“The little lake you love is the biggest ocean for you” – Mehmet Murad Ildan
This is just a mere quote if you don’t have a soft corner in your heart for the ultimate serenity of a lake. But if you are like me (who loves to spend some quality time at a lakeside), then you definitely know what I am talking about!
Talking about Bali Twin Lakes, these are the most beautiful set of lakes I have ever visited. Lake Tamblingan (the smaller one on the right) and Lake Buyan (the bigger one on the left) together form the Bali Twin Lakes. Besides the serene ambiance, these lakes are also known for exquisite surrounding that lures a huge influx of travelers. With that being said, I present a guide to Bali Twins Lake that allows you to make the most from your visit to this popular tourist attraction in Bali.
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How to Get to Bali Twin Lakes
These sets of lakes are located in the high mountain region of Bali, known as Munduk. Only 1.5 hours from Ubud the lakes are located at a high altitude, the weather here remains quite cold and pleasant. In order to reach here, it is best if you hire a scooter. Renting a scooter in Bali would cost you around 50,000 IDR for a day depending on if you are in Ubud or Canggu. In Ubud Center, you can find tons of places that offer scooters for rent.
Bali Twin Lakes Entrance Fee
Traveling Bali can be very affordable if you choose the right activities. Neither there is an entrance fee to Bali Twin Lakes nor any parking charges. You can just pull up your vehicle on the side of the road.
Things to Do Around The Twin Lakes
From nature to pilgrimage to adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Munduk around the Twin Lakes. Let’s have a look at the top tourist sites in close proximity to the lakes!
Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint
An amazing vantage point from where you can relish the views of the two lakes! On the left is the Buyan Lake, the smaller, yet the most scenic lake. Whereas, on the right is Tamblingan Lake which is blessed with the abundance of greenery in the form of forests. There are tons of viewpoints some free and some more set up for Instagram pictures. If you are interested in these viewpoints make sure you check out Wanagiri Hidden Hills. Once there was just one lake but a landslide in the 1880s separated the lakes into two parts. Now, this viewpoint serves as one of the most-loved Bali’s attractions you should add to your Bali itinerary.
Bali Twin Lake Trekking
For all the adventure junkies, Bali Twin Lake trekking is one of the most thrilling experiences in northern Bali. This hiking in Bali gives you an opportunity to hit the trails of rainforests in Bali. The base site of Bali jungle trekking is Wanagiri Village. Traversing the lush green forests and a 30-minute lake crossing with a traditional wooden canoe, you will your destination, which is Tamblingan Lake.
It’s not just the lakes that will give you nature’s treat here at this tourist site, there are a few waterfalls around the lakes that are must-see. Nung Nung Waterfalls and Banyuman Twin Waterfalls are two falls that are less crowded as well as great spots to chill. If you included these waterfalls on your Bali days tour around the Twin Lakes area, then I would strongly recommend you to spare a good amount of time to this particular attraction as the serenity of these Bali waterfalls will lead you to find solace.
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At the base of the Bali Twin Lakes, around Tamblingan Nature Center, there is a small temple which is hardly visited by tourists. Being an unexplored attraction, the beauty of the temple is intact. A fact to know here is that the temple is located right in the middle of a lake. Besides, the beautiful surroundings, which includes mountains and forests, adds a unique charm to its grandeur. Ulun Danu Bratan is another temple in the region which is located at a lakeside. However, comparatively, it is crowded.
Well, this is one attraction which you will find on every traveler’s (exploring Bali Twin Lakes region) Bali itinerary. The famous Hadra Golf and Resort Club gate near the Bali Twin Lakes is one of the most-visited attractions in the region. This is undoubtedly the best picture spot in the region around this attraction, you will find an abundance of greenery that comes with a treat of serenity.
Bali Ghost Hotel
If you up for a creepy activity, then a visit to Bali Ghost Hotel is mandatory while on a sightseeing tour around the Bali Twin Lakes. Built by Suharto’s son – the former President, this hotel serves as one of the most talked-about tourist sites in the region. However, the hotel does not operate anymore; it was abandoned for an unknown reason. Whether you like it or not, but trust me, a visit to this place is a super fun experience. You can ask any local to tell you about the story of the hotel.
Where to Stay Around the Bali Twin Lakes
This lake site never leaves a room of disappointment for any traveler. Considering the choice and budget, there are accommodations for all three categories for travelers.
For luxury admirers, Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and Spa is the best option to find a cozy and comfortable stay around Bali Twin Lakes. The luxury suites are well-equipped with all sorts of lavish facilities to make one’s stay memorable.
For the ones who are looking for accommodation at a relatively lesser price, Puri Lumbung Cottages is the best option. With pleasant accommodation and add-on services like spa and dining hall, Puri Lumbung can be your best hideout.
Umah De Madya is one of the best budget staying options around Bali Twin Lakes. Separate parking space, a restaurant, a bar, and a lounge are some top add-ons services in Umah De Madya.
Overall, your time around Bali Twin Lakes would be fun and worth of effort. You can also spare a day for leisure so that, you can make the best of every moment spent there.
If you are on a budget vacation, then our guide on Bali and the surrounding islands would help you to plan an indelible itinerary to the island. Also, you can check out the travel essentials that we recommend to carry while on a vacation to Bali.