If there is one place that must be on your Bali itinerary, then it must be Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital. While the town centre of Ubud is only small, it is home to some of Bali’s most popular sights! From yoga studios to lush green fields filled with rice fields and endless amounts of waterfalls, Ubud seems to have it all. You could simply wander through the town centre for a day or explore the sights around Ubud, anything is possible here. Curious to see what you can do in Ubud? Keep reading to find out what the 11 amazing things to do in Ubud are!
1. Campuhan Ridge Walk
A visit to Ubud is not complete without walking the Campuhan Ridge Walk. While the hustle and bustle of Bali tourism and Bali traffic can get a bit intense, the Campuhan Ridge Walk is a peaceful oasis located only a stone throw away from Ubud’s city centre. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is the ultimate place to catch the sun rise, or sun set, and to admire some of Ubud’s most serene rice fields. Stop for a drink at a cafe along the way and be sure to bring your camera, as this is one of Ubud’s most photogenic spots. Intrigued? Read here everything you need to know about the Campuhan Ridge Walk, including its location, how to get there and things you should know before you go so you can put it on your list of things to do in Ubud!
2. Ubud Palace & Pura Saraswati
3. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
4. Monkey Forest
5. The Magical Tukad Cepung Waterfall
6. Ubud Art Market
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7. Tirta Empul Temple
8. Eat, Eat, Eat
- Warung Sopa – vegetarian and vegan local cuisine
- Soma Cafe – raw organic food with vegetarian and vegan options
- Umah Pizza – delicious (and cheap) wood fired pizza
- Warung Little India – the perfect place for curry or chicken biryani
- Warung Citta Ovest – tasty and crispy pizza’s
- Sami Warung – yummy local food, tasty drinks and great service
9. Tibumama Waterfall
10. Goa Gajah
The list of temples on the “Things to do in Ubud” list is not complete yet! There are two temples that you cannot miss on your itinerary, at least if you like to explore a bit more of the local culture that is. Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave Temple, is a temple that is located on the Southern side of Ubud, and it is a major hotspot for locals and tourists. You can wander around the property and admire the beautiful elephant cave but be sure to adhere to the dress code: shoulders covered and you must wear a sarong. Although, for the latter they can be borrowed upon entry of the temple.
11. Pura Gunung Kawi
Last, but definitely not least, on the list of things to do in Ubud is Pura Gunung Kawi! The Gunung Kawi temple is located close to the former named Tirta Tempul Water Temple, and can easily be combined when visiting the Northern parts of Ubud. However, for the Pura Gunung Kawi please know that you will have to walk up and down quite some steps, and therefore we would strongly advise you to visit the temple in the morning, as it won’t be that warm. Even though it is quite the hike down, the path will lead you through some beautiful rice fields and little creeks before reaching the actual temple. If you did not bring a sarong you can rent one inside for a small donation. The entry to the temple itself is 15K IDR.
Where to stay in Ubud
While you can easily visit some of these places on a day trip from Kuta, Canggu or Seminyak, we would strongly advice you to stay in Ubud for a couple of days! Due to Ubud being a large touristic hub there is a large offer of accommodation available, and something for everyone’s liking.
For the budget travelers and solo backpackers – Ubud has a large amount of hostels available. Hostels are a great option if you are looking for budget accommodation or wanting to meet some new people. Check out Hostelworld here to find the best hostels in Ubud for you!
For any kind of traveler – Airbnb is one of these things that we simply cannot go without anymore during our travels. From luxury villas to homestays, Airbnb seems to have it all! No matter what kind of budget you are on, if you are with a group of friends or a couple traveling together, Airbnb has the best deals. And to make it even better sign up here now for AirBnB to receive 30$ credit to be used on any of your future bookings!
Fore the luxury seekers – While Ubud has a large amount of hostels, homestays and budget hotels available, it is also home to some of the most stunning (romantic) resorts in the country. From infinity pools to floating breakfasts, nothing is too crazy in Ubud. Check out the best resorts on Booking.com or Agoda to find the best deals!
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And there you have it, 11 amazing things to do in Ubud that you cannot leave of your Bali itinerary! Any questions left? Be sure to leave them in the comments down below! Oh, and don’t forget to pin it for later…
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