A WORLD OF CONTRASTS
Discover terraced rice paddies at dawn, explore monkey-crowded forests and visit spiritual water temples blanketed in flowers. Bali is a world of contrasts: vibrant and mysterious, glamorous and relaxed, spiritual and adventurous and Ubud is it’s heart. Known as a center for traditional crafts and dance, Ubud is surrounded by rainforest and terraced rice paddies, and dotted with Hindu temples and shrines. From ancient holy sites and majestic royal palaces, to the green hillsides and exquisite taste experiences - not forgetting the spiritual retreats – Ubud has a wealth of activities to satisfy the soul. Most are available within walking distance of your villa, while some are just a short bike ride away. Use our guide below to help you plan your stay.
This Balinese holiday celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma (the triumph of good over evil). It marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. It’s a notable celebration of colour and tradition, including the penjor – bamboo poles with suspended offerings line the roads. At the climax, Galungan Day, the Balinese put on their finest traditional clothes to attend temple prayers with their families and bring offerings to share after praying.
This temple is situated in the west, on the shores of Beratan Lake near Bedugul. This stunning temple is built in the middle of the water, to worship the goddess of lake Dewi Danu. Ulundanu Water Temple is the 2nd most important temple in Bali which sits at 900m above sea level, it’s a must visit and worth the drive out.
At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find the largest and most picturesque expanse of rice paddies in Bali – and perhaps in the whole of Indonesia. This famous tourist destination in the west part of Bali features breathtaking views of rice terraces unfolding from the foot of the mountains as far as the eye can see.
Cutting through emerald green rice fields, this walk is just five minutes from the main road, but offers a mesmerizing change of scenery. Breathe in the healing power of nature and relax your mind. This path is also home to Ubud Yoga House, one of the best yoga studios in Ubud.
The palace was the official residence of Royal family of Ubud. The palace is located in the centre of Ubud which could be seen from the Ubud Traditional Market. Enter the palace and take pictures of the traditional Balinese architecture.
The tropical monkey forest lies in the village of Pantangtegal, near the centre of Ubud. Here you can see over 700 long tailed macques in the area of 12.5 hectares. Inside the forest you can find many sacred temples guarded by the monkeys.
Kintamani Volcano provides spectacular views of this crater lake and Mount Batur, set in a vast volcanic caldera. The Mount Batur in Kintamani is popular for climbing. You can observe the sunrise from the ridges of this Bali volcano on early morning treks. From high, you can enjoy the vista overlooking the large and beautiful Batur caldera to its northwest.
A Unesco World Heritage site, the Tegalalang rice terraces are simply breathtaking. They are one of the main tourist attractions on the island and have a well-deserved reputation. Several tour companies organise walks around the area but you can also reach the site by yourself and choose your own path.
This market is formed by the local community of Ubud, the market produces and sells various different products for tourists and the local community. Ubud traditional market sells souvenir, fruit and vegetables and many more. Have a stroll through the market and shop for small gifts to take back home.
Possibly the most Instagrammable walk in Ubud, the Campuhan Ridge walk is a gift for the eyes and soul. Tjampuhan – the ancient spelling of Campuhan – means “place where two rivers meet” and it’s here that the magic happens: a mesmerizing sunrise and sunset walk, overlooking sacred river gorges and lush tropical forest.