These are the places, we highly recommend while visiting Ubud. As some of these activities are offered by independent tour companies, price may vary depending on number of people, itinerary selected and equipment needed. For further information, please seek Patih, your personal butler.
Several “must do” activities are recommended in Ubud:
- Visit the palace, Ubud’s many art galleries or shop at traditional market.
- Conquer Ayung River on rafts and riverside picnic Explorer’s style.
- Yoga in the outdoor or relax with a Balinese spa treatment.
- Hike the majestic Mount Batur at sunrise.
- Private session with one of Ubud’s Traditional Healers.
- Evening Kecak Fire & Trance Dance at Agung Rai Art Museum.
- Cycling through the village’s rice terrace.
- Bali Elephant Camp and Night Safari – be a Mahout for the day and experience nature in the evening.
- Water blessing at Tirtha Empul Temple Holy Spring.
Kecak Fire Trance Dance
Learn Bali’s nocturnal and the endangered
This theatrical Balinese dance and drama, developed in the 1930s, brings together at least 100 men who tell stories through their movements, chants and voices.
Conquer the longest river on the island, Ayung River on rafts
Conquer Ayung River (the island’s longest) in style with a raft ride on the relatively gentle water and a riverside dining experience prepared by your personal butler. Begin your hike up Mount Batur early and be rewarded with a breathtaking view from the top, along with a gourmet picnic prepared by our chef. Explore the verdant rice paddies, gently rolling hills and meandering pathways by bike, ATV, land cruiser or even elephant.
Learn how to make traditional Balinese dishes
Visit a local Luwak coffee farm, learn how to make traditional Balinese dishes, explore the richness of rice during a special Afternoon Tea or enjoy a relaxing meal along the river.
Explore the real Balinese temples
Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), built in the 9th century as a sanctuary - At the façade of the 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.
Penglipuran Village is a traditional ‘old Bali village’ located 700m above sea level with its own unique characteristic life, social and culture. It is located in Kubu Village , Bangli. Kings and royals alike, used to frequent this village as a way to refresh and entertainment.
Pura Besakih (Mother Temple of Besakih) in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, Indonesia, is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali. Perched nearly 1000 meters up the side of Gunung Agung, it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung. This is built on 6 levels, terraced up the slope. The entrance is an imposing Candi Bentar (split gateway – inspiring the entrance of Mandapa), and beyond it the even more impressive Kori Agung is the gateway to the second courtyard.
Tirta Empul Temple
Experience Tirta Empul Temple Holy Spring
Built in 926 AD, this iconic temple is famous for its purifying holy water, which attracts devotees, particularly during full and new moons, who come for blessings. Appointments for this once-in-a-lifetime experience can be arranged through your personal butler.
Visit Ubud Village & Monkey Forest
For thousands of years, Ubud has been the spiritual and cultural hub of Hindu Bali. Witness these, as you walk around visiting Ubud Palace, Saraswati Temple’s Lotus Pond, selfie time at Pura Gunung Lebah at Ubud’s famous Dutch bridge, Ubud Market and local Art Galleries. Your Patih can also arrange private appointment with Ubud many artists.
Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex. Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The village's residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.
Visit picture-perfect Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Visit picture-perfect Jatiluwih Rice Terraces located in the region of Tabanan and among the most striking examples of terraced agriculture in the world. Arguably Bali’s oldest and most complex example of the Subak rice terrace system of agriculture.
Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village. The function of this temple is to pray the god in manifestation (Wisnu) which is based at the top of Mangu mount. Feel free to seek Patih for more information.