On the north of Bali lies the twin lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan. An excellent hiking trail close to these lakes will take you to the Munduk Waterfall, a scenic cocoa, coffee and clove plantation before concluding the hike with a breathtaking view of the ocean. From this point, you can watch the sunset or continue exploring other trails in the Munduk area.
Steep terraces push upwards through the green, which is dotted with the red rusted tin roofs of villages. The scent of cloves wafts down through the warm air – millions of the aromatic dried flower buds are spread to dry in the sun along the roadside.
After the Dutch took control of north Bali in the 1890’s Munduk was established as a hill station and plantations of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and cloves were established.The area grew as a popular retreat due to the cooler climate and even today you can still see a small number of Dutch buildings remaining in the area.
There are still plenty of plantations as well as the ever present rice fields and the area is now known as one of the most scenic trekking spots on Bali. Known for its numerous hiking trails teeming with waterfalls and its fertile valleys that produce nearly every delicious fruit or spice grown on Bali: papayas, mangoes, bananas, rambutan, strawberries, coffee, ginger, cocoa, palm sugar, etc.
Being close to the three central lakes of Bratan (which is home to one of the island’s most famous temples – Pura Ulun Danau Bratan), Buyan and Tamblingan, walks (or horse rides) will take you through farming areas and along hill ridges which boast amazing views over the lakes, countryside and even as far as bali’s north coast and the volcanoes on Java’s east coast.
The region around Munduk provides an authentic feel of Bali and you may be lucky enough to time your visit to coincide with one of many local ceremonies which are a regular part of Balinese life.
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