Attractions – what to do in Ubud
The Gianyar regency is highly recommended to be visited to encounter Balinese culture and the art creation. There are many art shops that can be visited for the art crafts and painting galleries. Ubud is the most famous area to visit. At Ubud, the Balinese art and creativity are grown up fast, starts from dance art, carving art, paintings, and many more. Most Ubud citizen itself lives as artists.
Ubud Palace is open for public to visit. Here, once a week, there are Balinese dancing performance to entertain the guests. Everyday there are gamelan instruments practice by some of Ubud music group. Across the palace is the Ubud Market which is full of handy-crafts, clothing products and souvenirs at affordable price.
Batubulan is famous with the Barong, Kecak and Legong Dance performance. But to watch the performance you have to come earlier, as the show performs around 09.30 AM. Along the Batubulan main street you may find stone and wood art craft, such as Ganesha, Buddha, Dewa and Dewi statues. Nearby this area there are some restaurants, luwak coffee store, convenience stores, and Balinese souvenir shops.
Don’t forget to step into Sukawati and Guwang Art Market, located on Jl. Raya Sukawati, across the Sukawati Traditional Market. Set in a new two-storey building, sells a wide variety of merchandises, ranging from paintings, statues, shirts, shorts, bags, sandals, to dance costumes, all at reasonable prices with made in Bali pattern. A large variety of woven baskets can be found here along with Balinese ceremonial items made from colorful prada (gold painted cloth). Guwang Art Market is only 2 km south of Sukawati market, which sells the same item. Don’t forget to bargain to get the best price and check carefully for the each item you buy.
Pura Goa Gajah, located in the village of Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, is one of Bali heritage site, as a center of the kingdom of Bali Kuna. To enter this cave, visitors must climb dozen stairs. There is a relief which looks like mountain on the entrance of this cave. It was carved many designed on the relief like grove with the stick, close leaf, animal for example forest pig, tortoise and specters. The cave mouth is decorated by the bas-relief with the eye turn around to the right or west side.
Bali is cannot be divided with its ancient Balinese dance tradition. It is the part of Bali religious and artistic expression among Balinese people. For Balinese people, dancing is the offerings as well as they presenting offerings to their gods.
Broadly there are 3 group of Balinese dance: Wali dance (sacred dance), Bebali dance (dance performance for ceremonies) and Balih-balihan dance (for entertainment)
Nowadays we can see some famous Balinese dance, such as Pendet welcoming dance, Legong, Barong and Kecak Dance. You may catch these performances at Ubud and Batubulan area, and usually the dance starts from 6.30 PM. While at Denpasar area named Kesiman, the show starts from 09.30 AM.
Not only the beautiful dancing cultures, Bali is also well known as the island of thousand temples. Each part of Bali has its own unique characteristic and historical records. These are 7 selections of the most popular temples on Bali (source from baliwaves.com): Besakih Temple in side of Mount Agung, Tanah Lot Temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Pura Tirta Empul, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Goa Lawah Temple, and Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi.
When you are visiting temples, you should wear a proper dress. If you are wearing long pants or long skirts, you will need a sash tied around the waist. If you are wearing shorts, the sarong is needed. A sash or sarong can be hired at the temples.
SHOP, RELAX AND DINE
As developing island for international tourism, Bali has many shopping spots for clothes, jewelries, crafting, statues, and even for Balinese unique souvenirs. You may find it at Kuta, Ubud, Denpasar, Sanur, and in some part of Bali regencies. Check out for our Nearby Attractions page to see each regency is famous of.
Bali offers also many kind of accommodation type, starts from the low cost until five star classes, spread along the Bali tourism area. So relax and pamper yourself, Bali offers the massage and spa treatments, and help you more to enjoy the beauty Bali. You may plan your activities with a trustworthy travel agency. Traditional foods and international foods are also available at the restaurants or warung. Some restaurants are completed with live music entertainment. The famous restaurants are La Luciolla, KuDeTa, Potato Head at Seminyak, Dining at Jimbaran beach, and Rock Bar at Uluwatu.
BALI NATURE BEAUTY
Don’t forget to enjoy the Bali nature beauty, that you cannot find somewhere else. The Kuta beach, Sanur, and even at Uluwatu. The ricefields and forest beauty at Ubud and volcano at Kintamani surely will take your breath away. For the surfers, you can ride the waves, the famous one at Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Impossibles (between Bingin and Padang Padang).