The 22 Best Sights of Ubud – Description and Photos

22 sights of Ubud worth seeing

Ubud sights (Bali)

Ubud is located in the mountainous part of Bali and is quite different from the business bustle of the areas of Kuta or Seminyak. Ubud is considered the cultural capital of the island with many colorful art galleries, charming museums, and beautiful temples. In the center of the city there is a delightful Royal Palace, and all the cultural attractions of Ubud and Bali are placed along the valleys and terraces with green rice fields.

Ubud is also known for its gourmet food: health-conscious eaters will find many vegetarian and vegan eateries in the city, and high-end restaurants with first-class cuisine in the resort areas.

Champuan Ridge

Walking on the ridge of Champuan

Walking along Champuan Ridge.| Photo: Tom Roeleveld / Flickr.

If you want to explore the outskirts of Ubud and enjoy the local scenery, head to the Champuan Ridge hiking trail near the town. The trail leads through lush vegetated hills that offer beautiful views of the valley.

The trail starts directly from Gunung Lebah Temple. The trail was built for tourists and locals to enjoy the pristine natural beauty of Ubud.

The address is Campuhan Ridge Walk, Jalan Raya Campuan, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Puri Lukisan Museum

Puri Lukisan Museum

Puri Lukisan Museum | Photo: wikimedia.

As the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud has the largest number of art galleries on the island. Modern art lovers can visit the Puri Lukisan Museum, which features a wide variety of art works. The exhibitions are accompanied by English-language commentaries on how art developed in this part of the planet.

This museum was the brainchild of a group of artists consisting of Rudolf Bonnet, Walter Spies, and local author Chokord Gede Agung Sukawati, a prince and member of the royal family of Ubud. Puri Lukisan Museum is the best place in town to improve your knowledge of art and to see works on non-religious themes, of which there are very few in other galleries.

The address is Museum Puri Lukisan, Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Taman Saraswati Temple

Taman Saraswati Temple

Taman Saraswati Temple | Photo: wikimedia

This unusual little temple is dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and art. Magnificent statues of the goddess stand throughout the temple, and water fountains gush from the front of the building to fill a large clear pond. People bathe in this pond with lotus blossoms and drink water from it to recharge the energy of the goddess. In the evenings, the temple is even more beautiful than during the day: against the backdrop of the night sky, there are dancing performances in the illuminated temple.

Address: Pura Taman Saraswati, Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Saren Palace

Saren Palace

The Saren Palace. | Photo: Jorge Franganillo / Flickr.

Saren Agung is also known as the Royal Palace of Ubud. It is located next to the art market, so you can visit the two places at once. The palace is located in the center of town and was built around 1800 during the reign of Ida Chokorda Putu Kandel.

The royal family still lives in the palace, which is also used for ceremonial rites. Tourists are allowed to walk around the garden and contemplate the beauty of Balinese ornamental architecture. In the evening you can watch traditional Balinese dancing.

Address: Ubud Palace, Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Rudang Museum

Rudang Museum

Rudan Museum.

This remarkable museum, towering over emerald rice paddies, is owned by Balinese politician Nioman Rudana and his wife Ni Wayan Olastini, who shares her husband’s love of art.

The museum’s collections span three floors and are a collection of memorabilia and 400 objects, including both classic paintings with vivid imagery and various vintage pieces, such as a calendar made in 1840. There are also modern works of art in the museum and there is a gallery nearby where you can buy works by Balinese artists.

Address: Rudana Museum, JL. Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Gianyar Night Market

Gianyar Night Market

Night market in Gianyar. | Photo: Isabel Sommerfeld / Flickr.

The Gianyar night market is outside Ubud, but if you have a free evening, it is a must-visit. The night market is known primarily for its delicious food: you can find a wide variety of traditional Balinese snacks such as satay, fried bananas, and delicious little cakes.

Roast suckling piglets, for which Bali is famous, and many other things like clothes and toys are also sold there.

Address: Gianyar Night Market, Jl. Ngurah Rai, Gianyar, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80511, Indonesia.

Goa Gaja (“Elephant Cave”)

Goa Gaja (Elephant Cave). | Photo: Patrik M. Loeff / Flickr.

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Goa Gaja, which means “Elephant Cave” in Indonesian, is one of the main attractions of the island of Bali. It is located near Ubud, in the village of Bedulu, and is an impressive archaeological find that is part of a large temple complex.

To get to the site, you have to go down the stairs to a charming courtyard located in front of the entrance to the cave. The structure is believed to have been built in the eleventh century. Inside the cave are many cave paintings and a small temple for meditation and outside you can see the entire Hindu temple with a magnificent swimming pool and bubbling fountains.

