When we were planning our trip to Bali, we were imagining all sorts or dreamy beaches, amazing food, and lots of lush scenery. And let’s just say, we were not disappointed. Being a hot but nearly 100% humid country, there is so much green and vegetation; it is really lovely to see.
After we had spent a week down in Nusa Dua, the more relaxed beach resort area of the island, great for swimming and water sports, we decided to spend a couple of days higher up in Ubud. It is probably the place that you will have heard of the most if you follow travel bloggers on Instagram. It is really popular, thought it is more in-land, and is definitely full of plenty of people on their gap-yah.
We hired a driver for the day to give us a tour of the area before we checked into our new hotel. We had a few of the standard things that we wanted to do, see the rice terraces, visit another temple, etc, but we also wanted to go to a waterfall. There are plenty of them in the more in-land areas of the island, as it is quite a hilly place.
Our driver took us to the Tegenungan Waterfall, that wasn’t too far away from Ubud.
As with most tourist areas, there was a small admission fee (literally a couple of pounds), and then you take quite a few steps down to the bottom. The views are amazing, and the scenery is just lovely. You just need to remember to take plenty of water with you, as in the heat of the middle of the day and the open space, it can get pretty hot and thirsty work, hiking back up all of the steps. Chloe really wasn’t a fan of all of the steps, but there are plenty of little shops and restaurants at the top, so we could buy her an ice cold drink as a reward. So definitely pack some comfy shoes for the steps!
You can climb on the rocks, though they can be a little slippery. Go on a swing overlooking it all, as well as swimming in the water. We didn’t swim with the little ones, as it is pretty fast flowing, but we did have a paddle and threw some rocks into the water. There are lots of tiny fish to see too. The spray from the waterfall was really refreshing too, and there are plenty of shaded areas, so if you do visit in the middle of the day like we did, you can cool off a little.
While this isn’t a place that you need to spend all day at, it is certainly worth the trip.
If you want to go to get your Instagram shots, then early in the morning would be best as it would be much quieter, and a little cooler too. But be sure to pack plenty to drink and maybe a snack, and you could easily spend a couple of hours there. As I’ve said, there are some shops / stalls / and restaurants at the entrance and exit, so you can always get something at those too.
Jl. Raya Tegenungan, Kemenuh, Ubud 80581
Have you ever been to Bali before? It would be great to hear what you think.