Used by Dutch colonials,
as a great location to cool off from sticky summers in Singaraja, Munduk is nowadays the perfect base to explore the North from. Though a rather unassuming mountain retreat, its waterfalls are better than some of its more famous competitors and its trekking potential is unmatched almost anywhere else on the island. Whether you want to check out coffee plantations, orchards, springs, cloves, rivers or temples, Munduk, though definitively in the north, feels like the real heartland of Bali. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Terrasse du Lac where the views and food are gorgeous, or the village of Gesing – pretty in and of itself – but which, more importantly, boasts one of the island’s largest and oldest Banyan trees – considered holy by the Balinese.