Ubud is famously known as Julia Roberts’ final stop on her Eat, Pray, and Love journey. This lush green town, often referred to as the cultural heart of Bali, was high on my list of places to visit. After weeks of hard work and no travelling for a while, I was more than ready for some peace,tranquility and ready to completely immerse myself in another culture. After 16 hours of flying in 4 planes, sleeping in 3 different airports in 3 countries, i landed in Denpasar in the Bali Island and headed to Ubud in the night.
I decided to stay in Ubud for 3 nights and 4 days. I put up at Gede’s Homestay (Airbnb) which was basically a guesthouse owned by Gede( a local Balinese who by-the-way is one of the most popular folks around in Ubud) in his village, not more than 15 min away from the Ubud town center. I had never stayed in a village so this was a new experience to me, that too a Balinese village. I had a very comfortable stay at his place and he was such a gracious host to me. He took me around to the local Ubud Hotspots during my stay and gave me the doze on the best of Ubud.
I spent my first day at the breathtaking Tegallalang Rice Terraces. A vast area covered with lush, sprawling rice terraces located in the Tegallalang Village, about a half hour north of Ubud. You can easily hire a car, or drive down in a rented Scooty. A thousand lush palm trees everywhere makes it so scenic and one of the most “instagramamable” places on earth. I spent about 2 hours in the paddy fields, trekking and exploring the wilderness and I just couldn’t get enough of the green.