Tukad Cepung Waterfall Located 30 kilometres north-west of 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 Mr Bali Tour www.mrbalitour.com 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. The sunlight falls on the glistering waterfall creating a rainbow, which feels as though it is projected right up to you. 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. The river can be seen from up above, meanwhile the waterfall can only be viewed once you walk down the stairs and into the cliff.
Since the water gets accumulated within the cliffs, it gets really deep during the rainy seasons. For that reason, it is not recommended to visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall during monsoons. 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 tranquility.
Bring your bathing suits when you visit this place because once you see this magical waterfall, you will most definitely be tempted to go in and embrace it. You will find some of the visitors standing under the waterfall and having a good time splashing water. Since the place is well-maintained, you should expect to see a clean and hygienic surrounding area. Try to live in the moment by relaxing near the waterfall, listening to the water flowing and gazing at the amazing rainbow of colors 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.
Two more waterfalls in this area are Tibumana Waterfall and Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Tibumana Waterfall is a 20-meter high twin waterfall with a calm shallow pool beneath, while Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a newly formed waterfall which flows through the lush forests of Bangli. You can follow the forest trail not only to enjoy the waterfalls but to stop and fish for eels and other small fish. You can also visit a cave which is normally used for meditation by local people. All these activities are interesting treks for family with little kids.