The Amazing of Banyumala Waterfall

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Bali is a waterfall paradise and there are over 50 beautiful waterfalls around the island located in the northern part of Bali. If I can say from many waterfalls in Bali, Banyumala is one of the top 10 beautiful waterfalls that I recommend to visit.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Banyumala and take some beautiful pictures. I arrived at Wanagiri Village where I enjoyed the amazing view of Twin Lake of Buyan and Tamblingan from the top of the hill while taking a zip of Balinese coffee with fried banana in one of the gazebo. From there I ride another 3 km to reach the waterfall.

Banyumala is beautiful twin waterfall hidden away in Buleleng, North Bali that shouldn’t be missed as it is truly a beautiful gift from nature. The sight of this beauty of nature is awe-inspiring as you watch the water rush against the steep cascading rocks.

The natural pool on the base is inviting with its translucent turquoise waters. It’s fresh and clean, perfectly safe to swim in, even-though for me the water is quite cold ☺️. Bathe in tranquility, listen to the thunderous roar of cascading waters and take in the sights of the vibrant greenery.

It’s absolutely perfect for a quiet and peaceful afternoon in the arms of Mother Nature. Climb up to the resting area where there’s another gazebo and there you can get a panoramic view of the waterfall and pool.

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Lempuyang Temple

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Lempuyang Temple is probably the oldest temple in Bali. In the conception of ‘Dewata Nawa Sanga’, this temple is Home to God Iswara. Lempuyang temple itself is divided into three different locations namely Lempuyang Sor, Lempuyang Madya and Lempuyang Luhur. Based on the palm script of Markandeya Purana, Lempuyang temple was founded by Rsi Markandeya around the 8th century AD

This photo is Lempuyang Sor located near parking lot. Many people think this is Lempuyang Luhur located at Top Mount Lempuyang 😁✌️

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Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Yesterday afternoon we visited one of the very unique waterfalls. This waterfall is located in Bangli area where the surrounding area is still very beautiful and the locals are very friendly. 

To reach this waterfall we walked about 15 minutes down the stairs to arrive at the river whose water is very clear. This river is used by local people to bathe and irrigate the fields. 

From this river we arrive at a beautiful canyon. From here we can already hear the sound of the waterfall. We had to pass a narrow gap of about the size of the body to reach the waterfall. And … hollaa we reached this unique and beautiful waterfall. Above the waterfall there is a gap where the sunlight can illuminate the waterfall as if like a direction where the angels down to earth to bathe hehe

When we were there, there were only two tourists busy taking pictures. This waterfall is rarely visited so very good for you who like adventure and like to take pictures.

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Famous Gate of Handara Golf Resort

Did you really go to Bali if you didn’t post a Handara gate photo? 😍

I took a young couple Tara & Robin on an amazing photo tour a few days ago to North Bali, and this spot is on their bucket list as they really want to see and have pictures in this instagram famous gate 🤘

Since @doyoutravel post this gate photo on Instagram a year ago, this spot became so famous and a must place to visit whenever you go to Bali 😁.

Handara Golf Resort Bali is located in Pancasari Village Bedugul, the central highlands of Bali and nestled down inside the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of almost 1,400 meters (almost 4,000 feet) above sea level. The climate in this region is a small relief around (14-24◦ C) and just great for outdoor activities like golfing.

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Bali Beauty

I took this beautiful image in 2004 at Blanco The Renaissance Museum in Ubud. The bird on this image is Bali Starling or Jalak Bali which is an endanger species with a limited numbers still alive in west Bali.

The girl, Echa Dewantari dressed in a traditional Janger dance with a blinking golden and colorful accesories. 

Use my lovely Canon 7D paired with 24-70 f2.8 lens.

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Bukit Asah Bugbug

If you love sleeping under the stars and waking up to a stunning sunrise, or if you simply enjoy camping (with a view), then this place is for you. This place is just so gorgeous that many of those lucky enough to have visited this place normally couldn’t described Bukit Asah Bugbug in words – this is why it’s so important that you bring your camera here and let the photos do the job. The green, slanty hill with the breathtaking views of the ocean, cliff walls, and crashing waves on the bottom is a favourite spot for locals to go camping or romantic picnic for two. Peacefulness surrounds this place, and its remote location makes Bukit Asah Bugbug a perfect place to get away from South Bali’s hustle and bustle, giving you a chance to recharge.

