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UBUD a town in central BALI is far removed from the beach party scene in KUTA  and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists' workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.

Understand

Ubud is pronounced 'oobood' as in the same way as the 'oo' sounds in 'good' (but not the 'oo' in 'mood'). Even if you mispronounce the name, the locals aren't likely to do anything more than titter. As they say, seng ken-ken!- Balinese for 'no worries!'.

While Ubud seems to outsiders like one small town, it is in fact fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee). Ubud has grown rapidly, and some central parts are creaking under the strain of coping with the number of visitors. That said, most development is sympathetic to the zeitgeist, if not designed specifically in the local style. Growth continues apace, but there are still terraced rice fields along the rivers, and away from the town centre, regular, quiet village life carries on relatively undisturbed.

History

In many ways, the history of the Ubud area (not so much the modern day town) is the very history of Bali itself.

Ubud has a known history back to the eighth century, when the Javanese Hindu priest Rsi Marhandya came to Bali from Java, and meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, just west of the modern day town centre. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, the Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali's religious practices and rituals as we know them today. At this time the area was a centre of natural medicine and healing, and that is how the name Ubud originated: Ubad is ancient Balinese for medicine.

Further temples and monasteries were established over the next 400 hundred years or so. The temple complex at Gunung Kawi, and the cave temples at Goa Gajah (just east and northeast of Ubud), are architectural remains from this period. Many of the dances, drama and rituals still practised in Ubud today, originated at this time. King Airlangga ruled all of Java and Bali in this era, and his seat of government was located in what is now the village of Batuan, just southeast of Ubud.

The Javanese Majapahit kingdom conquered Bali in 1343, and the key final victory was against the Pejeng Dynasty centred at Bedulu, just to the east of Ubud. A great flowering of Balinese culture followed, and the ancestry of Ubud's current day aristocratic families can be traced back to this period. In the sixteenth Century, there was a total transplantation of the Majapahit Kingdom to Bali as the Islamisation of Java forced them eastwards. Power flip-flopped between various dynasties and feudal lords, but the Ubud area remained a very important cog in the various regencies which ruled the island.

 

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Goa Gajah originates from the 9th century

 

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Monkeys at the Monkey Forest

In 1900, Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request, and the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged. The modern era of Ubud perhaps began in the 1930s, when foreign artists were encouraged by the royal family to take up presence in the town. From their Ubud base, the likes of Walter Spies and Rudolph Bonnet were instrumental in promoting an understanding of Balinese art and culture worldwide. From the 1960s onwards, travellers started to arrive in earnest, mostly intrepid types as the infrastructure was still very limited indeed. Since then, Ubud has developed rapildy into a high profile, top class international destination, whilst still maintaining its integrity as the centre of Balinese art and culture.

Orientation

Orienting yourself in Ubud is fairly straightforward. The town sprawls for several kilometres in all directions, with all of the small villages within a five km radius of the central market being loosely referred to as "Ubud". If you choose a reasonably central place to stay, it is easy enough to get around on foot.

Central Ubud has three main streets: Jl Raya Ubud, Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Hanoman. At the intersection of Jl Raya and Jl Monkey Forest are Ubud Market, Ubud Palace, and the main bemo stop — unsurprisingly, there's also a near-permanent traffic jam here.

Jl Monkey Forest, which runs south through town to the Monkey Forest, is a built-up area, and home to a wide array of accommodation, art galleries, and cafes, as well a number of local services such as schools, a sports field, pharmacies, and travel agents. Jl Hanoman, which runs parallel to Jl Monkey Forest just to the east, is a bit quieter and makes for more pleasant walking.

To the immediate west and northwest are the villages of Campuan (TjampuhanCampuhan) and Kedewatan, home to some of the most upmarket hotels in the whole of Asia, with views over valleys sculpted by the Ayung and Wos rivers.

Directly to the south, past the Monkey Forest and still within a twenty minute walk of the central market, is Padang Tegal which then runs into the southern villages of Nyuh Kuning and Pengosekan, about three km from central Ubud. Directly to the east is the village of Peliatan, and then Teges and Bedulu, home of the ninth century Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave).

Climate

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Due to its elevation at 200m above sea level, Ubud enjoys cooler temperatures than the coast, and it is sometimes necessary to bring a pullover for the evening. The midday sun can still be scorching though and the humidity often relentless, a murderous combination for temple tramping which, in hilly Ubud, usually requires climbing up and down staircases. (Head out early to beat the heat and the crowds.) If there is a time to avoid, it would be the depths of the wet season in January and February — when it rains in Ubud, it reallyrains.

