About Sumampan Waterfall (Air Terjun Sumampan)
The Sumampan Waterfall is kind of an unsung waterfall near the city of Ubud, and that’s saying something considering how many tourists that the City of Temples sees.
Heck, even the trail to the Sumampan Waterfall was mostly unpaved instead of lined with concrete, which attested to the fact that this place was still under the tourist radar for the time being (at least as of our visit in June 2022).
That said, we did notice more foreign tourists that one would expect from an off-the-beaten-path waterfall like this so maybe word is already getting out about this place.
What made this waterfall stand out in my mind was the presence of intriguing facial engravings on the rocks in the stream as well as alongside the trail.
There was also a second waterfall further upstream from the main Sumampan Waterfall though we were only able to partially see that one without hiring a guide to help bushwhack for a closer and better look.
As for the Sumampan Waterfall itself, we managed to go on a roughly 300m upside down walk (meaning you go down to the falls and climb back up to the car park).
We paid IDR 20k (about $1.50 USD as of June 2022) per person to go on this walk, and it gently descended before reaching a steep set of steps next to a concrete wall with ripples and engravings on it.
When we got to the bottom, that was when we got to see the gushing Sumampan Waterfall though we weren’t able to get a clean look at all of its 10-15m height due to overgrowth from the neighboring trees.
Around the waterfall and its stream, we noticed numerous carvings or engravings in the rocks both within the river as well as along the river’s banks.
It didn’t take long for us to have our fill of this falls as we didn’t feel the need to do the rope-assisted wade across the fast moving stream to get a closer look.
On the way back up to the car park, Julie noticed and alerted me to a second waterfall further upstream of the Sumampan Waterfall, but I was only able to get an unsatisfactory partial look at it.
In order to get further and a better look, that would require bushwhacking the overgrown trail, which would require hiring a local guide.
So all things considered, we probably walked around 600m round trip taking us about 50 minutes away from the car, including all the time spent taking pictures and enjoying the experience.
The Sumampan Waterfall resides in the Gianyar Regency near the city of Ubud in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Gianyar Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Sumampan Waterfall is located less than 10km southeast of the city of Ubud.
Since we were driven to the car park for the Sumampan Waterfall, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
It would probably take around 30 minutes for our driver to drive from Ubud to the Sumampan Waterfall (possibly slower due to traffic).
For geographical context, Beng is about 11km (under 30 minutes drive) south of Ubud, about 39km (around 1 hour drive) northeast of Kuta, about 37km (over 1 hour drive) east of Canggu, 37km (over 1 hour drive) east of Seminyak, and 79km (over 2 hours drive) south of Lovina.
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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