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Welcome to Ubud

Set in Bali's verdant central foothills amid sculpted rice terraces and swaths of rain forest, Ubud is the island's cultural and spiritual center. Modern Ubud is something of an international hotspot, with a dizzying variety of outdoor activities, shopping spots, day spas, and restaurants serving world cuisine. But its picturesque temples and traditions were luring expats and travelers long before the era of “Eat, Pray, Love,” and Ubud remains proudly Balinese at heart. A village tour will take you to the grand Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Palace), the striking Saraswati Temple, and Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary—where you must keep a tight hold on your belongings; the resident macaques have no fear. While these sights should not be missed, Ubud’s lasting charms are its people and traditional culture. This is the place to experience authentic Balinese life: Try out a woodcarving or ceramic-making class; learn Balinese cooking; chat with locals at the market; and make sure to catch a Barong or Keris dance performance—usually accompanied by live gamelan music and drumming. Just an hour north of Denpasar and the international airport, Ubud makes an ideal inland retreat and perfect base from which to explore the highlands. Sacred Hindu sites such as the magnificent Tirta Empul Temple and Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) are popular day-trip stops, along with Petulu Village, famous for its droves of Kokokan birds. Explore the valley's rich art and handicraft heritage with private tours to nearby artisan villages like Batuan, Batubulan, and Celuk.

Top 10 attractions in Ubud

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Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)

Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)

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Not far from Ubud, Tegenungan Waterfall foams in a white cascade over black stone cliffs into a quiet pool. At around 66 feet (20 meters) high, it’s an impressive flow, and that’s not all the site has to offer. Besides climbable cliffs, a secret smaller waterfall, and simple food stalls, a charming grotto houses a sacred spring.More
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Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)

Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)

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A Balinese Hindu site, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is populated by some 700 long-tailed Balinese macaques that live in and around the forest. The monkeys are believed to protect the area and the three Hindu temples within—Pura Dalem Agung, Pura Beji, and Pura Prajapati—from evil spirits.More
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Sawah Terasering Tegalalang)

Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Sawah Terasering Tegalalang)

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The stunning Tegalalang Rice Terrace, part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises cascading emerald-green fields worked by local rice farmers. Just outside Ubud, it has become a destination for travelers making their way between Bali’s sandy beaches, towering mountains, and steaming volcanoes.More
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Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk

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The classically Balinese combo of rice fields and river gorges is what makes Ubud’s landscapes so beloved, and the Campuhan Ridge Walk, the best-known walk in Ubud, is the perfect way to appreciate them. Starting at Pura Gunung Lebah, choose between a 2-hour circular route around Campuhan and Sanggingan or a longer hike to Keliki and Taro.More
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Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

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With a history dating back more than 1,000 years, one of Bali’s holiest Hindu sites (and most popular attractions) is a grotto covered in carvings of mythological creatures. While Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) has uncertain origins, it's believed that Hindu priests dug it out by hand to use as a hermitage.More
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Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)

Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)

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Bali’s most popular sacred spring, Tirta Empul Temple dates back more than 1,000 years. Travelers from around the globe flock to its holy waters to bathe beside Balinese pilgrims; accept blessings from healers, priests, and shamans; or simply soak up the atmosphere. The temple is northeast of Ubud in Tampaksiring, not far from Gunung Kawi.More
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Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

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Home of Ubud’s royal family since the late-19th century, Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Palace or Puri Saren Agung) sits in the heart of downtown Ubud near the traditional art market. Explore the pavilions and gardens. There are also traditional Balinese dance performances in the courtyard each evening, a must for any visitor to Indonesia.More
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Celuk Village (Desa Celuk)

Celuk Village (Desa Celuk)

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One of a cluster of craft villages in Bali’s Gianyar regency, Celuk is known as the “silver village” for its jewelry production. Artisans here create silver and gold jewelry and handicrafts in their homes and workshops as they have for centuries. A visit to Celuk gives travelers a chance to see the artisans in action and buy direct.More
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Bali Bird Park (Taman Burung Bali)

Bali Bird Park (Taman Burung Bali)

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Indonesia is home to more than 1,600 species of exotic birds, and many find their home at the Bali Bird Park. Ubud's top wildlife attraction hosts eight separate exhibits showcasing 250+ bird species from Papua, Sumatra, Bali, Java, Borneo, and beyond. Don't miss the bird-feeding sessions and free flight shows.More
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Batuan Temple (Pura Batuan)

Batuan Temple (Pura Batuan)

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Known for its distinctive painting style, the village of Batuan, outside Ubud, remains an artists’ community. Unsurprisingly, Batuan Temple is a classic piece of Balinese architecture, with split gates, stone guardians, thatched shrines, and detailed carvings. It’s one of three village temples dedicated to the gods of the Hindu trinity.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ubud

