The Indonesian city of Ubud is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the island of Bali, as well as the cultural and craft center of this island popular with tourists. Here you can see both ancient temples, magnificent palaces and museums, as well as busy streets with many restaurants, shops, kiosks and workshops offering various traditional products.
Ubud is located in the southern part of the island of Bali, in the Janyar region, surrounded by dense forests, rice fields and numerous villages famous for traditional arts and crafts. Ubud is an atypical Indonesian or Balinese resort, since there is no ocean and, accordingly, amazing beaches, but there are mountains, rivers, a tropical forest and unique architectural monuments. According to the latest data, about 30 thousand inhabitants permanently live in Ubud.
Transport in the city of Ubud
The main transport axis of the city is Jalan Raya Ubud, going from east to west. To the south of it there are two more other important city highways - Monkey Forest Jalan and Hanoman Jalan.
The best way to travel around the narrow streets of the city is on foot or on a scooter, which can be rented at one of the many car rental sites and scooters operating in Ubud. However, if you want to go on a trip to the surroundings and do not want to rent a car, you can use buses running on the island.
Shopping and food in Ubud on the island of Bali
In the Indonesian town of Ubud, there are many shops selling all kinds of handmade products, from wood, paintings, textiles and jewelry. This is the perfect place to shop for original souvenirs.
What else Ubud is famous for is the many restaurants of Indonesian cuisine, but not only! You can try dishes from different parts of the world, depending on what you want at the moment.
Sights and monuments of the city of Ubud on the island of Bali
Ubud is a real center of culture and art of the island of Bali, which is also called the "Indonesian town of galleries and mansions." In the city and its environs there are many charming, colorful and diverse art galleries and museums where you can admire both traditional and modern Balinese art and craft. The most interesting of these are the Blanco Renaissance Museum, the Puri Lukisan Museum, the Nek Art Museum and the Agung Rai Art Museum.
Also, it is worth visiting numerous Hindu temples, including Pura Des Ubud, Pura Taman and Saraswati, as well as the temple of death called Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal.
In Ubud stands the majestic 19th century Puri Saren Agung Palace, built during the reign of Ida Chokord Putu Kandela. Its last resident was the last ruler of Ubud - Chokorda Gede Agung Sukawati. It is also worth visiting the gardens surrounding the palace. Currently, performances with dancers are taking place in the courtyard of the palace.
The surroundings of Ubud
Ubud is a great starting point for trips to the southern region of Bali, which is full of many attractions and interesting places. About 6 km. from the center of Ubud there is one of the greatest archaeological sites on the island - the Goa Gaja Cave, also called the Elephant Cave. The entrance to it is like a demon's mouth. In the eleventh century, this place served as a Hindu temple.
Another main attraction of this region is the Monkey Forest, or Monkey Grove, where you can watch macaques living near the park.
Indonesian flora and fauna can be admired in the nearby Batubulan Bali Bird and Reptile Park, where on a 2-hectare territory extends a beautiful tropical garden full of exotic bird species from around the world.
Near the village of Singapadu tjere is the only zoo on the island of Bali - Kebun Binatang Bali. Occupying an area of 8 hectares, the zoo is home to many species of plants and animals - mammals, reptiles and birds. The main attractions of the park are elephant rides and photo shoots with animals.
Of course, everyone who has visited Ubud at least once will always associate it with a surprisingly green and unique landscape of rice fields. The highlands around the village of Tegallalang were formed in the form of special terraces where rice is grown in the traditional way.
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