Are you looking for the best places to visit in Ubub, Bali? From visiting beautiful temples to exploring stunning rice terraces and waterfalls. Our guide on what to visit in Ubud will definitely help you to plan your trip!
We've visited Ubud for the first time a month ago and so far is one of the favourites places to visit in Bali. It's vibrant, the Balinese culture is very present, the local people are most friendliest people we've ever have met and there are lots of things to see and do.
Below we've detailed 5 must-see places to add to your Ubud sightseeing itinerary, including cost, how to get there and some recommendations.
1. Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple in central Ubud, accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street that’s right off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud. This beautiful temple is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom and learning. When visiting the Saraswati Temple, you can expect to see a beautiful and ornately decorated temple surrounded by lush gardens with lotus ponds.
There is no entry fee but you are not allowed inside the main temple.
2. Coffee Plantation - Luwak Coffee
Have you heard about luwak coffee? Basically, kopi luwak is a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by a civet cat.
We visited the coffee this plantation and totatlly worth it. Entrance was free, and the guide showed us the whole process of making kopi luwak coffee.
The coffee wasn't cheap, Rp 80.000 (around £4,30) for a cup but the taste is divine. It's a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans and was prepared in a glass siphon vacuum coffee maker.
The experience was amazing and if you are a coffee lover, it totally worth it.
3. Tegallalang Rice Terraces
If you’re planning a trip to Bali, you must add a visit to the rice fields of Ubud to your itinerary. These lush green fields are more than beautiful scenery, they represent the tradition of sustainable culture in the country.
Tegalalang rice Terrace is about 9 km from Ubud center or about 20 minutes’ drive by car. The entrance fee for Tegalalang Rice Terrace and Ceking Rice Field (swing complex) is Rp 50.000 (£2.67) per person or you can use a different route which begins on the other side of the valley, and it will cost Rp 10.000 (£0.53).
The best times to visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace is in early morning around 6/7 am or late afternoon around 5.00 pm to avoid the crowd, heat from the sun and to get golden hours for a good photos.
4. Sacred Monkey Sanctuary Forest
Located in Padangtegal Village, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ubud.
This tropical forest is around 30,8 acres large and home to more than 600+ Balinese long-tailed monkeys. From the moment you enter you feel like you are in the jungle, being surrounded by nature, admiring the beauty of the different animal species and plants. In addition to nature, there are 3 beautiful Hindu temples (can only be used by Balinese to pray).
When visiting the monkey sanctuary, there are certain guidelines that visitors must follow to guarantee their own safety as well as the monkeys (make sure your read all the warnings before you enter).
These are the latest ticket prices to visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud:
Weekdays: Rp 80.000 for adults (around £4.5) and Rp 60.000 (around £4) for children 3 -12 years old
Weekends: Rp 100.000 for adults (around £5.4) and Rp 80.000 (around £5) for children 3 -12 years old
5. Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall is a true paradise for travelers seeking to escape the rush of Bali's city streets and urban centers. The location is about 10 kilometers from Ubud town.
This is one of the most visited waterfalls in Ubub, so you cannot expect to have the whole place to yourself. There are are also plenty of small shops, cafes and even a market when you enter in this waterfall complex. Just a heads up, don't stop at the first restaurant before heading down to the waterfall (not worth it), we recommend the day club instead, it has better food/drink deals and a lovely pool overlooking the waterfall.
Main Tegenungan Waterfall Entrance Fee: Rp 15.000 (£0.80)
Separate Entrance To The Top of the waterfall: Rp 10.000 (£0.53)
Car Parking: Rp 5.000 (£0.27)
Falling in love with Ubud already? There are lots of things you can do to experience Ubud in its fullest from visiting places which are well-known to exploring less obvious places which are off the beaten path.
We hope this guide helps you to enjoy your time in Ubud and make the most out of it. No matter who you are or the kind of things you like to do, Ubud can be fun for any traveler with the right itinerary.