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Full day of Ubud!
Emily_H, Mar 2020
Best Of Ubud: UNESCO Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest & Waterfall
It was a great way to see all of the top Ubud sites in one day.
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Touring Ubud
M_O, Feb 2020
Individual Tour in your Chosen Route with a Private Driver and Free WiFi
This tour was a good opportunity to see different parts of Bali.
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Great day with Adhi
icedgem, Jan 2020
Ubud : Monkey Forest - Jungle Swing - Rice Terrace - Water Temple and Waterfall
Ask for him) He speaks great English and provided lots of knowledge and fun throughout the day.
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Relaxing walk through the rice fields
howardt910, Apr 2019
Ubud Ricefield Trekking Tour (with Coffee Break)
It is all too easy not to leave a resort hotel, particularly if you don't like the crowded parts of Ubud, but this tour gives you an ideal opportunity to see some of the real Bali.
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Very professional and welcoming
Passenger04748470478, Nov 2018
Private Arrival Transfer: Bali Airport to Hotel
He was very friendly and provided a few things to do whilst in Ubud.
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Really excellent tour. It covered...
ebernardin10, Mar 2018
Best of Ubud Tour: Nature, Culture, Heritage and Temples
Great tour - highly reccomend if you want to see the best of Ubud in one day.
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It was so much fun!!! We had the...
Mia, Mar 2018
Half-Day Electric Bike Tour of Ubud
We got to see ricefields, the famous tegalong and luwak coffe along the beautiful roads of Ubud.
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Wadee was good guide. You get to see...
Yvette C, Sep 2017
Highlight of Bali Tour
You get to see a lot of Bali.
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This was a great tour. Putu, my...
Awatif B, Sep 2017
Best of Ubud : Private Customized Tour with Live Guide
He had a great passion to share his knowledge about his culture and took me to the main places you want to see when in Bali.
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Very good tour covering some of the...
Stuart T, Sep 2017
Private Bali Tour: Nature, Waterfall, Rice Terraces and Volcano
His English was good and certainly better than my Balinese!
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Probably the best tour, the volcano and...
Jayne K, Mar 2009
Kintamani Lake & Volcano Tour
Probably the best tour, the volcano and lake is an amazing place and great stop for lunch, loved the Barung dance play, lots to see and lots of shopping at batik shop and silver shop and bought a couple of paintings at Ubud on the way home, a very full day indeed.
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Your guide made it!
Craig_C, Mar 2020
Individual Tour in your Chosen Route with a Private Driver and Free WiFi
There was more places to visit but we decided to go home...
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Delicious Food and Good Memories!
Valerie, Feb 2020
Jambangan Bali Cooking Class
We also got to visit a coffee plantation afterwards (I’m not sure if this is always included in the tour though, or if we just had extra time).
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Great trip, be in good shape before
Owen, Feb 2020
Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking - Small Group
I was surprised to see a ton of monkeys on the summit too!
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Amazing from start to finish!!!
jetonnebutler, Jan 2020
Half-Day Ubud Electric Bike Tour to Tirta Empul Water Temple
We were able to see all aspects of Ubud village life.
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Amazing, Amazing tour and truly wonderful guide!
Travellingisliving83, Jan 2020
Ubud : Monkey Forest - Jungle Swing - Rice Terrace - Water Temple and Waterfall
As an FYI to other travelers, be aware that a lot of activities you do you have to pay for.
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Great Day Out
SteveH282019, Nov 2019
Best of Ubud: Nature, Temple, Rice Terrace, Waterfall and Coffee Tour
He also allowed us to modify the itinerary to our own personal wishes, we included a stop at the Balinese dancing and we amended the stop times to taste, more time at what we really liked and less where we just wanted to see something and move on.
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Great Tour, Great Guide, Great Company!
carolynmatsumoto, Nov 2019
Bali in 1-Day: Temple, Waterfall, Coffee, Volcano, Rice Terrace and more
We liked it enough to use this tour company (Bali 4U Tours) two more times during our trip - a custom trip (we needed to get from our hotel in Ubud to our new hotel in Legian and decided to visit a few points of interest on the way), as well as an airport drop-off.
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Finding Ubud in the Rice Fields
Guide24497949143, Oct 2019
Ubud Ricefield Trekking Tour (with Coffee Break)
The Campuhan ridge is very doable for active agers such as ourselves and families with kids.
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Fun, safe, and beautiful!
LucyAdventuresAbout, Oct 2019
Gate of Heaven: East Bali Private Full Day Tour
He was courteous, helpful, and surprisingly fluent in English.
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