Ubud is one name that comes in mind every time someone mentions Bali. This beautiful town holds captivating features and attractions that make it worth visiting. Whether you are a honeymoon couple, group of friends or adventurist, Ubud will give you plenty of options to explore and choose from.
Ubud is a special place to visit not because of so many tourist attractions but because its culture and style are larger than life. Famous for handicrafts, lush green tropical jungles terraced rice fields and Hindu temples and shrines, a Ubud holiday shows you the most authentic part of Bali in the best way possible. Shopping, temple hopping and coffee tasting are just a few of the unique things to do in Ubud.
Ubud is unique in every way. The lifestyle here is very different compared to other Bali destinations like Kuta and Seminyak. Anyone who wishes to ditch the crowded touristy beaches needs to consider this location. It is the cultural capital of Bali and is filled with colorful art galleries, vibrant museums, cool cafes, and beautiful temples spread everywhere.
Mentioned below are the 9 best places to visit in Ubud during a vacation :
1. Komaneka Fine Art Gallery
Komaneka Fine Art Gallery is unique and is filled with creations from specialists working on themes of new and energizing dreams that mirror the ways of life of contemporary epicureans. The beauty of this Gallery makes it a favourite in the list of Ubud and Bali’s things to do. Counted among one of the most exquisite Ubud attractions, this gallery is so vast that one needs an ample amount of time to explore its abundant space. Spending sufficient amount of time here will let you realize the extensive scale of contemporary works kept here on display.
Address: Komaneka Fine Art Gallery, Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia.
2. Tirta Empul Temple
For those who love to savor art and architecture would like to visit Tirta Empul Temple. This temple complex is a must visit during Ubud Day trip. It is located in the town of Manukaya in Bali. It was constructed in the year 960 AD. This temple belongs to the time when the old Balinese kingdom was on the rise. Presidential castle, Istana Tampaksiring is a notable feature of this temple as it was the home of country’s first president, Soekarno.
Most of the Ubud Holiday packages include trips to Tirta Empul temple.
Address: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
3. Seniman Coffee Studio
Seniman Coffee Studio is for those who love to savor good quality coffee and want to learn more about the Balinese coffee culture. This coffee studio boasts of serving espresso sourced from five different locales of the country. The specialty includes siphon, pour-over dribble, , and Italian coffee preparing techniques. One can also attend various workshops at the studio that provides for tattoo making, coffee art, and coffee roasting.
When you get bored of typical itineraries for Ubud holiday packages, Seniman Coffee studio will provide you with the much-required change.
Address: Jalan Sriwedari No. 5, Banjar Taman Kelod, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
4. Campuhan Ridge walk
Those who wish to move out of the typical itineraries for Ubud holidays would love Campuhan Ridge walk. This area is filled with hilly landscapes which makes the walking experience very thrilling and exciting. The road to this ridge is very peaceful and helps you connect with nature.
The walking trail is easy. You can start from Ubud Market and then exit it from the west side. From here, it is easy to locate the ridge and you can continue walking as long as you wish to. A small rest spot ‘Karsa Safe’ is a distinguished part of this walk. Here people take rest during their walk and enjoy gorgeous views of the surroundings.
5. Royal Palace cultural night performance
The Royal Palace is one of the most famous places to visit in Ubud. During the evening visit to this palace, one can enjoy the cultural night performance that tells you more about the mythology and history of Bali. Legong Dance & Ramayana are two of the most unique highlights of the artistic performance and not to be missed. The Legong dance tells the story of two brothers, Kings Subali & Sugriwa, and their fight for the kingdom. The Ramanaya dance is the life story of Hindu gods Rama, Sita and her brother Laksamana.
Performance time 7:30 PM onwards
Ticket cost: IDR 50,000 (INR 250 approximately)
6. Amed Beach
Amed beach is one of the most unique destinations to visit in Bali during the Ubud tour. Free from the mainstream tourist population, this beach is very famous for Salt Cultivation. Amed beach is one of the most famous for different Ubud activities. It is loved by the surfers as they love to enjoy their favourite water sport in friendly waves.
Address: Karangasem, East Bali
Ubud is famous for its food culture and unique, quirky restaurants. Locavore is one of the most famous restaurants in Ubud and is often mentioned as one of the best places to enjoy dinner in whole Indonesia. The locally sourced menu goes up to a nine-course meal and everything is a delight to taste.
Dinner at Locavore lasts around 3 hours so you need to take out time in hand so that you are able to enjoy everything in the best way possible.
Address: Jl. Dewisita No.10, Banjar Padang, Tegal, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
8. Tegenungan waterfall
This quaint waterfall is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ubud. Tegenungan waterfall is very unique as it is located amidst lush green jungles and milky white water stream. Visitors can also take a dip in the pool and make their vacation experience more exciting and memorable.
Address: Tegenungan village, 10 min away from Ubud
9. Ubud Art Market
Last but not least, the Ubud art market is a favorite among the visitors. This market showcases rich cultural heritage of Ubud. Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’, this place is famous for silk scarves, lightweight shirts, high quality woven packs, caps, statues, kites, and paintings. If you are looking for a unique souvenir during your trip, then this market is a must visit.