Ubud and Vicinity
Ubud is described as 'heaven on earth' by many. The natural scenery of Ubud rice field is well known. It is the arts and cultural center of Bali where you can find spiritual balance. Villa style resorts nestle on the hillside of lush juggle overseeing Ayung River, providing a perfect setting for health and wellness retreat such as yoga and meditation. Ubud is also a great place for souvenir shopping and dining. You can have excellent casual dining experience with local specialty cafes, international fine dining with Balinese touch, or healing cuisine with living organic foods. Traditional Balinese cooking class is a great way to experience local cuisine. Other than visiting signature Hindu temples, walking tour through Balinese village is another must. Activities such as leisure downhill cycling through Balinese countryside, elephant ride, water rafting, and sunrise trekking to the summit of Mt. Batur add an adventurous element.
Arts and Culture
Ubud has always been famed for its painters and sculptors. The town’s graceful way of life and natural beauty attracted art celebrities from all over the world, among them Walter Spies and Rudoph Bonnet who settled here. They taught Balinese the basics of Western techniques and greatly influenced local styles. Be sure to visit Galleries of Antonio Blanco, Dutchman Han Snel and Agung Rai Gallery. Museum Puri Lukisan has some of the best examples of modern Balinese painting and sculpture. Museum Neka, has an excellent display of paintings by Indonesian and foreign artists.
On the south skirt of Ubud, Peliatan is reputed for its dance, gamelan Painting and carving. It is a good place to study legong dance. Pengosekan is another artist’s colony. The surrounding scenery is superb and perfect for walks. Some of the most famous Balinese woodcarvers and mask-makers live in Mas, and the back streets are crowded with workshops. Celuk is devoted to silver and goldsmiths noted for their filigree work. Sukawati is known for wind-chimes and Batubulan for carving from soft sandstones.
Monkey Forest and Elephant cave
Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, Bali. The complex houses approximately 340 Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys. The Sacred Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Ubud, and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month. The forest comprises approximately a tenth of a square kilometer (approximately 27 acres) and contains at least 115 different species of trees. The Monkey Forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.
Goa Gajah temple (Elephant cave) is a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave.