03 March 2013

Bali - the Gitgit waterfalls

On the way from Denpasar to Singaraja, there are many attractive places to visit. If you are interested in waterfalls, the Gitgit twin waterfalls in Sukasada district, Buleleng, could be your ideal destination.

It takes some 40 minutes from Bedugul botanical park, passing along a road that wends its way up and downhill through beautiful countryside, with trees, hills and lakes, until you eventually come to a sign reading “Gitgit Twin Waterfalls, Air Terjun Campuhan” on the left-hand side, on the right hand is a big parking lot with restaurant.

You have to walk down about 300 meters of steps and pay a Rp 5,000 entrance fee before eventually reaching the waterfalls, which are managed by the local customary village. Shady trees, the chirping sounds of birds and cool weather will accompany you on your way to the Campuhan waterfall. Many tourists like to take pictures in front of the falls, with the cliffs towering above them, while some enjoy bathing under the pouring water. According to the villagers, it is not only tourists that flock there, but also local people who want to perform Melukat ritual cleansing, especially during and in readiness for religious celebrations, such as ahead of Nyepi (the Hindu day of silence).
After seeing the Campuhan waterfall, you can go further down to the Mekalangan waterfall, located not too far away. It only takes 5 minutes to get there, but it is difficult to reach the bottom part of the waterfall. For safety reasons, many people opt not to go. Around the Mekalangan waterfall, there are some springs where you can drink the water and refresh your body after the sweaty trip.

A public toilet is available too. You can also take a look around the local souvenir shops managed by the villagers. The shops also sell food and beverages at normal prices for local people and domestic tourists, but different prices for foreigners. The shops also sells photo albums made of recycled leaves with prices varying from Rp 35,000 to Rp 100,000 each.

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