Best Things to do in Ubud
Have you had enough of the beach and need some time in the green? Ubud and the rice terraces are a good to relax your mind, body, and soul. Ubud is only a 1-hour drive away from the south of Bali and offers both: The Buzz of a small town with plenty of cafe’s and restaurants, as well as nature and culture pure all around. Check out these amazing things to do in Ubud.
Ubud Monkey Forest – Welcome to the Jungle Book
First of all, the monkey forest in Ubud is an attraction you shouldn’t miss. The entrance fee is very small and the forest, with its old jungle trees and stone artefacts, is quite impressive. Enjoy watching the naughty monkeys who own the forest! Watching the monkeys in Ubud’s Monkey Forrest is fun, but they can also get aggressive, therefore keep your distance and keep cool.
Visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terrace is definitely one of the things to do in Ubud even though it has become an overcrowded tourist attraction. Whether you just want to take a snapshot, hike through the fields, or have a coffee at the spot with fantastic views: Enjoy the valley panorama with coconut trees.
Bali Swing – Feel free as a bird
Swing and enjoy a unique view of the incredible rice fields. Bali Swing has many different swing-types but each of them offers amazing views of the valley and waterfalls.
Tegenungan Waterfall Ubud
One of the favourite things to do in Ubud is visiting Tegenungan Waterfall. Tegenungan Waterfall is located at Petanu River and is a perfect destination for a day trip. Don’t forget to take your bathing suits – you will have the chance to take a natural shower under the waterfall. While hiking to the spot you can buy foods, clothes or souvenirs in the little warungs on the way. An adventurer can even jump off a cliff into the Tegenungan Waterfall. But watch out, this can dangerous if not done right.
Goa Gajah Temple – Elephant Cave
Although there were never elephants in Bali, you will find an elephant cave close to Ubud. Goa Gajah was built in the 9th century and is used as a sanctuary for Balinese Hindus. Expressions of various creatures and demons are directly carved into the rock at the entrance. When you enter the small, dark cave, you can see several statues, including a Ganesha figure. Close by you can also find a large bathing place for spiritual cleaning. Find out more about Black Magic, Rituals & Ghosts in Bali.
Explore the Rice Fields: Bukit Cinta
One of the things to do in Ubud you shouldn’t miss is hiking in Bukit Cinta (in English: Hills of Love). While Ubud has plenty of beautiful green peaceful views you should spend a day in the rice fields and walk the 4 km Campuhan Ridge. Hiking through the rice fields is really good to clear your mind while breathing the fresh Ubud air.
Ubud Water Palace – Pura Taman Saraswati temple
The Pura Taman Saraswati is a Water temple with beautiful ponds filled with seemingly hundreds of sea roses. Probably, you will pass it when strolling up and down the street of Ubud centre. The temple is a great stopover for some sightseeing and photo opportunities with its classical Balinese temple architecture. The entry fee into Pura Taman Saraswati is free but, as with any temple visit in Bali, a sash and sarong around the waist are compulsory. Learn more about etiquette in sacred places.
Souvenir shopping at Ubud Local Market
It is hard to not buy any Souvenir (or “oleh-oleh” in Indonesian) in one of the many Souvenir shops and local markets in Ubud. It can get quite heated when negotiating the prices. Check our 5 tips how to bargain the right way! Ubud market offers the full souvenir range. From sarongs, over jewellery to art pieces and decor. You will find it all here!
Yoga: Relax your body, mind and soul
Ubud is a spiritual place, some even might refer to it as a “hippie town”. You can find Yoga Centers everywhere and feel the spiritual atmosphere. The biggest Yoga Centre is Yoga Barn. Definitely a highlight for all yogis on Bali! Yoga Barn is surrounded by beautiful rice fields and offers more than 75 classes per week. Join the club and do a yoga class in the early morning and relax your body, mind and soul.
Other Yoga Centres in the heart of Ubud:
Whitewater rafting – “Let’s get wet”
You love adventure and want to see the jungles around Ubud? Then this is definitely a must do for you! Join white water rafting in Ubud’s jungle rivers. It’s not only a lot of fun, it also brings you to untouched and natural places of Ubud.
Stay in the middle of rice terraces
Ubud Sawah Homestay is surrounded by beautiful lush rice fields. The owners of the place are incredibly friendly. Yoga, a local, and his Thai wife, who is the biggest sunshine you could ever imagine, will welcome you with an open and warm heart. Enjoy this wonderful hospitality and the breathtaking view at Ubud Sawah Homestay.
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