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Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture centre, it has developed a large tourism industry.

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1 - Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary.

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2 - Tegenungan Waterfall

   8 km away

Tegenungan Waterfall is a waterfall in Bali, Indonesia. It is located at the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, North from the capital Denpasar and close to the artist village of Ubud.

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3 - Trekking | Canggu

   22 km away

Discover the canyons, waterfalls and snorkel spots of the east of Bali on this full-day adventure. Enjoy the quieter side of the island and visit Tegenungan Waterfall, Tanjung Jepun, and Blue Lagoon.

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4 - Ubud Palace

The Ubud Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud, Gianyar Regency of Bali, Indonesia. The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud.

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5 - Bali Bird Park

   10 km away

Bali Bird Park, is a tourist attraction in Bali, Indonesia. It is located at the Gianyar Regency and has an area of 2,000 square metres. The Bird Park houses more than 1,000 birds representing more than 250 species in an enclosed aviary.

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6 - Waterfall Kanto Lampo

   8 km away
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7 - Tirta Empul Temple

   12 km away

Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.

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8 - Bali Safari Park

   12 km away

Bali Safari and Marine Park, or Taman Safari III is a branch of Taman Safari located in Gianyar, Bali. Tickets can be purchased through the official BSMP ticketing partner Voyagin.

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9 - Tegallalang

   13 km away

Tegallalang is a district in the Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia. As of the 2010 census the population was estimated to be 50,375. Located around 10 km north of Ubud its terraced rice fields are a tourist attraction in the area.

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10 - Desa Penglipuran Bangli

   14 km away

Penglipuran Village is one of the traditional villages located in Bangli Regency, Bali Province, Indonesia. Penglipuran village is famous as one of the tourist destinations in Bali because of its society who still preserve their traditional culture in their daily lives.

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11 - Sanur

   20 km away

Sanur is a coastal stretch of beach east of Denpasar in southeast Bali, which has grown into a little town in its own right. A 5.1 km area of Sanur's coastline, from Matahari Terbit Beach to Mertasari Beach, was reclaimed in 2008.

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12 - Seminyak

   22 km away

Seminyak is a mixed tourist residential area on the west coast of Bali in Indonesia, just north of Kuta and Legian. Originally a separate township, this is now another suburb of Kuta.

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13 - Tanah Lot

   23 km away

Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home to the ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography.

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14 - Legian

   24 km away

Legian is a suburban and beach area on the west coast of Bali in Indonesia, just north of Kuta and south of Seminyak, the area between Jl. Melasti and Jl. Dhyana Pura. Administratively it is a subdistrict of Kuta District of Badung Regency.

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15 - Besakih Temple

   26 km away

Besakih Temple is a pura complex in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, Indonesia. It is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples.

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16 - Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

   28 km away
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How to visit Ubud ?

Why travel to Ubud?

Ubud is known as the cultural heart of Bali, Indonesia. This tranquil town is surrounded by lush green rice fields, traditional villages, and ancient temples. It is the perfect destination for those who want to experience the rich Balinese culture, indulge in wellness retreats, and explore the beautiful landscapes. Ubud is also famous for its vibrant art scene, yoga studios, and organic cafes.

How to get there?

Ubud is located in the central part of Bali, around 37 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). The easiest way to get there is by hiring a private taxi or taking a shared shuttle, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can rent a scooter or car and drive yourself if you are comfortable with the local traffic.

What to book in advance?

It is highly recommended to book accommodations and popular activities like trekking, white water rafting, and cooking classes in advance, especially during peak season (July-August and December-January). Additionally, you may want to book a private or group tour to explore the surrounding landscapes and temples.

What are the costs?

Ubud offers a wide range of accommodations and activities for various budgets. You can find budget guesthouses for as low as $10 per night, while luxury resorts can cost up to $300 per night. Meals at local warungs (small family-owned restaurants) are around $2-3, while dining at higher-end restaurants can range from $10-30 per person. Tours and activities can cost anywhere between $10-100, depending on the type and duration.

What are the best things to do?

1. Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques and ancient temples.
2. Stroll around the picturesque Tegalalang Rice Terrace and learn about traditional Balinese farming.
3. Take a yoga or meditation class in one of the many studios scattered around Ubud.
4. Attend a traditional Balinese dance performance at the Ubud Royal Palace.
5. Explore the art galleries and workshops showcasing local artists and craftsmen.

Where to eat?

1. Ibu Oka Warung: Famous for its delicious Babi Guling (Balinese suckling pig).
2. Seniman Coffee Studio: A stylish cafe offering high-quality coffee and a variety of healthy dishes.
3. Bridges Bali: A fine dining restaurant with a beautiful view overlooking the Campuhan River.

