Tukad Cepung Waterfall (Tembuku)
Located 28,9 kilometres from Hotel Agung Resort Ubud,
you will witness a rare view of a waterfall that should not be missed. Though there are plenty of waterfalls worth visiting in Bali, Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one of its kind. If you are coming from Denpasar, you can reach Dusun Penida Kelod in Bangli by car or motorbike in about two hours.
Local buses leaving from Denpasar can also drop you at Bangli, and then you can trek your way to Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
Alternatively, you can book a one-day tour with one of travel agencies or hire a private driver who is familiar with roads in Bali.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall still remains as the best virgin waterfall of Bali.
The fact that this spot is not known to a lot of people and still not under the commercial tourist spots, you are not under any obligations to pay anything to enter area.
However, since the area is well-maintained by the local villagers and some of them contribute in showing and/or explaining the waterfall to the visitors, it would be kind if you gave a tip so they can continue to maintain this hidden spot.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall has mesmerized everyone who have managed to spot it. Well-guarded by the cliffs, this waterfall is difficult to locate for the first time visitor.
A few hundred stairs down the cliff is worth the effort once you arrive at the destination.
The circular cliffs give you the feeling of being in a cave, while the open sky right from where the waterfall emerges, gives you the most enchanting view.
If you have never seen water flowing from the sky, then this would be your chance. Unlike any other waterfalls in Bali, Tukad Cepung Waterfall does not flow into a river, stream or jungle, but it flows gently down the cliffs.
But during other seasons, you can stand and observe the water neatly flowing down and making a narrow stream inside the cliff. This place is comparatively cooler and offers an immense sense of peace and tranquillity.
You will find some of the visitors standing under the waterfall and having a good time splashing water. Try to live in the moment by relaxing near the waterfall, listening to the water flowing and gazing at the amazing rainbow of colours created by the sunlight.
There is a quote, “Many quiet rivers start from noisy waterfalls, but none of them jumps and does not foam up to the sea. But it is often a sign of great peace of mind, and hidden forces.”
You will feel every inch of this saying once you see or rather absorb the beauty of Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
After several hours of being one with nature, on your way back home, you can make a few stops around the area. Tukad Cepung Waterfall is close to Pura Dalem Penida Kelod, which also known as the Temple of Death.
It is a place of pilgrimage for those seeking protection from sickness and evil.
You can also pay a visit to the old temple of Ratu Gede Pancering Jagat in Trunyan, which is famous for its megalithic 4-meter high statue and the “Barong Brutuk” dance performance.
If you wish to take away some local souvenirs, the roads around Kintamani offer you a good local shopping experience as well as eating spots. You may need this after a day-long trek in Bangli.