About Leke Leke Waterfall (Air Terjun Leke Leke)
The Leke Leke Waterfall is a tall and once hidden waterfall that seemed to be gaining in notoriety in recent years (as just about all places in Bali have been blowing up in the socials).
While tall waterfalls don’t seem to be anything new as we were exploring Bali in June 2022, what stood out about it to me was the deep cave-like alcove at its base.
As for the height of the falls, I estimate it to be about 25-30m or so (though no one swam close enough to the falls for me to make a better estimate).
According to my GPS logs, we hiked for nearly 1km in each direction, and we took about 80 minutes away from the car (though we did spend a good 20 minutes chilling out).
The trail was a straightforward upside down hike starting by a cafe or restaurant with a small Balinese swing though the admission tickets costed us IDR 50k (about $3.33 USD) per person (making it one of the more “expensive” Balinese waterfall excursions).
Beyond this initial developed part, the trail then descended for at least the next 650m or so going by a few warungs (more like fruit stands), including one guy with a captive owl selling expensive coconuts.
The descent pretty much persisted (passing by some props for photo ops along the way) until reaching a bridge.
That bridge traversed a stream that I’d imagine drained south from the Lake Beratan, which was well known for the lakeside temple called Pura Ulun Danu Beratan (or Bratan as some spell it).
Beyond the bridge, the track then continued the remaining 350m or so along a different stream eventually making one final descent to the base of the Leke Leke Waterfall.
One thing worth mentioning was that I found a sign on that final descent saying something to the effect that the warungs we encountered were not endorsed by the restaurant at the trailhead.
So I’d imagine they’re basically there for the locals trying to monetize off the tourist traffic given the huge disparity in the cost of living between them.
Anyways, at the end of the trail, we felt a little bit of the refreshing spray from the Leke Leke Waterfall, which counteracted the heat and humidity of the hike to get down there (though we’ll have to sweat big time on the way back out).
Having a swim in the secluded plunge pool was certainly tempting though no one did it during our June 2022 visit (so no one also went into the cave-like overhang by the base of the falls either).
The Leke Leke Waterfall resides in the Tabanan Regency near the lakeside town of Bedugul 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 Leke Leke Waterfall is located about 14km south of the town of Bedugul.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Leke Leke Waterfall from the Batu Lantang Waterfall, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
That said, it took around 40 minutes for our driver to drive from the Pelaga Eco Park car park to the Leke Leke Waterfall car park.
Even though the driving distance was about 16km, it still took that long mostly because the connecting roads were pretty beat up and water damaged.
Our driver’s low clearance 2wd vehicle really had to be driven slowly past the broken bits.
Conversely, it took our driver about another 40 minutes to go from the Leke Leke Waterfall trailhead to the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (a distance of around 14km).
For geographical context, Bedugul is about 29km (around an hour drive) southeast of Lovina, 46km (over an hour drive) north of Ubud, about 60km (about 90 minutes drive) northeast of Kuta, about 51km (under 1.5 hour drive) northeast of Canggu, and about 55km (under 1.5 hour drive) northeast 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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