About Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)
The Tegenungan Waterfall (or Blangsinga Waterfall) is perhaps the busiest and most popular waterfall in Bali probably due to its close proximity to the well-touristed city of Ubud.
So it wasn’t surprising to see that the experience involved lots of well-developed paths flanked with warungs (i.e. businesses – mostly cafes, stands, and/or souvenir shops) and lookouts.
In fact, during our afternoon visit in mid-June 2022, the complex resembled a bit of a United Nations of tourists with plenty of Indians, Aussies, Asians (locals seemed to be confuse us for Jakartans), Russians, and a few Americans.
Adding to the ambience was the Omma Bar, which blared some loud dance music and seemed to enjoy the most prime position as far as elevated views of the Tegenungan Waterfall was concerned.
That said, it brought me back to the typical Asian waterfall experience, where crowds were the norm and every bit of real-estate seemed to try to monetize the tourists.
Our visit pretty much took about 90 minutes to fully experience both sides of the waterfall, which I’ll detail below.
Experiencing the Tegenungan Waterfall
From the car park area (see directions below), we pretty much walked to the entrance booth, which fronted a street already flanked by warungs and scooter parking.
We paid about IDR 15k per adult and IDR 10k for our daughter, or about $1 USD and $0.67 USD per June 2022 exchange rates.
Beyond the ticket booth and ticket check kiosk, we then continued another 150m going past a gauntlet of warungs and people trying to get your attention to go in.
The last of the warungs tended to have the better views of the Tegenungan Waterfall, but we also noticed that they charge a little more for refreshments like chilled coconuts (think 50% more per coconut for the view).
Shortly after getting past the last of the warungs, we then started to encounter lookouts (some of which had props like a bird nest as well as a bird cage).
The path then started to descend many concrete steps as it made its way below the Omma Bar and down to some small temples and springs.
Given the heat and humidity, this stretch would already make you sweat so imagine how much messier you’d get on the way back up!
Once at the bottom, the concrete path then followed the watercourse upstream (according to my Gaia GPS map, the stream is called Tukad Petanu).
Eventually after about 500m from the car park, passing by more lookout props (like a heart-shaped frame) we then arrived at the bottom of the Tegenungan Waterfall, which is reached after a couple of sketchy-looking bamboo bridges.
It turned out that our visit in mid-June 2022 was the rainy season in Southern Bali so the falls took on a bit of a more swollen appearance (but it wasn’t brown) compared to some of the signs that showed the falls in a more thinner state.
That actually made the area immediately in front of the falls pretty refreshing as the mist counteracted the heat and humidity, which lots of people tried to take advantage of and take their Instagram shots.
Beyond the last of the bamboo bridges, the path continued up steps and a switchback to go up some metal steps and ledges skirting the drop of the Tegenungan Waterfall eventually getting to the waterfall’s brink.
It turned out that there was an additional ticket booth at the end of the switchback, where you had to pay an additional IDR 10k per person to proceed (I think Tahia was free).
There was one ledge where it was possible to stand (carefully since there’s no railings there) before part of the Tegenungan Waterfall though I did notice some locals there situated to ensure tourists don’t get too close to the edge.
The brink of the falls was the turnaround point for us though I did a little more exploring of the complex, which appeared to be a pretty quiet hotel and spa.
I also noticed that there were signs for the Blangsinga Waterfall, but I eventually figured out that this was just another name for the Tegenungan Waterfall.
In fact, one of the locals suggested to me (in hindsight) that I probably could have had our driver pick us up at this hotel so we wouldn’t have to go back down and then back up again.
In any case, this was the extent of our visit, and we could totally see why this gushing waterfall (probably about 25m tall by my estimation) was so popular given its accessibility and size.
The Tegenungan Waterfall resides in the Gianyar Regency near the city of Ubud, 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 Tegenungan Waterfall resides near the village of Sukawati in the Gianyar Regency.
Since we were driven to the car park for the Tegenungan Waterfall, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
Moreover, I can say that it took around 30 minutes for our driver to do the 12km drive to get from central Ubud to the Tegenungan Waterfall car park.
For geographical context, Sukawati is about 12km (under 30 minutes drive) south of Ubud, about 26km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Kuta, about 23km (over 30 minutes drive) east of Canggu, 23km (over 30 minutes 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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