The reason why people visit Ubud is that it is an ideal base from which to explore the nature of Bali.
Whether on a trip through the famous Monkey Forest, exploring the vivid colors in the Botanic Gardens or riding an elephant through a safari park.
The wild outskirts of Ubud make an excellent place for a spot of natural adventure.
Some of the most beautiful temples on the Bali island are located within the Ubud region. Although not all of them are open to the public.
A few of the temples are actually still active, with a chance to observe traditional religious ceremonies and remarkable native dance.
Just 40 kilometers from Denpasar airport, it’s an excellent first stop for any Bali route. There’s plenty of marvelous things to do and sites to visit in the surrounding area of Ubud – from stunning rice terraces to waterfalls and sacred temples.
Getting around Ubud
One of the simplest ways to travel around Ubud is by renting a scooter. It’s possible to rent from plenty of shops around Ubud, and many hotels in Ubud will also have motorcycles available to rent.
Things to do in Ubud
Ubud is a yoga capital, drawing masters and yogis from all around the world. The largest and most famous center is the Yoga Barn, which offers a broad schedule of diverse styles from morning until night.
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are a must see when in Ubud, Bali. It’s one of the most scenic places in Bali, thanks to the beautiful green rice gardens. You can easily spend hours getting lost amongst the many paths or just enjoying the scene from one of the eateries above the Tegalalang rice terraces.
A visit to Ubud’s Monkey Forest combines temple sighting with monkey watching. You can enter the park from Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. You will find the primates right away as they aren’t shy.
Watch your camera, glasses and other items and don’t bring any food as the monkeys most likely will try to steal it from you and in some cases can get aggressive when trying to their hands on food.
Tukad Cepung waterfall was earlier one of the hidden waterfalls in Ubud, but thanks to some incredible Instagram photos is now constantly busy with tourists. If you visit at 10 am in the morning light rays shine through to this cave waterfall, giving an almost magical feel.
The beautiful Kanto Lampo waterfall is just 10 kilometers of Ubud and is much less busy, especially early in the morning. Kanto Lampo is surely one of the prettiest waterfalls in Bali
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, combined with views of the tropical rainforest, then rafting is one those experiences.
There are two rivers to pick from, the Ayung and the Telaga Waja River. On either you will be rafting for around two hours and, between rapids, you will be able to enjoy the scenery, consisting of rice paddies, waterfalls, and ancient forests.
The Ayung River is easier and more famous of the two rivers in Bali. Although the Telaga Waja River tends to get a little shallow in the dry season, it is the more challenging of the two.
- Pura Tirta Empul – Temple of Holy water
Pura Tirta Empul, also known as the holy water temple.
The temples name comes from the holy springs that fill the temple pool and fountains, a Koi-filled bathing pool.
The temple is one of the most prominent temples in Bali and is very a working temple. Locals come to pray and bathe themselves in the holy water. Although the Balinese are ever friendly and you are more than welcome to purify yourself in the pool, remember to remain respectful of their rituals.
The Gunung Lembah temple sits on a small hilltop surrounded by a lush bamboo grove and joining rivers.
This peaceful temple is known as the birthplace of Ubud. The temple was built in the 8th century by the Javanese high priest, Rsi Markandya. The forest turned out to be an excellent source for herbal medicine and was named “Ubad” after the Balinese word for medicine, which later ended up as Ubud that we know today.