Address: Goa Gajah, Bedulu, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Ubud Botanical Gardens

Ubud Botanical Garden

Ubud Botanical Garden | Photo: Max Grabert / Flickr.

One of the charms of Ubud are the park-like green areas in the heart of the city. The botanical garden was designed by Stefan Reisner, a German journalist who modeled the Royal Garden in Berlin.

He used native trees and shrubs to recreate the unique nature of Bali. The area of the garden covers an area of more than 6 hectares. There are various themed areas, greenhouses and a playground.

Address: Botanic Garden Ubud, Jl. Tirta Tawar No.6, Petulu, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia.

Art Museum of Agung Rai.

Agung Rai Art Museum

Art Museum of Agung Rai.

Agung Rai Art Museum, also known as ARMA is an exhibition and cultural center. It was designed by Anak Agung Gede Rai and is divided into two buildings that showcase a wide variety of works of art. In the museum you can learn more about Bali’s great art scene and see the work of local artists.

Address: Agung Rai Museum of Art, Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

The Forest of Monkeys in Ubud

Forest of Monkeys in Ubud

The Forest of Monkeys in Ubud. | Photo: D.Meutia / Flickr.

When asked what to see in Ubud, perhaps its most famous attraction comes to mind – the forest of monkeys. It is three temples from the 14th century, located in a natural protected area, which has now become a protected area.

As the name suggests, this complex is full of cute primates. Monkeys are considered sacred animals here to protect the temples. You can buy bananas in the park to feed the monkeys. But you should be careful and watch your belongings, as these animals like to snatch sunglasses and other small items from visitors.

Address: Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana, Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Neka Museum of Art

Neka Art Museum

Neka Museum of Art.

The Neka Art Museum is one of the best museums not only in Ubud but in all of Bali. It houses a huge collection of modern and classical art.

The museum exhibits tell you how Balinese art evolved, as well as showcasing the work of local emerging artists. Learn about the history of Indonesian art and see a wide variety of works including paintings, jewelry, metal and textiles.

Address: Peruse Neka Art Museum, Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia.

Antonio Blanco Museum

Antonio Blanco Museum

Antonio Blanco Museum | Photo: wikimedia.

The Blanco Renaissance Museum is the former home and studio of the artist Antonio Blanco, and one of the favorite tourist spots in Ubud. It is located on a hill that overlooks the jade rice plantations of Champuan.

The museum houses many works of art: paintings, poetry collections, collages, and even lithographs. A tour of the house-museum showcases the artist’s paintings, most of which depict Balinese women and dancers. The museum is run by descendants of Antonio Blanco. In addition to the museum, there is a restaurant and a beautifully manicured garden.

Address: Blanco Museum, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Petulu Village Heron Colony

Petulu Village Heron Colony

A colony of herons in Petulu village.

If you don’t know what else to see in Ubud, Bali, it is worth going to Petulu village and see the heron colony. Herons fly into this little village every night to sleep in the trees. The sight is a little creepy – according to local beliefs, these are sacred birds in which the souls of the dead are imprisoned. However, if you like wildlife, do not miss the chance to go to Petulu and see this interesting show.

Address: Petulu Heron Bird Colony Watch Point, Petulu, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces | Photo: Peter Nijenhuis / Flickr.

Another popular attraction in Ubud are the rice terraces at Tegallalang. They were created using an irrigation system called “subak,” which forms a stepped landscape of rice fields. Tegallalang terraces are located on the outskirts of Ubud. On a tour you can walk along the terraces and learn how rice is grown and harvested.

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Tegallalang is better to go in the morning or late afternoon when the heat goes down, and at the end of the tour you can look in the nearby souvenir shops. For many tourists a trip to the rice terraces is the highlight of their Bali trip.

Address: Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Penataran Sasi Temple

Penataran Sasi Temple

Penataran Sasi Temple.

Pura Penataran Sasi was once the main temple of the kingdom of Pedjeng. In the courtyard in the high pavilion is a huge bronze drum known as the “Fallen Moon of Pedjeng.” The drum is made in the shape of an hourglass and reaches 186 cm in length – it is the largest all-cast drum in the world. Scientists believe it was made between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago.

The temple is located in Pedjeng, 5 kilometers east of Ubud. It is not known exactly whether the drum was made by local craftsmen or it was brought from afar – the intricate geometric patterns on its surface resemble the decorative finishes typical of West Papua and Vietnam.

