Ubud is one of the popular holiday destinations in Bali. Ubud tourism area is synonymous of art, culture and natural beauty. For culture, in Ubud you will find many Hindu temples and royal palace. The beauty of nature is also the advantage of Ubud’s tourism, you can see green hill slopes, rice terraces as well as a natural beautiful river.
Ubud as a tourist attraction on the island of Bali has been famous since the 1930s. The area of Ubud’s tourism is within the government of Gianyar Regency. Gianyar itsel has been popular with many talented artists and can be said to be the center of culture and art in Bali, especially for painting, sculpture, music and traditional Balinese dance as well.
Ubud tourism is also supported with complete accommodation facilities, start from cheap hotels to luxury resorts. Finding a place to eat is also very convenient in Ubud, and now Ubud’s tourism area is also well known as a culinary destination in Bali.
Here are some additional information on what to see in Ubud for new visitors who having an interest to visit this beautiful village while enjoying holidays in Bali.
1. Ubud Monkey Forest
The first tourist spot in Ubud is the Monkey Forest. The real name of this tourist attraction is the Mandala Tour Wenara Wana which also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. A glimpse from its name, you can already guess what to see here. A lot of monkeys.
Ubud Monkey Forest is a spot that must be visited when you traveling to Ubud, because it is very iconic and represents the impression of the Ubud’s tourist attraction as a whole. This sanctuary is a protected forest area and inside the forest, there is a sacred temple of Hindus, named Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal. Cool air and green trees will welcome you as you entering the forest.
2. Taman Saraswati Temple
Ubud Saraswati Temple is a place of worship for Dewi Saraswati or known as the Goddess of Knowledge. The location of this temple is on the Ubud highway. As you know, temple is a holy place of Hindus in Bali and the Saraswati Temple is one of the many temples that are sacred.
This Ubud Water Palace is slightly different from other temples in Bali. It has some ponds with Lotus Flowers. The lotus ponds become the main attraction of Saraswati Temple. And if you like to observe the typical Balinese carving art, here you also can find it. Almost every temple buildings are filled with carved arts from the Ubud artists.
Moreover, at Saraswati Temple you can also watch Balinese Dances, especially the famous Kecak Dance. The temple has a stage to hold Kecak dance surrounded by lotus ponds. If you want to see this dance make sure you already know the schedule because the dance is not performed every day.
The schedule for the Kecak Dance at Saraswati Temple is on Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 19:30, with a ticket price around Rp. 75,000 per person. The kecak dance is performed by the Sandhi Suara Dance group.
3. Ubud Art Market
The location of Ubud Art Market is very strategic and easy to reach. It is right in the Ubud tourism center. The exact address is on Jalan Ubud No. 35 right in front of the royal palace of Ubud, the Puri Saren Ubud. There are two main areas in the market, the western and eastern regions. For the western region it sells more art crafts merchandise while the eastern ones sells more daily staples such as sugar, rice and other basic necessities.
The Ubud Art Market has a multi-storey building so it seems very spacious. It opens from 4:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and you no need to pay to enter this market area. The best time to visit this market is in the morning because you have more chance to bargain and get a cheap price. Besides being able to bargain at low prices when visiting in the morning, the market is also not too crowded compared to at noon where many visitors keep coming from all around the world to shop.
The items in Ubud Art Market are quite good and relatively at cheap price. But to get lower price, of course you as a buyer must be good at bidding. Most traders take their merchandises directly from home craftsmen, which makes the price of goods cheaper.
4. Arma Museum Ubud
The Arma Ubud Museum is also known as the Agung Rai Art Museum. Actually there are many museums in Ubud-Bali, which offer a variety of arts, but it is only at the Arma Museum where visitors can get more advantages and very affordable access. The location is on Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar.
There are so many statues in this museum. There are also Lily Pounds and orchid plants that are neatly arranged. We know that not everyone likes to see paintings or see art exhibitions. So, for those of you who like the nuances of the garden with a distinctive Balinese design, then the Agung Rai Art Museum of Ubud can be a good choice.
5. Goa Gajah Ubud
Goa Gajah Ubud is located in the west of Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency. Its about 26 km from the Denpasar City. This ancient “Elephant Cave” is thought to be a place of hermitage because of its location near the river which make the place comfortable and calm. The words of Goa Gajah itself comes from the word of Lwa Gajah, the name of Buddhist Temple or hermitage for Buddhist monk. Visiting this temple is easy because it is only a few feet below the highway toward the village of Tampaksiring. Indeed this temple was built at the valley of Petanu River having beautiful natural panorama.
