Top Places To Visit in Ubud
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Weekend Getaways from Ubud
Ubud is known as Asia's wellness destination and is a 30-minute drive away from Sunrise House. Framed by rainforests and terraced rice paddies and dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, Ubud is the prime example of Bali's most famous landscapes. While here, enjoy a performance of the traditional Balinese dance of Kecak, walk on the Campuhan Ridge, shop for local handicrafts, visit the Goa Gajah Temple and the Monkey Forest. To know more about what you can do in Ubud, read this.
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Imagine a 'secret jungle' with inquisitive monkeys who rule over sacred temples and century old banyan trees. Sit quietly and hear the sounds of rushing ravines.....drift a little.....see and smell the vivid colour of flower offerings and sweet Balinese incense. This isn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," it's the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest, a must-see attraction for any visitor to Bali, 'Island of the Gods.'While staying at the spectacular eco-conscious Fivelements Puri Ahimsa wellness retreat, I ventured out to one of Bali's most popular attractions, the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. Officially known as the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the site contains 27 acres of protected grounds, 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys, and three 14th-century temples.The forest is located minutes from the main strip of Ubud, the 'Cultural Heart of Bali.' You can purchase bananas on-site to feed the monkeys, make sure to carefully conceal the fruit in a backpack because the monkeys will at random, jump on to you for a free meal. This is all apart of the fun. When you are ready to feed them, take one banana out at a time, this will prevent any accidental bites. I have read many reviews about aggressive behavior from the monkeys, I did witness it for myself, but was never bitten. Most aggression cases have happened because of improper feeding; if you take one banana out at a time, watch your surroundings, and do not taunt the monkeys (especially the mature ones!) this will help to ensure a safe and highly enjoyable interaction. Also note, if you have no bananas, food, or hand-held items the monkeys will typically be unfazed by your presence, allowing visitors who want a little distance to have a great time too. I give this attraction a 10/10, it's literally a 'barrel of monkeys' fun!
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegallalang Rice Terraces are beautiful rice paddies that use subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system). These terraced rice fields are a spectacular sight. The slopes are covered in 50 shades of green and it stretches as far as the eye can see. It might seem like a tourist trap with many hawkers trying to sell souvenirs and asking for money even to pose for a photograph, but the views are worth it.Opening hours: There are no fixed hours for visiting the rice fields. However the best time to see and appreciate the beauty is during the day.Cost: There is no official entrance fee
All palaces in Ubud are similiar if you are a tourist like me. The architecture seemed the same to me. Ubud Palace was no exception. Right outside the Palace is the Ubud Market which is like a maze with 3 levels. You find everything from clothes to fruits and souvenirs. Steeply priced but feel no shame in bargaining and paying only 10% of the price marked.
Ubud is 40 km from Batur and is said to be a cultural capital of Bali. Ubud enjoys cooler temperatures than the coast. It once served as the major source of medicinal herbs and the healing tradition in still deeply ingrained in the people here. If you are looking for beads, Buddha, barong and Balinese traditional carvings, silver jewelry, pearls, handmade leather bags, Batik scarves and pashminas, Jalan Raya Ubud is the place for you. You will get some of the best deals here. The culturally rich vibe of this area is waiting to entrap you. The traditional market is from 5am until 9am. Spend some time relaxing at Bali Botanical Day Spa with a range of revitalizing treats. At night retreat to Oka Wati’s Homestay which has been sheltering tourists since 1980. Once you are here, you know you are in the right place away from all the noise. Spend a quiet night here in the middle of Ubud in the rustic charm of this house.
This is a place you can purchase your souvenirs and reasonably priced clothes. You may realised after walking around for quite a bit, the items which each shop sells are quite similar. Therefore if you are eyeing on something that you would like to buy, please bargain bargain bargain! If the shopkeeper does not agree to the price you quote, just say "no" and walk away. Most of the time, the shopkeeper will give in because there is very fierce competition in terms of pricing.
