Amongst the scenic rice terrace, a small yet magnificent town near the misty mountains is Ubud. Ubud is a centre for art and culture in Bali, situated in cool centre uplands.
The Royal Family of Bali resides in this region. In older times, the Royals called all the brilliant artists and performers to Ubud for their entertainment and to pass on the ancient artforms to coming generations. Since then, the best artists of the entire Bali reside in this region.
Ubud is a place where you can find serenity and embark on a personal journey. While in Ubud, you can book a place for yourself in various Yoga retreats, day spas and health centres to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. The purity and divinity of mother nature surrounding Ubud make it a perfect place to meditate.
Ubud is full of wonderful places. The Monkey Forest is a sanctuary for the sacred grey monkeys managed by the local communities. Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an astonishing archeological site with astonishing architecture. It has beautiful wall carvings, bathing pool and fountains. Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, surrounded by water and lotus is a scenic stop for a leisure walk and photographs. Tegallalang Rice Terraces are known for their scenic beauty where you can have a look at Bali’s traditional irrigation system called ‘Subak’.
Puri Saren Royal Palace offers the performances of traditional dance and plays by the professional Balinese dancers. To delve into the culture, museums like Puri Lukisan Museum, Neka Museum, Seniwati Gallery and Agung Rai Museum can be visited.
Ubud is a place known for its spas and massages. Ubud Traditional Spa, Tejas Spa Jembawan, DaLa Spa and Taksu Healing Heaven are some places you can stop by to relax and rejuvenate.
As compared to the crowded and overwhelming nightlife of South Bali, Ubud’s nightlife is much calmer and more secluded. In the Royal Palace, you can enjoy the traditional culture of Bali. While in some more contemporary places like Laughing Budhha Bar, you can enjoy live music and band performances. XL Shisha Lounge is also a good hangout option with a Mediterranean ambience and cuisines. The Melting Point Saloon is a place where you can indulge yourself in various board games alongside lip-smacking dishes.
As for the local delicacies, there are restaurants like Tutmak, Kepitu Restaurant, Balinese Home Cooking, Warung Pondak Madu and many more where you can enjoy both local and international food.
If you want to indulge yourself in shopping, Ubud Art Market, Sukhawati Art Market, Tegallalang Handicraft Center and Jalan Raya Ubud Shopping Street are some of the places which will give you the best shopping experience.
Depansar Airport is the nearest airport from Ubud. You can hire a taxi from the airport to reach Ubud. You can further hire a cycle, motorcycle or a car with a local driver to roam around the region. For the accommodation, you’ll find many options like inns, hotels, resorts and villas which you can choose according to your travel budget and other preferences. If you want to closely witness the Balinese culture, Ubud is highly recommended for you.