Ubud Bali is a tourist destination that is famous for its arts, such as painting, sculpture, dance, carving as well as various traditional music that are well-maintained and thriving today. This tourist area has a rural landscape and several terraced rice fields.
Ubud itself is a sub-district city which is an administrative region of Gianyar Regency. This place has been famous since 1930 as a village producing art and rural areas presenting the true Balinese culture with natural atmosphere and fresh air.
Getting to Ubud
Ubud, which is located north of Denpasar city, takes about 2 hours from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The easiest and most convenient way is to rental a car. At Ngurah Rai Airport there are already many counters that provide rentalal cars complete with drivers.
Some hotels in Ubud provide airport-hotel-airport shuttle services. If the hotel you are staying in has these facilities, just use it.
Another option is to rental a motorcycle. Motorcycles can be rentaled starting from IDR 50,000 per day. You can bring your motorcycle to Ubud, it will certainly be more efficient if you ride with a friend. In addition, you can take turns in riding the motorcycle.
A shuttle bus is also an easy choice to reach Ubud. You can also use the airport taxis but they usually don’t use a meter. The cost is around IDR 250,000.
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Getting Around Ubud
Taxis can be found in Ubud but usually, they do not use a meter. The rate starts from IDR 25,000. To get around with family, the best way is to rental a car. It should be noted that the rates charged are not based on hours but distance. For short distances, the cost starts from IDR. 30,000.
You can also use a rentalal motorcycle to get around Ubud. If you have trouble finding one, the hotel in Ubud usually offers help to find you a rentalal motorcycle. The fare is around IDR 50,000 per day.
A bicycle is commonly found on Monkey Forest Road. The fare ranges from IDR 20,000 to IDR 30,000 per day. You can also use the hotel car that offers a shuttle service from the hotel to tourist sites in Ubud. For more information about rates, you can ask the hotel where you are staying.
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Top Tourist Attractions in Ubud
1. Monkey Forest
Monkey forest is one of the must-see attractions in Ubud. It is located in a protected forest that is still beautiful and there are many monkeys in the forest. In the forest area, there is also a Hindu temple called Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Ubud.
The monkeys that inhabit Ubud’s monkey forest are tame. To guarantee the security and safety of visitors, many officers who stand guard in the forest area.
Ticket prices for monkey forest Ubud is IDR 50,000 for adult, IDR 40,000 for a child (3 – 12 years). The opening hour is 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
2. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang is a popular terraced rice field. This location is also known as Ceking Rice Terrace because it is located in the Ceking Hamlet, Tegalalang District, Gianyar Regency, Bali. Here you can see farmers cultivating their arable fields, irrigation procedures known as Subak. This location is not far from the tourist attractions of Ubud and it is a must-visit tourist attraction.
Tegalalang is the best terracing in Bali. The rice terraces appear like a ladder with verdant rice plants. Surrounded by many palm trees, the Tegalalang area looks more beautiful, natural and enchanting.
Getting to Tegalalang
Tegalalang location can be reached by motorcycle or car with a distance of about 1 to 1.5 hours driving from the city of Denpasar. If you come from Ubud, it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
It is free without an entrance fee.
3. Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah is a historic site of ancient relics which also has temples. The beautiful natural atmosphere, the river valleys around Goa Gajah is beautiful and untouched. This cave was built by carving hard rock, with a height of 6.75 meters and width of 8.6 meters.
From the parking area to the cave, visitors must walk down the stairs. The atmosphere is very cool and beautiful because this cave is surrounded by green trees, so. According to officials who guard this place, the trees are hundreds of years old.
Getting to Goa Gajah
The exact location of the cave is on the edge of a cliff and is a meeting point of the small river in the village. If you leave from Denpasar, the distance is about 26 km and it takes around 1 hour.
The best transportation to get to Goa Gajah is by using rental vehicles, both motorcycles, and cars.
Entrance ticket is IDR 30,000 / person. You also have to pay a parking ticket if you come by motorcycle or car. For car, the ticket costs IDR 5,000 and for Motorcycle IDR 2,000.
The opening hours of Goa Gajah Bali are from 08.00 am – 05.00 pm and attractions are open every day.
4. Ayung River
Ayung River is a tourist destination in Ubud which is famous as a rafting spot in Bali besides Telaga Waja River. It is the largest river in Bali, located on the border between Badung Regency on the Westside and Gianyar Regency on the East Side. The river is located about 4 km from the location of the Sangeh Monkey Forest tourist attraction and finally finishes in Ubud. Along the 1-kilometer river wall, there are carvings of Ramayana reliefs. This is the main attraction when rafting on the Ayung River. The river is one of the favorite locations for rafting. This challenging water sport can be an alternative for those of you who stay in the Ubud area.
The initial location to start rafting on the Ayung River is right in the Abiansemal District area, Badung Regency, Bali. Because the Ayung River is included in the category of class II and III rivers, the rafting of the Ayung River in Bali is perfect for novice rafter or those who want to go rafting peacefully while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Getting to Ayung River
The route from Ngurah Rai Airport to Ayung Rafting Bali is about 37 KM. it is about 96 minutes by driving.
There are 3 choices of road routes you can take, including via Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, Jalan Imam Bonjol and Jalan Raya Singapadu.
Price of the Ayung River Rafting Package
- An adult is IDR 530,000 / person.
- Children (5-12 years) are IDR 335,000 / Person.
5. Tirta Empul Temple
Pura Tirta Empul, which is also a bathing place, is located on Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency, Bali. The location is just a few meters on the left side of the Tampaksiring Presidential Palace.
Tirta Empul Temple was built in 962 AD, precisely during the Warmadewa Dynasty. The temple has large spring and this water is considered as holy water for Balinese Hindus.
