The Mystical Lake Tamblingan Of North Bali

Mount Lesung, – or Gunung Lesung – in North Bali is decorated with three lakes, which are: Lake Buyan , Lake Beratan and Lake Tamblingan, where nature has been kept almost untouched. All three lakes are the life-source for the surrounding communities.

Located by the village of Munduk in the sub-regency of Banjar in the regency of Buleleng, Tamblingan is a relatively small lake covering a surface of only around 1.5 square kilometers with a depth of 90 meters. The name Tamblingan is derived from the word tamba meaning medicine or medicinal, and elingang meaning spiritual.

Lake Tamblingan, Buleleng
Lake Tamblingan, Buleleng (Source :

Legend goes that between the 10th to the 14th century the residents of  four villages surrounding the lake, namely the villages of Munduk, Gobleg, Gesing, and Umejero were tasked to guard over the sanctity of the lake.

But one day suddenly all four villages were stricken by an infectious disease. Hereupon, a holy priest went down to the lake to fetch water. He prayed at the lake and through his spiritual powers the sick in the four villages were  cured, cleansed by the lake’s healing waters.

From that time on, people built many temples on and surrounding Lake Tamblingan. These are Pura Endek, Pura Dalem Tamblingan, Pura Sang Hyang Kawuh, Pura Ulun Danu, Pura Pengukiran, Pura Gubug, Pura Embang, Pura Batulepang, Pura Pengukusan, Pura Naga Loka, and Pura Tirta Mengening. While two other temples, the Pura Tukang Timbang and Pura Embang are built of ancient stones, believed to originate from the pre-Hindu era even prior to the 10th century. The many  temples together with the lake now form a beautiful landscape that emits its own fascinating aura.

The lake of Tamblingan, Buleleng
The lake of Tamblingan, Buleleng (Source :

As Lake Tamblingan lies 1,000 meters above sea level, the climate here is cool. The early morning mist that hangs over the waters, strangely enhances its mystical appeal. According to folklore, centuries ago the area was once inhabited by a people who lived peacefully under a well ordered government, and a well organized welfare and cultural system.

By Lake Tamblingan near lake Buyan along the south-north highway that links the cities of Denpasar with Singaraja, live a host of monkeys. These multiply so fast, that they are often called the teeming monkeys of the jungle.


As in other parts of Bali, the village of Munduk offers the Balinese lawar, chicken and ares vegetables made of soft chopped banana stem, which are usually on the daily menu of local restaurants. Karangsari Restaurant is one of the more recommended.

If you wish to stay longer at Tamblingan you can stay at a number of homestays or guesthouses. Among which are: the Karangsari Guesthouse ; Puri Lumbung Cottage ; Puri Sunny Hotel ; Manah Liang Bungalow ; Taman Ayu Homestay.

It is on purpose that Lake Tamblingan has not been developed for tourism activities in order to conserve its serenity and sustainabily. Its local government bans all machime-driven transport on its waters. For this reason you will only find traditional rowing boats here which are tied to the shore. These are used to go fishing. When you visit the lake, do not forget to bring your camera to shoot this wonderful panorama. Alternately you can go trekking through tropical rainforests around this lake.

Students often come and camp around Lake Tamblingan to get real close to nature.


Lake Tamblingan is located near. Lake Bedugul that can be reached pass three-pronged cross road that lead to the villages of Munduk and Gobleg. Two routes are recommended. The first passes Lake Bedugul, then continues straight on until you will see on the left side of the road an entry gate that leads to Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. Drive through this gate and you will arrive directly at both the lake’s water edge.

The second route goes above the first. To get on this road, drive from Lake Bedugul straight up until you meet a three way crossing. Here turn left. From this vantage point, you will be able to look down on the beautiful panorama of both lakes from above.


If you want to see monkeys playing on the road, take the second route. Here you will also find roadside cafes. Rest here and enjoy an invigorating hot cup of coffee in the cool mountain air.

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