Get in

 

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Map of the Ubud area

By bemo

There are regular public bemos from DENPASAR  Batubulan terminal to Ubud which cost Rp 8,000, and take about an hour. Most bemos run in the early morning, and you will not find any after 16:00. In the opposite direction, bemos depart every morning from the central market (northern entrance) in Ubud. Foreigners are likely to be asked much more (bargain!) or even to charter the whole vehicle - there's really no need, as they will pick up passengers on the way.

To get to Batubulan from South Bali, one previously had to have 1-2 bemo connections in Denpasar. Now, with Trans Sarbagita (see the main BALI  article for details) government bus service, this way can be far more comfortable (air-conditioned bus) and even cheaper (Rp 3,500) for those going from/to Nusa Dua, Kuta, Sanur or all the places between.

By taxi

If you want to take a taxi to Ubud from South Bali, it is best to charter the vehicle for a return trip, otherwise, you'll be hit with a 30% fee for going out-of-town. Metered fares, one-way and not including surcharge, are around Rp 150,000 from Denpasarand Rp 200,000 from Kuta.

By bus

Currently, there's no public bus service to Ubud (there are bemos however, see above), but tourist bus services are abundant.

Perama offers daily direct transfers to Ubud from Ngurah Rai International AirportSanurLovinaKutaBedugulCandidasa, and Padang Bai. These are convenient and inexpensive; eg four times per day from the airport for Rp 50,000. Rather less conveniently, the Perama terminal is not located in the centre of Ubud, but about 2km south in Padang Tegal, on Jl Hanoman just south of the intersection with Jl Monkey Forest.
You can go to the "official Tourist Information" (just in the middle of town, on the big crossroad. opposite the market at Monkey Forest Road/Jalan Raya Road) and buy your ticket there (official outlet, same price) and Perama will pick you up there, to transfer to the Perama Bus Hub out of town.

While just a few years ago, Perama buses were well-maintained, air-conditioned, nice and generally worth their price, currently (probably owing to it's excess popularity among tourists) it may not be true, and you may end up in an old, hot, local-style bus, not more comfortable than a regular bemo but for the double or triple price - the only advantage being a non-stop service. As such, booking the ticket in advance and paying without checking in person what kind of bus they will provide may be unwise.

In Ubud, it's easy to find alternate bus/minivan services to other destinations around Bali, you will not miss numerous travel agencies advertising these services (for example, on Jl Raya Ubud). Fares are similar or slightly higher than Perama (.g: Rp 50,000-60,000 to Kuta), the higher price may or may not be due to the nicer bus/minivan - enquire (and better check yourself if you have time) locally.

By homestay car

If you have a reservation at a homestay and the owner has a vehicle, they will offer to pick you up at the airport for ~Rp 250,000. Check when you make your reservation. They will wait for you outside the arrival hall with your name on a sign. A convenient option especially if you arrive at night as they take you directly to the homestay.

Self-drive]

Driving in Bali is a cheap, fun and relatively safe experience. Despite the apparent madness, motorists are generally tolerant and will give way. Keep your eyes peeled for the green road signs sparsely located along the road. Bear in mind that Ubud is in the Gianyar regency, so do not panic even when road signs indicate Gianyar only, as labels tend to be inconsistent. When in doubt, keep going straight. If seriously in doubt, hop off and ask the locals. "Ubud?" If you speak no Bahasa, or "Permissi, bagaimana ke Ubud? (Excuse me, how to go to Ubud?) and they will be glad to gesture you in the right direction. Budget 50% more time than what Google Map quotes for getting lost and asking for directions.

Get around

Central Ubud can be covered on foot, but you will need some form of transport to explore the extended vicinity.

Ubud is generally a little quieter, and the streets calmer than the more urbanised parts of Bali. So whilst traffic is slower than in downtown Kuta for example, the sidewalks are often blocked by motorbikes, or a collapsed section necessitates a step off the sidewalk potentially placing you in the path of traffic. That traffic could be a tricycle or a truck, so keep your wits about you. Central Ubud is congested with traffic and people, especially in the afternoons when buses bring in tourists from outside Ubud. Be prepared for the crowds and the heat. Very few stores and restaurants (even the higher priced ones) have A/C so there are few places to get quick relief.

