UBUD & BEYOND

Barong & Keris Dance

One of the authentic sides of Bali is traditional Balinese dance performance which is call Barong Dance Bali. From the shape and design of Barong, it takes shape like an animal mix between tiger, lion, dragon and a cow shape. The entire body of the Barong decorated with traditional Balinese carvings made from cow-hide. In the carvings, there are dozens of small glass mirrors. When there are lights hits the small mirror glass, create a sparkling form of light of the Barong. On the body of Barong you also will see much fur. The wool made from the dried fibers leaves and usually use pandan leaves. It required two dancers to wear the Barong costume. At the same time during the performance of Barong dance, also perform Rangda Dance. Rangda is a figure which looks very sinister, due to be used to symbolize evil. While the Barong express virtue, therefore, every Barong dance performance, there is Rangda dance performance. Due to represent the eternal difference between virtue and evil.


UBUD ART VILLAGES

In Ubud area there are some villages called "art villages" with their own speciality in each village. Such as Celuk Village is famous for silversmith, while Mas Village is famous for wood carving, not mention also Batuan Village which is famous for stone carving and many other villages with their own arts speciality (egg carving, paintings, cloth painting, etc). We usually start our Ubud Tour by introducing these art villages to our guests, based on our guests interest.


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UBUD SWING & BIRD NEST

Ubud swing and bird nest has become viral in Instagram lately. Those photos are amazing and one in a lifetime experience. Our guests always include it in their list of amazing things to do in Ubud.  Ever since they see the pictures of people swinging over the jungle they will wanted to try it themselves. It looks pretty sketchy in a photo, but when you get there it actually feels really safe, and it's definitely a unique experience. It's not hard to see why it is one of Bali's most instagramable spots. 

They now also have tandem swing - where you can swing together with your friend or couple. It will be very exciting experience for honeymooners. Great in your insta as well :)

If you interested to visit this spot, as well as the other destinations around Ubud area, you can book our full day tour for approximately 8 to 10 hours trip - only for $45. 

To book the tour you can just simply fill the contact form or click on WhatsApp logo to contact us via WhatsApp.


ELEPHANT CAVE TEMPLE (PURA GOA GAJAH)

Elephant Cave Temple is located at the Blahbatuh Village in Gianyar, Bali. It is about 27 km from Denpasar. This cave is built at the crevasse edge from the encounter of 2 rills that is called Pangkung river, where the irrigation is mixed with Petanu river flow. The encounter area of two rivers is called Campuhan. It owns the magical energy on the basis of Rwabineda Concept (two different energy).

On this basic concept hence Elephant Cave is intentionally built among two rivers. The word Goa Gajah is from the word of Lwa Gajah, the name of the Buddhist Temple or hermitage for Buddhist monk. The Goa Gajah name is written on Negarakertagama papyrus which is compiled by Mpu Prapanca on 1365 M. Lwa means the river and it reflect to the meaning that the hermitage is located at Gajah River or in Air Gajah. In the year inscription 944 Saka, it is mentioned with the name of "ser ring Air Gajah" that is meaning the Subak leader in Air Gajah. The word has mentioned that the hermitage of Lwa Gajah is located in Subak Air Gajah.

There is a relief which is almost looking like the form of 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. There is an article letter of Kediri type from the early of 11 century was written on the wall left side or east side. There is a pool as a place to take the holy water (Tirtha) for Hindu ceremony which is located in the middle of the cave courtyard. This Holy Pool  is previously piled up by land and it has been found on 1954 by Krijgsman from the Ancient Department. The Holy Pool is equipped by the statue douche which is parallel arranged in two groups.

If you interested to visit this temple, as well as the other temples around Ubud area, you can book our full day tour for approximately 8 to 10 hours trip - only for $45. To book the tour you can just simply fill the contact form or click on WhatsApp logo to contact us via WhatsApp.


