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  • Writer's pictureChetan Prabhu

Waterfall Nature's beautiful gift

Updated: Apr 7, 2018


You’ve heard all about Bali’s hidden beaches, therapeutic hot springs and luxurious villas.

But did you know that the island is also home to many gorgeous waterfalls, many of which are actually off the trodden path.

So if you’re feeling adventurous and want to enjoy Bali away from the tourist crowd, we bring you secret waterfalls that will guarantee you a refreshing retreat.

1. Step down into the rarefied beauty of Tukad Cepung Waterfall

You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travelers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.

This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.

2. Discover a hidden waterfall among the cliffs and rocks at Desa Musi, Gerokgak

Generally known only among locals, Musi Village (otherwise known as Desa Musi) is a refreshing escape for those searching for an authentic experience in a simple Balinese village.

There, you’ll discover its secret – a cliff area where a waterfall crashes powerfully into a natural pool.

As this waterfall is very hidden, the best way to reach this place is to ask the local villagers for directions when you reach Musi Village. It’s a great opportunity to interact with the locals too!

3. Adventure to seven falls – Sekumpul Waterfall

If you are really adventurous, here’s your chance at trying out another challenge: Sekumpul Waterfall.

It’s not entirely unknown, but its inaccessibility renders it to be hidden from many visitors.

Getting to the waterfall is very difficult, and you must travel down many slippery steps and across a river to see the falls close-up.

You can ask people to take you to the waterfall for a little bit of money and they will take you until the end of the road, from where you can walk around 50m to find the most beautiful views from high ground.

4. The lesser known twin beauty – Banyumala Twin Waterfall

This is not an easy waterfall to find, but it will be well worth your effort.

The sight of this twin beauty can be overwhelming, as you take in the gush of uninterrupted water pouring against the steep cascading rocks.

Absorb the thunderous sounds among the rich green plants, trees and ravine around you while taking a cool dip in its freshwater. All you need to do next? Simply aim with your waterproof camera – focus on framing both twins of Banyumala in your shot for the most magnificent results to bring home.

5. The new twin waterfall darling of Bali – Tibumana Waterfall

Once an isolated spot, the Tibumana waterfall is finally getting the hype it so rightly deserves.

At Apuan village in the Susut Bangli district lies not one, but two remarkable waterfalls shyly shielding a cave opening underneath them.

Locals believe that the entrance is the secret gateway to Raja Besakih’s temple – one of the Balinese Hindu Gods.

At a 20-meter height for each waterfall, the surrounding area boasts a shallow clear pool guarded by large rocks and moss green cliffs. There is still an ongoing effort from the locals to develop this site as it holds enormous tourist potential.

6. Treasure at the end of 500 steps – Nungnung Waterfall

Nine hundred meters above sea level, in a small village in the middle of nowhere, Nungnung Waterfall is waiting for you.

Listen and watch thousands of liters of water cascading down 50 meters into a beautiful pool.

Sounds gorgeous? Getting there is a real challenge, though. Situated at the bottom of a gorge, you must descent 509 steps to reach the falls.

But you’ll be greeted with a magnificent view of the waterfalls and rice paddies all around.

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