The EPL Phenomenon
Blame Elizabeth Gilbert. Those of you who managed to make it through the turgid best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love, might have an inkling of what is coming up. Ubud features quite heavily in our heroine's search for fulfilment, and the knock-on effect in the town has been huge. Acolytes have swarmed to Ubud looking for (and sometimes finding) places and people referenced in the book. The economic benefits of the novel to the area ratcheted up a whole other notch in mid-2009, when the eponymously named movie was shot in and around Ubud, Julia Roberts and all. Just be aware though that Ubud cannot necessarily guarantee a remedy for every mid-life crisis.

 

By bemo

Bemos ply the main routes in and around Ubud, and the main stop and gathering point is Ubud market at the junction of Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud. Most bemos stop running in the late afternoon, and are always more frequent in the morning.

By shuttle bus (sharing basis) THE PRICE CAN BE CHANGE  

The easiest and cheapest to move around when you are in Ubud is via Shuttle Bus. Shuttle Bus is actually Van/MPV's (6 to 10 seaters) run by private travel & tours agencies. You can either hire a Shuttle Bus service via your hotel/homestay (price will be slightly higher by 10-15%) or go direct to either Gedong Sari or Perama. If you travel by two/as a couple, you will be sharing with other passengers. If you are travel with a group of minimum 4, 6, 8 person, you are encourage to hire a private Van/MPV's or rent a car (Van/MPV) service which cost more less than hire a Shuttle Bus service.

Below are the latest update (as at July 2013)for Shuttle Bus Fares/Schedule from Ubud. (Due to petrol price increase in June 2013 where 1 litre of premium petrol is IDR6,500 as compared to IDR4,500 previously)

SHUTEL BUS

(IDR12,600 = approx 1 USD)

Airport

(09.00AM, 12.30PM, 15.00PM, 18.00PM)

IDR50,000 (approx. US$5.00)

Kuta

(09.00AM, 12.30PM, 15.00PM, 18.00PM)

IDR50,000 (approx. US$5.00)

Sanur

(09.00AM, 12.30PM, 15.00PM, 18.00PM)

IDR50,000 (approx. US$5.00)

Nusa Lembongan

(09.00AM)

IDR125,000 (approx. US$12.50)

Padang Bai

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR50,000 (approx. US$5.00)

Candi Dasa

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR60,000 (approx. US$6.00)

Tirta Gangga

(07.00AM, 11.00AM)

IDR120,000 (approx. US$12.00)

Tulamben

(07.00AM, 11.00AM)

IDR120,000 (approx. US$12.00)

Amed

(07.00AM, 11.00AM)

IDR120,000 (approx. US$12.00)

Bedugul

(11.30AM)

IDR90,000 (approx. US$9.00)

Munduk

(11.30AM)

IDR130,000 (approx. US$13.00)

Lovina

(11.30AM)

IDR130,000 (approx. US$13.00)

Kintamani/Penelokan

(11.30AM)

IDR90,000 (approx. US$9.00)

Lembar

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR95,000 (approx. US$9.50)

Bangsal

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR140,000 (approx. US$14.00)

Mataram

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR125,000 (approx. US$12.50)

Senggigi

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR130,000 (approx. US$13.00)

Gili's Island (Trawangan, Meno, Air)

(07.00AM, 08.30AM, 11.00AM)

IDR150,000 (approx. US$15.00)

SHUTEL BUS :

Airport

(10:30; 18:00)

IDR50,000

Kuta

(08:30; 10:30; 12:00; 15:00; 18:00)

IDR50,000

Sanur

(08:30; 10:30; 12:00; 15:00; 18:00)

IDR40,000

Lovina

(11:30)

IDR125,000

Padang Bai (Habour to eastern Islands)

(07:00; 11:30; 15:00)

IDR50,000

Candi Dasa

(07:00; 11:30; 15:00)

IDR50,000

Nusa Lembongan

(08:30; )

IDR140,000

Bedugul (Lake)

(11:30; )

IDR75,000

Kintamani (min 2pax) Batur Lake

(11:30; )

IDR100,000

Amed (min 2pax) Fast Boat to Lombok

(07:00; 11:30; )

IDR175,000

Tulamben (min 2pax)

(07:00; 11:30; )

IDR175,000

Tirta Gangga (min 2pax)

(07:00; 11:30; )

IDR175,000

By taxi

No metered taxis operate in Ubud, and any you see will be dropping off passengers from further afield.