MONKEY FOREST

Monkey Forest in Ubud is a small rain forest dwelt by some group of monkeys and other tropical animals. It is strategically located in the heart of Ubud village, precisely located in the region of Padang Tegal Village, Ubud sub disctrict and Gianyar Regency. Monkey forest in Balinese language called Wanara Wana are spread out in the island and Ubud Monkey forest itself own very important function of the continuity the monkey habitat in Bali. Meanwhile the local community own important role to keep this forest naturally in order to all wild animals able to live smoothly. Ubud Monkey Forest is dwelt by approximately 200 monkeys, pertained to long tail inclusive macaques or macaca fascicularis group which owns the wide disseminating area. Among the amount of monkeys living in this forest, there are approximately 23 adult male, 79 adult female and the other 98 babies. All the monkeys in this forest consisted of three groups, dwell certain area and use the certain place and certain time. 

owever it also happened that the entire group can use the forest and whenever two groups are existing at the same place and time, they will fight each other. These monkeys are believed as Gods Guard of Dalem Agung Temple, the Hindu Temple exist in the middle of the forest. There are three Holy Temples in this monkey forest and those are existing surround the forest and it is estimated built in the middle of 14th century, in the early governance of Gelgel Dynasty. Dalem Agung Temple is located in northwest from the forest represent the existence of most important temples. Beside of two others, that are Permandian Temple, in Westwide from this forest and Prajapati Temple which is located in southeast side where the place of Dewa Siwa (Lord Shiva), one of the Khayangan Temple in Padang Tegal Village.

If you interested to visit monkey forest, we have a very interesting Ubud tour package to go with it.

To book the tour you can just simply fill the contact form or click on WhatsApp logo to contact us via WhatsApp.

LUWAK COFFEE - the most famous coffee from Bali

Luwak coffee or Civet Coffee is coffee made from coffee cherries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive track of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxorus Hermaphroditus) After collected, the beans are processed hygienically, and given only a medium roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process. This Kopi Luwak proccess takes place only on island of Bali, Java and Sumatera in the Indonesian Archipelago. Producing no more than 300 kg per year and distributed throughout the world. Some people try to breed the civet and given a coffee cherries to eat, they won't succeed. Our Kopi Luwak is origin from wild civet which live mutualism with coffee farmers. Civets use their nature insting to eat the best taste of coffee cherries in the coffee plantation.

If you interested to visit the Kopi Luwak coffee plantation for coffee tasting as well as learning the making process, or should you need any further information, just simply fill the contact form or click on WhatsApp logo to contact us via WhatsApp.

BATUAN TEMPLE


Batuan Temple is a local Balinese Hindu temple looked after by the local resident of Batuan countryside. The temple is designed very beautiful with full of Balinese ornaments and the roof temple building is made from the fiber of chromatic black palm tree. It is strategically located beside of the main road from Denpasar to Ubud. Batuan Temple were founded in the year 944 Saka (1020 AD).

If you interested to visit this temple, as well as the other temples around Ubud area, you can book our full day tour for approximately 8 to 10 hours trip - only for $45.

To book the tour you can just simply fill the contact form or click on WhatsApp logo to contact us via WhatsApp.


TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE & WATER SPRING


Tampak Siring is a holy spring water temple as one the site of the Tampak Siring Presidential Palace. The palace was built between 1957-1960 at the initiation of President Soekarno. Tampak Siring is a town in central Bali, Indonesia. It is the home to the Gunung Kawi Temple. In the past, Tampak Siring is one of the governance center in Bali during the kingdom period. Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu Temple located in a valley between two hills with big springs and sacred by the local residents as a place to melt all the bad influences in the body and purifies the soul and mind. Tirtha Empul Temple or better known as Tampak Siring Temple or Holy Water Temple is a place to purify our self from the bad influences in life where we can discover the traditional showers sourced from the springs at this temple. The water that comes out from the shower is believed to eliminate all kind of diseases including adverse effect in the human life and give the new holy spirits. This place is very famous in Bali and many visited by local people and tourists every day since it has been appointed as one of the tourist destinations in Bali. HISTORY OF TAMPAK SIRING OR TIRTA EMPUL The wellspring emerges from the land is believed that it is the infinite creation. According to the history, this water source is arranged and sanctified by King Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). He has given the name Tirta Ri Air Hampul. The data is loaded in the inscription that is located at Sakenan Temple. Besides of the above epigraphy data, in Tirta Empul Temple is also found the archaeology omission like Colossus Yoni, Arca Lion, Tepasana and Tirta Empul pool. According to papyrus of Usana Bali narrated that Tirta Empul is created by Bhatara Indra (Sun Deity) when bearing arms against the king where his palace is located at Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king, which he can goes missing or show suddenly, therefore he is named by Mayadenawa. Because of its miracle, he becomes the arrogance and expressing himself as a god. The Mayadenawa King owns an assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. They prohibit the people to do the Yadnya (praying to the gold) so that is natural disaster, diseases epidemic, agriculture fail often happened and finally the miserable society life. Finally Bhatara Indra gives the battle against the king that happened in Tampak Siring and then the Mayadenawa is gone to the wall and disappear. King Mayadenawa has also created poisonous pools which make the team of Bhatara Indra die and faint after drinking this water. Then Bhatara Indra stick the weapon of Umbul-umbul and finally the water is emerging so that called by Tirta Empul and then it is passed to the dead and faint soldier that made tham back to live. Therefore at the moment this pool water is sanctified by the Hindu society in Bali and they believe that this water source can heal various of diseases, hence every day this place is a lot of visited by Hindu people to do the ritual and sanctify themselves. This place has been opened for public and as a famous tourist destination in Bali.