Address: Pura Penataran Sasih, Jalan Raya Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Pusering Jagad Temple

Pusering Jagad Temple

Pusering Jagad Temple.

This temple was built in 1329 and is located in Pedjeng, five kilometers east of Ubud. Young couples go there to recite prayers at the lingam and yoni stones. Also in the temple is a large stone urn decorated with intricately carved sculptures of gods and demons. As described in the Mahabharata in the legend “The Plowing of the Milky Ocean,” they seek the elixir of life. A paved pathway leads to the temple, located to the west of the main road.

Address: Pura Pusering Jagat, Jalan Raya Pejeng Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Tegenungang Falls

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Falls | Photo: wikimedia

In addition to its famous beaches, Bali is famous for its varied natural scenery that stretches far along the hills of Ubud. Tegenungan Falls is located near Ubud and is considered one of the most attractive natural attractions. The waterfall is surrounded by lush green vegetation and a tropical rainforest atmosphere.

If you climb to the top of the waterfall you can explore it up close and it is completely safe. When the water level is high enough, you can dive down a ten meter cliff into the cool water of the spring.

Address: Tegenungan Waterfall, Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Seniman Coffee House

Seniman Coffee House

Seniman Coffee Shop | Photo: Ubud Writers & Readers Festival / Flickr.

This coffee shop, which calls itself a coffee studio, is one of the best places in Ubud to get a good cup of coffee. Guests can relax in a relaxing environment, sitting in cozy rocking chairs while they are served a freshly brewed invigorating beverage.

They take coffee seriously here and offer a large selection of drinks, including siphon and pourover coffee made from the best Indonesian varieties. You can also try the food here, which is a mix of Balinese and international cuisine, and in the evening you can order alcoholic drinks.

The address is Seniman Coffee Studio, Jalan Sri Wedari, Banjar Taman Kelod, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Indonesian Textile Arts Center

Indonesian Textile Arts Center

Indonesian textile art center.

This magnificent textile gallery is owned by Threads of Life, a charity that supports the sale of sustainable textiles in the region. The pieces displayed in the gallery are made using weaving techniques from various parts of Indonesia and are dyed with natural dyes.

The center’s exhibits tell the story of centuries of Bali’s craft traditions, and the store next door offers several fabric samples as a memento of the trip. Also for those who want to get a hands-on experience, there are courses that teach you about fabrics and how to make them.

Address: Indonesian Textile Arts Center, Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia.

Ubud Market

Ubud Market

Ubud Market | Photo: Roozbeh Rokni / Flickr.

Ubud Market actually consists of several different markets that replace each other throughout the day. It somewhat resembles the scene of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts in the title role.

In the morning the market sells fruits and vegetables, and in the evening you can find works of art and handicrafts that are bought as souvenirs. The market is quite crowded in the evening, so if you do not want to lose the price, it is better to arrive as early as possible.

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Address: Ubud Market, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Legong Dance Performance

Legong Dance Performance

Legong Dance Performance | Photo: Jorge Dalmau / Flickr.

One of the most popular events in Bali is the Legong dance, based on a 12th century legend from East Java. It is the story of a girl who was kidnapped and held captive, and much of the legend is about her release. There is exciting dancing and music and you can watch this performance in many places in Ubud: Puri Saren, Peliatan Village and Pura Dalem Puri temple.

Address: Legong dance performance, Gg. Nuri No.14, Peliatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia.

Ubud sights

Ubud Attractions

If you decide to visit the city of Ubud in Bali, then be sure to explore its attractions. In addition to the famous cultural sites, there is a large concentration of other interesting places. Fans of outdoor activities will appreciate the hiking. It is impossible to visit all the places in one day, but knowing the exact location of this or that object you can carefully plan your time and route, which will allow you to visit many more places.

Monkey Forest

This is one of the most famous attractions in Ubud. Almost every tourist in Bali wants to visit this forest. Here you can not only enjoy getting to know the funny monkeys, but also take shelter from the scorching sun on hot days. Throughout the forest are a variety of statues, temples, planted with unique plants. For recreation are equipped with gazebos, and in front of the entrance there is parking for vehicles.

The forest of monkeys is open at any time of the day, but remember that the ticket office is only open until 6 pm. The cost of a visit is 20 thousand rupees. The Monkey Forest is easy to find, as the only main street in town leads to it.

Bali Monkey Forest

Royal Palace

Puri Sarn is located in the heart of the city. The architect was Lempad. For almost 50 years, the palace was the residence of the royal family. Today, despite the fact that this structure, an important landmark of the city, some of the rooms inside still remain available only to the royal nobility.

