Visitors love exploring Ubud's Monkey Forest, the gorgeous terraced paddys of Tegalalang, and the magical healing Tirta Empul Water Temple.
UBUD MARKET EARLY MORNING ADVENTURE
There are two markets in Ubud, one for the locals and one for tourists. While you can find some fun items at the tourist market, you need to go to the local morning market if you want an authentic Balinese market experience.The only catch is that you need to get up early to be there when the market is busiest and to get your hands on the freshest ingredients. The first trucks with fresh products arrive well before sunrise. At around 5:00am, when most locals have done their shopping, many vendors shut down and products aimed for tourists starts filling the market.
Known as the cultural center of Bali, Ubud sits just an hour north of the capital city, Denpasar. Ubud originally served as a source of medicinal herbs and plants, deriving its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine). Numerous rivers converge in Ubud, providing incredible valleys for exploring, hiking, and simply enjoying.
Balinese people are extremely proud of their heritage, and it is fascinating to witness such strong adherance to the traditions of Balinese Hinduism woven into modern life. Visitors are often treated to phenomenal parades though the streets. Visitors also love visiting Ubud's fascinating Monkey Forest.
Made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love, Ubud is a favorite travel spot for anyone seeking rest, wonder, and a little bit of magic. Due to its namesake, Ubud remains a mini-mecca for health of all kinds. Numerous healers have made Ubud their home.
Ubud's yoga scene has truly grown in recent years, with first class teachers available for daily classes at numerous venues. With fine dining options as well as extraordinary organic restaurants, Ubud is a foodie's dream.
FAMOUS RICE TERRACES
MAGICAL HOLY WATER
Tirta Empul is a holy water temple that is known for its cleansing waters. The holy water is medicine for the many in Bali who come here to remove obstacles to their spiritual growth.
At Tirta Empul you will witness Bailinese families gathering in this scared spot. You will learn from your guide how to perform the prayers and offerings prior to entering the temple's healing waters.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the eighth century. Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.