Ubud, near the cool central highlands of Bali, is a treasure trove of cultural landmarks, ranging from ancient temples and majestic ancient royal palaces, to beautiful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces. The city and its suburbs in Gianyar Regency, is your holiday destination if you are also interested in Balinese culture, arts and crafts, such as where some of the world-famous craftsmen and collectors have visited, lived and worked, created or compiled eclectic masterpieces that you can observe in local museums and art galleries. While most museums and galleries are located along the main road Jalan Raya Ubud, a few kilometers away from the city center are other interesting places to visit and spend half a day, such as Bali Safari & Marine Park, Setia Darma House Mask and Dolls, and Tegenungan Waterfall.
1 Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud The Monkey Forest is one of the few forests inhabited by long-tailed gray monkeys in Bali, and perhaps the most famous among others because of its community-based management, location and ease of access. It is located on the outskirts of the main center of Ubud, and is overseen by the village of Padangtegal. Also known as the Padangtegal Sacred Monkey Forest, and as officially referred to as the Wenara Wana Tourism Mandala, the Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of scientific research as well as a site of spiritual and cultural aspects with temples sanctified by villagers deep inside. reason. Read More … Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 08:00 – 18:00 Location: Monkey Forest Road, Padangtegal, Ubud Tel: +62 (0) 361 971 304
2 Tegallalang Rice Terraces
A centuries-old traditional irrigation system in Bali known as ‘Subak’ has been created among the most beautiful terraced landscapes in Southeast Asia. A few minutes drive north from the center of Ubud, the main area is the cool Tegallalang plateau, which has become famous for its beautiful stopover where travelers to the northern region stop by to take photos and souvenirs. The latter is provided by many souvenir stalls lining the balustrades. Another highlight nearby is the ancient village of Pakudui, where you can find various types of extraordinary ornamental wood and various carvings. Among the many figures of sculptural myths, Garuda seems to present gracefully among these creations. Read More … Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, north of Ubud
3 ‘Gajah Gajah’
Goa Gajah Goa Gajah is one of the most impressive archeological sites on the island, which lies south of the village of Bedulu, a region famous for its collection of historic sites. The temple complex is within six kilometers of driving south from the center of Ubud and an hour’s drive northeast of the provincial capital of Denpasar. Down the stairs, you will find a relic and a 11th-century ‘cave’ where you can enter to see carved stone walls and meditation sites, while outside there are Hindu fences and impressive temples. bathing pools with fountains, dug back in 1954. Read More … Opening Hours: Mon – Sunday 08:00 – 16:00 Location: Bedulu Village, Goa Gajah Highway, Blahbatuh, Gianyar
4 Puri Royal
Puri Saren Only one hop from Ubud Art Market is the palace of the royal family of Ubud, referred to as Puri Saren Agung. The Royal Palace of Ubud is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, because it is located on the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud and the intersection. The palace can also be considered as the main landmark of Ubud. The Ubud Palace was built during the reign of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823), and was well cared for by successive heirs. A visit to Puri Saren is on many trips to the Ubud area. It has well-maintained Balinese architecture and charming garden settings, and is well-known among Balinese art lovers as one of the main sites for seeing dramatic night dance performances. Read More … Location: Central Ubud, at the north end of Monkey Forest Road
5 Campuhan Ridge
Walk For easy and free nature trips in Ubud, try Campuhan Ridge Walk which offers you an escape from the bustle of the main streets of Ubud to enjoy the cool fresh air and perhaps the most beautiful mountain scenery in the region. It starts from the beautiful Gunung Lebah Temple, and it is possible that you will meet some fellow trekkers and jogging on the way back from their morning walk. However, most of the time you will have your own path. Read More … Opening Hours: Mon – Sunday 09:00 – 17:00 Location: Campuhan, Ubud
6 Ubud Art Market
Ubud Art Market, locally called ‘Ubud Art Market’, is located opposite Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open every day. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other handicraft items. Most of the items found in Ubud Market are made in the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan. The location of Ubud Art Market is centered among art-producing villages, and right across from the royal palace which is the central point of Ubud itself, making it a strategic shopping place for Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs. Read More … Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 Location: Main road Jalan Raya Ubud, opposite Puri Saren Palace Ubud.
7 Blanco Renaissance Museum
Blanco Renaissance Museum is an unofficial landmark in Ubud, home and studio of the deceased flamboyant Filipino birth maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush Campuhan valley, this place holds paintings, collages and pictorial poems, along with lithographic artwork from his favorite subject: Balinese naked women. Private and luxurious studios have guided tours to this facility, with family members of artists who entertain you if you are lucky. Mind-provoking collections, lush garden environments, and luxurious restaurants founded on behalf of the late wife of artists and muse all provide a great stopover on your trip to Ubud. Read More … Opening Hours: Mon – Sunday 09:00 – 17:00 Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud Tel: +62 (0) 361 975 502
8 Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple in the center of Ubud, accessible from the side of Jalan Kajeng from the main road Jalan Raya Ubud, just behind Café Lotus. This temple is a great stop along your relaxed way through the city of Ubud, offering the opportunity to take a walk and take pictures with classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer that features a pond filled with blooming pink lotus. Enter Pura Taman Saraswati for free but, like a visit to a temple in Bali, a sling and sarong at the waist is mandatory. You can also visit Café Lotus with a minimum additional dinner fee of IDR 200,000 or USD 15, which will give you the best view of the lotus and to the open stage of the temple, where traditional dance performances are held at night from 19:30. Read More … Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
9 Bali Bird Park & Reptile
The Bali Bird Park & Reptile Park is a unique and educational attraction that is suitable for the whole family. Two acres of beautiful tropical gardens offer an attractive relaxed walk amidst a rich compilation of nearly one thousand exotic birds from the Indonesian archipelago and around the world. Bali Bird Park is located in the village of Batubulan, Gianyar Regency, and serves as a fun and interesting playground for bird lovers, as well as a convenient stopover for those who do day trips on their way to central areas such as Ubud, Celuk and Mas. Read More … Opening Hours: Mon – Sunday 09:00 – 18:00 Location: Jalan Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Gianyar Tel: +62 (0) 361 299 352
10 Tegenungan Waterfall
This waterfall is located halfway between Ubud and the provincial capital of Bali in Denpasar, and is considered to be the closest natural attraction of its kind that you can reach in just half an hour to the southeast of Ubud. Reaching the waterfall is a pleasant trip down a paved village road lined with green rice fields on both sides. To get to the waterfall, you follow the path outside the row of souvenir shops, with a beautiful view of the green valley. Dense foliage frames waterfalls, and the volume of water is impressive at any time of the year.
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