When you think about Bali, you probably think about stunning waterfalls, great beaches and interesting temples.
Unfortunately most people only visit the south of Bali and don’t go up north to the Munduk area. While the south is floated by tourists, up in the north you only find a few. I think the north still shows a bit of the “true” Bali, before it got so popular. And if that’s not enough reason to take a daytrip from Ubud to Munduk, just continue reading.
How to get there
The best way to explore the area, especially if you don’t have time for a longer stay, is a daytrip from Ubud to Munduk. You can easily hire a private driver in Ubud to take you up north for the day.
Munduk is a little hill town located in northern Bali and the end of the little road trip. In total it takes about 2 hours of driving, but with several stops a bit longer and eventually an entire day.
What to see
Our first stop was a coffee plantation. I don’t remember the name, but you can find lots of them in the Munduk area. The activities there are quite similar to the ones around Ubud.
You get a short private tour first, then you get to try different coffees and teas and at the end you can buy some if you want.
The coffee plantation, I’ve been to, had a really nice view of rice fields and vegetable plantations – something you can see all over Bali.
Pura Ulun Danau Bratan
50 000 Rupiah
The next stop was the most famous temple in Bali. It is located on a lake at the bottom of some mountains. Different to the south, there were also local tourists and even a school group visiting the temple.
Handara Golf Resort Gate
30 000 Rupiah
This gate is well-known by Instagram users. Gates like this are the entry of every town in Bali and look really cool in my opinion. Since it is so popular, thanks to instagram, you have to wait a while to get a picture. But it’s worth it.
10 000 Rupiah
This stop was probably the best stop of the whole daytrip. It’s really hard to get there, especially with a car. The roads are really small and tiny and one car filled the whole “road”. When you finally arrive you have to walk a little path through the jungle.
It was really loud, not just because of the waterfall, also because of the animals. This waterfall was such a difference compared to the famous Tegenungan Waterfall. It was really natural and we were the only two people there. Unfortunately you can’t swim there, but you get wet anyways.
Munduk is a little hill town and the end of this daytrip. You can enjoy the view of many rice fields and there are still many locals. It’s also possible to stay there for a night or more to explore more of northern Bali. If you want to get back to Ubud, it takes about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the traffic.
A daytrip to northern Bali is absolutely worth it, if you want to see a different Bali. If you have the time, it’s also nice to stay in Munduk and explore the still hidden nontouristy spots.