waterfalls with at least ten incredible waterfalls to visit that we know of. The Banyumala Twin Waterfall, Munduk Waterfall and a couple more lesser-known all about a 30-min drive apart from each other. Or go even more extreme by a half-day tour to the majestic Sekumpul Waterfall. 

➳ More waterfalls? Follow our popular Bali Waterfall Route.

things to do munduk bali waterfall

2. Bali’s famous Munduk water temple

Ulun Danu Bratan a temple built in Tamblingan Lake and arguably the most stunning temple of Bali. The water level around the temple rises and falls due to the region’s rainy climate giving it the temple its characteristics look. The temple is incredibly picturesque and one of the main things to do in Bali, therefore it is recommended to plan a visit in the early morning. Entrance fee is 50,000 IDR (~ 3.5 USD)

➳ Also read: Things to do in Ubud


3. Take a swing at the Munduk Swing Viewpoints

A mountain range which is the start of the Munduk region offers quite an impressive view of two connecting lakes named the Twin Lake. Many viewpoints like bridges, swings, and cafes offer their panoramic view for a small fee. The swing showcased in the photos is named Wanagiri Swing.

➳ Must-read: Our complete 3-week Bali Route

4. Take a photo at the Handara Gate Bali

The main road that takes you up to Munduk passes an impressive looking gate. Believe it or not, this Bali gate is the entrance to a golf course. A picture with the gate and the impressive mountain backdrop is worth the stop but timing this stop can save you a lot of time. 

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things to do munduk Handara Gate

Over the last few years, it has become extremely popular. There is a small entrance fee of 30,000 IDR (~ 2 USD). Time your visit in the early morning and you will have it pretty much to yourself but it’s recommended to wear a sweater as the region can be cold. This is the location on Google Maps.

5. The best infinity pool in Munduk

Munduk Moding Plantation is a hotel in the heart of a working coffee plantation offering a panoramic infinity pool view over the rolling hills of Bali. Besides this priceless view, the accommodation tucked away in the garden of fruits, vegetables, and herbs is fantastic to experience. Make sure to book in advance with Munduk Moding Plantation here.

things to do munduk infinity pool

On a budget? There are affordable options in Munduk village and close to some great restaurants like Warung Dong Paloh and Warung Made.

➳ Find all hotels to stay in Munduk

6. Watch the sunrise on Mount Batur

Ready for some adventure?! Rise and shine early to hike up to 1700-meter and watch the sunrise from the active Batur Volcano. With a normal level of fitness, you will reach the top of the volcano within a relatively easy two-hour walk. ➳ Message our friend Yande to arrange this trip

➳ Find all hotels to stay in Munduk

munduk trekking mount batur

7. Try the Bali coffee

The cool climate and rich volcanic soil of the mountain area in Bali are perfect conditions for growing a large number of vegetables and fruits. Bali coffee is famous for its rich taste and delicious aroma. Plantations in Munduk cover a large amount of the area’s ground.

Important note: During your travels in Bali, many signs say ‘Luwak Coffee’. Do not support this as it is an abusive animal activity held in small cages, fed with coffee beans, pooped out and sold to customers. And the funny thing, 80% of the beans isn’t even real Luwak Coffee

How to get to Munduk, Bali

Munduk is located in the north of Bali, but relatively easy to get to by car or motorbike. From both Ubud or Canggu is takes about a 2-3 hour drive up into the mountains. Contact our Balinese friend Yande to arrange your transport.

Contact Yande and his team here

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Where to stay in Munduk

Munduk offers a good selection of guesthouses and hotels for every kind of price category. Plan to spend one or two nights in this area if you want to do all the things to do in Munduk.

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Weather Munduk

The climate in the Munduk area is much cooler compared to near the coastline. Expect temperatures to be between 20 – 25 degrees and clouds with fog or light rain to cover the Munduk area from 1 PM. It is a super comfortable escape from the heat of some days at the beach.

21/12/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/munduk-bali/
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  • zaligkoken.nl

    Ik droom van een reis naar Bali! Bedankt voor de mooie tips. Ik hoop dat we er veel van kunnen afvinken.

  • Hello Saltinourhair
    I want to share something for every one, if you are looking for afordable stay in Munduk
    Dong Paloh Hostel is a the best choices, they also do scooter rental

    thank you

    • Natasha Barreto

      Hi so I’m looking at doing a tour in bali .The one itenary is as follows : sanur 1 night,munduk 2 nights ,kintamani 3 nights,ubud 2 nights and then candidasa.
      The second itenary is kuta 2 nts ,kututabahan 2 nights,ubud 2 nights and gilli t 2 nights what would you suggest is better?

  • Hi, I’ll be traveling to Northern Bali in October.
    Trying to figure out If we should do 2 or 3 nights there…Is two nights good?

    Do you suggest staying in Singaraja or Munduk?

    Last, do you know anything about the Wanagiri Eco Villa? Thinking of staying there…but not sure since I have never been.

    Where would you suggest staying? Looking to be central to sites & maximize my time :)

    Thank you so much! :)

    • saltinourhair

      Sorry, we haven’t stayed in Wanagiri. Munduk is the best area to stay if you ask us but we haven’t been in the other city.

    • saltinourhair

      It depends if you’d like to see Waterfalls in Bali. Two nights should be ok if you ask us. October’s weather is a little less perfect so you might have a little cloudy weather or rain at the end of the day.

  • Hi Guys, love your post! We’re in Canggu at the moment and really want to visit Munduk next weekend and see all the attractions! Do you have a quick intinerary for 2 full days in Munduk or is ir best to ask the taxi driver to show all the main attractions?

  • Munduk looks like heaven! Your photos make it look incredible.


    How to get to the Twin Lake viewpoints? Especially the Swing?

  • thewanderlust_MD

    Hello, thanks for the helpful guide! Where did you rent your scooter in Munduk?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! So happy to hear this guide is helpful for you! Sorry, we had a taxi to these spots so we haven’t rent a motorbike in this area. You’ll find many places though, don’t worry :)

  • Hello !
    I’m going to Bali soon and I would love to know how many days do you recommend to stay in Munduk to see all of this, no hurry ? And is there a place near the Munduk moving plantation to rent scooter ? Is it a good location to stay ?
    Thank you for your help

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! We would recommend staying in Munduk for 2 full days. You can easily explore the surroundings on a motorbike. Keep in mind though that it starts getting foggy/rainy in the afternoon. So wake up early to see the real beauty of the sights ? Munduk Moding Plantation is definitely a beautiful place to stay!

      Enjoy your travels!

  • Malas pra que te quero

    Oh guys! Your photos are amazing! They’re inspiring me to visit Bali soon! What so say about the waterfall and the swing? Good job!

  • Lovefoodtravel

    The swing over the lake. Could u give more details. Wasn’t a safety jacket needed?

    • SaltinourHair

      This place is very safe since it is a mega tourist attraction?
      It looks like I’m above a cliff but it is actually just above the floor.
      So no worries about safety jackets ?

  • jaimyskitchen.nl

    Ik vroeg me af waar de schommel bij de lakes staat? Kunnen jullie mij daarmee helpen?

  • Such a good blog post guys! So much to check out in that area, going to try and visit them all while we’re in Bali :)


    • saltinourhair

      Thanks so much! Are you already planning to go to Bali? :D
      Just checked your Instagram, really like the tones in your photos! Keep up the good work!

  • Oh wow I did not know about this ‘city’.
    I have to check it out next time I visit Bali because it looks amazing!

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