Ubud is a wonderful affordable arts-driven town in Bali, well inland from the tourist-crazy beach areas of Kuta and Legion. It takes about an hour and 20 minutes to get from Kuta Beach to Ubud. In Ubud, home of the Balinese royal family, we saw the Puri Agung Ubud building a bade (cremation tower) and an enormous twenty-foot papier-mâché bull for a cremation ceremony for Prince Tjokorda Putra Dharma Yudha. We didn't have anything else planned so we decided to attend. Johnny, a dive master and member of the local band, T-WRECK, told us we were lucky (b-ungtung in Balinese) to see such a large ceremony — or to see one at all. The last royal cremation occurred two years ago. Many of the locals we befriended in the diving meccas of Amed and Tulamben explained that they could not afford to attend but would have loved to join us on the big day. Wayan, the owner of the Puri Madha Beach Bungalows in Tulamben, who had organized a cremation ceremony for a family member the year before, said that a ceremony on the lower end might cost 200 million Rupia ($20,000 USD) and estimated that the cost for the king’s cremation would be more than ten times that amount. To our surprise, the ceremony was a happy event. In Hindu culture, the burning of the dead is a sacred ritual that frees the soul inside so that it can be reincarnated. During the ceremony, the authorities turned off the electricity in the city so that when the hulking bade moved down Raya Ubud no one would get shocked if it happened to brush against the power wires. As it was explained to me by Wayan, the prince “was very well-liked.” Greg Roach of Spirit Quest Tours told me that much of modern day Balinese society has roots in the ancient Royal Court of Java, cremation rituals included. The ceremonies always utilize the same elements—the bull, the tower, and the burning. “When someone dies, they are buried,” Roach explained, “Later, the body is disinterred and the bones are burned."
The Yoga Barn
Ubud is identical with yoga. People from all around the world come to Ubud to learn yoga, from professionals to beginners. The quiet and cozy atmosphere is the best place for doing yoga. You can do yoga while enjoying the view of green rice fields, parks, rivers and the fresh clean air. Some hotels in Ubud also provide yoga facilities.One of the most famous places in Ubud to do yoga is Yoga Barn which is located in Hanoman Road. There are various classes that you can choose while enjoying the sight of Ubud.WATCH KECAK API DANCE AT NIGHTIf you come to Ubud, make sure that you go watching the performance of Kecak api dance. Kecak dance is one of the attractions of the Gods Island. Cak.. Cak.. Cak..! That is such a distinctive sounds that come from the Kecak dancers. Kecak dance is usually done at night starting at 7 pm. The total numbers of the dancers are 50 to 70 dancers and all the dancers are males. Kecak is a Hindu sacred dance as many dancers are unconscious while dancing on stage.
Museum Puri Lukisan
It was in Ubud that the modern art movement started and where artists retreated to and created art that was not religious but instead a reflection of daily life. Museum Puri Lukisan is the museum that houses all Balinese art, from traditional to modern. It displays fine examples of all schools of Balinese art, from the early 16th century cloth wayang-style paintings (art influenced by shadow puppetry) to postwar modern art.Opening Hours: All days, 9am to 6pmCost: Rp 50,000 (₹240) for adults, children under the age of 15, accompanied by adults get free admission.
Here visitors can lounge in the pool underneath, letting the thundering water splash around you. If you can climb down stairs and back up, you can easily visit the water fall in an hour. If you are gun for a trek then this one is apt for you. Its a good 20-30 minutes of trek over a patch of rough rocks, do ensure that you have your sports shoes on as its time to burn some of those extra pounds.
Yeh Pulu is a complex structure with sites similar to Goa Gajah. The carvings go back to the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. It's a 45 minute walk from Goa Gajah to Yeh Pulu and is recommended to be taken with a guide as you will be crossing rice fields enroute. There is a holy well here and the residing priest happily blesses people with the water. The dress code is the same as Goa Gajah. This place is recommended because it is slightly hidden and much less crowded as compared to Goa Gajah.Opening hours: All days, 7am to 6pmCost: Rp 15,000 (₹75)
It is really easy to find the location of Kecak dance performance in Ubud. You can find it in the Dalem Temple at Ubud Road or in Puri Agung Saren. In Puri Agung Saren, you can also watch Legong dance performance. Besides of them, you can also watch shadow plays and other performances while in Ubud. Make sure to prepare a ticket to watch the Kecak dance.LEARNING TO COOK BALINESE CUISINEMost of all restaurants and hotels in Ubud open cooking classes for the tourists who come. Various menus of Balinese cuisine are available for you to choose, such as satay, lawar or other Indonesian food like mixed vegetables with the peanut sauce, fried rice or yellow rice. If you want to try typical Balinese culinary classes, you can go to Paon Bali in Laplapan who have cooking classes at home. You can also go to Casa Luna restaurant which is famous for its