14 Amazing things to do in Ubud Bali

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently went to Bali, Indonesia. I was in Bali for three weeks, but hands down my favourite place was Ubud. I want you all to love Ubud just as much as I did, so here are 14 amazing things to do in Ubud, Bali.

14 amazing things to do in Ubud

Visit the beautiful temples

1. Pura Tirta Empul

The very first thing I did in Ubud was get purified. Yes you read that correctly, I went to Pura Tirta Empul to get purified with holy water. Here you can wander around the temple and take in its beauty. After this you wear a green sarong and enter the holy springs – two sacred purification pools with 30 waterspouts pouring out holy water. You enter the first pool and wait in the queue behind the firsts spout on the left. Before bathing you can say a prayer before washing yourself with the water and moving on to the next spout. Before you know it, you’re pure! I would 100% recommend anyone to visit this temple as it’s a really incredible experience!

2. Pura Gunung Kawi

Pura Gunung Kawi is often described as Ancient Bali as here there are lots of ancient shrines carved into rocks. Once you’ve climbed down the stairs from the ticket office you need to sprinkle holy water on yourself. Then you can wander around the shrines, ponds, palm trees and beautiful scenery and just take it all in!

3. Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave

Okay there are no real elephants here. Goa Gajah is actually a cave with crazy architecture on the outside of the rock. On the inside there are two shrines that date back to the 11th century! There are also markets here that you can wander around whilst you’re there. The whole complex is beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

4. Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati Temple

This temple is smack bang in the center of Ubud and so is really easy to get to! It is also free to enter and so if you want to see a beautiful temple this might be the one for you! It isn’t that big so you don’t have to spend long having a wander around the temple grounds. In the evening the Saraswati temple shows traditional Balinese performances which you should definitely check out whilst you are in Bali.

Visit Waterfalls

5. Aling Aling waterfall 

Okay so technically this first waterfall isn’t actually in Ubud, its actually located in the north of Bali. I wont lie to you, this waterfall is not the easiest to get to and so I would recommend doing it as a tour. We actually started our tour from Canggu but you’ll quickly realise that in Bali, nothing is too far away. A three hour journey each way may seem like a lot of effort, but trust me, its totally worth it! This waterfall is unique, because not only can you swim in the water below the waterfalls, you can also jump off at different heights – 5m, 10m and 15m (I was a baby and just did the 5m, but for you thrill seekers, definitely do the highest one). If that wasn’t enough, you can also slide down one of the waterfalls – yes you read that correctly (check out my Bali Instagram highlights for a laugh). So if you want a fun, adventure filled day, definitely check out this waterfall!

6. Tegenungan waterfall 

This is probably the most popular (read busiest) waterfall in Ubud, so don’t make the mistake I did and get there early! This waterfall is only 30 minutes away from Ubud so it’s really easy to see its beauty. You have to climb down a lot of stairs to get to the base of the waterfall – this bit isn’t too bad, but the climb up … man I almost died! You can swim in the water at the bottom of the waterfall, go on a bali swing or just sit and watch the water fall.

7. Kanto Lampo waterfall 

This waterfall is much more of a hidden gem but still quite busy so definitely get there early! If you’re not waterfall’d out, you can swim in the water and even climb up the waterfall itself! Other than Aling Aling, this was my favourite waterfall, its really impressive and really worth the journey. Just be prepared to wait for people taking photos underneath the waterfall when you go!

Have an adventure!


8. Hike up Mount Batur 

Hiking up the volcano Mount Batur in Ubud was my absolute favourite thing to do in Ubud! When you book through a tour you get picked up from your hostel at 2 am. Yes you read that correctly. 2 am. But trust me it is worth it. You get driven to the base of the volcano after having coffee and breakfast and from there you can hike to the top. It takes around 2 hours to get to the top and see the beautiful sunrise. If that wasn’t enough you then get to see the crater where there is hot steam coming out of it. Trust me, it is freezing at the top of that volcano so you will be so grateful for the heat. Side note – do the hike in leggings/joggers (trust me). If you’re still looking for a reason to do this hike, at the top of the volcano there are monkeys! Feed them egg yolks or bananas and watch the cheeky rascals be all over you. Take my advice and do this trip!

9. White water rafting 

If you’re an adrenaline junky you’re probably looking for even more adventure … well look no further than white water rafting. In Ubud you can do white water rafting down the River Ayung and it is such a fun experience. I had never done white water rafting before and I was a little bit nervous I won’t lie to you, but it was totally fine! The Ayung river course is only difficulty level 2 or 3 so is perfect for beginners. But make sure you still hold on tight, I nearly fell out quite a few times!

10. Ubud Monkey Forest

If you hadn’t got your monkey fix at the top of Mt. Batur, then you can see more than 1000 at the Monkey Forest located in the center of Ubud. The monkeys roam freely and aren’t shut away in cages so you can see them in their natural habitat! Watch them at feeding time, or cleaning themselves, it is a really great experience. But don’t forget these are wild animals so do not aggravate them! They will often try and steal your belongings and jump on your back, don’t panic and they will leave you alone. Don’t smile or make eye contact as these are a sign of aggression, and please don’t purposely wind them up just for a photo!

Explore Ubud

11. Rice Terraces & Bali swing

Rice terraces are literally everywhere in Bali, and Ubud is no exception! The most popular rice terraces in Ubud are probably the Tegalalang terraces but there are lots to choose from! Ask your hostel/hotel/taxi driver/travel agent which one to go to! The terraces are beautiful and a great thing to see. Whilst there you can also do the infamous Bali swing and also try Luwak coffee (google it, honestly its fascinating and weird at the same time).

12. Ubud Markets

Who doesn’t love a good market? There are markets all over Bali, in fact there are often some at each location mentioned in this list. The Ubud markets are huge and you can find everything from clothes, bags and jewelry to herbs and spices! Get your haggling skills out and grab yourself a bargain.

13. CP lounge 

I won’t lie to you, Ubud is not known for its night life. So if you’re heading there just to party you will probably be dissapointed. One of the best places to go however is CP lounge. This is a great bar with live music, reasonably priced drinks and a good atmosphere. Not only that, there is a also a side room that turns into a club later on in the evening – the best of both worlds! The security guards are also so funny here and the staff are great!

14. Lazy Cats Cafe

Are you looking for an instagramable cafe, good food and relatively cheap prices? Then look no further than the Lazy Cats cafe located smack bang in the center of Ubud. This cafe was literally a 5 minute walk from the In Da Lodge hostel which is where I stayed in Ubud (literally £2 a night – STAY HERE!). This is the cutest cafe and is always busy but with great, fast service you never have to wait too long!

So those are 14 amazing things to do in Ubud! Below is a Bali bucket list challenge, can you complete them all?

Have you been to Bali? Is it on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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