By local car

Most local transport comes in the form of SUVs or minivans that can be hired with a driver for specific trips. Look for the circular yellow "E" logo on the windshield certifying them as Ubud Transport Association members. Drivers wait along the busy streets holding "TAXI" signs, calling out and offering their taxis as you walk by. You can (and should) haggle a bit over the price, and pay less than for the equivalent journey in a metered taxi. A short trip should be less than Rp 20,000, and drivers will be glad to wait for you for a return fare. If you do not need a ride, a polite no or ignoring their solicitation is sufficient. Generally they are not persistent unless you respond.

Also, there are guys on motorbikes who will also offer bike rides (ojek) and are about half the price of those in a car.

By hotel car]

Many hotels are located out of town, and are happy to offer regular, complimentary drop-off and pick-up services to central Ubud. Expect to pay higher than taxi prices if you are intending to go further afield.

By motorbike

As elsewhere in Bali, motorbike rental is widely available, and you will not be short of options. Expect to pay between Rp 40,000 and 80,000 per day for a late model motorbike in good condition. Look for rental agencies on all the main streets, or ask your hotel to organise for you. Navigation can be confusing, as signage is limited and all the roads look pretty much the same at first, but take it easy and stop to ask for directions if (when) you get lost.

By bicycle

You can rent bicycles for about Rp 20,000-30,000 per day. There is a large selection available at the corner of the football field on Jl Monkey Forest. Beware though: Ubud is very hilly, so cycling can be hard, sweaty work. Traffic on the main roads is heavy and drivers rarely pay heed to cyclists.

See

Ubud is so crammed with attractions it can almost seem like a visual assault at times. Try to make sure you allocate at least a week for your visit here, and take your time to explore properly. Visitors who jump in to Ubud for just two or three days of their Bali holiday, stand little chance of understanding much of what is going on around them.

The key historical sites are located out of town, some as far as 20km away, and you might find it worthwhile joining a tour to visit these. If you do visit attractions such as Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, Pura Kehen and Tirta Empul under your own steam, try to find a knowledgeable guide when you get there. Whilst you will certainly appreciate the beauty of these places, their cultural and spiritual significance may be lost without a guide.

·         you might be interest in along the way.IDR400,000/adult all inclusive.   Puri Saren Palace (Ubud Kingdom Palace), Jalan Raya ubud, . 08:00-17:00. Free.   Pura Puseh Batuan Temple, Jalan batuan villages (South Ubud (5km)), . The most notable landmark is the village temple, known as Pura Puseh, an ancient structure dated to the 11th century, embellished with intricate stone carvings. It's in the northern part of the village, 200m (620 ft) off the main road. The temple also has an inscription that testifies to the date of founding of Batuan in 1022 AD. The temple underwent restoration in 1992. It's a five-tiered gateway tower, clearly influenced by Indian religious architecture. Its icons and decorations, however, are typically Balinese in style. Notable depictions include a Bhoma head overlooking the main gateway. Admission tickets : IDR10,000Campuhan Ridge Walk (Campuhan), Jl. Raya Campuhan, Ubud, ? +62 857 3930 3982,  “Beautiful scenery while walkingTemples and historical sitesGoa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Jalan Goa Gajah. Daily 08:00-18:00. The centrepiece 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. This sight is quite disappointing compared to other sights around Ubud. IDR15,000, including sarong rental, so don't buy a sarong because it's included.

 

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Gunung Kawi, Tampaksiring

·         Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain), Tampaksiring (18 km northeast from Ubud). Daily 07:00-17:00. 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. It's not easy to climb all those steps but to see one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments in this lush green river valley is worth it. The smaller complex on the south side of the river is presumed to have been built for the King's wives, while the larger complex is thought to have been the residence of the King himself, and perhaps his concubines. 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. About 1km downstream there are further tomb cloisters. On the way back up, take a break at Cafe Kawi which has cold drinks for IDR10,000 and up. If you haggle for a taxi from Ubud, it should cost no more than IDR150,000 to get there and back, with the driver waiting for you while you make the visit. Organized daytrips to Batur volcano usually include this place as well. IDR15,000 including sarong and sash rental.  