cooking classes as it is the first restaurant that open a cooking class in Ubud. The cooking classes usually started in the morning and all the participants will be taken to a traditional market to buy and choose the ingredients that they will use to cook later.EXPLORING THE CULINARY OF UBUDWhen you come to Ubud, you have to try the local culinary. If you are interested in the typical culinary of Ubud and Bali, you should try the roast pork of Madam Oka which is located next to Ubud Temple, Ubud Bengil duck, chicken rice kedewatan Madam Mangku, or Betutu chicken at Murni restaurant.Ubud is a tourist area that has been established since before the independence of Indonesia, so various food of Indonesia and also international cuisine can be found here. You can also try Asian cuisine, European cuisine and American cuisine here such as Italian gelato, Japanese traditional cuisine, Mexican taco and burrito and French cuisine. You just have to choose a menu that fits with your taste.TRYING TRADITIONAL MEDICATION OF KETUT LIYERFor a long time, local people in Ubud has been used traditional medications using natural ingredients to cure the sick people. Spas and wellness in Ubud are growing rapidly in order to pamper the tourists who come. The traditional medication is just like a spa, using massage therapy and spiritual meditation. The Balinese people called the traditional “doctor” as Balian.Balian Ketut Liyer is a medicine man that became famous after his appearance in the novel and movie Eat, Pray, Love which do therapy with some meditation approaches. As the most Balian in Ubud is Ketut Arsana. He has given medications with massage therapy and herbal medicine for about 25 years.RAFTING ON AYUNG RIVER
UbudMassage: in Bali, this is something no one should Ignore. Rates vary between 100k to 1mn for 60 min. We found one reasonable and good in Ubud. Rate list and shop pic is attached. You can find location by calling them too. Near kafe Armain Ubud.Salt therapy:My son,11, had bad bronchitis and heavy cough with sound of bulgom. After reading lot about salt therapy we drove from Kuta to Ubud. Had one sitting of 30 min for my Son and myself in afternoon . By evening, my nose which generally remain bit blocked due to prolonged sinus issues was opened and my son throat by 80% better by evening and specially in my way back flight. I would recommend this to all even if someone is healthy. Details of that location is given in pic.Lowalk coffee:- am sure every one landing in Bali would know (if not already) about this coffee. If u don't know and have taken any travel agent package,They will certainly take u to coffee estates and show that this coffee is made their only. While that could be true, but they would attract u to buy it also. We felt cheated as we bought 150gm power at 650k from estates and when i checked later from a local, who suggested to go to 'coco super market' in Ubud. (Location attached)Found that better Lowalk coffee at 230k for 150 gm. We were told that drivers have 50% cut if u buy from estates. By careful!!!Garments and local stuff shopping: Sukawati Market Gg. Cemp. 2, Guwang, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582,(http://maps.google.com/?cid=4866094729527326196&hl=en≷=us) is best we believe. Heavy bargain available and u find items at throw away prices. Local transport in Bali:-Download blue bird taxi app or use Uber. Best is take full day taxi between 35 to 40 USD. Travel agent number same as I attached a pic up.Going to Langkawi and packing bags. We are certain of coming back to Bali next time for 7 days and staying not in Kuta to avoid crowd.
Ubud Traditional Art Market
7) Carry Indonesian currency only to a certain extent as most places accept cards there, a Forex card or a credit is a great way to be safe. Also money exchange centers are located around every corner for quick exchange for dollars and euros( preferred currencies)
Perhaps, the most popular Balinese dish you could find while in Bali. Babi Guling or suckling pig is cooked with many spices and leaves inside the young pig’s stomach and roasted until the skin turns brown and crisp. Delicious! The most famous shop that serves babi guling would be Ibu Oka in Ubud, Bali
Telaga Waja Bali Rafting
If you are looking for a little adventure in Bali, you gotta try the White Water Rafting. If you are hiring a private driver, see if he has any recommendation. Most of the drivers will be able to offer you a special rate as they have a contacts with the operators. If you have a waterproof bag, you may bring it along because there are rest stops along the way where you can snap pictures! When rafting, please DO NOT go barefooted. It is highly advisable to rent their sanders. I went barefooted because based on my past experience white water rafting was safe. However, my raft flipped twice in the river and I was unfortunate to have drifted a couple of metres downstream. As my feet was not protected, I had deep cut which required stitches. So, safety first!
Locavore in Ubud is one of the most popular restaurants in town. The modest place is known for creating haute cuisine from local produce. The small but famous place impresses any first-time visitor and attracts loyal guests time and again.Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 11pmTip: Do call in advance and book a hotel. Walk-ins are not entertained.