Sumampan waterfall is one of the lesser known Bali waterfalls. Tucked away in a little village called Kemenuh, on the outskirts of Ubud, this hidden gem is often overlooked by tourists. The waterfall is mostly visited by locals who travel during the weekends. But thanks to the power of Instagram, this waterfall has gained more attention which results in more tourists flocking to the area. This hidden waterfall is really worth a visit with its beautiful hanging vines and lush fauna which gives an amazing jungle feeling. We visited on a sunny day in January and were surprised by its beauty. In this blog post you will find all the information you need to know about visiting Sumampan waterfall.
About Sumampan waterfall history
Sumampan waterfall is maintained by a local family who built the access and facilities with their own funds and donations from visitors. The waterfall was actually accidentally formed by water leakage from leaking irrigation tunnels that led to the Blahbatuh area. Due to the excavation of solid rock below the cliff, because of the stone carving, the water quickly spread to the cliff. The flow of the water was focussed on one point of the cliff, creating the waterfall.
How to get to Sumampan waterfall
Sumampan is one of the beautiful Ubud waterfalls and is a perfect combination with a visit to Tegenungan waterfall. The road is easy to access and winds through local villages and beautiful lush rice fields. If you almost reach the parking area, have to drive down a dirt road lined with local houses which might seem to be a little weird. Once you’ve reached the parking area, it’s only a short hike down to the waterfall. It might feels a bit strange as it looks like you’re trespassing through somebody’s land, but you will see a sign that it is the entrance to Sumampan waterfall. The path winds into a lush jungle area, followed by 50 steep steps down to the falls.
Entrance fee Sumampan waterfall
A donation box can be found at the entrance of the waterfall for the family who maintains the waterfall. For ‘good karma’ you might want to leave around 5.000 – 10.000 IDR as entrance fee.
Opening times waterfall
The waterfall is open to visitors 7-days a week from 6 AM to 6 PM.
Best time to go to Sumampan waterfall
Luckily because this Bali waterfall isn’t a hyped tourist attraction in Bali (yet..), you don’t have to worry about avoiding the crowds. The best time to visit most waterfalls in Bali is during the months of January-June, so during rainy season or right after. As a result of the rain, most Bali waterfalls are powerful. While during dry season some waterfalls dry out or have less power. Take into account that during rainy season the current of the river could be heavy, so swimming or trespassing the river could be difficult or even dangerous.
In terms of the best time of the day to explore Sumampan waterfall, the (early) mornings are always the best. Especially if you want to make some nice photos with the best light circumstances.
Things to do at Sumampan waterfall
Besides taking pictures and enjoying the jungle vibes, it might be possible to bath a bit in the river. But this completely depends on the current which is way stronger in rainy season. When the water levels are lower, you can pass the river with ease. The water is not really deep, so swimming is not possible at Sumampan waterfall. If you want to swim at a waterfall, you can better go to Tibumana waterfall or Tegenungan waterfall which both have a pool under the waterfall.
Another thing to do at Sumampan waterfall is to see stone carvings representing Balinese gods and goddesses. The volcanic stones are carried up and down the stairs so other people can transport them to the carving spots which is Sumampan village famous for. The wood and stone carving goes way back here! An example to the fact of how special this place has been for locals throughout history.
Also take your time on you way to Sumampan waterfall to enjoy the local and authentic Balinese village. The people here are so friendly and don’t see a tourist exploring ‘their’ village everyday.
Photo tips Sumampan waterfall
The beautiful straight waterfall combined with hanging vines and lush fauna gives an authentic jungle vibe. Perfect for some beautiful shots. But depending on the time of year and rainfall, it might be too dangerous to cross the river as you can’t see the stepping stones and the current is very strong. Regardless if you can cross the river or not, the view of the waterfall is beautiful and makes a perfect scene for some waterfall jungle shots!
Watch the short video clip of our time at Sumampan waterfall below! We did had the drone with us but there wasn’t any signal so we couldn’t fly it. Although, we believe the aerial view must be amazing.
Other waterfalls to explore around Sumampan waterfall
There are many other waterfalls in and near Ubud to explore. To name a few:
These are well known spots and therefore much busier than a hidden gem like this one. For the peace seekers and nature lovers I would recommend to visit this spot and skip a few of the ‘famous Bali waterfalls’. At places like these you connect way more with nature which gives a pure and authentic experience.