Ubud's Hidden Treasures
Bali has received a lot of attention in the last decade and like many other countries in the east the touristy side of things has permeated the region. Ubud in particular has seen a nice influx of travelers since Eat. Pray. Love. was introduced to the world. This makes the little treasures of this quiet paradise even more sweet once they’re found. There’s nothing wrong with visiting famous places like the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and its three holy temples, doing yoga on the terraces overlooking, or swimming in the ocean waters -- but we want more than what everyone else gets a taste of! So if you’re heading to Ubud, make some time to visit these spots.
Check out the Zen Hideaway, just outside the city to the west. Here you’ll find a giant swing bound between two towering coconut trees, gliding through the air with views of Mount Agung, the Ayung River, and a mini waterfall. Or head over to Petulu, just outside the city to the south east, and experience the spectacular at sunset. Approximately 20,000 herons returning to roost in the trees just outside the city, turning the sky and treetops white. Perhaps an early morning walk through rice patties is more your style. Then head to Campuhan Ridge and take the trail through scenic rice patties where you’ll pass by traditional and contemporary homes peppering the fields and collections of butterflies fluttering in the sunlight. If this isn’t strenuous enough you can head further out of town on hikes to hunt waterfalls. Four popular falls are just minutes from Ubud: Tegenungan, Kanto Lampo, Dusun Kuning, and Nungnung Waterfalls are waiting for you!
As you should in any country, taste the local cuisine! Fresh fruit, locally grown coffee, and native spice blends will enlighten your pallet to the ways of Bali. Try dinner by the river at one of the two exquisite restaurants that put you right on the shore: Swept Away or the Cafe Four Seasons. They’re a little pricey, but you get a divine experience amongst the natural beauty and quiet. Coffee is plentiful in this region of the world, and you’ll find your pick of locally grown and roasted coffee at many of the local shops. Pick one and have them tell you of the experience working with the trees, washing the cherries, all the way to brewing the cup from which you sip. Find a roaster who will take you on a tour of his arbor! When you invest time with the locals you’ll find those special connections that give you once in a lifetime experiences.
No matter what you do in Bali you’re bound to have breathtaking memories that hearken your heart time and time again. Ubud is a great place to go, outside larger cities but containing all the amenities you could desire. What wonders await you in Bali are moments from Ubud, and off the beaten path!