Banyumala waterfall
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Banyumala Twin Waterfall: Bali’s Most Stunning Natural Wonders

Banyumala waterfall: streams of water cascading down a boulder to a pool

Chasing waterfalls in Bali has recently become a top-rated activity, particularly with the rise in popularity of now-famous Tukad Cepung Waterfall and Sekumpul Waterfall.  Banyumala Twin Waterfall is one of the rare destinations that has remained off the grid from the crowds, offering a quiet jungle oasis for those seeking to escape the hustling and bustling south Bali.

The convenient location of Banyumala Waterfall in north Bali, which is just 30 minutes from the nearby attractions of coffee plantations, jungle swings, temples, and the Twin Lakes makes Banyumala a hot destination that will not remain under the radar for too much longer.

Waterfalls in Bali are becoming so popular in fact, that a tour called “Bali Instagram Tour” has become a hot ticket item.  Be sure to put Banyumala Waterfall on your itinerary on your next trip to Bali before it gets discovered by the masses.

Where is Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Banyumala Waterfall is located in Buleleng Regency, about 2.5-hour drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).   The waterfall is nestled in a jungle about 1000 meters above sea level, near the mountain lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan.

For the map of the Banyumala Twin Waterfall along with other infamous Bali waterfalls, check out the section Bali Waterfalls Map below.

The Banyumala Waterfall is called a “twin” because there are two cascading falls side by side, about 40 meters tall.  The gentle waterfalls come down a rocky boulder, forming a pool at the bottom where you can go for a nice refreshing dip.  

The twin waterfalls are surrounded by the lush green jungle enveloped in crisp cool air and the view is just incredible. 

How to Reach the Banyumala Twin Waterfall

The steps made of dirt and wood planks on the way to the Banyumala waterfall
The path to the Banyumala Waterfall

From the main road of Jalan Raya Wanagiri, you will see a sign that reads “Banyumala Twin Waterfall.”  Once you turn into the narrow road, you will have another 10-minute drive down to the parking area.

The construction paving the way to the car park was completed in the summer of 2018, allowing motorbikes and cars to reach the lot without the risk of getting stuck in the middle of a bumpy road.   However, the road is quite narrow and allows only one car to pass at a time. 

Once you reach the car lot, you will walk about 10 minutes downhill on a paved path, then another 10-15 minutes down dirt and rocky steps.  Some of the steps are quite steep, but if you take your time and use the handrails, the steps are manageable for someone in reasonably good health.

Keep in mind that you are in high elevation in the mountains, about 1,000m above sea level.  You may notice that you will be quickly out of breath particularly going back uphill.   I recommend that you take your time and have plenty of water with you.

Even though it may take about 20 minutes to reach the waterfalls, you can go for a nice dip in the natural pool at the bottom of the waterfall once you arrive.  And the view certainly makes up for the exercise 😉

steep steps on the way to the Banyumala waterfall
Use caution with some of the steep steps

Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee

Entrance fee: IDR 15,000/person

Parking: IDR 5,000/car; 2,000/motorbike

Best Ways to Explore Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

You can easily locate Banyumala Waterfalls using Google maps.

Since the Banyumala Waterfall is located a couple of hours north of the main hub of Bali and the mountain roads can be narrow and winding, I wouldn’t recommend that you take a scooter – it can be a long and exhausting journey depending on your base location. 

Instead, hire a car and a guide so you can sit back and relax, and enjoy the views of local villages, markets and the jungle as you make your way to the waterfall and explore Bali.

Here are some awesome day tours that you may enjoy:

1.  Banyumala Waterfall Tour Package

This tour is perfect for nature lovers, making a stop at Lake Beratan (Ulun Danu Temple), Jatiluwih rice terrace, and Bali Handara Resort for the epic photo of the iconic gate.

By the way, Jatiluwih is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is sure to blow you away.  Don’t miss it!

