Make sure these treasures make it on to your to-do list for your next visit!
1. TIRTA EMPUL
Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple, which is famous for its holy spring water, where the Balinese go for ritual purification.
Guests make their way along 13 waterspouts where they bow under the water, a process symbolizing purification. Many guests who are on a cultural or spiritual journey say this experience is one not to be missed.
2. MONKEY FOREST
Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud. There are hundreds of species of monkeys and beautiful trees in the forest. The monkeys are very familiar with guests and do not be alarmed if the monkeys jump on top of you. It is also an option to drive by the forest and see the monkeys in the road.
3. CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
The Campuhan Ridge walk is an easy hike along a paved trail, which is around 8 kilometres round trip. This is one of the best known walks in Ubud and is best to do early in the morning, with many watching the sunrise during the hike.
4. TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACES
This famous rice terrace is a must see in Ubud. This green, lush view of the rice paddies is not only beautiful, it is also impressive to see how well rice fields in Bali are irrigated. There are many restaurants where you can have an afternoon meal and escape the Bali sun or you can take a stroll through the rice terraces. Make sure to bring your camera.
5. UBUD ART MARKET
The Ubud Art Market, locally referred to as 'Pasar Seni Ubud' is located opposite the the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Market are made in the neighbouring villages.
The location of the Ubud Art Market is the perfect place for Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs.
6. TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL
This is another natural beauty for the nature lovers. The waterfall is clean with crisp water and gorgeous to look at from the look out viewing point or walking down over 160 steps to enter the water.
7. SARASWATI TEMPLE
This beautiful water temple is located in Central Ubud and is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning, literature and art. You can enter the temple behind its amphitheatre at any time of day to admire the calming atmosphere and architectural features but you will need to wear a sash and sarong around the waist to enter.
8. LUWAK COFFEE PLANTATION
A great experience, even for those who do not drink coffee. Luwak coffee is the most expensive coffee in the world and at the plantation the locals give you an informative tour of the plantation and how the coffee is made. Taste a number of different teas as well as the coffee- it’s a great thing to tick off the list in Bali’s unique activities.
9. MT BATUR
This is an early start but well worth it! The volcano is physically strenuous so is perfect for those who want to get a workout whilst viewing the beauty of Bali. The trek to the summit of Mt Batur is 1717 meters, so wear your walking shoes and a long sleeved top that you can take off as the sun starts to come up, as this really is an uphill trek.
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