Bedugul & Munduk

Bedugul:

 

It lies between the border of Tabanan and Buleleng region. From the capital city of Denpasar to this site can be reached within approximately two hours or within about 90 km through the highway Denpasar to Singaraja direction.

 

Bedugul is the name of both a small city and a mountain-lake resort area, which Balinese have long used for weekend retreats. It is an excellent base for walking trips around the lakes and surrounding hills.

 

bedugul park

 

Bedugul is located in a high plateau at the center of the Island. Cool air and mists are natural for the place. Lush pine forests create freshness in the air. It is a resort in Beratan Mountain, Beratan Lake and also the Ulun Danu. Beratan Lake – at Bedugul tourist areas there are three lakes; Lake Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan.

 

Ulun Danu – is an amazing temple, which seems to have risen out of Beratan Lake 1,200 meters above sea level. Bedugul fertile soil also produced abundance of plants and trees, some of them formed rain forests with their exotic birds, monkeys and other creatures.

 

ulun danu bratan

 

Bedugul is known for the quality of its fruit, vegetables and flowers. There are several places to stay near the lake and there is also an interesting temple, botanical gardens, an excellent golf course and a variety of activities on Beratan Lake itself.

 

 

Munduk:

 

Munduk is a popular highland area in North Bali, around 80 km west from Bedugul. It’s about a 3-hour drive north of Kuta. Highlights in Munduk include Lake Tamblingan, and it’s also home to among Bali’s most scenic waterfalls, Munduk and Melanting.

 

At 1,163 meters above sea level, it’s a spectacularly scenic drive through Munduk. The whole upland mountain village area features panoramic outlooks overlooking Tamblingan, green valleys with rice paddies, and lush cocoa and coffee plantations.

 

Munduk is cool and misty; you won’t need a fan or air-con here, and don’t forget to pack a jacket especially for the evenings. Aside from staring at the amazing views there is trekking galore and waterfalls to explore — but be sure to be back in time to watch the sunset unfold to a chorus of cicadas and frogs.

 

munduk scenery

 

Local guided tours are available. Besides learning about the local village life, culture and history, you can also opt to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery on foot, and explore the ancient lakeside temples on the banks of Tamblingan. You can also learn from up close the local agrarian way of life with chocolate and coffee harvests, as well as trying the local variety of durian in the nearby villages.

 

Given its considerably remote and natural highland setting, don’t expect much modern facilities in Munduk. Dining options in Munduk are within the plantation resorts in the area.

 

Nightlife in Munduk is non-existent and shopping options are also scarce, save for local mini marts selling daily household necessities. You can stay close to Bali’s nature and well away from the crowds up here.