Where to stay?

1. Tegal Sari: A budget-friendly option with traditional Balinese-style rooms and beautiful rice field views.
2. Bisma Eight: A luxurious boutique hotel featuring modern amenities and an infinity pool.
3. Puri Wulandari: A secluded resort with private villas and stunning views, perfect for a romantic getaway.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience, visit the nearby village of Petulu, where every evening at sunset, thousands of white herons (egrets) return to roost in the village trees. This natural phenomenon is believed by locals to be a manifestation of divine protection, and it provides a unique opportunity to witness the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature.

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The village of Ubud in Indonesia

Located in the center of Bali, the town of Ubud is considered the cultural center of the island.
It is a popular place for travelers from all over the world because of its peaceful atmosphere.
The city also offers many activities and attractions. 

As the capital of the arts, the cradle of traditions, and a place of inspiration and creativity, Ubud allows you to immerse yourself in the local customs and discover the rich history and artistic practices on the island.

Thanks to its many sights, Ubud is one of the most visited places in Bali.
It is necessary to spend three or four days to discover this land of escape on foot or by bike and tour its museums and art galleries. Rare are the places where nature and culture blend so well.


Ubud is not a big city, but rather a group of small villages, 14 in total, each with its own identity. 
It has the reputation of being the most peaceful city in Bali, but it cannot be reduced to this serenity.

Because here more than anywhere else on the island, art and culture are honored.
Immerse yourself in Balinese culture by going for a walk in the heart of rice fields, visiting ancient temples, and attending traditional dance performances.
With a mild and pleasant climate, a charming traditional market, a beautiful natural environment, and many small cafes where you can relax
Ubud is one of the must-see places during a trip to Bali.


Impossible to get bored during a stay in Ubud. Nature lovers will find plenty to fill their days. The Sacred Monkey Forest is undoubtedly the biggest attraction of the region. Located in the center, it allows meeting many monkeys.

The visit to the rice fields is also interesting, especially to understand the importance of rice cultivation in Bali and meet the farmers.

Considered as the cultural capital of the island of Gods, Ubud is one of the best places to immerse yourself in the Balinese culture.

  • Attend purification ceremonies at the sacred springs of Tirta Empul
  • Witness the daily life of the locals at the traditional market,
  • Visit the city's museums, including the Neka Museum and the Puri Lukisan Museum
  • Discover the many temples that surround Ubud

No matter what your interests are, you will always find something to do here!

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Ubud

How to get around Ubud?

How to get around Ubud?

By cab

From Denpasar airport, it is possible to take a cab to Ubud, it takes about 100,000 RP for about 45 minutes and one hour to reach Kuta for about 200,000 RP.

By bemo

The bemo (or collective cab), there are some for regular departures from the airport of Denpasar. This has the advantage of paying less for the trip because it costs about 8000 RP for about 1 hour of travel. They are mostly found in the morning and there are no more after 4 pm. 

By bus

The bus will mostly take it from the airport Denpasar to Ubud but it will stop at the terminal which is not in the center of Ubud (2 km south of Padang Tegal, on Jl. Hanoman just south of the intersection with JL Monkey Forest). It is better to take a cab or bémo to drop you directly to your accommodation.

By motorcycle

Many tourists rent motorcycles (scooters), You can easily find rental agencies in the main streets of Ubud. It is necessary to count between 50 000 RP and 80 000 RP for one day.

By bike

 You can find a bike rental near Jl. Monkey Forest. The price is about 20 000 RP to 30 000 RP for the day.

Here is a list of activities to do in Ubud. If you are difficult you should find your happiness anyway 

  • Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

The temple Pura Taman Saraswati is a water palace. The waters of the temple feed the pool covered with lotus flowers.
We can see sculptures representing Dewi Saraswati who is the goddess of Wisdom and Arts and who certainly watches over Ubud. you can be asked to wear a Sarong before entering the temple.

  • Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest is a tourist attraction in Ubud it is a nature reserve easily accessible. 

If you like animals, you can go there to see the macaques moving freely in the reserve. However, you have to be careful with some macaques that are a bit angry and aggressive towards tourists. 
You can even combine this activity with the sunrise at Pinggan village, you will have a beautiful view of the volcano.

  • Campuhan ridge walk

This walk is a great place to take your kids or to have a romantic walk.
Once out of the city of Ubud we feel very quickly out of place on this path surrounded by greenery, rice fields, and locals.
We recommend this walk, especially at the end of your stay in Ubud.

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