Guide to Munduk – Bali’s Tranquil Mountain Getaway

Discover Munduk, Bali’s tranquil mountain retreat, where lush jungles, cascading waterfalls, and serene vistas await, offering a refreshing escape from the island’s bustling beaches.

Hindu Temple ruins in Munduk

When you think of Bali, you most likely conjure-up images of white sandy beaches, epic surf breaks and bustling hotspots. But what if we were to tell you that there is a place that’s a world away from the island’s typical tourist attractions… 

For those in the know, nestled in the mountainous area of central Bali lies Munduk – offering a refreshing break from the tropical heat, as well as stunning jungle panoramas that will steal your heart! Here, you can wander through coffee plantations, soak-in the beauty of cascading waterfalls and enjoy lungfuls of fresh mountain air. It is Bali – but not as you know it!

Come and find out more about the perfect Bali escape with our essential guide to Munduk!

Guide to Munduk – Bali’s Tranquil Mountain Getaway

Discovering Munduk

Munduk mountain view

Roughly a 2-hour drive north from the packed streets of Canggu and Seminyak lies the quiet, cool and lush surroundings of Munduk. This small mountainous village oozes Bali charm and makes the ideal getaway. Munduk is also the perfect spot to stop-off when travelling to the north of Bali. Easily accessible and with plenty of activities to do, get ready to discover a slice of island serenity high above the clouds!

How to get to Munduk

Aerial View of Hindu Temple ruins in Munduk, Bali

Hiring a private car and driver is certainly the most convenient option for getting to Munduk. It offers total flexibility and comfort, and you can arrange for your driver to collect you directly from your hotel or villa. Your hotel accommodation will also be able to assist you with hiring a private car and driver, or use the Grab app to book a private driver by the hour.

Renting your own car is a great option for those looking to explore at their own pace and make stops along the way. However, the roads in Bali can provide their own hazards, so we would only recommend doing this if you have already experienced driving on the island.

Due to the distance, it’s better to travel to Munduk by car, rather than motorbike, as the hilly terrain and often drizzly weather as you approach the mountains can make the journey challenging. If you do decide to travel by motorbike, remember to take it steady and pack your waterproofs!

During your stay in Munduk, most accommodation will offer private drivers or car hire for the day, so there is always that option available should you want to spend some time exploring the local area.

Things to do along the way

Break-up your journey to Munduk by stopping-off along the way. There are heaps of places to explore and stretch your legs. Here is our pick of the best spots to stop at on your travels:

Taman Ayun Temple Aerial View at Munduk, Bali

Taman Ayun Temple – located in Mengwi, about 30-mins from Ubud. Start your journey exploring some of Bali’s culture at this beautiful royal temple, surrounded by a moat and lush gardens.

Monkey at Sangeh Monkey Forest, Munduk

Sangeh Monkey Forest – in the Sangeh area of north Ubud. This lesser-known monkey forest is the home to a large population of grey long-tailed macaques who live amongst the enchanting jungles and temples. We would recommend hiring a guide who can not only tell you lots of information about the monkey forest, but also keep you safe from the curious natives. Be sure to bring your mosquito repellent!

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace in Munduk, Bali

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – around 1-hour northwest of Ubud. Jatiluwih is a UNESCO World Heritage site which offers stunning panoramic views of Bali’s iconic rice paddies. It’s a great place for a leisurely walk with plenty of photo ops.

Bedugul Botanical Garden with lake view at Munduk, Bali

Bedugul Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Bali) – located in Bedugul, around 45-mins south of Munduk. This huge botanical garden is a perfect place for nature-lovers or to stop-off and enjoy a picnic. Discover Bali’s biggest display of orchids and greenhouses full of carnivorous plants and begonias, as well as ferns and bamboo forests set within Bedugul’s cool and refreshing climate.

Balinese Handcrafts in Munduk

Bedugul Traditional Market – situated at the top of the hill before you begin your descent into central Bedugul. These bustling markets are famous in Bali for their fresh local produce, as well as spices and handcrafted souvenirs. It’s a great spot to experience traditional market culture and sample tasty fruits – some of which you may never have seen before!

Ulun Danu Beratan Hindu Temple at Munduk, Bali

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple – in the main Bedugul area on the shores of Lake Beratan. This iconic Bali temple appears to be floating on the surrounding lake, creating a mystical and peaceful mood. The temple is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu and is one of the most photographed locations in Bali.

The interior of Rumah Gemuk Munduk

Rumah Gemuk – tucked away on a side street, off the main Bedugul road. A romantic glass house which is a popular venue for pre-wedding photoshoots. This charming venue features beautifully landscaped gardens and panoramic views of the mountains and lake. Enjoy lunch delivered to you picnic-style whilst you chill-out on a blanket sat amongst the flora.

