10 Awesome Places You Need to See in Ubud
Ubud is famous for its lush rice terraces, marvelous waterfalls, variety of temples, and delicious food. As the village is easily accessible, Ubud is a perfect base for exploring the Island of the Gods. Visit the traditional market, learn more about Balinese culture and walk around the stunning rice terraces. Spend at least 3 days in the village and discover these 10 beautiful places in Ubud.
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1. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Enjoy views along the Campuhan Ridge Walk of Ubud’s beautiful green landscapes. In the center of Ubud, you will find the 2 km long walking trail, which is open all day, and the entrance is free. Not only popular with tourists, but local people also like to come here in the early morning or late afternoon to play sports or go for a walk. The trail is easy to follow, leading past a Balinese temple to the Karsa café where you can enjoy a break.
The entrance to Campuhan Ridge Walk is accessible by two routes. The first is just past the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa hotel, and the other is alongside the Abangan Bungalow guest house.
Campuhan Ridge Walk is one of the most beautiful places in Ubud. So we recommend visiting at sunrise when the lights make the scenery even more stunning
2. Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
In the center of Ubud is the Balinese Hindu temple of Saraswati, surrounded by water and beautiful lotus flowers. The temple is dedicated to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and art.
A visit to the Saraswati temple takes about 15 minutes. Don’t miss the Balinese dance show at the Saraswati temple, which is shown every evening from 7.30 PM and costs IDR 80.000/person.
You can also see Balinese dance performances at the Uluwatu Temple and Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.
3. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the most beautiful places in Ubud and should not be missed on your Bali itinerary, just 20 minutes from Ubud. Rice farming has been part of Balinese culture for at least 2000 years. Tegalalang is famous for its terraced landscape and traditional Subak irrigation system.
Tegalalang is extremely popular, so it’s best to arrive early.
You can park at the side of the road or use the parking area, where you can leave the motorbike for IDR 5.000.
Tegalalang rice terraces have several entrance points.
The entrance fee for the Tegalalang Rice Terrace is IDR 10.000. The best time to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace is before the rice harvest, from March to April and September to October.
Most of the rice fields are closed off from visitors. But a local farmer opens the gate to one of the most beautiful areas for a fee of IDR 50.000 so that tourists can take photos at sunrise.
4. Ubud Traditional Art Market
One of the best things to do in Ubud is to visit the traditional market. Ubud art market is located in the city center, a short walk from the Saraswati temple, so plan to spend at least 1-2 hours there. Paintings, spices, beautiful dresses, handmade souvenirs, and the famous Balinese bags are available in the market.
5. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
You can often see monkeys on the side of the road or near attractions in Bali. But you can visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, where you can meet many free-living monkeys in their natural habitat.
The entrance fee is IDR 80.000 for adults and IDR 60.000 for children.
The Monkey Forest is open every day from 8.30 AM until 6 PM. Be sure to take care of your items, as monkeys are known to grab anything they can get their hands on.
6. Taman Ayun Temple
Bali has many temples, of which Pura Taman Ayun is one of the nine main temples that Balinese people think are meant to protect the island. The name Pura Taman Ayun means Floating garden temple. The Taman Ayun temple is situated on land surrounded by a fishpond.
Pura Taman Ayun Temple is located in Megwi, a 30-40 minute drive from Ubud.
The easiest way to explore Ubud is to rent a scooter, which costs IDR 50.000/day.
7. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
The rice terraces of Jatiluwih cover more than 600 hectares, 700 meters above sea level. The Jatiluwih rice terraces are located in central Bali, 1.5 hours from Ubud.
The entrance fee is IDR 40.000.
The best time to visit Jatiluwih is between February and April. Bali’s temperatures can be hot in the middle of the day, so we recommend that you plan your visit for the early morning or late afternoon.
There are many viewpoints and hiking trails here, and you can spend a whole day exploring rice fields. The Jatiluwih rice terrace is a natural beauty and one of the most beautiful places in Ubud, so it is recommended to visit even with a quick stop.
If you are spending more time in Ubud, you can visit both rice terraces, but if you are short of time, Tegalalang is the best choice.
8. Pura Lempuyang Temple
The Pura Lempuyang, also known as the Gate of Heaven, is one of the most beautiful places in Ubud. It is an ancient Hindu temple located on the highest peak of Lempuyang Mountain in East Bali. Mount Lempuyang is a complex of 7 temples, which you can explore during a 4 hours tour.
At first sight, it may look like a lake in front of the gate of Pura Lempuyang. Actually, a Balinese man uses a photo trick, where he takes this iconic image by putting a small mirror on the phone’s camera.
Cover your shoulders and knees in Balinese temples. So it is recommended to bring a sarong or rent one at the entrance.
9. Tirta Gangga Water Palace
The Tirta Gangga, formerly a royal palace, has been transformed into a beautiful open garden with 1.2 hectares of pools, fountains, unique stone sculptures, and public swimming pools.
The Tirta Gangga Water Palace is incredibly popular during the day as many people come here after visiting Pura Lempuyang. If you want to avoid the tourist crowds, you should time your visit in the early morning hours. The Tirta Gangga entrance fee is IDR 50.000 and is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.
10. Mount Agung
Mount Agung is a 3031-meter high, active volcano, the highest and most sacred mountain in Bali. The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is the abode of the Gods, and the volcano is revered.
The Bukit Cinta offers the best views of Mount Agung volcano, here you will find the location.
On the island, there are several treks to Mount Agung. You can see in the tour the largest and most beautiful temple, Pura Besakih, often called the mother temple of Bali.