 

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Hot springs at Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring

·         Pura Kehen (Kehen Temple), Jl Sriwijaya, Bangli (just north of Bangli town centre, which itself is about 30 minutes north east from Ubud). Daily 08:00-17:00. One of the most attractive temples in the whole of Bali, and as it is slightly off the beaten path, one which receives relatively few visitors. The temple was founded in 1206, and has an especially impressive 11-tiered meru in the inner courtyard. When you visit here take a little extra time to look around Bangli. It is a quiet and attractive market town. IDR6,000.   Puri Saren Agung (Royal Palace, Water Palace), (across Jl Raya Ubud from Ubud Market). Daily 09:00-17:00. This was the palace of the kings of Ubud until the 1940s, and some royal descendants live there to this day. Parts of the complex are off limits to the public, but entry to the rest is free, and this is Ubud's best setting for dance performances (

·         Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring (20 km northeast from Ubud). Daily 08:00-18:00. 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. Take extra clothes if you want to bath with locals. Water from the spring is clean and believed to have magical powers. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions. IDR15,000, including sarong and sash rental.  

·         Yeh Pulu, Banjar Batulumbang, Bedulu nr Gianyar (turn off the Ubud to Gianyar main road about 400m east of the entrance to the Goa Gajah complex. Drive through Banjar Batulumbang until the road comes to an end. From here walk down the track). Daily 07:00-18:00. 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. IDR15,000.   Chapel of Mother Goddess, Rajarajeshwari Tripurasundari, Jl. Sri Wedari Km 3 (3 km north from the main Ubud street), ? +62 818 701658 (ubud@anandashram.asia),  A modern chapel dedicated to the feminine aspect of the divine, such as Kuan Shih Yin, Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, Lakshmi, Durga, Kali, Saraswati, Gayatri and others. Free, but donations are accepted. 

Museums and galleries

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Jl Pengosekan, ? +62 361 975742 (info@armamuseum.com), ]. 09:00-18:00. Showcases works by well known Balinese artists, as well as international artists who made Bali their home such as Walter Spies, Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, Rudolph Bonnet and Arie Smit. The only painting in Bali by renowned Javanese artist Radan Saleh is exhibited here. They also run workshops for thirteen different aspects of Balinese art and culture. Cafe with tea and coffee. Price includes tea or coffee (hot or cold). IDR60,000.   Bali Center for Artistic Creativity (BCAC), Jl Raya Andong, ? +62 81 246 527 362, . M-Sa 09:00-17:00. This gallery features a range of art by Bruce Sherratt and various local Indonesian artists and offers a variety of art classes.  

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·         Blanco Renaissance Museum, Jl Raya Campuhan, ? +62 361 975502, . Daily 09:00-17:00. Before he died in 1999, Spanish artist Antonio Blanco was an absolute fixture on the Ubud art scene. 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. Admission price not correct at time of updating on their website. Confirmed 80,000. IDR80,000/ domestic IDR30,000.  

·         Museum Puri Lukisan (Museum of Fine Arts), Jl Raya Ubud (on the main road just west of the market), (info@mpl-ubud.com), 

·         . Daily 08:00-16:00. When it opened in 1954, this was the first private museum in Bali. Three buildings showcase traditional and modern Balinese art. The displays are a little musty and English labelling is spotty, but some of the works, particularly the carvings, are quite amazing. Exhibits by noted artists I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and Rudolph Bonnet, amongst others. IDR60,000

·         Museum Rudana, Jl Cok Rai Pudak 44 (on the road to Mas, about a 10min drive south of Ubud town centre), ? +62 361 975779 (rudana@senatorrudana.com), 

·          M-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 12:00-17:00. A wide range of Balinese paintings is exhibited here, both traditional and modern. Run by its owner, artist Nyoman Rudana, who is often present. IDR100,000/ domestic IDR50,000, under 12y is free.   Neka Art Museum, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, ? +62 361 975074 (info@museumneka.com), . M-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 12:00-17:00. This museum houses perhaps the most important art collection in the whole of Bali. Six pavilions house the various collections which include dedicated rooms for artists Arie Smit and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. IDR50,000

·         Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women, Jl Sriwedari 2B, ? +62 361 975485, 

·          Tu-Su 09:00-17:00. This gallery features art only by women; "Seni" is Indonesian for art and "Wati" means women

·         Landscape

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Rice paddies near Ubud

The area around Ubud is characterised by gently rolling rice paddies, and these create an impression of greenness which can be quite startlingly beautiful. This is especially true to the south and southeast of the town. Any visitor approaching from the south will appreciate this and it is worth a stop just to absorb the gentle beauty of it all.

