Discover Sidemen: 10 Must-Do Experiences in Bali’s Hidden Paradise

img Ferdian Bukitvista | November 16, 2023

Hello, I’m Ferdi, a data science intern at Bukit Vista. My passion for data analysis and a keen interest in exploring new cultures led me to the beautiful and tranquil Sidemen in Bali. Through this article, I aim to share my experiences and discoveries in Sidemen, providing a guide for tourists seeking to explore this lesser-known gem.

1. Explore the Rice Paddies of Sidemen

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Sidemen’s stunning tiered rice fields offer an authentic Balinese experience. Walk through vibrant green and yellow paddies, observe local life, and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Agung. These serene terraces, though not a UNESCO World Heritage site, rival the beauty of Jatiluwih terraces​​.

2. Gembleng Waterfall

Discover the Gembleng Waterfall, nestled in lush jungles just a short drive from Sidemen village. A brief hike leads to small rocky basins forming natural infinity pools. Swimming here offers a refreshing escape with panoramic jungle views​​.

3. Jagasatru Waterfall

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Venture to the Jagasatru Waterfall, located high in the mountains. This tall waterfall features a holy pool and a golden Hindu statue of Brahma, offering both spiritual significance and stunning views​​.

4. Sidemen Village

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Experience rural Balinese life in Sidemen Village. Begin with the early morning market for fresh produce, and explore traditional weaving workshops, where local artisans craft high-quality sarongs on wooden looms​​.

5. Stay in Bamboo Accommodation

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Immerse yourself in nature by staying in a bamboo house. These unique accommodations provide unobstructed views of the surrounding rice paddies and landscape, blending comfort with natural beauty​​.

6. Telaga Waja River Rafting

For adventure enthusiasts, rafting on the Telaga Waja River is a must. This exhilarating three-hour journey offers a unique perspective of the jungle and rice paddies, passing the Telaga Waja Waterfall​​.

7. Taman Ujung Water Palace

Explore the historic Taman Ujung Water Palace on the Eastern coast of Bali. This site, built in 1909, showcases a mix of Balinese, Chinese, and European architecture set in stunning gardens and ponds​​.

8. Tirta Gangga Water Temple

Visit the Tirta Gangga Water Temple, a sacred site with beautiful pools, fountains, and water gardens. Once a royal palace, its tranquil setting and religious significance make it a peaceful retreat​​.

9. Drive the Stunning Roads

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Rent a scooter to explore Sidemen’s less-traveled roads. Discover rice terraces, hidden waterfalls, and charming villages, soaking in the spectacular scenery that defines this tranquil area​​.

10. Experience the Real Bali

Sidemen offers a unique glimpse into the local Balinese culture. Friendly locals, rural settings, and traditional lifestyles provide an authentic experience far removed from typical tourist spots​​.

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