Ubud, located in a mountainous area in the central part of Bali, is a very peculiar resort, unlike the others. From here it is more than an hour’s drive from the sea, around there are hills covered with jungle, rice fields and rivers flowing between steep banks.
The ancient city of Ubud is the center of arts and crafts in Bali. A well-known jewelry gallery, a wood carving center and a gallery of batik, a unique fabric painting technique, are open here.
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The resort has built exclusive hotels (rather not even hotels, but villas), which are called “boutique hotels”, since they usually have too few rooms to receive an official category. But in terms of level, this is usually 5 * luxe. These hotels are very popular with the political and business elite, pop and movie stars as a place for complete privacy and relaxation. Recently, you can also see a lot of newlyweds in them. Each such hotel, no matter how small, has its own spa, swimming pool and restaurant.
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Cuisine and restaurants in Ubud
Perhaps the food is perhaps the greatest pleasure that you can get in Ubud. You can choose from as many as 250 restaurants, the quality of food is excellent, and special emphasis is placed on healthy products. Prices, however, are higher than in Bali in general, and a mandatory 10% government tax is added to all bills.
Entertainment and attractions in Ubud
The famous handicraft and ethnographic center “Puri-Lukisan” (“Palace of Painting”) – the main art museum of Ubud, is surrounded by beautiful gardens with shady gazebos and ponds. Pura Saraswati is a temple complex in a water garden dedicated to the goddess of water and knowledge. A meter-high lotus forest surrounds a red-brick front gate leading to a pavilion that houses two huge barong dance costumes. Lempada House is a museum of the most famous local artist and sculptor, the mastermind behind the Balinese Renaissance. In addition to an interesting collection of women’s art, the Senivati Women’s Art Gallery periodically exhibits and sells works by about forty local and foreign representatives of the weaker sex.
Ubud’s most famous tourist attraction is the Monkey Forest. In this small forest with concrete paths, countless crowds of sightseers are attracted by a flock of very vicious, but extremely photogenic monkeys. In the depths of the reserve, the operating “temple of the dead” of the Padang Tegala community is hidden. It is considered a place of the strongest magical power and a refuge for evil spirits.
Other entertainment: jungle walks, yoga classes, spa, gamelan lessons (a kind of glockenspiel), Balinese dance lessons, rafting.
Perhaps the most unusual entertainment in Ubud is the regular “bird walks” organized by the owner of the pub “Beggar’s Bush”. Walks are made in the morning, 3 or 4 times a week, and cost about 35 USD.
Uluwatu is considered to be one of the youngest resorts in Bali. The resort is located on cliffs 100 meters high with amazing views of the Indian Ocean. Spas, restaurants and bars, nature, fabulous sunsets and excellent surfing conditions are the main reasons for the popularity of the resort. This beautiful, picturesque place is ideal for a quiet family vacation.
How to get to Uluwatu
Uluwatu is located in the southern part of Bali. It can be reached by taxi from Kuta in 30 – 40 minutes, the cost of the trip will be approximately 130,000 IDR.
It should be remembered that the roads to Uluwatu are narrow and winding, so it is not possible to drive to the temple and the beach by car. Therefore, motorcycles are especially popular among tourists, which can be easily rented in any city in the country.
Cuisine and restaurants in Uluwatu
After sightseeing, you can relax and have a delicious dinner at the famous fish restaurant on the ocean in the village of Jimbaran (Jimbaran). All dishes are prepared with fresh seafood. Here you should try grilled king prawns, crabs, lobsters or oysters.
On the road leading to the temple, there is another restaurant Warung Mak Jo. The place is popular due to the wide range and affordable prices. The menu offers dishes mainly of Indonesian cuisine: nasi goring – fried rice with vegetables, chicken or seafood, sate ayam (chicken skewers), as well as a variety of freshly squeezed juices from ripe fruits.
Attractions and attractions Uluwatu
The main local attraction is the temple dedicated to the God of the sea, located on a rocky ledge at a height of 100 meters above the water. The Hindu Temple of Uluwatu was founded in the 11th century by the Balinese saint Mpu Kuturana. The temple consists of three courtyards, the skillful gates of which are decorated with original carvings. The main entrance is protected from evil spirits by statues of the god Ganesh. In the 16th century, Saint Nirartha lived in the temple of Uluwatu, in whose memory a pagoda was built in one of the courtyards on the edge of the cliff. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the temple was intended exclusively for the royal dynasty and it was forbidden for other parishioners to pray here. Today, the temple is open to all believers, although it is not always possible to get here – during religious ceremonies, the temple is closed for tourists.
Uluwatu Temple is surrounded by a forest that is home to sacred animals. Temple attendants take care of the monkeys and tourists feed them with pleasure. Food is sold at the entrance to the temple. Banderlogs wait for travelers on low trees planted along the narrow paths leading to the temple. Tourists should be careful and watch their belongings, monkeys often behave aggressively and can grab a cap or glasses from their heads.
Worth stopping here to watch the sunset. The panoramic road, laid next to the cliff, offers a fabulous view of the ocean. Local artists in the rays of the setting sun arrange an amazing spectacle called Kechak or “monkey dance”. Performances take place every evening from 18:00 to 19:00, tickets cost 100,000 IDR.
Uluwatu is very popular with surfers. Huge waves, azure ocean waters and warm sand have attracted surfers for many years.