Munduk on the mountain

Munduk grips the sides of the skinny mountain  road. Loads of small shops and warungs with homestays and other accommodation interlaced. All offer stunning views across the jungle to the mountains.

Munduk village

Munduk's ultra-steep main street

Munduk’s ultra-steep main street

Graff on back of street sign

Graff on back of street sign

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Divine palm sugar and coconut pancakes

Divine palm sugar and coconut pancakes from a small warung

Say no with a big grin

Say no with a cheesy grin

Cloves harvest

Cloves are harvested between July and October permeating the air with spicy scents. The cloves are spread out and dried on mats along the roadside and in yards.

While some have the dangerous job of climbing the ladders and picking from the trees and carrying down up to 50 kilograms of clove flowers, others collect flowers scattered on the ground, and pengepiks separate the buds from the leaves and branches.

Up the ladder picking cloves

A buruh alap picks cloves. Ladders are around 20 meters tall for the trees which can grow up to 25m.

The ladder is a pretty basic

The ladder is a simple affair

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Here’s an article on clove production.

And one about Munduk: Dominion of Cloves.

Waterfall walk

I was pleased I took advice and started the walk at the top, having got a scooter taxi up the hill. From this end, you reach Tanah Barak waterfall after a few minutes.
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Stone carving near the waterfall

Stone carving near the waterfall

Temple at the waterfall

Temple at the waterfall

A warung in the middle of nowhere?

A warung in the middle of nowhere?

Very pleased I was going down these steps - not up

Very pleased I was going down these steps – not up

The walk goes through clove plantations and macadamia groves. The macadamias are harvested when the fall to the ground – a much safer job than the clove harvesters have.

Melanting waterfall

Melanting waterfall

Tree murders bridge

Tree murders bridge

From here it’s a fair walk to the main road.

I've seen this in the Pacific too. Why do they put egg shells on these plants?

I’ve seen this in the Pacific too. Why do they put egg shells on these plants? If it’s to protect people from the spikes why aren’t they on the lower ones?

Travelfish has more details about the walk and the third waterfall, which I didn’t visit.

Accommodation – more views

View from my balcony at Puri Sunny

View from my balcony at Puri Sunny

View from my outdoor bathroom

View from my outdoor bathroom

Vege nasi campur around $nz6

Vege nasi campur around $nz6 from Puri Sunny

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