Why Honeymoon in Munduk?
Welcome to the enchanting region of Munduk in Central Bali, perfect for couples on a honeymoon. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, Munduk offers a cooler climate and stunning natural beauty. Explore cascading waterfalls, visit sacred temples, and create cherished memories together. Munduk is off the beaten path, discover it together before everyone else does!
Munduk or Bedugul?
While most people refer to this region as Munduk, you might hear the name Bedugul as well. Bedugul is the name of the town inside the crater between the two crater lakes, while the Munduk region officially only starts from the crater edge further north towards the coast. From Munduk you have the best view over Bedugul and its lakes!
Stay at Munduk Cabins
You won’t regret staying at Munduk Cabins! We stayed in this boutique luxury place overlooking the north side of Bali with the Java Sea in the distance, and believe its just perfect for a honeymoon or romantic trip. The prices are quite reasonable compared to luxury South Bali hotels, and we stayed in one of the cabins with private Jacuzzi. At night, the staff will light a romantic bonfire.
They only have 6 cabins, so make sure to book in advance! Check if Munduk Cabins still has cabins available here, or scroll further down for some more hotel recommendations in the area.
Lakes and Temples
Bedugul is where you will find the famous Ulan Danu Temple on Lake Beratan. It’s so iconic that for some time this temple was featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet. It can get crowded though, with many tour busses stopping to allow people to take selfies. Due to the famous Ulan Danu temple, Bedugul is a bit more well known, but very few people venture outside of the area near Ulan Danu temple.
Secret Tip: There’s a more hidden lake with a beautiful Hindu temple that most tourists are not aware of, and it’s really close from Munduk. It is called Tamblingan Lake. Usually there are locals offering to take you on a canoe across the lake, allowing you to walk back through an ancient forest with massive trees. We believe camping might not be people’s first choice for a honeymoon, but we once camped right on the lake. Its really basic though, while simple tents are provided there’s only a squatting toilet. For those couples up for an adventure you can find more information here.
We are aware of at least 4 spectacular waterfalls in proximity of Munduk and Bedugul. Most can be found near the road from Bedugul to Lovina on the north coast, but a great waterfall to visit nearer to Munduk is the Banyumala Waterfall. This one is gorgeous and great for taking pictures as a couple! Check the list of activities below for an overview of all the main waterfalls.
Day Tour to Bedugul and Munduk
We will be blunt: We think the Munduk region is so amazing that you should stay overnight. But you may have a lot of other travel plans too, and you can’t stay everywhere. It might be worth considering visiting Munduk and Bedugul through a day trip starting in your South Bali hotel. A highly rated provider of such tours can be found here.
Honeymoon Hotels in Munduk
By now you know we can’t stop raving about Munduk Cabins, but here are some more options in both Munduk! We recommend honeymooners to stay in Munduk and not in Bedugul, as Munduk offers nicer accommodation options and Bedugul is only a short scenic ride away.
Honeymoon Activities in Munduk
Munduk is all about waterfalls, temples and lakes. Here are our suggestions for great romantic activities to enjoy together in the Bedugul and Munduk area.
Romantic Dining in Munduk
The only downside of picking Munduk for your honeymoon is that the dining options are unfortunately limited. There is a decent Indonesian restaurant named Ulekan at Munduk Cabins, but for fine dining you would have to visit other regions in Bali.
One romantic option in Bedugul is Rumah Gemuk (This means “The fat house” in Indonesian, don’t ask us why!). This is a unique place - you can view the lake from here, but the building itself is made of all glass with an indoor garden on the ground floor. It is also a wedding venue. When we visited they offered a lunch combo deal that allowed us to try a few different dishes. Google Maps Link Here.
How to get to Munduk
Munduk is a roughly 2-hour drive away from Denpasar Bali Airport and the most popular tourist spots on the south coast (Canggu, Seminyak and Uluwatu).
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Munduk in Bali?
Munduk is located in North-Central Bali. It is a region just north of the three lakes near the town of Bedugul. It is quite close to Lovina on the North-Bali coast.
How to get around in Munduk?
You definitely need a car or driver to get around the Munduk and Bedugul areas, unless you are comfortable driving a motor bike. Distances are too far for walking.
How far is Munduk from Bali Airport
It takes around 2 hours to get from Denpasar Airport to the Munduk region. In case of traffic it can take longer. Bedugul is slightly closer and takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach from the airport.
Is Munduk a good honeymoon destination?
Yes, this is such a perfect escape from the crowds! Beautiful scenery, waterfalls, lakes and temples, we just love it! On top there is some great honeymoon-quality accommodation in the region.
How long should we stay in Munduk?
We believe two nights is a good amount of time to spend in Munduk. This allows you one full day of exploring, which you can spend seeing temples, lakes and waterfalls. If you prefer to travel a little slower we would recommend 3 nights max.
What activities can we do in Munduk?
You can visit one of the 3 crater lakes, one of 4 spectacular waterfalls or any of the amazing temples in the Munduk and Bedugul region.
If you made your way up to Munduk, you may as well continue to Lovina. The town is known for dolphin watching and hotsprings. If you like off the beaten path destinations, consider Sidemen as well. If you miss the coast and crowds, consider continuing your holiday in Canggu or Seminyak.
Written by Olivia & Dirk
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