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Tegenungan Waterfall

Bali is home to countless waterfalls with beautiful scenery and a calming atmosphere. One of the island’s most beautiful, yet relatively unexplored, waterfalls is Tegenungan waterfall in Banjar Tegenunan in Kemenuh village, Sukawati, some 18 kilometers northeast of Denpasar.

DSC02316aThe 50-meter high waterfall originates from the Petanyu River. The few who do visit, both locals and foreigners, usually visit the waterfall at weekends and holidays.

Nearby, local residents take water from several natural springs for daily consumption and for bathing.

Surrounded by rows of coconut trees, with the sound of birds and bees and the flow of the Petanu River, Tegenungan waterfall is a perfect place to escape from a busy city life.

Reaching Tegenungan waterfall is quite challenging. After you park your vehicle, you have to traverse hundreds of natural cobbled stone stairs.

But your effort will be worthwhile. Bathing and swimming under the waterfall gives you an extraordinary sensation you cannot get from swimming pools, however beautiful they may be. If you feel thirsty and hungry after swimming, you can support the local economy buying food at the nearby food stalls.

Adult visitors are required to pay Rp 10,000 (US$86) for entrance while children are charged Rp 5,000. The waterfall is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. so you have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Tegenungan waterfall.

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Ubud Shopping Guide

Owing to its position at the centre of art and craft communities, Ubud serves as the best place to get handicrafts from every corner of neighbouring villages like Tegallalang, Mas, Celuk and Sukawati. You can only find a few internationally branded stores and famous local brands in Ubud such as Uluwatu, Animale, Polo Ralph Lauren, Billabong, Volcom and other leading surf brands, mostly along Monkey Forest Road.

Ubud Art Traditional Market

Ubud Market is located opposite Ubud Palace and is open from 08:00 to 17:00. It’s another place where you can get beautiful pashminas, silk scarves in various colours and sizes, lightweight shirts, creative handmade bags, woven baskets or hats, statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods, made in the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.

Shopping at Monkey Forest Road

Monkey Forest road is a famous landmark in central Ubud, and caters well to visitors with good quality restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, homestays and shopping venues, including International brand stores, sophisticated shops selling local designs, beautiful painting stores and handicraft and antiques outlets on each side of the street. Most of the stores display fixed prices so it will free you from the hassle of bargaining.


Tegallalang and nearby villages specialise in the carving of softwood figures. Brightly painted flowers, signboards, fruits, frogs, ducks, cats and animal figures all feature heavily. All the way along the 12-kilometre road shops also sell furniture and handicrafts made from glass, wood, bamboo, ceramics and shells – and many are much better quality than those you find in Sukawati Art Market or Ubud Market. If you are purchasing a large quantity of goods, Tegallalang is served by several cargo companies, ready to deliver your items to any country around the globe.

Sukawati Art Market

Sukawati Art Market is the biggest market in Bali to purchase handicrafts and traditional handmade products, and is located on the main road of Sukawati. This two-floor building is packed with tourists and locals almost every weekend, especially during summer, Christmas, Eid Ul Fitr and New Year’s holiday – sometimes you can’t even get a space in the parking lot. The market sells everything from paintings, statues, traditional woven textiles, traditional kites, handmade bags, women’s accessories, shirts, sarongs and Balinese ceremonial items (made from colourful ‘Prada’ – gold painted cloth), all at reasonable prices. They even offer a better price in the morning when the market opens at 09:00. To get a wholesale price and enjoy the fixed prices for each item, visit Pasar Pagi Sukawati (Sukawati Morning Market), which is open from 07:00 to 11:00 only, and offers handicrafts similar to Sukawati Art Market.

Wood Carving at Mas Village

Some five kilometres south of central Ubud lies the woodcarving centre of Mas, a village of high caste Brahmin families that has become a genuine example on how reflections of serene countryside life inspire earnest wood-crafters to captivate them in impeccably beautiful statuettes. Typically, Mas carvings are smooth, unpainted, and made of high-quality wood, but carvers also shape gnarly driftwood and tree roots into lizards, turtles, tortoises, abstract faces and fish heads. The carvers sculpt everything in Mas – weeping Buddhas, Vishnu, Garuda, Sri (the Rice Goddess), heroes, fruit trees, key rings, chess pieces, prancing horses and many other animal figures. Many excellent woodcarving shops line the main road. Each shop amiably welcomes tourists to drop in and see the carvers at work. It’s not always necessary to bring cash because some shops accept credit cards for your transaction but remember to always bargain for the best price.

