Ubud one of the most visited places not just in Bali but in all of Indonesia. It became more popular when Ubud become a quest of love for Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, and Love. For me, Ubud is the center for arts and culture in Bali. Each activity in here is associated with spirituality, cultures and traditions, proximity to nature and the relationship between human beings. The everyday activities in Ubud, defines them. Also scattered around Ubud are Bali’s famed terraced rice paddies, remarkable man-made creations meshed in an emerald-green natural setting. One day ‘Sweet Escape’ tour to Ubud is one of my recommendation activities for those who would love to see the real Bali life; the people, culture and nature while creating a wonderful moment in your life with the person you love. The perfect introduction to Bali’s fascinating culture and handicrafts, picturesque rice paddy fields, traditional villages. This tour will leave you feeling culturally and physically enriched!

Destination Covered
Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Ubud Traditional Art Market
Puri Saren, Ubud Royal Palace
Goa Gajah, The 11th-century Elephant Cave
Gunung Kawi, The 11th-century Temple at Tampaksiring
Tirta Empul Holly Spring and Sacred Temple at Tampak Siring
Beautiful Rice Terrace at Ceking Tegallalang


SWEET ESCAPE UBUD DAY TOUR ITINERARY

Monkey Forest 1Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a nature reserve, a place to see Hindu Temple and a home to approximately 600 macaque monkeys. Monkey Forrest is a symbol of harmonious coexistence of humans with nature. Although the monkeys are fun to watch, the main feature of this forest are the three main temples inside ; Pura Dalem Agung temple, The Utama Mandala, and the Pura Prajapati. Make sure your camera is ready to take some good photos while the monkey is crawling on your shoulder.


DSC_8907Ubud Traditional Art Market
The variety of merchandise can be overwhelming. The Ubud Art Market sells plenty of art with traditional and religious themes, from Buddha heads to topeng masks to statues of Wisnu and Garuda. You can also pick up hand-painted kites, brightly colored sarongs, and intricately patterned batiks. Home decor and housewares make a strong showing at Pasar Ubud, too, with a proliferation of incenses, fragrances, ceramics, wall hangings and carved picture frames for sale.


Ubud Palace 5Puri Saren, Ubud Royal Palace
The Royal Palace has been home to the royal family of Ubud since the late 19th century to the mid-1940s and is still inhabited by descendants of the last king. Parts of the complex are off limits to the public, but entry to the rest is free. You can wander around most of the large compound exploring the many traditional and not excessively ornate buildings. Take time to appreciate the stone sculptures, many of the local artists noted as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. If you visit the palace on Sunday morning you will see children learn Balinese dance from 9am to 10.30am. Ubud Palace is also Ubud’s best setting for dance performances every night.


8Goa Gajah, The 11th-century Elephant Cave
Goa Gajah is a significant Hindu archaeological site. Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave because of its close proximity to the Elephant River. A mysterious cave, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid green rice paddies and a garden lure tourists from nearby Ubud. The menacing entrance to Goa Gajah looks like a demonic mouth, suggesting that people are entering an underworld as they venture inside through the darkness. Goa Gajah was listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.


Gunung Kawi 19Gunung Kawi, The 11th-century Temple at Tampaksiring
Tampaksiring (18 km northeast from Ubud). 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. Truly a wonderful place to see and take some beautiful photos.


3Tirta Empul Holly Spring and Sacred Temple at Tampak Siring
One of the prominent temples in Ubud. This temple is built around a sacred spring, Tampak Siring, and its two bathing spots have been used by the Balinese for a millennium. It is believed that the springs have magical powers and bring good health and prosperity. Pack your bathing suit and experience the springs as the Balinese do. Ducking your head under each of the 13 holy springs, feel the significance of the waters as they cleanse your past and you emerge ready to create the future.


4Beautiful Rice Terrace at Ceking Tegallalang
The rice fields’ terraces 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. Don’t forget to take some beautiful photos with the wonderful background.


