As one of the best places in Bali to see both modern and historic art and cultural areas, Ubud has a number of great attractions for travelers to choose from. The many art and craft shops in town will introduce you to the fine craftsmanship and brilliant creativity to be found here, but you may also choose to explore a gallery or cultural museum instead. Natural beauty and wildlife cannot be forgotten, and there are several animal parks and lovely landscapes to see as you journey around Ubud.
Bali Safari & Marine Park
Everyone can enjoy the Bali Safari & Marine Park near the Ketewel coast. Just about half an hour’s drive south from Ubud, this park features safari tours that will take you through a variety of environments filled with amazing animals, including those from India and the African continent. Tours are guided and the animals are free to roam around, making this park an enriching and positive experience. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo and the park’s various animal shows, including elephant programs. The Bali Safari and Marine Park is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
The rice terraces of Bali are some of the most striking and lovely in the world. These terraces were built to better irrigate the rice crops that have been so essential to Ubud’s survival. Tegallalang is an elevated area from which many people view the paddies below. It is the perfect place to get a good view of Ubud’s natural beauty and take some photos to send to friends back home. Reach this spot by traveling north along Jalan Raya Tegallalang.
Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)
Goa Gajah is an amazing temple complex located in Bedulu Village, not far from Ubud (about six kilometers to the south). This site will be appreciated by everyone, especially those with an interest in history and archaeology. This complex includes impressive rock carvings dating back to the eleventh century. With a Hindu temple, a courtyard, and a pool, this archaeological site is not be missed. It can be visited from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is filled with the famous grey long-tailed macaques of Bali. Located in Padangtegal, Ubud, the monkey forest is appreciated not only for its excellent preservation of the macaque’s habitat but also for its cultural significance, as the monkeys live partly in some temples far in the forest. The Ubud Monkey Forest Can be visited from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Agung Rai Museum of Art
To see art in Ubud, head to the Agung Rai Museum of Art, also known as ARMA. This is not only a museum and gallery but also home to culture lessons. The exhibits here include numerous works of art from around Indonesian and around the world. You will find the museum about three kilometers south of Ubud, and it is worth the short trip. ARMA is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and is located on Jalan Raya Pengosekan.
Puri Saren Royal Palace
The Puri Saren Royal Palace is a beautiful building that is sometimes called the Puri Saren Agung. Home of the Ubud royal family, the palace is easy to find and was built in the 1800s. The architecture is gorgeous, as are the landscaped gardens. There are occasional Balinese dance performances here, so check ahead if you would like to attend.
Setia Dharma House of Masks
The Setia Dharma House of Masks is also known as the Masks & Puppets house. Anyone interested in Balinese culture, art, or history will like to visit this interesting museum. With thousands of items in its collection, the Setia Dharma House has masks and puppets from around the world, including, of course, Indonesia. It is fascinating collection that is housed in a building located amidst beautiful gardens and an even greater natural setting. Visitors can go to this museum on Jalan Tegal Bingin any day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.