If you interested to visit this destination, as well as the other destinations around Ubud area, you can book our full day tour for approximately 8 to 10 hours trip - only for $45. Or you can also book this Spritual Tour which is also including offering to the temple and soul cleansing at the temple.

LUNCH AT KINTAMANI WITH VOLCANO & LAKE BATUR VIEW

Enjoy lunch time here at Kintamani with Volcano & Lake Batur view like no other place in Bali. While eating your lunch you can enjoy the view of the Mountain as well as breathing fresh mountain air. You will feel relaxed and fresh after lunch.

UBUD RICE FIELDS (TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE)


Tegalalang countryside is located at 5 km northern part of Ubud Village and own the magnificent view of rice terrace. The rice terrace is designed very beautiful with exquisite hollowing rice field and precisely located on the hill bank. In this place, you will see the Balinese farmer do their rice field in oblique area complete with it's system irrigation. You will enjoy the beautiful panorama of valley with rice terrace and coconut trees ornament it. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the tourist icon in Ubud Bali and many visited by tourists every day.

If you interested to visit this destination, as well as the other destinations around Ubud area, you can book our full day tour for approximately 8 to 10 hours trip - only for $45. To book the tour you can just simply fill the below contact form or click the WhatsApp logo above.


TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL

Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers who happen to be staying in Ubud or have neighbouring Sukawati among their tour itineraries. The falls are conveniently located halfway between Ubud and Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar, and is considered the closest natural attraction of its kind that you can reach within only a half-hour transfer southeast from Ubud town. Getting to the falls is a pleasant drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides.


Upon reaching the end of the road, you are welcomed into a newly built parking and welcoming area, with ticket booths up front . This area is lined with art and souvenir shops, together with small local ‘warung’ stalls selling snacks and cold drinks. The largest restaurant here, Bebek Tamarind, serves great local dishes such as its signature Balinese style crispy fried duck, and is a good spot to hangout before or after going down to Tegenungan Waterfall. The falls are only several minutes’ walk down the trail beyond the shops, where you’ll enjoy the impressively green valley panorama with cascading water as a centrepiece. Dense foliage frames the falls, and the water volume is impressive at almost any time of year, but normally at its strongest during the wet season (October to April). You can go down to the vast pebbly base and enjoy a dip in the plunge pool, but this is not advised after heavy downpours, due to the risk of flash floods.

SUNRISE VOLCANO TREKKING / HIKING

For this popular activity, guests will be picked up from their hotel at around 2 am from Kuta or around 3 am from Ubud area. Sunrise trekking start at 4 am. Guests will be guided by a local guide during the trekking until reaching the top of the Mount Batur to see sunrise.

To book this activity, or need more info just simply fill the contact form or click the WhatsApp logo to text us on WhatsApp.

UBUD CYCLING TOUR


Cycling in Ubud seems like such a great idea.  That is until you figure out that Ubud is full of hills, and for much of the year, quite warm.  This is why most Ubud cycling tours drive their guests up the mountain and then let them roll down. The cycling tour operator will use high quality electric bicycles.  These bikes allow you to pedal, use electric, or any combination of the two.  They are absolutely perfect for flattening out those Ubud hills.  This allows our guests to see all the incredible sites around Ubud in just a half day tour, leaving time for other great Ubud activities.

To book this activity, you can book online on our website, fill the contact form or click the WhatsApp logo to text us on WhatsApp.


TUKAD CEPUNG WATERFALL – THE UNREAL LIGHT RAYS

Tukad Cepung Waterfall is definitely one of the most unique spots in Bali. With sun rays that beam through the falls, here’s everything you need to know.  Tukad Cepung Waterfall is super easy to get to by car or motorcycle. Located just outside of Ubud, it turned out to be one of our favourites waterfalls near Ubud area. This epic waterfall has an adventurous, jungle like trail leading up to it and is famous for its crazy sun rays that shine through! Easy to reach and only a 15 minute walk, this waterfall is family friendly and not too strenuous.


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