Offering 6

Festival and Religious Events
Festivals and religious events are important features in Balinese daily life, so you’ll likely find a temple festival happening somewhere during the tour. Celebrations in Bali are calculated according to a lunar calendar (or 210-day Balinese calendar) and major festivals occur on different dates each year. At odalans (or “temple festivals”), the gods of a temple are honored with prayers, offerings and entertainment. The whole occasion is lively, colorful, has a carnival-like atmosphere, and can’t be missed. Adventurous Bali will provides all necessary things for you to join the ceremony.

Tour Duration From hotel to hotel is approximately 9 to 10 hours
Price USD 50 / person
Minimum 2 person, Maximum 5 person
100% cancellation fee applied if booking cancelled on the booking day.
Whats Included ?
All tickets entrance to the itinerary’s destination
A very comfortable car with AC, petrol and parking fee
All necessary things needed at the destinations including sarongs and offerings
Unlimited Mineral Water
Cold Towels
Personal guided by Agoes Moeliadi, a Professional Certified by Guild English Butler and an Advance Photographer.
Exclusions Food and Drinks, Gratuities (optional)
What to Bring Recommended to bring sun screen, sunglasses, hat, camera, small money, changing clothes (just in case).
Extended Fee Use the car over 10 hours, extra charge $ 10 /hour
Departure Point Tour departs from all major hotels in Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Seminyak
Pick Up Time We pick you up at Hotel Lobby Nusa Dua area 8:00 Kuta area 8:00 Seminyak area 8:00 Sanur area 8:00Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Remarks The schedule on this tour is one standard course. If you extend hours, extra charge is needed. This tour is offered by Adventurous Bali. You can freely change schedule on the way. Please understand the transit time is changed by daily road condition

PHOTO  GALLERY

MONKEY FOREST

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a nature reserve, a place to see Hindu Temple and a home to approximately 600 macaque monkeys. Monkey Forrest is a symbol of harmonious coexistence of humans with nature. Although the monkeys are fun to watch, the main feature of this forest are the three main temples inside ; Pura Dalem Agung temple, The Utama Mandala, and the Pura Prajapati. Make sure your camera is ready to take some good photos while the monkey is crawling on your shoulder.


UBUD ART MARKET

The variety of merchandise can be overwhelming. The Ubud Art Market sells plenty of art with traditional and religious themes, from Buddha heads to topeng masks to statues of Wisnu and Garuda. You can also pick up hand-painted kites, brightly-colored sarongs, and intricately-patterned batiks. Home decor and housewares make a strong showing at Pasar Ubud, too, with a proliferation of incenses, fragrances, ceramics, wall hangings and carved picture frames for sale.


UBUD PALACE

The Royal Palace has been home to the royal family of Ubud since the late 19th century to the mid-1940s and is still inhabited by descendants of the last king. Parts of the complex are off limits to the public, but entry to the rest is free. You can wander around most of the large compound exploring the many traditional and not excessively ornate buildings. Take time to appreciate the stone sculptures, many of the local artists noted as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. If you visit the palace on Sunday morning you will see children learn Balinese dance from 9am to 10.30am. Ubud Palace is also Ubud’s best setting for dance performances every night.


GOA GAJAH, THE ELEPHANT CAVE

Goa Gajah is a significant Hindu archaeological site. Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave because of its close proximity to the Elephant River. A mysterious cave, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid green rice paddies and a garden lure tourists from nearby Ubud. The menacing entrance to Goa Gajah looks like a demonic mouth, suggesting that people are entering an underworld as they venture inside through the darkness. Goa Gajah was listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.


GUNUNG KAWI AT TAMPAKSIRING

Tampaksiring (18 km northeast from Ubud). 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. Truly a wonderful place to see and take some beautiful photos.


TIRTA EMPUL, A HOY SPRING WATER AND SACRED TEMPLE AT TAMPAKSIRING

Tirta Empul Temple at Tampak Siring, is one of the prominent temples in Ubud. This temple is built around a sacred spring, Tampak Siring, and its two bathing spots have been used by the Balinese for a millennium. It is believed that the springs have magical powers and bring good health and prosperity. Pack your bathing suit and experience the springs as the Balinese do. Adventurous Bali will provides all necessary offerings if you wish to experience this Balinese purification ritual.


RICE TERRACE AT CEKING, TEGALALANG

The rice fields’ terraces 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. Don’t forget to take some beautiful photos with the wonderful background.

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