“What are you thinking?”, she asked me as I stared at the roaring waterfall in the midst of the lush green forest while the clouds above moved around with glee. I just smiled at her, hugged her and said, “Nothing”, but my mind and heart felt something entirely different as I was in awe of this kaleidoscopic canvas that was on display. When was the last time you felt a sense of euphoria and were at a loss of words? How often has a place with magnificent landscapes and tranquil nature made everything else around you seem inconsequential? Munduk, a scenic hillside village in Bali made me ask to myself, “Is This For Real?”.
On my seventh visit to Bali, I was on a quest to get away from the sea and sand for a few days, and be somewhere I’ve never been before. So after three days of island time at Gili Trawangan and three tiring hours of a taxi ride from Amed, we reached the quiet little village of Munduk. As we meandered along the curves along the hill, we were welcomed by the fresh mountain air, mild scent of cardamom and coffee, cloud covered valleys and some drizzle. We were quite amazed to find a place that was a stark contrast to where we had been in Bali till then. I guess this is kind of diversity that made me fall in love with Indonesia’s most popular destination in the first place.
Located along the hills in Northern Bali, Munduk is a charming little village which boasts of stunning natural landscapes. Often overlooked by visitors to this Indonesian island, Munduk appeals to you the moment you reach here. With a very laid back and rustic countryside, you can’t help but be amazed as the simplicity of this place grows on you with every passing minute. For the party-goers and late night revelers, this place might seem like a downer as there are no pubs or nightclubs here. It is devoid of the vibrant chaos of Kuta and Legian, or the colorful art markets of Ubud. Convenience stores close as “early” as 8-9 PM and swanky restaurants have absolutely no presence here. Instead, you are treated to the sights of some magnificent sunrise and sunsets, the lush green forests along the slopes of those mighty mountains and the sound of water streams flowing downhill through the thick canopy of trees.