5 things to do in Ubud
Home to delicious food, amazing street shops, vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes, Ubud has something for everyone.
Commonly referred to as Bali’s cultural epicentre, Ubud is located in the central part of Bali in the mountain region. Surround by lush, tropical greenery, Ubud is a nature lover’s dream location! Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some of Bali’s top outdoor experiences are located in the heart of Ubud. Here are The Leisure’s top things to do when visiting Ubud.
If you are looking to see the best of Bali landscape than look no further than the Campuhan Ridge walk. Walk along a paved path that takes you through scenic jungles and forests, across rice fields and above Ubud’s picturesque valleys.
We recommend getting up early and catching the sunrise as you stroll along the ridge. Shade is minimal throughout the walk so it's best to do the walk whilst the weather is cooler. For a halfway pitt stop, check in at Karsa Cafe for a fresh juice and smoothie bowl. Enjoy your breakfast whilst gazing out onto the cafe’s impressive view of local rice terraces and mountain ranges.
Allow approximately two hours to complete the walk and make sure you bring a water bottle as the weather will get hot!
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the most beautiful rice terraces in Indonesia. Big call, we know!
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are situated in Tegalalang Village, a short drive outside the heart of Ubud. Once you arrive you will be blown away by a series of layered terraces down the side of Ubud’s famous green hills. The scenic outlook is the perfect photo opportunity with it’s dramatic views, unique patterns and layers of green dense foliage.
Make sure you visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces early - sunrise is an ideal time. If that is too early for you, tourist buses start arriving around 10 am so it’s best to arrive prior to that to miss the crowds.
Top tip - bring lots of water and sunscreen!
Break away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s town centre by visiting one of the island’s natural beauties, the Tegenungan Waterfalls. The falls are situated a 10 minute drive south of Ubud, surrounded by lush green foliage.
Upon reaching the falls, venture down a short trail which will bring you to the base of the falls. Here you can stare up in awe at the natural beauty that is Tegenungan Falls before swimming and frolicking beneath the cascading water.
The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions and it is easy to see why. The cool and dense swath of jungle is home to three holy temples and is inhabited by a band of over 600 Balinese macaques. Located near Ubud’s Town Centre, visitors can enter through one of three gates with the main gate located at the southern end of Monkey Forest Road.
Once inside the forest you will come face to face with a troop of cheeky and playful monkeys. Watch on as they laze around, swing through canopies and play with each other in their natural habitat. Be warned though, these monkeys are up to mischief so keep your valuables hidden, your bag zippers fastened and your phones tucked away.
The forest is open from 8:30am - 6pm and is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Balinese culture, nature and Ubud’s cheekiest residents.
Top tip: after a morning wrangling these naughty guys head to Jungle Fish for an afternoon dip and a delicious lunch. The open-air split-level restaurant is perched into the side of a mountain overlooking the Osh River Valley and is a must visit for anyone in Ubud.
White Water Rafting on the Ayung River
Ayung River is arguably one of Bali’s most picturesque rivers as it chutes down the northern ranges across deep lush valleys, weaving it’s way past sprawling rice fields and through dense rainforest.
Don’t let the picturesque scenery fool you though - white water rafting down this bad boy can get hairy! Prepare yourself for cascading rapids, waterfalls and a whole lot of adventure.
Team up with a reputable adventure specialist such as, Mason Adventures, for a safe and enjoyable experience.