When you visit the palace, you can see the amazing furniture, which has been preserved since colonization times. The stone sculptures of local gods deserve no less attention. Also note the stone gates, which are decorated on all sides with magnificent drawings. You can visit the attraction completely free of charge, at any time during the day.

Royal Palace

Tegenungan Waterfall

There are more than enough waterfalls in Bali, but the Tegenungan Waterfall is considered one of the most picturesque. He is five kilometers from the city itself, and the height of the discharge of water of almost 25 meters.

To allow travelers to see the waterfall in all its glory, an observation deck is equipped for them. Those who want to see it closer can go down to the foot of it. For convenience, there is a path downhill, which consists of 170 steps. At the bottom of Tegenungan there is a small temple, which gives the area its special features. For those who choose to refresh themselves in the midst of a sweltering day, there are bathing pools, the water of which comes from fountains fitted in the wall. Access to the waterfall is open throughout the day, the cost of a visit is 10 thousand rupiah.

Bali's Tegenungan Falls

Hanging Gardens of Bali.

An exquisite complex of villas located in the green hills of Payangan, near the town of Ubud. Cozy lodges made of wood are provided for lodging. In combination with shaped pools and exotic vegetation, they form a landscape of unprecedented beauty. The complex has absolutely everything you might need for a comfortable stay.

The best landscape designers – William Warren and John Pettigri – worked on the consciousness of the Hanging Gardens. They not only created magnificent buildings in the Balinese style, but also managed to preserve the surrounding nature as much as possible. Room rates at the hotel complex start at $500 a night. Its construction dates from 2005, and today it officially has 5-star status.

Hanging Gardens of Bali

If you want, every tourist can visit this hotel without checking into a room. They have special offers for such visitors at an extra cost. You can eat at their restaurant, sunbathe on a lounger, and swim in the pool, which is located on the mountain and has a stunning panoramic view.

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Artist’s Trail

This attraction is a hiking trail that originates in the heart of Ubud. It is particularly popular with locals and visitors alike. The total length of the trail is about 3 kilometers. It is a favorite spot for those looking for peace and solitude. At the beginning of the trail is a small bridge over the Champuan River. After walking a bit along the trail, you will come to Gunung Lebah Temple. A little further on, you will have beautiful views of the valley covered with hills.

Bali Painters Path

I advise you to visit the site towards sunset, because you can enjoy the amazing scenery at that time. In addition, you can come here to meet the sunrise. At the height of a sunny day, a walk along the trail will be quite tiring, especially since there are no cafes along the route. The artists’ trail is open 24 hours a day, and admission is free.

Sari Organik Trail

Sari Organic is famous because it runs right among the rice paddies. It starts from the Jalan Raya Ubu and is about 3.5 kilometers long. After walking just 50 meters, you get to a peaceful atmosphere, where you want to stay for hours. Along the route there are workshops of artisans, galleries with paintings, massage parlors. And for those who get hungry, there are varungas with authentic Indonesian cuisine.

The Sari Organik Trail in Bali

Another feature of the route – a sauna on herbs. Agree, you can not find it everywhere. If you decide to stay in the area for a few days, you can rent a cozy cottage or luxury villa. You can take a walk along the trail at any convenient time and the entrance is absolutely free.

Coffee Plantation

The plantation is not located in the town itself, but a few kilometers away. This is one of the many places on the island where coffee is grown, but unlike others it is accessible to tourists. A visit to the plantation will allow you to get acquainted with all the stages of the cultivation of coffee beans, as well as tasting about a dozen different varieties of this drink. Not an exception will be an introduction to the world famous lovak coffee.

Bali's Coffee Plantation

For coffee lovers on the territory of the coffee plantation there is a store where you can always get a special drink. In addition to coffee beans here grow a variety of fruits (including mangosteen, durian, passion fruit), spices, as well as cocoa, mimosa, tobacco, sugar cane and more. You can visit the attraction until 6 p.m., and the walk is free.

Antonio Blanco Museum

The city of Ubud is famous for its museums and galleries. And here in all this abundance of cultural attractions a special place belongs to the Antonio Blanco Museum. The first thing that deserves attention is the architectural design of the building. The gate is adorned with its signature coat of arms.

Bali Antonio Blanco Museum

Blanco is an amazing man who was born in the Philippines. He spent his youth in the United States, educated in New York. His talent in painting was recognized by the ruler himself, after which he gave the artist a plot of land in Ubud. The museum was opened in 2000 after the death of the master. The idea was brought to life by his son. The attraction is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost of the ticket is 70 thousand rupees.

