If you’re looking to experience the best of Bali, off the beaten track, a visit to Ubud in the uplands should be on your to-do list. Known as a center for traditional crafts and dance, those who choose to meander through the dense rainforests and view the undulating sea of green are sure to appreciate the true beauty of the area.
Some of Bali’s most famous landscapes can be found within Ubud, as well as ancient holy sites, temples and rock-cut shrines. If you’re looking for just one reason why Ubud in Bali is great, we can give you several. Below are just five of the several attractions within this Indonesian paradise.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Although the area is generally a tourist destination, you can escape the hustle and bustle as soon as you enter the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Considered a free and easy nature trek, the hike enables walkers of all experience levels to breathe fresh air and enjoy panoramic and breathtaking landscapes over nine kilometres of hill track.
If you desire the full serenity and peace the area is known for, the best time to walk the track is in the early morning or in the late afternoon. It’s at this time you can experience an eeriness in the atmosphere as well as shocking beauty with traditional Balinese architecture dotting the expanding Bali landscape.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a popular option for first-time visitors, as well as those who return time and time again for a walk through pure paradise.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Just 30 minutes north of Ubud lies the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a popular photo spot for tourists. This area is famous for its unrivalled beauty and terraced landscapes that spread far into the distance and through to the rice paddies in valleys further down. It’s at Tegalalang you can get some of your best photos, as well as being prime motivation and inspiration for painters, artists and nature lovers alike.
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace also had its gain to fame due to its traditional Balinese irrigation system. Passed down by a holy man in the eighth century, it’s a sight to behold and is well worth the visit.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
If you’re new to Bali and you’re yet to experience the pure inquisitory nature of monkeys, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary should be first on your list.
Situated within the village of Padangtegal, the Monkey Forest is seen as important for spiritual, conservational, economic and educational reasons. Over 700 monkeys call the Forest home, as well as over 180 species of trees which are grown in almost 13 hectares of forest. It’s a truly spectacular attraction, and one that is well worth the entry cost of IDR 50,000.
Although you must wear a sarong to enter the Saraswati Temple, it’s a small price to pay for the experience of a lifetime. The entire atmosphere emits a feeling of calm and serenity, as well as being dotted here and there with large lotus blossoms and water beds. You can then meander through the gorgeous water gardens and statues before entering the palace, presented by the statue of Dewi Saraswati – to whom the Temple is dedicated.