About Blahmaning Waterfall (Air Terjun Blahmaning)
The Blahmaning Waterfall was a pleasant locals waterfall that we accidentally visited as a result of confusing it for the Blahmantung Waterfall.
I suspect the big reason for the confusion was that the crowdsourced nature of GoogleMaps had multiple locations for the Blahmantung Waterfall, which threw off both our driver as well as myself.
It wasn’t until I studied our more detailed Gaia GPS map did we finally figure out what we were supposed to be doing in the first place.
Moreover, one of the locals told our driver that this waterfall was called “Blahmaning”, where the prefix “blah” meant something like to split or to thread (somehow describing an attribute of its stream, I guess).
Nevertheless, we got more of a quaint and intimate rural waterfall experience that was definitely off-the-beaten path.
Moreover, this wasn’t one of those steep upside down hikes that we’ve come to associate with just about all of our Bali Waterfall experiences.
As for the waterfall itself, I estimate that it’s on the order of about 10-15m tall (based on my estimate of the log propped up against it at its base).
It was fronted by a lower cascade that appeared to be man-modified to facilitate irrigation further downstream.
There was also a much thinner and taller side waterfall that we witnessed nearby during our late June 2022 visit.
How Not To Confuse Blahmaning Waterfall and Blahmantung Waterfall
So the key thing to remember about both the Blahmaning Waterfall and the Blahmantung Waterfall is that they are each nearby or associated with different villages.
The Blahmaning Waterfall is closer to the village of Tinggarsari while the Blahmantung Waterfall is closer to the village of Pujungan.
These villages are about 8km from each other.
That said, we noticed that even if you routed to say the Blahmantung Waterfall, GoogleMaps might route by closest distance, which could make you go through Tinggarsari to get to the actual Blahmantung Waterfall.
That was precisely what happened to us as we went south from Tamansari to get to the Blahmantung Waterfall and wound up at Blahmaning Waterfall instead!
Experiencing the Blahmaning Waterfall
The trail to the Blahmaning Waterfall was actually quite straightforward though finding its trailhead wasn’t as much (see directions below).
From its signed trailhead (where it greeted with something saying “Waterfall 1km” as well as scenic rice terraces in the distance), we pretty much just followed the narrow concrete path as directed.
It was a surprisingly gentle trail going through some cultivated fields and jungles pretty much following along an irrigation ditch that I’d imagine fed whatever was being cultivated here.
During our visit, we made pretty fast progress given the gentleness of the trail, but we had to stop pretty frequently to let hard-working locals on scooters haul materials and goods back and forth.
Perhaps the only bit of climbing and descending didn’t happen until the final 500m.
And even though the sign indicated that it was supposed to be 1km in each direction, my GPS watch logs actually indicated that the distance was more like 1.8km in each direction.
So I guess even a place like this couldn’t avoid the tendency of Balinese signs and verbal directions underestimating how long a waterfall excursion would take.
There was a toilet facility nearby the Blahmaning Waterfall, but we noticed that the latrines within appeared to have no or blocked plumbing, and they clearly appeared as if they were unmaintained.
This may change in the future, but I wondered if the locals thought it was more worth their time to tend to other means of earning a living as opposed to the feast or famine nature of tourism (maybe the pandemic didn’t help matters).
Nevertheless, there was one thing that was very nice about this waterfall that made it stand out against other Balinese Waterfalls, and that was a noticeable absence of trailside warungs (or businesses)!
I’m sure that might change over time, but they were certainly absent on our June 2022 visit.
Overall, we spent close to 2 hours away from the car, but of that time, 30 minutes of it was spent just chilling out at the Blahmaning Waterfall.
The Blahmaning Waterfall resides in the Tabanan Regency near the village of Tinggarsari, which itself is near the village of Pujungan in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Tabanan Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Blahmaning Waterfall is located about 1.5km east of Tinggarsari Village or about 28km south of Lovina Beach.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Blahmaning Waterfall, and we found this place on accident (as it wasn’t our target waterfall), I won’t bother with giving driving directions.
However, you can look at the embedded map above for your own trip planning needs.
That said, it took around 60 minutes for our driver to drive from Lovina Beach to the Blahmaning Waterfall car park.
Nevertheless, it could be shorter since we had about 15 minutes of confusion trying to figure out if we were in the right spot or not.
Of course, these drive times really depend on the traffic situation, especially coming up from the south, which is way busier than the traffic situation in the north of Bali.
For geographical context, Pujungan Village is 38km (about an hour drive) south of Lovina Beach, 47km (about 90 minutes drive) south of Singaraja, about 31km (an hour drive) west of Bedugul, 68km (about 2 hours drive) northwest of Ubud, about 72km (about 2 hours drive) northwest of Kuta, about 61km (about 90 minutes drive) northwest of Canggu, and about 67km (about 2 hours drive) northwest 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.
You can see this for yourself when you compare the above GoogleMaps estimate versus the actual time it took our driver to get from Kuta to Pujungan (about 2 hours versus 2.5 hours).
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