The waterfall was about 15 m high and fell in a narrow chute. We got quite close to feel the spray, but by then it had started raining quite hard and we decided to head out. We only had 2 umbrellas, so Nalini and Anoop took them as they had backpacks to keep dry. I put on my raincoat, but by the time we had climbed back up to the top (only 500 m or so), I was completely drenched. We headed back to our place so that I could change and we could have lunch. On the way, we drove back through Munduk and were stopped in traffic for 20 minutes or so. The road was so narrow and yet cars had parked on both sides of the road creating a traffic jam through the entire town!
In the afternoon we relaxed and drank tea while waiting for the rain to stop. Eventually it did and Anoop & I set out to explore the area a bit more.
We found a spot with pretty views over some rice fields which were quite green as the rice was further along. We walked down a small road past lots of clove, banana, coconut, and papaya trees. We had lots of people pass us on scooters, including lots of young kids (driving!). Everyone said hello and a group of kids washing 2 scooters were quite happy to pose for a photo.
Out of our three rooms, our upstairs room was the most uncomfortable. We had very hard mattresses and lumpy pillows which might have been fine had we not slept wonderfully the night before in the downstairs room! However, at least there were no giant bugs coming in to visit us! We set off a bit earlier so that we had enough time to visit the Botanical Gardens in Candi Kuning and see the temple on the lake before dark. Unfortunately, once we arrived in Candi Kuning, the skies opened up and a downpour started, not stopping for the entire day!
The botanical gardens were huge and you could drive around from garden to garden. This actually worked out well since it was raining so hard. One of our first stops was the souvenir shop to buy a large umbrella – for the bargain price of $3.50. We would have paid more! We started with the begonia gardens which were partially covered. I didn't know there were so many types of begonias! We thought the ones with the very rough leaves were neat and enjoyed looking at all the different varieties. It was set up quite nicely with paths going under arches and past ponds, all with begonias growing everywhere.
We then visited the cactus, orchid and fern gardens before driving past an enormous tree. We ended with a walk on the tropical rainforest path which was neat to see. By this time we were rather wet and cold so we decided to visit the Strawberry Stop again for a late lunch. We all had a hot cup of tea and assorted strawberry snacks before jumping back in the car. The cars here don’t have proper vents for clearing foggy windshields or heat, so Nalini kept wiping the windshield until we drove into sunshine. We had to skip the temple on the lake since it had still been pouring and we couldn’t actually see anything. We hoped to see it when we passed by again a few days later.
We decided to visit the Munduk waterfall which was a short drive away. We set off down the path and stopped part way down to look at baskets with various seeds that had been laid out showing the crops of the region. They are mostly known for cloves and coffee which we saw growing everywhere. We continued down to the bottom and enjoyed looking at all the greenery – it really felt like we were in a jungle.