2.  Instagram Tour of North Bali 

If you dream of enhancing your Instagram gallery with some of the best hot spots in Bali, this tour is for you.  Put your photography skills to work at Banyumala Twin waterfall, Lake Beratan, Handara Gate, and the jungle swing at Wanagiri Hills, for some stunning backdrops.

dipping in the natural pool and looking up at the fall at Banyumala Waterfall
It's hard not to take beautiful photos at Banyumala!

3. Customize your own tour 

With so many breathtaking waterfalls in the north Bali region, why not create your waterfall-tour including some of the best spots like Gitgit waterfall, Aling Aling waterfall, and Sekumpul waterfall!

Customizing a tour allows for flexibility in your schedule, as well as making additional stops like local markets, coffee plantations, and nearby rice terraces.

 

Bali Waterfalls Map    

If you are interested in creating your own Best of Bali Waterfalls Tour, here are some of the most stunning waterfalls of North Bali that you can do in a day!

Helpful Tips to Know about Banyumala Waterfall

  • There are two changing rooms and one toilet at the waterfall
  • Best time to enjoy Banyumala Waterfall is in the morning before the majority of tour groups arrive. Not only does this attraction get crowded after 12:00 due to the tour schedules, the weather often gets cloudy due to the altitude.   
  • There are some drinks or snacks for sale at the parking lot, but none at the base of the waterfall. Be sure to pick up some refreshments before you start your hike.    
  • Although it takes a bit of a hike to get to the waterfall, sandals are recommended due to some muddy areas that you’d need to get through. You can certainly wear sneakers if you don’t mind getting it dirty!
A capture of the Banyumala Waterfall height at about 40m tall
A beautiful natural pool awaits at the end of your hike!

Where to Stay Around Banyumala Twin Waterfall

If you are taking a day trip from South Bali, keep in mind that the travel can take 2-3 hours one way to/from Banyumala Twin Waterfall depending on where you are based.   Banyumala Waterfall from Ubud is about 1.5 hours each way.

While the views of the waterfalls make the trip worthwhile, I would highly recommend that you spend a minimum of one night and explore some of the hidden gems of North Bali.   Northern regions of Bali are still relatively quiet compared to the South where large hotels, villas, and tourist traps are visible every way you turn.

If you want to escape the crowds and retreat to a peaceful oasis, North Bali is definitely worth exploring!

You can search for some Bali accommodations near the waterfalls using the map below, or continue reading for some of my favorite spots in north Bali!

Booking.com
  • Starting at $35/night for a Garden room with an extra charge for breakfast 

Located in the mountains of Bedugul, this resort is ideally situated for all your north Bali excursions and adventures.  The resort is situated on a massive land with a horizon of endless mountain views – a perfect destination for those seeking peaceful retreat in nature.

Mid-Range: Villa Puri Candikuning

  • Starting at $55/night for a deluxe room including breakfast for 2

Located right on the lake Beratan, this villa is an excellent selection if you want to catch the sunrise shot of the beautiful Ulun Danu Temple without the crowd.

All the rooms face the lake including the infinity pool and provides a peaceful and restful retreat if you are looking to enjoy the countryside and explore the nearby natural wonders.

Luxury: Munduk Moding Plantation 

  • Starting at $130/night for a deluxe suite including breakfast for 2

If you are even remotely active on Instagram, you have undoubtedly come across a breathtaking view of a girl in flowy dress dancing at the edge of an infinity pool overlooking misty mountain ranges.

This spectacular eco-lodge is not only known for the insta-famous infinity pool and the jaw-dropping views but also for its gorgeous, spacious, and modern rooms, bathroom and balcony that looks into the lush green rainforest and the mountain hills.  Resort amenities include hot Jacuzzi, pool table, exercise room, a spa, and onsite restaurant.    This resort provides world-class service and experience to match the views and you will never want to leave this little piece of heaven.  

If you are heading to Bali Indonesia, chasing waterfalls is one of the things to do in Bali that should be on your itinerary! There are so many stunning waterfalls throughout the island, but Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is one you should put on your bucket list for your next Bali travel. Click on this post to get all the travel tips for your trip to the waterfall! #bali #waterfalls #baliindonesia #balitravel #indonesia #souttheastasia #travelguide
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