About Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
The Banyumala Twin Waterfall was one of several waterfalls on the northern slopes of Bali just below the twin lakes of Danau Buyan and Lake Tamblingan.
The waterfall pairing section has an estimated height of maybe 30m (which I extrapolated from the people in its idyllic plunge pool) making it one of the taller waterfalls that we encountered on Bali.
Indeed, pictures didn’t do this waterfall justice because you can’t capture all the springs surrounding the plunge pool with the main waterfall itself in one shot.
It’s one of those places where you really have to experience the place as opposed to try to represent your visit in a single photo (or even a series of photos and videos like what I’m conveying in this write-up).
Our visit to the Banyumala Twin Waterfall was pretty straightforward though the drive to get to the car park and trailhead wasn’t as straightforward (see directions below).
We started off by walking a narrow concrete scooter path for about 400m to a ticket booth passing by some Balinese swing and local farm fields along the way.
Mom and I each paid IDR 30k (about $2 USD as of June 2022), which made this excursion a little more expensive than the other excursions we’ve done in Bali to this point.
Then, we descended a series of unpaved steps descending alongside a well-vegetated cliff with springs emerging from it.
Eventually, the trail veered straight downhill alongside the trajectory of one of the side cascades spilling to the base of the main waterfalls.
At the bottom of the upside down walk, there was an outdoor shrine area as well as a pair of bridges spanning the outflow of the falls.
It looked like there was a continuation of the trail further downstream from the bridges here, but we didn’t pursue them.
According to my Gaia GPS map it may have gone to the Pucak Manik Waterfall as well as the Cemara Waterfall.
Overall, Mom and I spent about 30 minutes of walking and enjoying the falls, and then we walked back up to the ticket booth, where we saved the remaining 400m of uphill walking by paying to ride a scooter.
We paid about IDR 30k per person to go back up by riding tandem with the scooter owners (my driver struggled since I was heavier and wore a heavy day pack), which saved a bit of time.
So adding it all up, we spent about 60 minutes away from the car for this excursion.
The Banyumala Twin Waterfall resides in the Buleleng Regency near Bedugul or Lovina in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are located about 29km south of the city of Singaraja.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls from the Munduk Waterfalls, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
Our 9km drive took us about 30 minutes or so, which might attest to the slow driving required on the narrow access road to the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls car park.
This was an example where some of the mountain roads in Bali were really more suited to scooters than to passenger vehicles.
Yet, our hired Balinese driver was pretty skillful at navigating this narrow road, which strangely had some characteristics more common with 4wd roads.
For geographical context, Singaraja is about 10km (less than 30 minutes drive) east of Lovina, about 30km (an hour drive) north of Bedugul, 73km (over 2 hours drive) north of Ubud, about 88km (about 3 hours drive) north of Kuta, about 78km (about 2.5 hours drive) north of Canggu, and about 83km (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Seminyak.
Note that you’ll want to take the drive times with a grain of salt mostly because the traffic situation (especially in Southern Bali) is pretty bad and unpredictable.
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