Northeast of Ubud town centre the land starts to become more undulating, and this is a good place to view Bali's classic rice terraces. The village of Tegallalang is very much a tourist trap, but it is worth braving the hordes of trinket peddlers to view the stunning terraces there. From the town centre, take Jl Raya as far east as you can go, and then turn north and continue about 9km until you reach Tegallalang. Look for the picture postcard rice terraces on you right-hand side. For those moving on north to the Kintamani area, this is on route and makes for an easy stop. A small fee is charged to cars entering, at least to tourists in hired cars.

Far more off the beaten path is to explore the rice fields immediately north of town. A good route is to take Jl Raya eastwards from the town centre and turn north up the small road immediately adjacent to the BCA Bank building. Proceed up this road through the village of Kutuh and just keep going, turning where you feel like it. This is a very gentle, rural area with some lovely landscape. A great way to explore is by bicycle as there are no steep hills to negotiate here.

Another very short walk through the rice fields starts as a narrow path at the right side of Puri Lukisan museum and ends as Jalan Kajeng street bringing you back to Ubud center.

 

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Typical Ubud river valley scenery

On the opposite side of town in the CampuhaunSanggingan, and Kedewatan areas, the landscape changes dramatically as great gorges have been carved out of the limestone land base by the Ayung and Wos rivers. It's no surprise that so many five star hotels have made their home in these lush, dramatic valleys. Opportunities for viewing these gorges are many. You can just find your own way and explore by motorbike (it is very hard work by bicycle as the hills are steep). Head west out of town over the Campuhan Bridge and just start exploring. The main road here is Jl Raya Sanggingan, and if you continue heading away from town you will reach the junction with Jl Raya Kedewatan. From that point you can turn in either direction and just keep exploring. Alternatively, you can stop into a hotel or restaurant, have a drink or lunch, and gaze out in very civilised surroundings. If your pockets are deep, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in Sayan probably has the best views of all of the Ayung Gorge. A more budget conscious option is the lovely Indus restaurant in Sanginngan, with tables facing out to the Wos River.

Others[

·         Bali Bird Park, Jl Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, ? +62 361 299352 (sales@bali-bird-park.com), [14]. 9:30AM-5:30PM daily. A splendid 2-hectare aviary park with more than 250 species of birds in well thought out, attractive enclosures. The park has an enlightened, modern attitude to exhibiting animals, and this is obvious from the very open, walk-in aviaries, and the number of free range birds throughout the park. Also has a notably good cafe. One of Bali's best formal attractions. Adults US$23.5, children US$10.   Botanic Garden, Kutuh Kaja (on the road to Kutuh Kaja village which runs north from Jl Raya Ubud close to BCA Bank), 

·          8AM-6PM daily. The owner has since passed away and the gardens are highly unkept. Not recommended based upon original reviews and description of what these gardens once were. Rp 50,000.  

·         Monkey Forest, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, ? +62 361 971304 (info@monkeyforestubud.com),  A sacred forest full of ravenous monkeys, so don't bring any food or you will risk bites and a need for rabies injections. If you are bitten, visit the first aid clinic near the entrance at the bottom of Jalan Monkey Forest. Stroll through to find Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a temple of the dead. A visit to the very informative website beforehand is highly recommended. Entrance 30,000 Rp for adults. Be wary around the monkeys that occupy the Monkey Forest. They are experts at stealing possessions like glasses, cameras and even handbags, and have been known to attack people carrying food. Bali is currently battling a rabies outbreak, and the likelihood is that these monkeys could carry the disease. No matter how cute they look, feeding them is just asking for trouble. They can often be seen meticulously grooming each other. The young monkeys are extremely cute and playful. Some may tug on your shirt, or even climb on your shoulders or head. Be very, very cautious of the larger, male males as they can be aggressive. Do not stare or make eye contact with them or reach out to them as they may take it as a challengeThe White Herons of Petulu, Petulu. Every evening between 15,000 and 20,000 cattle egrets, known colloquially as white herons and in Balinese, kokokan, roost in the village of Petulu just ten minutes north of Ubud. It is quite a spectacle as these large, elegant white and rusty orange birds arrive in countless groups and tussle for the prime roosting spots. Each morning at dawn they leave en-masse to find feeding spots around the island. Some also breed in the area and nests can be seen in the roadside trees. The cattle egrets are joined by smaller numbers of little egrets and Javan pond herons. According to local legend, the egrets first appeared here in such large numbers after one of the worst massacres of suspected communists during the troubles of 1965. This led local villagers to believe that these birds are the souls of the slaughtered, and ceremonies to that effect are still held today. The village of Petulu is reached by heading east from Ubud town centre on Jl Raya Ubud until you meet the obvious junction with Jl Raya Andong. Turn left, and go up the hill for about 2 km until you see the sign posted left turning on Jalan Kintamani to Petulu village. Go into the village and then past the ticket point. After about 500 meters you can watch the birds from community hall building on your left, currently in renovation (Aug 2014). For June, July and August, get there by 5:30PM. 20,000 per adult.  

