The town of Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. It’s definitely worth staying in Ubud. Ubud is a great base from which to discover the interior of Bali. You can easily fill your days here with a cooking class, yoga class or an extensive massage, in the beautiful surroundings you can take the most beautiful walks, and by car you can drive from attraction to attraction.
You have multi-leveled rice fields, waterfalls, a majestic active volcano, the largest freshwater lake in Bali, the Sacred Monkey Forest, the Gunung Kawi temple, entertaining dance shows, organic small coffee farms and much more.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest Ubud is the sanctuary or natural habitat of Balinese long tailed Monkey. It is located at Padangtegal Ubud, Bali. This piece of jungle owes its name to its hairy inhabitants: as many as 600 cheeky macaques live there. With their soft fur and cute snout, the monkeys look harmless, but keep a close eye on your belongings. The monkeys are fond of food, but also regularly run off with bags and cameras.
The forest is also conveniently positioned near Ubud Town Center, and within easy walking distance from guesthouses and resorts along the main roads of Jalan Hanoman. Besides watching playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas, the site offers cool walks along paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest.
Tegallalang Rice fields
Ubud is surrounded by a hilly landscape full of bright green rice fields. While some local people in Ubud have changed their way of life to live in the tourist industry, some farmers happily continue to work in the rice paddies. The photogenic terraces are a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle in Ubud, and within a few minutes walk you are already among the rice fields. Take a hike through the area and hike over hills and along rivers. Along the way you see farmers working on the land, tropical birds hide between the plants and if you walk long enough, you will pass authentic villages.
Gunung Kawi is a half hour drive from Ubud. Gunung Kawi temple is the oldest and largest ancient landmarks monuments in Bali. The temple located at the green river valley bottom and this makes you need to climb around 272 stairs way from the ticket counter. Don’t worry, you will not get bored when getting down the stair because surrounding area offers beautiful scenery of terrace rice field. Not much is known about the precise meaning of the images, but they are impressive.
Tirta Empul Tempel
Tirta Empul, Bali, is one of the largest and busiest water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu god of water. The name of the temple actually means ‘holy water spring’ in Balinese. Tirta Empul is a large temple complex and it takes at least 30 minutes to an hour to explore the entire site. There are four main parts to the temple. As soon as you pay the entrance fee for the temple you walk through the large stone Balinese doorway and arrive in the central courtyard of the temple. This area of the temple is called ‘Jaba Pura.’
Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers . The falls are conveniently located halfway between Ubud and Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar, and is considered the closest natural attraction of its kind that you can reach within only a half-hour transfer southeast from Ubud town. Getting to the falls is a pleasant drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides. Once you are at the entrance you still have to walk down some stairs. Just over a hundred stairs. Sounds like a lot but you will be down in no time!
Ubud Central Market
The Ubud Art Market, locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ is located opposite the the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Market are made in the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.