Located on Jalan Tirta Manukaya Tampaksiring Gianyar Regency, Bali, the name Tirta Empul Temple is taken from the name of the Tirta Empul water source, which means water that gushes from the ground.
Before entering Tirta Empul Temple, you are required to wear a sarong and a sash tied around the waist. The sarong and sash have been prepared and you can use them for free but you can donate to the boxes provided.
Getting to Tirta Empul Temple
It is about 36 kilometers from Denpasar and it takes about 1 hour by driving. From Ngurah Rai International Airport, it is about 50 kilometers away and takes about 1 hour 40 minutes by driving. There are several transportation options that you can choose, including motorcycle, a rentalal car, or conventional and online taxis.
The entrance fee to Tirta Empul Tampaksiring is IDR 15,000 for an adult and IDR 10,000 for a child.
Operating Hours: 7.00 am to 05.00 pm (for religious events, the temple is only open for worship)
6. Tampak Siring Palace
Tampak Siring Palace is located in Tampaksiring Village, Tampaksiring District, Gianyar Regency, Bali. Tampak Siring Palace was built on the initiative of Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, who wanted a resting place with cool air and calm atmosphere away from the crowd. Therefore, Ubud was chosen as the right location for 1 of 5 presidential palaces.
Another tourist attraction at Tampak Siring Palace is the Friendship Bridge.
Getting to Tampak Siring Palace
This complex is approximately 40 kilometers from the city of Denpasar. From Denpasar, you can use a rentalal vehicle like a motorcycle or car to get to this place. Access to locations is fairly easy. You only need to go through Jalan Raya Singapadu to Jalan Veteran. Next heading to Jalan Raya Tampak Siring then continues until Tampak Siring.
The entrance fee of Tampak Siring Palace is free.
The daily opening hours of the Tampak Siring Palace is 08.00 am to 05.00 pm.
7. Taman Saraswati Temple
Pura Saraswati is one of the places of worship for Balinese Hindus, especially worship of Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati herself is a figure believed by Hindus as a goddess of science and art.
In addition to the beauty of the ancient architecture of the building, another attraction of Taman Saraswati in Ubud is the Lotus Flower Pond. There is also a regular performance of Kecak Dance in the temple area. The performance is only on Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 07:30 pm. To watch the dance, you have to pay IDR 75,000 per person.
Remember to wear sarong and sash if you plan to visit the temple.
Getting to Taman Saraswati Temple
You can choose a rental car, motorcycle, conventional taxi, or online transportation like Gojek and Grab.
Located at Jalan Kajeng, Ubud District, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Taman Saraswati Temple is about 37.4 KM from Ngurah Rai airport and it takes around 1 hour 28 minutes by driving.
The entrance fee to the temple of Taman Saraswati Ubud is free.
The temple of Taman Saraswati is open every day, starting at 07.00 am – 05.00 pm.
8. Gunung Kawi Temple
Gunung Kawi Temple is estimated to have been built since the middle of the 11th century AD, during the Udayana dynasty. The temples carved on a rock cliff at an altitude of 7 meters with a total of 10 temples. Formerly the function of this temple was a place for worship of the king of Udayana.
There are three groups of temples in the Gunung Kawi tourist attractions, the Lima temple group. It is called the temple of five because there are five temples carved on the eastern cliff and the five temples face west. The second group is called Candi Empat, located in the western part of the Gunung Kawi tourist site. While in the southwest there is called Candi Kesepuluh.
Getting to Gunung Kawi Temple
Gunung Kawi Temple is located near the Pakerisan River, Penaka Hamlet, Tampaksiring Village, Tampaksiring District, Gianyar Regency.
Gunung Kawi Temple is located about 40 km from Denpasar. It takes an hour by motorcycle or car. However, if you come from Gianyar, it only takes half an hour to get to the location or is about 21 km. You can also use public transportation such as buses, taxis or travel cars.
The entrance fee to Gunung Kawi is IDR 15,000 / person. If you use a car, you have to pay IDR 5,000 for a parking fee.
Gunung Kawi Temple opens at 08.00 am and closes at 05.00 pm.
10. Ubud Art Market
Ubud Art Market is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali. You can get a variety of daily necessities at low prices typical of markets elsewhere in Indonesia. The goods offered are fairly high quality but the prices are quite affordable so it’s no wonder according to people who have visited the market claimed that the Ubud Art Market is the best market in Bali.
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Bali’s Ubud Art Market was once used as a location for filming Hollywood productions called Eat, Pray, Love starring one of the famous female actresses, Julia Roberts.
Getting to Ubud Art Market
Ubud Art Market is located on Jalan Raya Ubud No. 35, Gianyar, Bali. To get here you can ride the Shuttle Bus service called Bus Kura-Kura. Another option is the Trans Sarbagita bus. From Ngurahrai airport, you can head to the Kuta parking center. Then take the Trans Sarbagita bus to Batu Bulan for Rp. 3,500. From Batu Bulan, you can continue by taking a bemo (public transportation in Bali) to Ubud. The fare is about IDR 5,000.
Opening hour is from 06.00 am – 06.00 pm.
Things to Do in Ubud
- Enjoying the view and fresh air in the Tegalalang Terraced Rice Fields
- Visiting Ubud Monkey Forest
- Rafting at Ayung River
- Shopping at Ubud Art Market
- Relaxing at the spa
- Learning to cook Balinese food
- Riding a bicycle on the edge of a rice field
- Doing yoga in the morning
- Watching a traditional dance performance
- Visiting the temples
Popular Things in Ubud
Ubud is known for its art, cultural heritage, rice terraces, yoga, and spa. When it comes to art, Ubud is the most sought place in Bali.