·         Do

Puram Dalem dance performance] As a centre of the arts, Ubud has over 65 different gamelan, dance and shadow puppet performances every week, in various venues, or about 8 or more every single night of the week. If you are in Bali during any of the Hindu cycles where gamelan and dancing is planned, the best way to see it is in an actual temple ceremony. Ask your accommodation or the Ubud Tourist Info office or your driver to find out if any are happening when you are in Bali.

There are also plenty of spas for resynchronising your chakras, and all manner of spiritual classes and treatments, some distinctly less genuine than others.

Art courses[Bali Center for Artistic Creativity (BCAC) (Andong), Jl Raya Andong, Ubud, ? +62 081 338 586292 . Art studio and gallery offering art classes from beginners to teachers, and internationally accredited courses run by Bruce Sherratt. 

·         Gaya Ceramic and Design, , . Ceramic art studio offering gallery, exhibitions and workshops.   Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center, ? +(0361) 976194 (librarypondok@yahoo.com),  Not-for-profit library and learning center offering morning or afternoon classes in silver making, wood carving, fruit carving, Balinese dancing, gamelan playing, and so on. Book borrowing memberships available or books for sale, free wifi for all visitors, Bahasa Indonesia language classes in the upstairs terrace. 

·           Cooking classes]

·         Payuk Bali Home Cooking Class, Banjar Laplapan Ubud Bali, ? +62 361 977388   Traditional Balinese cooking such sate lilit, Balinese salad, and nasi kuning.  

·         Paon Bali Cooking Class, Laplapan Village, ? +62 81 338 586292 ,  Traditional Balinese cooking class in the home of a very hospitable family. They offer a pick-up in UbudPissari Bali Cafe, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, ? +62 361 978037, . 09.00-13.00. Traditional Balinese cooking class. Uses all natural and organic ingredients. Really interesting and fun experience. The chef running the class is very experienced and knowledgable.  . Discover a fascinating introduction in to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali.  

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Legong dance performance

Dance performances are held almost nightly at Ubud Palace and Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud Water Palace) which has an open-air stage surrounded by water with beautiful backdrop.

·         Legong Mahabarata Epic, Puri Saren Palace,  IDR 80.000.   Barong Dance, Batubulan (about fifteen minutes south of Ubud on the main road to Sanur). A Barong dance performance takes place here every day at 9:30AM, lasting about an hour. It is very much a performance for tourists, and the story is of the never ending battle between good and evil. There is actually not much dancing and a lot of talking in this performance. While buying a ticket, you will get a description of the forthcoming performance. Rp 80,000.  

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Tek Tok Dance

·         Pura Dalem, Jl Raya Ubud, ? +62361970508,. One of the best kecak performances in Ubud, every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm-9:00pm. Staged in beautiful surroundings outside under the banyan trees, and followed by a fire dance. Excellent ambiance and the fire dance at the end is impressive. However, parts of the performance can get repetitive. Rp 75,000 Puri Saren & Puri Saraswati (just east of Jl Monkey Forest), Jl Raya Ubud. Smack dab in the centre of town, dance performances are staged here almost nightly. Rp 80000Tek Tok DanceTek Tok Dance is a traditional Balineese dance that is accompanied by musical sound of mouth 'Tek Tok' altogether with various combinations of body movement and other sounds. Tek Tok Dance gives a moral message which when a woman who embodies the values of patience, sacrifice, compassion, devotion, and a holy sincerity is not respected, then disasters and calamities will befall a kingdom or state. This story also gives the message that truth, virtue, devotion and genuine compassion will always be protected by God. Tek Tok Dance performance held regularly in Bali Culture Center (BCC) Ubud, Bali four times a week.  

