“Dubbed as the island ‘capital of culture’, Ubud is a magnificent town that has been considered as the island’s very own preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music for more than a century.”
Aside from shoreline areas which have made Bali internationally famous destination for tourist, the island also owns other kind of natural wonders to be visited during your vacation, and Ubud is one of them. This remarkably beautiful city in the middle side of Bali has long drawn travelers from all across the world to come and experience its beauty up, close and personal.
Once a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians looking for spiritual enlihgtenment, Ubud has transformed itself to an A-class hot spot for art collectors, connoisseurs, commoners and celebrities alike. Stroll across the Ubud’s sidewalk in certain times and you might pass one or two recognizable figures, seeking solace in the city’s nurturing ambience away from their mundane daily activity.
In the morning, as the weather is quite nice, we visit Campuhan hill, a hilltop site filled with pleasant greenery and scenic view. There lies a small paved path with lush grass growing freely on it sides, with panorama of green paddy field beyond. This is a perfect place for trekking or cycling together with the dearest one.
Ubud once ruled by the royal kingdom, which rules from a royal palace or ‘Puri’ called Puri Agung Ubud. During our visit, we went to the palace to learn about Ubud’s historical background and its significance in Balinese ancient era. Puri Agung Ubud opens for public in certain hours.
Beside from culture, Ubud is also home for some of the most acknowledged traditional cuisine. For lunch, we opted to try nasi ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku, a restaurant serving authentic Balinese chicken rice. The tender chicken meat and Balinese spice are so palatably tempting, but if you don’t have such high threshold for chili, it is suggested that you order the chili to be separated, as it is ‘authentically spicy’.
After catering our hunger, it was time to continue the journey. There are some ancient sites worth visiting in Ubud, such as the wonderful Goa Gajah or sacred Monkey Forest. Although literally means ‘elephant cave’, there are none of those magnificent beasts inside Goa Gajah, instead, it a remnant of sanctuary once used as a contemplative hermitage. We learned that the name is derived from the intersection of two rivers between the caves that creates massive spiritual energy (thus the name ‘elephant’ came from).
Ubud has and always been a vital part of Bali island. It is a destination worth visiting every time you need to seek a break from the mind-numbing daily activities, a sanctuary to relax and regain the balance in an enchanting, timeless get away.