Ubud, where a holiday of a few days can easily turn into a stay of weeks, months or even years. The size of the town’s expat community attests to this, many novels and films that have been set here, creative responses to the seductive nature of this most cultured of all Balinese towns. This is a place where traditional Balinese culture imbues every waking moment, where colorful offerings adorn the streets and where the hypnotic strains of gamelan are an ever-present soundtrack to everyday life. It’s also somewhere that is relentlessly on-trend – a showcase of sustainable design, mindfulness, culinary inventiveness and the very best that global tourism has to offer.
1. The Ubud Monkey Forest :
The Ubud Monkey Forest, located on the fringes of central Ubud, is home to over 700 long-tailed macaques. This natural sanctuary is perhaps the best known in Bali thanks to its community-based management, location, and ease of access. Overseen by the Padangtegal village, Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of scientific research and a site of spiritual and cultural aspects, as there are sacred temples sanctified by local villagers. The Ubud Monkey Forest is also called the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and, by its official designation, Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana.
2. Tegallalang Rice Terrace :
The Tegallang rice terrace is famous for its scenic stopover, where travelers to Ubud stop by for snapshots of its terraced landscape. Bali’s traditional, centuries-old cooperative irrigational system (known as subak) has created some of the most beautiful terraced landscapes in Southeast Asia. The quaint village of Pakudui is close to the Tegallang rice terrace. You can find a variety of ornamental woodwork and various carvings of mythical figures. Many souvenir stalls line the ledge of Tegallang, where you can pick up some gifts before continuing your journey to Ubud’s main center.
3. Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) :
Goa Gajah is one of the islands which is most impressive archaeological site. Also known as the Elephant Cave, the complex is 300 meters west of the Bedulu village, a region famous for its collection of historical sites, and about 5 km southeast of central Ubud. When you’re at Goa Gajah, walk down a flight of stairs to discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th-century cave. The entrance to the cave features a carving of a wide-eyed figure, while inside are rock-wall carvings and a meditational site. Goa Gajah also has a Hindu temple and an impressive communal pool with stone sculptures and fountains, excavated back in 1954
4. Ubud Art Market :
The Ubud Art Market is a good place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats, and many other hand-crafted goods. Locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, it’s located opposite Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace). There are plenty of the common items that you’ll find all around the island, including beach clothes and shirts printed with “Bali” on them, as well as ikat (woven) skirts, Balinese-style paintings, woodcarvings, and woven baskets. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Art Market are made in the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan, and Peliatan
5. Blanco Renaissance Museum :
Blanco Renaissance Museum is the home and studio of the Philippine, Don Antonio Blanco is Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, together with lithographic artworks of his favorite subject: nude Balinese women. Blanco Renaissance Museum offers guided tours throughout the day, with the artist’s family members as the hosts you if you’re lucky. The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings, and onsite cafe offer a nice stopover for your Ubud trip
6. Pura Taman Saraswati (Saraswati Temple Ubud) :
Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple that makes for a great highlight on your walks through Ubud town. This popular photo spot has classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer with ponds filled with pink lotuses. Entry is free but, as with any temple visit in Bali, you’re required to wear a sash and sarong around the waist. Traditional dance performances take place at the temple’s amphitheater every evening. Saraswati Temple Ubud is accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street, off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud
7. Tegenungan Waterfall :
Tegenungan Waterfall is located halfway between Ubud and Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar. Getting to the falls from Ubud is a pleasant 30-minute drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides. Entrance to the falls is where you’ll find ticket booths, art and souvenir shops, together with warungs (local food stalls) selling snacks and cold drinks. From there, it’s about a 5-minute walk to reach the falls. Dense foliage frames the cascading waters of Tegenungan Waterfall, and the water volume is impressive at almost any time of year
8. Bali Bird Park :
Bali Bird Park covers 20,000 sq m of fine tropical gardens and an onsite aviary that’s home to almost 1,000 exotic birds of 250 species. Many of these birds come from the Indonesian archipelago, South America, the African Savannah, and Australia. In the village of Batubulan, the family-friendly attraction is located, about 11 km south of Ubud. Serving as a fun and attractive playground for bird lovers, Bali Bird Park hosts animal feeding sessions throughout the day. There are also several reptiles living in the park, including Komodo dragons. Bali’s famous Kecak (fire dance) performances take place at Bali Bird Park amphitheater.