Hidden behind the hotels of Ubud’s main street you will find the beautiful Campuhan Ridge Walk, an absolute must see when visiting the town of Ubud. The rather short, but very rewarding, walkway will take you up and down a ridge along rice fields and palm trees, a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle from Ubud. In the last couple of years the Campuhan Ridge Walk has quickly become one of the most popular things to do in Ubud, so while the hike is beautiful any time of the day, we advise you to come for sun rise to avoid the larger crowds and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this location. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is only a short walk from Ubud’s centre and catching the sunrise here will be the perfect start of your day of exploring Ubud. Want to add this beautiful walk to your own itinerary? Then keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the Campuhan Ridge Walk!
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Where is the Campuhan Ridge Walk
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is located in Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali, is a place that undoubtedly will be on your Bali itinerary. Known for its lush rice terraces, stunning temples and the amounts of delicious food it is a place that is known and loved by many. And while the Campuhan Ridge Walk is located rather central, it might be a bit tricky to find it. To get a better idea of the exact location of the Campuhan Ridge Walk check out the map below.
.How to get to the Campuhan Ridge Walk
If you are staying within the centre of Ubud then the Campuhan Ridge Walk is within walking distance, just simply go to the second part of describing how to get there. If you are staying outside of Ubud town centre read the following section first.
Staying outside of Ubud – If you feel confident enough to ride a scooter or motorbike in Bali then we would definitely recommend it. It is a cheap and convenient way to get around, you can rent scooters for roughly 3$ a day (including helmet) giving you the ultimate freedom to go and explore the surroundings of the towns and cities. Another option is to hire a taxi service for a half or full day tour, which is something that almost all accommodations can advice you on further.
From the centre of Ubud – So when you have rented a scooter or are walking, simply head to the direction of the Warwick IBAH Luxury Villas and Spa. Upon immediate entry you will see a split in the road, marked by another sign with IBAH marked on it, the left right hand side leads to the IBAH Luxury Villas, the left hand side to the Campuhan Ridge Walk, go down this road. If you are coming by scooter, you can drive the scooter down, and on the bottom of the street before the bridge you will see a parking lot, this is where we left our motorbike as this seems to be the only option in this area. Before the bridge you will see steps leading down, followed by a bridge, follow this path. The path will take you along a beautiful Balinese temple, and will the continue into the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk
So you have made it to the start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Signs indicate that it is roughly a 2km walk, but we found that depending on till where you want to walk you can make it as short or as long as you want to. Officially, the walk continues all the way to the Karsa Cafe. However, mid way the walk will take you through an area of shops and restaurants first before leading you to the last bit of rice fields (where the Karsa Cafe is located). In the end, depending on how much time you have, you can make the Campuhan Ridge Walk as long or as short as you want. I would recommend spending half an hour to 2 hours here.
The path will take you up and down hill providing you with a stunning view over the surrounding scenery, before leading you through rice fields. Although the path is situated right next to the hustle and bustle of Ubud it almost feels like a different world, so lush, so green, so quiet. We would highly recommend going in the early morning or late afternoon as it might get pretty warm during the day. We went at sunrise and were one of the few people there, allowing us to have the view to ourselves. Simply have a walk up and down the path and enjoy the peace and quietness.
Campuhan Ridge Walk – Know before you go
The Campuhan Ridge Walk quickly became one of our favourite spots in Ubud, and with views like these you might know why. Now to make your visit to the Campuhan Ridge Walk a bit easier we have compiled a short list of things you should know before going here:
- Campuhan Ridge Walk opening hours: There are no opening hours to the Campuhan Ridge Walk. As there are no gates you are welcome to enter whenever you like! However, it is not advised to visit this path when it is dark as the path is not lid and quite uneven.
- Best time to visit the Campuhan Ridge Walk: Go early, we would even recommend sunrise early, to have this place almost completely to yourself and to avoid the midday heat. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is also beautiful around sunset, but it will often be busy around these times as it is one of Ubud’s most famous spots to watch the sun set.
- Entry fee for the Campuhan Ridge Walk: To make it ever better, there are no entry fees either to enjoy this walk, something that might seem rare in Bali as most natural sights do ask for a small entry fee.
- What to bring: Bring water as you might get thirsty hiking up and down the hills, at the end of the Campuhan Ridge Walk there are some restaurants and small shops where you could buy something refreshing if you’d like.
Where to stay in Ubud
Kapu Kapu Ubud | During our last visit to Ubud we stayed at Kapu Kapu Ubud, a lovely family owned guesthouse located a short 10 min scooter ride out of Ubud. The guesthouse is situated in a calm and quiet neighbourhood and has a beautiful view over palm trees and rice fields, a perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring. We absolutely loved staying at Kapu Kapu Ubud and would definitely recommend it to couples who are traveling Bali on a budget.
Puri Garden Hostel | Prefer to stay a bit more central, perhaps even meet some new travel buddies, perhaps Puri Garden Hostel is the place for you! Located in Ubud’s city centre Puri Garden is many backpackers dream come true. A pool and daily yoga classes what else do you need? However, Puri Garden is a bit more on the expensive side, so if you are on a budget then check out all other hostels in Ubud here to find the perfect place for you!
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is just one of the many beautiful sights in Ubud. Waterfalls, rice fields, beaches, there is so much more to discover. To be sure you don’t miss out on any of the most beautiful locations of Ubud, be sure to check out some of these sights:
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Tibuma Waterfall
- Penestanan Rice Field Walk
- Sari Organik Walk
- Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu
- The Tirta Empul Temple