Puri Lukisan Museum

This museum is a real castle of paintings. Its opening dates back to 1956. The artist from Holland Rudolf Bonne took part in the creation of the landmark. The museum building consists of 3 pavilions, around which there are several lotus ponds.

The Puri Lukisan Museum

The 1st pavilion is dedicated to works made in the kamasan style. In the 2nd pavilion you can see the works of young artists and in the 3rd pavilion there are temporary exhibitions. For tourists are also shown amazing sculptures carved out of wood. The cost to visit the museum is 10 thousand rupees. Children under the age of 15 can enter its territory for free.

NEKA Art Gallery

Museum is located in the village Kedevatan, a few kilometers from Ubud itself. Its opening date is 1997. NEKA Art Gallery includes several buildings, each in a traditional Balinese style. Some of the buildings have permanent exhibitions, and some hold various thematic exhibitions.

NEKA Art Gallery

It is here that one can see the works of artists of the 16th century. It is worth paying special attention to the collection of Kamasan paintings. It is believed that the history of this style goes back more than 500 years. Some halls display the works of artists of the twentieth century. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. On Sunday the schedule is from 12 noon to 5 pm. The cost of admission ticket is 75 thousand rupees.

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Tirtha Empul Temple.

The temple is one of the six most important temples in Bali. It is located 30 minutes from the city itself. The construction of the complex dates back to 926. The reason for the foundation of the temple was a sacred spring, which, according to the legend, is endowed with healing powers. On weekends and holidays there is always a large gathering of local residents, as for them this place is a “piece of God”.

Tirtha Empul Temple

Visiting the temple is allowed only in a sarong and women’s hair must be gathered into a ponytail. Tourists’ eyes are attracted by the holy spring, which beckons for a swim in hot weather. However, you can hardly swim in it like in a pool. Bathing in the temple is a whole ritual, consisting of several steps. A visit to the temple will cost you 15 thousand rupees, it is open until 6 pm.

Royal Tombs Gunung Kavi

The tombs are located 16 kilometers from Ubud, in the village of Tampaksiring. This complex is 10 tombs of the royal family, which are carved in the rocks at a height of 7 meters. It is dedicated to King Anak Vungsu and his queens.

Gunung Kawi Temple

To see the attraction, you need to go down the 371 steps, bypassing the souvenir shops and looking at the rice terraces. The whole territory of the complex is just buried in green spaces. In addition to exotic plants, there grows a lot of tropical fruits. To visit the tombs can be in daylight hours, the entrance ticket – 15 thousand rupees. At the entrance you will also be given a free sarong.

Goa Gajah Elephant Cave

The attraction is a meditation spot and is a kind of Buddhist temple. Its opening dates back to 1929, and today Goa Gaja is on the provisional UNESCO list.

Goa Gajah Temple

Above the entrance gate is a demon’s head, whose task is to absorb all bad thoughts of visitors. According to some reports, the head appeared here as early as the 11th century. Inside the cave is a statue of the god Ganesha (has an elephant head), it has been here for several centuries, and according to one version it was even found here at the very beginning. The cave is located near Ubud, the entrance to its territory 15 thousand rupees, open until 6 pm.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

We all know that Bali is famous for growing rice. There are a large number of rice fields and terraces within the island. Tegallalang is the most visited place by tourists, located a few kilometers from Ubud town. The terraces are on the slopes of the hills and are periodically filled with water, making them look like huge mirrors in which the sky is reflected.

Rice Terraces in Bali

Not only tourists come here in droves, but also nature lovers or artists. The view reveals incredibly beautiful landscapes, which every visitor tries to capture. Despite the fact that the visit of this place is considered free, you have to pay for parking. There is also a fee at the entrance to some of the fields. The terraces are available during daylight hours.

RD2 Village.

You can hardly call this place an attraction. RD2 is a Russian village for people working remotely, who lead an active lifestyle and devote all their free time to travel. The village consists of several houses, equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. Everyone can stay here. Hosts carry out activities of entertainment and educational nature. It is here you can learn to make money without leaving home, and in your spare time doing what you love. The village is located on the outskirts of Ubud and can be visited at any convenient time.

I lived in the village for a month and in that time met a lot of interesting people. I shared my impressions of the village in this video.

Sightseeing in Ubud on the map

On this map, I marked all the places I told you about in this article.

We with you got acquainted with the main sights of the city of Ubud and its surroundings. A complete selection of the most interesting places will allow you to compose your travel itinerary and see what deserves special attention.

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