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Ubud, Bali District, Indonesia - Travel Facts

Ubud, Bali District, Indonesia – Travel Facts

Located in the Ubud district of Bali, which is a famous island in the country of Indonesia, is this town called Ubud. Literally meaning medicine, this town has truly become a tonic for the tired body, mind and soul, what with its sheer natural beauty and also the facilities that it has to offer. From a small and insignificant town, this place has graduated to a centre for Balinese art and culture, and today boasts of a rapidly growing tourism industry.

Here are most popular attractions

Holistic healing centers and spas

Ubud is also known for its holistic healing centers and spas, and you don’t have to go far to find one. Providing a mix of indigenous medical knowledge and modern practices, you will find everything from massage centres, to reiki healers, acupuncture and herbal medicines. The Body Works Healing Centre is the oldest such holistic healing centre while Alila Ubud and Spa Alila, cater to the high end traveller.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The proper town of Ubud has merged with the surrounding villages, but still the paddy fields remain untouched and in fact have become a tourist attraction. The best way to soak in the greenery and calm of the place is to go walking or cycling on its winding trail, in the early morning.

Monkey Forest

located on the outskirts of Ubud, and near the rice terraces, is the monkey forest. This place is full of Balinese macaque monkeys. One has to be quite careful, while touring this place, as the monkeys can take away your belongings. You can also see 3 temples which are located here. One of them is a temple, dedicated to the Lord of Death.

Museum Puri Lukisan

Literally meaning the palace of paintings is the place which showcases Balinese art. A trip through the museum, gives a glimpse into the evolution of Balinese Art, primarily from the 1930s, and how it was influenced by European travelers and settlers. It is one stop place to experience all of Balinese culture, including food, dance, and crafts and shopping. The surrounding gardens and courtyards of the palace itself, is also worth a watch.

Herons at Petulu

A small village, in the northern outskirts of the main town, is known for the flight of herons, which come back from their day in the rice fields and perch themselves on the trees, getting ready for the night. They usually come at six in the evening. It is believed that they are the reincarnated souls of the thousands of people who were massacred here in the year 1965. The sight of these beautiful birds, coloured white and yellow, in such large numbers, is in itself an enthralling one.

Ubud Palace

Ubud Palace is located right at the centre of the city, near Ubud market and Jalan Raya. The royal family still lives here. It has the hotel Puri Saren Agung, which was the first hotel in Ubud. The palace grounds are also open to outsiders, who can stroll in the palace gardens, and admire the art and architecture of the palace. Every evening, the palace grounds host traditional Balinese dance performances like legong, barong and ballet performances based on the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Elephant Cave

Elephant Cave also known as Goa Gajah is located in the south of Ubud, around a distance of 10 kms. It is one of the most sacred sites for the Hindus. Prayers are still offered at this temple as some old relics are preserved here. Earlier it used to be the residential quarters of Hindu priests. The outside of the main entrance has sculptures of fearful figures, built to ward off evil eye.

The Ubud market

Food and Shopping is available everywhere in Ubud, be it the palaces, museums or the open market. The Ubud market, located in the middle of the city, sells everything from clothes, handicrafts, local souveniors, fabrics, to jewellery and carvings. This is a direct result of the influx of tourists in recent years. Boutiques and souvenier shops have sprung up in every nook and alley, and there is no dirth of choice for the shopaholic. A range of food is available all over Ubud, keeping the global traveler in mind. The most famous restaurant is Mosaic by chef Salan.

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