Silver and Gold at Celuk Village

Further along the road towards Ubud is the village of Celuk, famous for being a village of gold and silversmiths. The village offers a multitude of gold and silver jewelry including rings, bangles, chokers, earrings, Tusuk Konde (hair accessories), broaches and many other accessories, some decorated with mother of pearl. Huge stores all the way along Jalan Raya Celuk house a wide variety of all types of intricately designed pieces. If you go off the main road into the village where the craftsmen live and work, you’ll be able to take an authentic souvenir back home for a price lower than in most shops.

Best Activity in Ubud

tirta empulSweet Escape Ubud Day Tour
Ubud is the center for arts and culture in Bali. Each activity in here is associated with spirituality, cultures and traditions, proximity to nature and the relationship between human beings. One day Sweet Escape romantic tour to Ubud is one of my recommendation for those who would love to see the real Bali life;  the people, culture and nature while creating a wonderful moment in your life with the love one. The perfect introduction to Bali’s fascinating culture and handicrafts, picturesque rice paddy fields and traditional villages. This tour will leave you feeling culturally and physically enriched!

The best of the Ubud area is found off the roads, among villages and temples, in rice paddies and deep jungle gorges, and out across grassy hills. There’s something to be said for getting back to nature and walking in the fields of green that surround this fabled village.  There are countless wonderful trails around Ubud back roads and one easy self-guided walk starts at the old Dutch bridge on Jl Raya Ubud, opposite Murni’s Warung, at the Gunung Lebah Temple. It is easy to find the trail, which starts, at the back of the temple. Simply follow it uphill and walk the spetacular ridge with jungle on either side.

Rafting 2White Water Rafting
Bali has two main rivers for rafting that are both category III: the Ayung, just outside Ubud and the Telaga Waja in the foothills of Mount Agung, which is only a category III due to its distance from help. And while these are not going to challenge the most intrepid of rafters, the scenery, backdrop, and occasional adrenalin rush, especially in the rainy season when the rapids are swooshing from the mountains, justifies their position as the number-one organized adventure tour on the island. Each raft journey takes about 2 hours and is suitable for ages 6 and up. Some outfitters have their own lunch place at the end with warm showers and fresh towels. Be prepared for a long walk down many steps and up.

Biking is a great way to explore Bali’s country side. You can rent a bike and go on your own or you can join an organized tour with cycling tour operators here . If you go on your own, stick to the back roads as the traffic on the main roads can be nerve wrecking. Enjoy a scenic Ubud cycling tour along the off-road routes or urban cycle paths exploring the finest scenery of the beautiful countryside. A cycling  tour is a great way to get away from the crowds and see the island in a new and unique light.

YogaYoga Class
Ubud is the place to learn and practice yoga, particularly with classes costing as little as 110,000 rupiah (about $10; even less if you buy a multi-day pass). The two main places to bliss out are the Yoga Barn and the more contemporary Radiantly Alive, whose classes include Fly High Yoga (using straps to hang from the ceiling) and Acro Yoga (a blend of acrobatics and Thai massage).

legong resize 1Watching Dance Art Performance
No visit to Ubud is complete without seeing at least one traditional dance performance.  Although the performances are very tourist-oriented, this is a great opportunity to see classic Hindu legends being told through dancers in colorful, traditional costumes. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you may see dances performed in the temple ceremonies for an essentially local audience.

Ubud Market 9Shopping in Ubud
The sheer quantity of arts and crafts available for purchase in Bali is overwhelming. There is something for all budgets, from tourist trinkets to fine art and antiques. It is a shopper’s paradise of fabrics, clothing, wood and stone carvings, paintings, and doodads of varying quality. Unlike the tacky, beach-tourist feeling of shopping in Kuta, Ubud provides a much more sophisticated experience. Local shops are filled with unique and beautiful crafts, art work, carvings, jewelry, and gifts to take back home.

Ubud Palace 1Bali Arts Class
Ubud is the perfect place to develop your artistic skills, or learn about Balinese culture and cuisine. The range of courses offered could keep you busy for a year. Museum Puri Lukisan, the oldest art museum in Ubud, runs one-hour to one-day workshops on everything from batik and Balinese painting, to gamelan-playing and Balinese dance. Bali Centre for Artistic Creativity has three-hour art classes as well as outdoor painting, life drawing and kids’ classes. Or create your own jewelry at one of Studio Perak’s half-day silversmith courses.

Cooking 2Balinese Food Cooking Class
Balinese cooking class provides a fascinating insight into Balinese life and culture through the country’s food, cooking and culinary myths. Learn about the exotic herbs and spices used in ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes as well as contemporary cooking.