A woman feeding little horse food at Bali Farm House

Bali Farm House – located just off the main Bedugul road. Perfect for families, Bali Farm House lets you get up-close-and-personal with adorable animals such as alpacas, donkeys, rabbits, ostriches and many more! There is also a colourful flower garden, cafe and gift shop.

The Handara Gate, Munduk Bali

Bali Handara Gate – on the main Bedugul road heading toward Munduk. Bali Handara Gate is the famous entrance to the Handara Golf Resort, renowned for its majestic and Insta-worthy entrance. It’s a quick stop, but makes for a great photo opportunity!

Don’t worry if you want to explore more of these great places during your Munduk stay, as the majority are less than an hour’s drive from the Munduk area and make great day trips!

Things to do in the area

Munduk stays lend themselves perfectly to do as much, or as little as you please. You may find that all you want to do is relax at your hotel or villa with a glass of wine and a good book. But for those looking to explore the local area, Munduk has some stunning gems that showcase Bali’s natural beauty. Here is our pick of the best things to do in the Munduk area:

Discover the iconic Munduk Waterfall – located near Munduk village. This striking waterfall is easily accessible with a short hike through the jungle along a paved walkway. A serene spot surrounded by dense jungle, it’s a great place to take a refreshing dip!

Trekking in the jungle in Munduk, Bali

Step into trekking and hiking adventures – Munduk is surrounded by tropical rainforests, waterfalls, rice terraces and traditional farms – and getting out and about into the Great Outdoors is a fantastic way to see it all! Organise a private trekking day tour and experience the beauty of this stunningly scenic area.

Woman on a swing at Wanagiri Hills, Munduk

Get snap-happy at Wanagiri Hidden Hills – situated on the main road between Munduk and Bedugul. A popular spot which offers various swings, bird nests and viewing platforms alongside impressive views of the Twin Lakes (Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan) – ideal for taking some unique photos.

Melanting Waterfall in Munduk, Bali

Trek off-the-beaten-track to Melanting Waterfall – start your hike on the main road of Jalan Kayu Putih. Melanting Waterfall is Munduk Waterfall’s bigger and stronger cousin which is found deeper in the forest. Access is via a trail which, although well-trodden, can be steep and uneven in areas. The hike to Melanting Waterfall takes around 35-40 mins depending on your pace. Be sure to bring water, snacks and wear shoes with good grip, as it can get slippery!

Coffee Picking at Munduk Moding Plantation

Visit a local coffee plantation for a caffeine-fix – there are various places in the Munduk area offering tours of local plantations where you can find out about the cultivation, harvesting and processing of coffee, as well as getting to sample some of the fresh brews for yourself. Munduk Moding Plantation offers one of the more popular tours in the area.

Men cycling around Tamblingan Lake

Cycle around Tamblingan Lake – Enjoy a spot of sight-seeing at a more relaxed pace with a cycling tour around Tamblingan Lake. Explore traditional villages and stop-off at the famous temple gate for some photo opportunities, whilst enjoying gorgeous views of the local countryside and lakes along the way.

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls in Munduk, Bali

Get a 2-waterfalls-for-1 deal at Banyumala Twin Waterfall – discover this stunning waterfall a 30-min drive from Munduk, north of Lake Buyan. Here, you’ll see two cascading waterfalls flowing side-by-side into a clear pool below. Surrounded by lush greenery, be sure to bring your swimmers as it’s a great spot for a refreshing swim Or if you’d rather, enjoy some relaxation time as you listen to the calming sounds of nature echoing all around you.

Banjar Hotsprings in munduk

Unwind in a natural hot spring – located a 30-min drive northwest of Munduk, near Banjar Village in north Bali. These natural hot springs feature beautiful stone-carved pools, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Soak your body in the warm mineral-rich waters and feel all your cares and worries float away.

Sekumpul Waterfalls Munduk, Bali

Take a cultural day trip exploring the best of the area – Soak up a true taste of Balinese culture by taking a private day trip with a local guide for an authentic glimpse of the area’s stunning hotspots. Here, you’ll visit the sacred Ulun Danu Beratan water temple, experience local life at Sambangan Village, discover rolling rice terrace views, and swim in the refreshing waters of Kembar Waterfall and turquoise swimming holes of the Secret Garden. It’s true Bali bliss! 

Where to stay

There’s no doubt that Munduk offers some great places to stay! From luxury hotels to secluded private villas and cosy getaways, you’ll find exactly what you need for a family break, a romantic escape or an excuse to catch-up with friends. 

Here is our pick of the best places to stay in Munduk!

Munduk Mountain Estate

Munduk Mountain Estate Aerial View

Welcome to Munduk Mountain Estate, a private family villa set amongst the clouds with stunning views and fresh, crisp air. Opening its doors to guests for the first time in 2023, if you’re longing for a luxurious secluded Munduk escape, this stunning venue is hard to beat! Here, it’s all about slowing down and total relaxation. 

