Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali. It is located north from the capital, Denpasar. In Ubud Balinese culture lovers can get an insight into the secrets of local handicraft activities, wood- and stone carving as well as silver jewelry making. Those who want spiritual and physical recreation can be treated in yoga camps and spas. Also adrenalin addicts have the opportunity to escape from the attack of hungry male monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest. 🙂
This time we highlighted the natural beauties of Ubud with spending one day exploring the treasures of this area.
1. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Sunrise or sunset walks on this famous path can be a nice start or end of the day. Of course we arrived there exactly at noon in the biggest swelter. In case you would do the same, don’t forget to bring sunmilk, a hat and water with you. The pathway starts a few minutes ride from the centre next to the Warwick Ibah villas and resorts, around the walls of Pura Gunung Lebah temple. Before you step on the lane, you have to cross the Campuhan bridge which has a small sign there saying „This way trekking Campuhan Ridge Karsa Kafé 2 kms”.
The approximately 2 hour long nature walk in green belt area among trees, palms, grass-grown sidehills and ricefields gives us the perfect escapism from our everyday life. Even if we get tired we can drink a cold smoothie in the charming Karsa Kafé to refill our bodies with energy before turning back to the path.
2. Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Ricefields create one of the most iconic sceneries of Bali. The most visited terraces are in Tegallalang village, around 20 minutes drive from Ubud centre. Here we can recognize the regular balinese rice cultivation just like in other areas of the island but at the same time tourists are allowed to wander around and take photos in return for some donation to the farmers. We can spend easily 1-2 hours with exploring and admiring the rice terraces and taking many pictures about them (and ourselves). Once you are there don’t miss the ’backyard’, it is worth to have a look.
3. Goa Rang Reng Waterfall
Originally we planned to watch the periodically appearing Kanto Lampo waterfall but in October, at the end of the dry season we did not have any success. Luckily we have been advised by the local people here that we should visit the Goa Rang Reng waterfall just 2.5 kilometres far from there. After paying the entrance fee of 15000 IDR/person, with a few minutes long jungle walk on a narrow path we could easily reach the location. It has been opened for public for almost one year therefore it is not really well-known by tourists. We have not met anybody there except some Balinese kids playing and bathing. The waterfall is not that high but its rocks are quite slippery. You should take care not to slip on them. With the help of some ropes on the broadside of he waterfall we can climb to the top to a holy cave which is part of a temple on the other side of the hill. Swimsuits and non-slippery shoes are recommended to bring.
These are our favourite places in Ubud. We are also excited about hearing from you how you spend one day in the centre of the Balinese culture.