Here are some of the best places in Ubud
2. Ubud Monkey Forest
The shady, green Ubud Monkey Forest is the most popular stop for tourists in the town of Ubud. Hundreds of playful and interactive Macaque monkeys call the sacred forest home and roam freely around the tree canopy and temple complex. Cuddle up with these amazing local monkeys. See Mamas and their newborns, up close and personal, take as many pictures as you like, even feed the monkeys bananas! Read more..
Ubud Traditional Art Market
The Ubud main market never looses its unique charm. Located in the center of city, it’s very easy to find. There are many local artists displaying their work and loads of merchandise for sale. You can find both traditional and modern crafting, like mats, clothes and paintings, for a very good price. But we are also sure that you will find your daily groceries over there, especially your fruits and veggies. There’s nothing like a market place to give you an honest flavor of the local culture. Read more..
Tirta Empul Temple and The Holy Spring Water
One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred barong masks are bathed here. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions. Read more..
Goa Gajah, The Elephant Cave
The centerpiece here is a cave dating back to the ninth century, the entrance to which is an ornately carved demon’s mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Large, carved guards stand around pools near the entrance, and a little path leads to a waterfall, rice fields, and some Buddhist stupa fragments. Some parts of the Goa Gajah complex were not excavated until the 1950s. Nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more..
Gunung Kawi at Tampaksiring
Dating from the eleventh century, this is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives. Reached by climbing down 371 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields, is quite stunning. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines. You must take off your shoes before entering into the central pura complex. Read more..
Rice Terrace at Tegallalang
The rice fields terrace are almost works of art. The fields are various shades of green and are extremely well maintained. The coconut trees still give an extra charm. Be sure to walk through the rice fields to explore close its distinctive architecture. After the tour, relax in one of the many cafes overlooking the rice fields. It may be a good opportunity to experience the famous Balinese coffee Kopi Luwak, regarded as the most expensive coffee in the world. Read more..
Goa Garba is located in Banjar Sawa Gunung, Pejeng Kelod village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali. It is situated 400 meters above sea level, lies under the Pengukur-Ukuran Temple, above the Pakerisan River. On this site there is a hermitage carved out of the cliff, which was believed to be the meditation place of Mahapatih Kebo Iwa. It is a natural site that exudes calm. Even to this day, Goa Garba is frequented as a place of meditation. It is estimated to have been built in the 12th century during the reign of King Jaya Pangus. Read more..
This picturesque temple located right in the heart of Ubud honors Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, literature and art. Pura Taman Saraswati is is set within a beautiful water garden with thousands of lotus flowers, so bring your camera. Learn more about Ubud’s temples. Read more..
This complex of rock carvings is close to Goa Gajah but far less well known. The carvings date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. You can reach Yeh Pulu on foot through the rice fields from Goa Gajah, but you will definitely need a guide for the 45 minute walk as there is no path to speak of. In addition to the carvings, there is a holy well here, and the attendant priest will be happy to bless you with the well water. Temple dress code applies. This is a much underrated and under-visited site, and is highly recommended. Read more..
Blanco The Reanaissance Museum
Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain, houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career. During his life it was visited daily by hundreds of people from all over the world. The artist, full of “Catalan charisma,” earned himself the sobriquet “The Fabulous Blanco,” an expression that mirrored his talent for creativity. His former home is now a museum showcasing his sometimes bizarre but always interesting work. Think Salvador Dali transplanted to Asia. In the garden you can take pictures of the exotic birds flying around. Read more..
Neka Art Museum
One of the finest museums on the island, boasts a collection of fine art inspired by Bali, but over the years the museum has expanded its scope to include other works from Indonesia to show the place of Balinese art within the wider national context. The first hall is the Balinese Painting Hall. In this hall one can appreciate ancient puppet style paintings that have narrative scenes from Indian epics, Balinese-Javanese literature, and almanac. Ubud style paintings such as the works of Anak Agung Gede Sobrat and Ida Bagus Made Poleng can also be seen in this hall. The works of Ida Bagus Made Widja, Batuan style paintings, created in 1930’s also hanging on the display wall. In this hall, one can also appreciate a collection of modern adaptation of Batuan style painting by I Wayan Bendi. Read more..
Museum Puri Lukisan
Located in the heart of Ubud just a few steps away from The Ubud Palace. The history of the museum started in 1929 when Rudolf Bonnet an Amsterdam born artist arrived on this beautiful island, and introduced the ideologies, techniques and materials of western art to Bali. His cooperation with Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, the Prince of Ubud, initiated a new era of Balinese art and painting. Later in 1936, Pita Maha, an artist’s cooperative was formed by Bonnet, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati, and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. In 1952, the Museum Puri Lukisan was founded to carry out the ideas and uphold the rules of Pita Maha. Read more..
The Agung Rai Museum of Art / The ARMA
Located just south of central Ubud, the Agung Rai is much more than a museum; it’s also a center for cultural events, performances, art classes and workshops. The museum itself is based on the personal collection of the Balinese entrepreneur, Agung Rai. Inside the larger of the two large buildings that make up the museum, you will find contemporary art and originals, as well as reproductions, from some of the Balinese masters and foreign artists that have influenced Balinese art. A visit should also include a stroll around the beautiful grounds, where you might encounter performers practicing or craftsmen working. Drinks are included in the ticket price.
Bali Safari and Marine Park
Enjoy the best safari experience in Bali at the home of hundreds of amazing animals representing over 60 species including the Komodo, Orang Utan, and the Bali Mynah. You can choose to enjoy your safari journey from the elephant back with our Elephant Back Safari, interact with your favorite animal up close at the Animal Encounter space, experience the wildest fine dining moment surrounded by lions, meerkats, and porcupines at the Tsavo Lion restaurant, and unwind with the spectacular show of Bali Agung at their state of art theater in the park, Bali Theater or make your own big splash at Water Park and Fun Zone. Read more..
Bali Bird Park
This is a zoo with over a thousand birds from more than 200 species mostly endemic to Indonesia. Visitors are encouraged to get up close and personal with park “residents”, who live in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. The park’s layout is designed to recreate a walk-through of the Indonesian islands (with a detour through other parts of the world). Read more..
Elephant Safari Park at Taro
For this once-in-a-lifetime experience, head to the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud. While you won’t see them in their true natural state, you’ll be impressed by their friendly demeanor and extraordinary talents. The park’s facilities include a trail for the elephants to give rides, a restaurant, a research laboratory, a small botanical garden, and a lodge for overnight guests. The park is home to about 30 Sumantra elephants. Read more..