The estate’s modern European design, paired with elegant Balinese touches, offers a deluxe yet rustic atmosphere, ideal for large families or groups of friends. It features four spacious bedrooms with an option for a fifth sleeping area, accommodating up to 14 guests in total. The infinity pool and hot plunge pool offer spectacular hilltop panoramas of Munduk’s mountains, as well as gorgeous sunrise and sunset views. There is also a comfy media room, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and outdoor fire pit – perfect for marshmallow toasting and a spot of star-gazing. For those cooler Munduk nights, why not snuggle-up beside the indoor log-fire with a fluffy blanket and a glass of wine!

Munduk Mountain Estate is fully staffed and catered, so you don’t have to lift a finger. They serve delicious locally sourced food, allowing you to enjoy your private sanctuary without any need to leave. However, those looking to explore more of the area will find the friendly staff on-hand to arrange exciting day trips and tours, so you can discover the very best of Munduk!

Address: Dinas Tamblingan, Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Munduk, Banjar, Buleleng Regency
Instagram: @mundukmountainestate

Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort

Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort Munduk

Discover the magic of Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort, a truly blissful Munduk stay that redefines boutique luxury! As Bali’s only resort boasting a chemical-free pool teeming with over 300 fish, it’s an eco-paradise set against the backdrop of the island’s mountains. Perfect for those seeking tranquillity or adventure, the resort offers five unique accommodation styles which make the perfect base for your Munduk getaway. Choose from secluded safari tents, impressive bamboo pods, authentic Javanese teak bungalows, elegant Dutch colonial villas and even a whimsical Hobbit-inspired treehouse. Each villa has its own landscaped garden, making sure that you can enjoy total privacy and breathtaking views during your stay. 

Wake up to the serenade of birdsong and perhaps even a playful monkey in the treetops, before immersing yourself in the local culture with a water purification ceremony, or enjoy a romantic picnic by a secluded waterfall. Indulge in feast-to-table Asian cuisine at Sebatu’s restaurant, featuring fresh, local ingredients sourced directly from the resort’s gardens and surrounding area. Experience a mixture of luxury and raw-natural beauty at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco Resort – for a totally unforgettable Munduk stay!

Address: Sebatu, Tegallalang, Gianyar Regency
Instagram: @sebatusanctuary

Munduk Cabins

Munduk Cabins drone shot

Step into a world where Indonesian charm meets modern luxury at Munduk Cabins by Desa Hay – a boutique resort renowned for their deluxe accommodation, set amongst a stunningly serene jungle backdrop. Perfect for honeymooners, anniversaries or simply a tranquil escape, Munduk Cabins offers an intimate setting with six uniquely-designed cabins. Choose from charming studio cabins or premium suites with jacuzzi, each one combining timeless Indonesian design with all your modern comforts.

Attentive staff are on-hand to help you plan your perfect Munduk break, whether you’re keen for a spot of waterfall exploring, jungle trekking, or a day out hitting the golf course. But if all that sounds like too much hard work, why not simply relax in a hot-tub overlooking north Bali’s stunning panoramas, with a well-deserved glass of wine in hand! Then later on, snuggle-up underneath a woollen blanket by the firepit and watch the sunset from one of the island’s most breathtaking spots.

Enjoy delicious Indonesian cuisine crafted from recipes handed-down through the generations at Munduk Cabin’s onsite restaurant, Ulekan. Or, if you’ve had a long day, their all-day in-room dining menu has plenty of tasty options from hearty soups and mains, to tempting cheese and charcuterie boards – perfect for a cosy night in the fresh mountain air!

Address: Jl. Pura Puseh, Dusun Beji, Munduk, Kec. Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng
Instagram: @mundukcabins

Munduk Farmhouse

Munduk Farmhouse sky view

Looking for a budget-friendly stay with a touch of rustic charm? Munduk Farmhouse is your hidden gem in the Munduk mountains. Each room comes with complimentary slippers, toiletries and of choice of a continental or à-la-carte breakfast. Wake-up to gorgeous garden views and soak-in the stunning Munduk views from the sun terrace. On chilly nights, there’s nothing better than heading to the lounge wine bar and cosying-up by the log-fire with a glass of red to keep warm!

The restaurant at Munduk Farmhouse serves-up delicious homely meals, made with fresh ingredients from their own gardens and the local surrounding area. Think warming soups, wholesome bowls of pasta and mouth-watering Balinese dishes – great for warming the belly and the soul! Unlike many other accommodation options in the area, Munduk Farmhouse is pet-friendly, making it ideal for travellers with furry companions. Bicycle and car rentals are also available, making it easy to explore the beauty of Munduk during your getaway.

Address: P3QM+3HW, Jl. Kayu Putih – Munduk

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Final Words

That’s it for our round-up of the best things to do in Bedugul and Munduk. Now you are ready to put together an itinerary to explore the beauty of this central Bali gem!

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