·          Spas]

·         Bodyworks Healing Centre, Jl Hanoman 25, ? +62 361 980663  10:00-21:00. Ubud Bodyworks Healing Centre was founded by Ketut Arsana 25 years ago, and it is still his family home. The 1st such establishment in Ubud, and was a place where Balinese people would come for healing long before the tourist hordes arrived. There is a definite emphasis on the spiritual elements of healing.  

Whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities

 

There is good rafting available on the Ayung River at Sayan, just west of Ubud. Almost as good as the rafting itself is the wonderful experience of being right down inside the Ayung gorge. This is the domain of high-end resorts like the Four Seasons and Amandari, and it is a very scenic area indeed. The rapids are Class II and Class III, and best during the rainy season as the river can run a bit dry from June to September. There are two well established operators, both with offices on the main road in Sayan, close to Amandari, however other operators have sprung up recently as well.

Cycle tours are an increasingly widespread and popular option.

 

·         Bali White Water Rafting

·         GREEN  CYCLING  Specialist, Jl Raya Astina Timur, Gianyar, ? +081 338 586292 ), . This full day cycling tour will take you far away from the regular tourist itinerary and “off the beaten track” deep into rural Bali where you will be able to witness firsthand the daily life of the Balinese people, their local customs and rituals as well as their age-old traditions. Includes private A/C van (min 2 pax booking), mountain bike and safety helmet, breakfast and lunch, fruit and mineral water on tour, entrance fees and personal insurance coverage (from the age of 5 to 65 years).

·          Rp 350,000/person.  

·          Yoga and meditation]

·         Spacious Yoga - Ashtanga Yoga, at Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe, Jl. Goutama, Ubud (near the top of Jl. Goutama above Seeds of Life Cafe), ? 08223780iaingrysak@gmail.com),  7-10 AM Sun - Fri.. An Ashtanga Yoga shala offering morning Mysore style practice 6 days per week and occasional workshops and intensives. Drop-in, weekly and monthly rates available..   Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio, Jl. Jembawan 3, Padang Tegal Kaja (Next to post office and almost across from Bali Buddha), ? +62 0361 978 055 (yoga@radiantlyalive.com). 7AM-7PM. Beautiful large and centrally located studio with a diverse range of yoga classes from Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar, hatha, dance, kirtan and more. They also host special interest workshops and yoga teacher trainings. From about Rp 100,000Taman Hati Yoga and Meditation Center, Banjar Nyuh Kuning, ? +62 361 974739 (tamanhati2000@yahoo.com). This centre was founded in 2000 by two local men, both from families containing many generations of Hindu priests. Set up for both complete beginners, and those already experienced but wishing to broaden their horizons. Every Wednesday at 7:30PM, there is a free class entitled "World Peace Meditation". From about Rp 90,000.   Ubud Yoga Centre, Jl Raya Sanggingan (almost opposite Neka Museum), ? +62 361 970460 (julie@baliyogahealing.com), . Expat-run centre offers everything from single attendance classes up to residential yoga instructor training courses. From Rp 90,000 per session. Good value ten class pass for Rp 550,000The Yoga Barn, Jl Hanoman, Pengosekan, ? +62 361 970992 (info@theyogabarn.com),  Range of classes and an excellent set of teachers mostly in the Ashtanga/Vinnyasa school. Upper studio has great views of the surrounding rice terraces. Residential packages, multiple day classes and simple single entry classes. If you are a teacher, they offer the possibility of renting the centre to host your classes. From about Rp 100,000Movement Matters Bali Pilates, Jl. Nyuh Bulan, No.5, Nyuh Kuning (One street over from Yayasan Bumu Sehat Natural Birthing Center), ? +62 822 6608 6611 (MovementMattersBali@gmail.com7AM-9PM. State-of-the-art Pilates and Gyrotonic studio with imported equipment from USA and Canada. Ubud's first and only fully equipped studio also featuring an onsite certified Rolfer. Private and semi-private sessions, group classes at a custom-built beautiful studio in Ubud's famous village, Nyuh Kuning. From Rp 80,000.   Anand Ashram@Ubud, Jl. Sriwedari Km 3, ? +62 818 701658 (ubud@anandashram.asia), . Non-profit institution offering yoga, meditation, satsang, kirtan, bed and breakfast. Visiting teachers and students are welcome to use the space for their programs and stay on donation basis.  

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Inside Ubud Market

 

Ubud has a vast assortment of art and jewelry shops. Head for the boutique type stores on Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud for higher qualit