From the parking area to Goa Gajah, you have to go down the stairs. This place is surrounded by shady green trees, so the atmosphere looks very cool and beautiful. The trees in this place are about hundreds of years old. Goa Gajah as a whole can be seen from the stairs. Arriving at the bottom, you will hear the sound of water flowing from the fountain statues. The rocks of the former building that was destroyed by the earthquake were also found around the shower.
The cave entrance is only fit for one person. At the outside you can see carvings and two guard statues. In the northern part of the temple, lies a carved Cave of Nature in the shape of the letter ”T”. Inside this cave there is a Ganesha statue considered as the god of sciences. Additionally, at the location can also be encountered some fragments of statues and a Trilangga surrounded by eight small phallus.
6. Tegalalang Ubud Rice Terraces
The island of Bali has so many rice fields, but not all of them have rice terraces. To see rice terraces with good views, there are several places in Bali. There are Jatiluwih Tabanan, Pupuan Tabanan, Antosari (Soka beach), Busung Biu Buleleng, Tirta Gangga Karangasem and Tegalalang Ubud.
Located in the north of Ubud, Tegalalang rice terrace is very popular among tourists and a favorite tourist attraction in Gianyar Regency. The location is also very close to other tourist objects in Bali, such as Goa Gajah, Tampak Siring and Kintamani.
The view of Tegalalang rice terrace is not as extensive as the one in Jatiluwih. But it offers a unique terracing view with natural slope. To be able to enjoy the view of rice terraces comfortably you can stop by at a restaurant there that overlook the views of the rice terrace.
7. Bukit Campuhan
Bukit Campuhan or known as Campuhan Ridge Walk presents a beautiful natural panorama. Here, you will walk along the patharound two km distance with Ubud’s green landscape view. Walking and jogging are activities that are often carried out by tourists when visiting this hill. Bukit Campuhan is one of many places in Ubud to see sunrise. To see it, you must come here as early as possible or you can also watch the beautiful sunset in the afternoon.
There are no food or beverage stalls, you have to bring your own lunch from your home or your place. Bukit Campuhan is a sacred place so you must follow the rules here, for example, you may not litter here. The location of Campuhan Hill is on Bangkiang Sidem Street, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali. This place is free entry.
8. Tegenungan Waterfall
The next what to see in Ubud is visiting the Tegenungan Waterfall. Tegenungan Waterfall also has another name which is the Kemenuh Waterfall. It is because the waterfall location in the Kemenuh Village, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency. The distance is around 34 kilometers from Kuta area. Most of the waterfalls in Bali are above the mountains or highland areas. Tegenungan Waterfall is the only one in the lowlands.
Tegenungan Waterfall, has a height of about four meters, but has quite a lot of water discharge. The water is very clear and suitable for those who want to swim or take a bath. Here you can also see a temple and water pipes coming from the springs.
The location is not on the edge of the road, so if you want to find the location you need to go down the stairs, until you find the lip of the Petanu River. When you go down of stairs, it may not feel so tired. But when you have to go back to the vehicle parking lot, then you have to climb hundreds of stairs. This is where your stamina is needed.
9. Ayung River
Ayung River is a tourist spot in Ubud which is famous as a rafting location in Bali besides the Telaga Waja River. Because of the Ayung River considered into the category of class II and III rivers, it is save for beginners or those who want to calmly do rafting without danger while enjoying beautiful scenery.
When rafting at Ayung River, you will be amazed with the views of shady green trees, stretches of rice fields and beautiful hills. In the midst of the trip, you will have the opportunity to see a masterpiece of Balinese artists in the form of Ramayana reliefs on a rock cliff.
10. Puri Saren Ubud
The next what to do in Ubud is to visit Puri Saren Ubud. It is the royal palace of Ubud and is considered as one of the Ubud landmarks. This Ubud King Palace is located in the center of Jalan Raya Ubud. In Puri Saren Ubud you will be able to see typical Balinese architecture with a very well-maintained garden layout.
There is no entrance ticket fee to visit the Royal Palace of Ubud and you can go around the Ubud palace area while taking photos. If you visit at the right time, you can see some local residents doing Balinese dance exercises in the Puri Saren area of Ubud.