Hidden in the jungles of Bali near Ubud is a stunning waterfall where visitors can lounge in the pool underneath, letting the thundering waters crash down around you. I took some time to ‘chase waterfalls’ one morning in Ubud and visited the majestic Tegenungan Waterfall.
The waterfall is located only about 10 minutes from Ubud. After paying the entrance fee of 10,000 IDR, pass all the little stands and shops selling all kinds of goods. Continue until you get to the stairs where you will descend. The path splits at one point: right will take you to a temple and left down to the waterfall. During the day, there are Balinese men near the fall with lounge chairs you can rent, but it is more fun to just jump right in! If you are a strong swimmer, you can even swim behind the falls, which is super cool.
If you want to get a closer look at the falls, and a stunning picture, cross the log bridge and follow the stairs up until you reach a perfect photo spot! You cannot jump from this point into the pool at the bottom as the water is not deep enough, but it still breathtaking to be so close to the pounding water.
If you want to avoid the crowds, it is best to visit earlier in the day. Head there a little bit before lunch, get your fill, and then climb back up the stairs and enjoy lunch with a view of the falls! I’m telling you, that view doesn’t get old.
How to Get There
During my time in Ubud, I rented a motor scooter, so I followed google maps directions to the waterfall from where I was staying. It is much cheaper to travel around this way instead of paying for cabs or day trips. If you are not good with directions or are not familiar with driving a motor scooter, you can easily take a taxi ride there and back to your hotel. From Ubud, it is only about a 10 minute drive.
Once at the falls, pass the stalls and climb down the stairs. The waterfall is not handicap accessible unfortunately, but if you can climb down stairs and back up, you can easily visit the Tegenungan Waterfall! A visit will probably last no more than an hour or two.
Have you visited Tegenungan Waterfall? Share you experience in the comments below!