10 Best Things to Do in Ubud

Ubud is one of the most popular tourist areas. Known as Bali’s capital of culture with sacred temples, local handicrafts, art and nature. With its yoga studios, amazing clothes shops, delicious restaurants, wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces there are lots of Things to Do in Ubud.

Ubud is also close to a range of other famous Balinese attractions like the sacred bathing waters of Tirta Empul, and if you want to experience the best of the culture here then make sure not to miss an elegant Balinese dance performance.

More than that though, Ubud has a relaxed and Bohemian vibe, which is unique to this part of Bali. To help you make the most of your trip to Ubud we create a shortlist of some of 10 Best Things to Do in Ubud.

First Time in Ubud? Here are the Top 10 Best Things to Do in Ubud

1. Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions and must be visited during holiday in Bali. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal a natural forest sanctuary which is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. The site is well preserved thanks to a community-based management program. The forest is also conveniently positioned near Ubud Town Centre, and within easy walking distance from guesthouses and resorts along the main roads of Jalan Monkey Forest. Read More ...

2. Ubud Royal Palace

Ubud Royal Palace

Ubud Royal Palace officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud, Gianyar Regency of Bali. This palace is a center of art and cultures while the market which is just in front of it as a center of local community’s economy. The existence of this place as king’s palace completed by a Wantilan (a big traditional building/hall for meeting venue) and a shady banyan tree as shelter during the day . Read More ...

3. Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud

Tegalalang Rice Terraces is the most beautiful scenes of rice paddies in Bali, that located in the village of Tegalalang, the north side of Ubud around 20 minutes drive, and 1 hour 3 minutes drive from Denpasar International aiport. This village is formerly as usually traditional Balinese village in Bali where most of the villagers are working on the rice field and some of them are working as government officer and other private sectors. Read More ...

4. Goa Gajah 'Elephant Cave'

Goa Gajah 'Elephant Cave'

Goa Gajah known locally as Elephant Cave Temple is a historically significant archaeological site and popular tourist attraction, located on the western fringe of Bedulu Village just minutes from central Ubud. Despite its name, you won’t find any pachyderms here, unless you count the stone figure of Ganesh, a Hindu lord with an elephant’s head. A special place to visit, tourists staying in Ubud won’t need more than an hour to explore the relics contained in the courtyard, meditation cave, fountains, bathing pools and rock-wall carvings. Read More ...

5. Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud located Jalan Raya Campuan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali. Its a free and easy nature trek, provides a great retreat from the more hectic southern parts of the island, but this trail presents an even more pristine outback to escape from the contemporary boutique, guesthouse and restaurant-lined Jalan Raya Ubud. While the hike lets you enjoy cool fresh air and probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some calories too with its nine-kilometre hill track. Read More ...

6. Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the beautifull waterfall on 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. The waterfall is isolated but has become a popular tourist attraction to explore and relax. It is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that is not situated in highlands or mountainous territory. The amount and clarity of the water at the site depends on rainfall but it contains green surroundings with fresh water that can be swum in. Read More ...

7. Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple is a beautiful Balinese Hindu temple in Ubud, dedicated to the goddess Sarasvati. Accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud, next to Ubud palace, and just behind Café Lotus. The temple is a great stopover along your leisure walks through Ubud town, offering sightseeing and photo opportunities with its classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer featuring ponds filled with blooming pink lotuses. Read More ...

8. Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Market

Ubud Traditional Art Market locally referred to as 'Pasar Seni Ubud' is located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Ubud Art Market is the best art market in Bali, where you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. The location of the Ubud Traditional Art Market which is centred among the art producing villages, and being just opposite the royal palace which is a centre point to Ubud itself, make it a strategic shopping place for Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs. Read More ...

9. Pura Batuan Temple

Batuan Temple

Pura Batuan Temple, referred to locally as ‘Pura Puseh lan Pura Desa Adat Batuan’, is a focal landmark in the namesake village of Batuan, well-known for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. Located in Batuan Village, Sukawati District, Gianyar Regency, Bali. It is just 45 minutes away from Denpasar airport. Within only a 10km transfer south from Ubud central, the site features a grand complex of shrines laid out within its 0.65Ha complex. Read More ...

10. Bali Swing

Bali Swing

Bali Swing is the new toursm activity in Bali, located at Bongkasa Pertiwi Village, 20 minutes drive from Ubud center, and 1,5 hours from Kuta. This attraction opens every day from 8 am up to 5 pm. And it should be on your bucket list because when do you get to go on a swing in a jungle? It’s actually an exhilarating ride. You feel like you’re flying. Read More ...