Rice Fields Tegalalang
Tegalalang Rice Fields are located 5 km northern of Ubud. The area is well known for its beautiful rice terrace at the edge of the hill. The beautiful green panorama and the fresh air is a perfect escape from the beach. Have a look at Balinese farmers doing their work in an architectonic landscape.
Kecak dance tells you the story about Rama and Sita, an hinduistic epos. Other traditional dances usually include the gamelan which is an orchestra of percussive instruments. The Kecak dance is only held by the art and sound of the mouth. The artists sing the “cakcakcak” during the show what named the dance as Kecak Dance.
Ubud -away from the hustle and bustle in Kuta- offers a lot more nature and art. It is known for the Ubud Monkey Forest which is inhabited by over 700 long-tailed macaques and other monkeys. The areal consists of the 3 temples Pura Dalem Agung (Main Temple), Pura Beji and Pura Prajapati which are used to ceremonys and worship of hinduistic Gods.
Stone-paved paths, flowering gardens, clean and fresh air and water and NO GARBAGE. The probably cleanest village on the whole island. And open for tourists and visitors. Located in the highlands of the island the well-preserved village developed a community based tourism concept which works ideal. The village invites you to stay or get in touch with its inhabitants. A good chance to learn more about the culture and architecture. If you like to spend a bit more time a local Bed and Breakfast offers its services.
Tanah Lot Temple
One of the most popular temple in Bali is the Tanah Lot Temple. The holy site is placed on a rock formation which can’t be reached at any time. Strong waves can flood the path towards the temple. But mostly you are lucky and you will make your way through to catch a perfect picture of the temple. Historically the complex is one of the seven sea temples around Bali and it is believed to be protected by venomous sea snakes. Ceremonys and sacrifices of hinduistic people are held regular. And even festivals can be visited at a few times of the year.
Tirta Empul Temple
The temple complex is used from hinduistic people to spiritually wash the body and to reach a state of purification. The water therefore is considered to be holy. Tourists are allowed to follow the ritual in traditional Balines clothing or sarong.
The temple itself is built at the edge of a very steep cliff. The temple complex is presumed to have been built in the 11th century. It is said that the Uluwatu Temple should keep daemons away from the southern part of Bali.
Usually the cliff offers especially for sunset a great view. As the area is known for its waves you will see a lot of surfers catching their next wave.
Ulun Danu Baratan
Ulun Danu Beratan is located about 60 km from Kuta and can easily reached by car or scooter. The temple is around 1.200 meters above sea level and is located on the lakeside of Beratan. Surrounded by mountains it offers you a cool and fresh air. The lake is known for hinduistic ceremonys and make sacrifices.
Historicaly it is known as the lake of Holy Mountain cause of its important function as the main source of irrigation and fertility.
Seafood Market and Restaurants
One of the main places for seafood is Jimbaran. Early in the morning you can see the fishermen coming in with their catch from the night. Choose your favourite dish and enjoy your meal at the bautiful beach of Jimbaran with its white sand and stunning sunset.
On one of your days you should definitely stop at a waterfall and have a break and dip your feet into the cold water. One of the nearest one to Ubud is the Tegenungan Waterfall. The location offers a green panorama, fresh air and the roaring waterfall.
Canggu is a surfer-lifestyle hot spot with plenty of surf shops, surf guides and surf bars. There are a lot of good teachers who offer 1:1 lessons for beginners, intermediate or professionals. Additional you can visit several surfcamps to maximise your effort and surf skills.
Batu Bolong Beach
The area around Batu Bolong Beach with its mellow waves fits for beginners and Surf-Newbies. The wide beach section allows enough space to try and fall. Long, slow waves like “Old Man” will bring your safely back to the beach
Take always care for the rocks an shorebreaks which can occur!
This beach is not really made for swimming as it brings big waves and strong currents. But surfers can enjoy some nice rights and a few lefts at high tide. Beside watersports you can relaxe at the (not that crowded) beach or come for sunset. A few bars will invite you to hangout and have a drink or snack.
The black-sanded beach is no newcomer but a rising star. During the last years it became more and more popular. It combines surfers, sun worshippers, photographers and night-owls. The waves are more for advanced surfers who challenge theirselves everyday. The area is clean and well-kept as regular beach cleanups take place. Please be part of that movement and bring all your belongings with you when you leave or just use the bins.
A stunning scene will welcome you at Padang-Padang Beach. Hidden behind a rock entrance a white sand beach, blue waters and a lagoon-atmospher is waiting for you. A few times in the year surf brands bring international flair to this spot to hold up international surfing events. If you did not bring your board you can rent one directly at Padang-Padang Beach. And you always can get a fresh coconut or some cold refreshments. For the movie fans among you: Julia Roberts was filmed for the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ on this set.
The closest Beach to the airport and one of the first things you will see when heading to Bali. The beach is full of surf schools and located next to a shopping mile where bargaining is highly recommended but not in the chique shopping malls – where it is just inappropriate. Due to the rapid growth it struggles with trash beeing placed everywhere visitors go. Recently more and more beach cleanups take place but are only the beginning of becoming trash-free again. In the early morning it is used for early-morning excercise like running or surfing. In the evening you can have a wonderful sunset while watching people playing football where anyone is highly welcome to join.