Day started on a happy note with our lavish breakfast spread being laid out by our villa hosts. What was quite unique about Bali was that Nasi Goreng ( the traditional egg and fried rice combination) is served for breakfast too!
We opted for a mixed spread that was hearty and extremely delicious.
Breakfast done, first stop was the Rice terrace estate complete with the Bali swing and lush expanse of green.
There are several such estates that can treat to the spirit of Ubud, opt for the one most convenient.
For close to INR 1000 pp we got to experience the thrill of the Bali swing, the tranquility of the vast green terrace and even sampled the various flavours of coffee and tea. There is also an option for the famous Luwak coffee (made from the poop of the Luwak cat) which I didn’t opt for.
The place is very picturesque and can make for some Instagram worthy photos.
Having spent over an hour here, we decided to move towards our next activity, just when we happened to notice several stalls vending the famous Bali purses and handicrafts.
Now you will find many stores and shops across Bali selling these bags, it however makes sense to opt for the ones in less commercial areas such as these, since you can get a good deal.
We shopped for several items and were able to bargain well; this saved us an additional trip to the Ubud handicraft market.
Our next stop was the Sacred Money Forest.
Not quite sure what to expect, we set out exploring the area that is home to more than 300 monkeys, extremely friendly ones at that, who happily pose with you and can even give a selfie if lucky.
The place is easy to get lost in; given its size and there are monkeys of all ages and sizes, happily chomping on their meals and swinging around the massive trees. We even spotted a baby chimp. Be careful to not litter the place or try feeding the monkeys yourself. They are well taken care of and all one needs to do is enjoy the place while maintaining the sanctity of it.
It’s a must visit when in Ubud.
Bidding adieu to the monkeys, we decided to have a late lunch at one of the Ubud market cafes, and explored the place on foot. You will be able to find many uniquely shaped handicrafts, musical instruments, accessories and what not.
Shopping done, we had dinner at a lovely Pizzeria, and called it a day.