Ubud is a hot favorite destination in Bali which is home to some of the best restaurants, cafes, street shops and picturesque properties. Ubud became popular with the movie Eat, Pray, Love but once you visit the destination, you will realize it is worth it. Considered as Bali’s cultural heart and located in the midst of the cool mountains, the traditional town is home to Bali’s crafts. Ubud has become a chosen destination for yoga retreats, solo travelers and freelancers who want to get away from the hustle of the city and spend some quiet time in the small town.
The famous destination is surrounded by green rice terraces and valleys as a backdrop to the palaces and art galleries. Another reason for Ubud’s popularity is the Ubud swing, which is like an extreme sport. The swing is placed in a jungle which makes you feel like you are flying. You can choose the level of the swing and you will be tied with a tiny rope. The swing is Bali’s most instagrammable location. It promises the best view of the jungle and will be an experience in itself. Obviously it is not the safest thing on earth, but you can ride it at your own risk.
If you are less into adventure and more into sightseeing, you can visit the Goa Gajah elephant cave, which is an impressive archeological site. There is a Hindu temple located inside the caves. Visit the Ubud royal palace which is regarded as the landmark of Ubud and gives an insight into the well preserved architecture and charming garden settings of Bali. For a free and easy trek, head to the Campuhan ridge walk which will offer you cool fresh air and the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region. There are other adventure activities that take place in Bali, which include snorkeling, scuba diving, cycling and surfing.
Ubud is known as a cultural hub and is famous for the well preserved arts and crafts in the region. It is easy to find budget friendly accommodation as well as luxury hotels for your retreat. You will come across various freelancers, yoga practitioners and explorers who have made a home in Ubud and have become a part of the local community. There are various quaint restaurants and peaceful cafes that serve authentic cuisines and are far removed from the nightlife scene of Bali.
As a center of arts and crafts, Ubud offers various courses for the travelers who are interested in learning about a new culture. You can join the art courses or the cooking classes offered near you. In addition, Ubud has a dance and shadow puppet performance organized every night which will entertain you and throw light upon their culture. Ubud is also known for spas and the various treatments they offer for resynchronizing your chakras. Ubud offers a unique experience for every type of traveler. More than anything, it will offer you peace and tranquility.