A quiet little town in the heart of Indonesia. One hour drive from Bali airport, this is the best place for trying out the famous Balinese massage after hectic flight. If you have time in your schedule, go for the bike tour. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Or you can hire a car.
places to visit: (click on the names to know)
Monkey Forest: if you love monkeys, otherwise nothing much to see. But please don’t bring any food or loose hanging thing with you or you’ll end up in a tussle with them.
Campuhan Ridge Walk: Start early. Walk through the rice fields, farmers working and the wild forest just in front of the path.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Walk through rice fields. Enthusiasts can climb the terraces where the farmers are diligently cultivating rice. But highly commercialized area.
Tegenungan Waterfall: There’s a couple of stairs..so elders with knee problems be warned. But the falls itself amidst lush greenery makes up for it. You can also take a dip but no changing rooms available still.
Agung Rai Museum of Art: It’s not just an art museum, but it’s a place where you can see artists and guests painting, children taking traditional dance classes and so on. Best place to experience Balinese art style.
Neka Art Museum: This museum is set in a lush garden to create the feel of art being a part of nature. Early morning visit is best when the crowds are not much and you get some good shots in the early morning light.
Don Antonio Blanco Museum: The art studio of the famous painter who epitomized Bali through his world famous art is at Ubud. If you are a great fan of art and if you know the importance of Antonio Blanco’s work..do not give it a miss. Non-art lovers will also love the way he created his art..expressive and dreamy.
Saraswati Temple: It’s the perfect example of Balinese workmanship..also known as Lotus Temple is right in the centre of Ubud. The lotus pond surrounding the temple forms a pretty landscape.
The two temples of TIRTA EMPUL & GOA GAJAH form part of the famous “9 directional temples of Bali”.
TIRTA EMPUL: Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Vishnu. The temple compound consists of a large tank, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.
There are 30 something water sprouts. Each water outlet has a meaning-health, wealth, happiness etc. You pray with clasped hands towards the water outlet and visualize what you wish for and go in repeating this process except the last one which represents the dead. You can roam around the temple complex but the inside of the temple is only open for Balinese.
GOA GAJAH: The primary facade of the temple was once thought to be an elephant hence it is also known as Elephant Temple. The entrance of the Temple have curved reliefs of demonic characters, has a beautiful waterfall and some- amazing vistas. Inside may not appeal to you as it is more a space for meditation for Balinese people.
Mount Kawi: It is more a funerary complex than a temple which spreads on both side of the Pakerisan river. There are 10 rock cut shrines that are cut out of the rock face. After reaching the entrance, you have to climb down to reach the actual site. And that’s a lot of stairs. But the stunning scenery along the pathway makes up for the exertion. There are smaller caves scattered where the local monks go to meditate.