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Top Attractions in Ubud – Open Bali's Treasure Chest

Cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is a treat; environs are fabulous where terraced paddy fields and lush hills await. Pick up unique souvenirs, enjoy holistic healing and eat healthily. Read on for more.

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Explore the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave

Located to the south of Bedulu Village this is one of the islands most treasured archaeological sites. Placed six kilometres from the centre of Ubud the temple is home to an 11th-century cave which one gets to by descending a flight of stairs. There you will come across a courtyard filled with historical relics and beautiful rock carvings as well as a meditation site. Around the temple are a second Hindu Kovil and bathing pools complete with fountains which were discovered in 1954.

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Trek the Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a sacred sanctuary to the islands grey-long tailed Macaque monkey population. This is the most popular such sanctuaries across the island well known for proper management and study of the species. Lying at the borders of Padangtegal Village the forest is both a scientific research centre and spiritual enclave; within the forest are many ancient temples and shrines closely guarded by the inhabitants of the village. Easy to reach from the top hotels in Ubud the forest is open from 8 am to 6 pm.

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Savour the Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Discover the immense benefits of 'Subak'; Bali's age-old irrigation system which has created the gorgeous terraced rice fields of Ubud. A few minutes from the city centre of Ubud are the highlands of Tegallalang where just about everyone stops for beautiful scenic pictures and a chance to appreciate the stunning vistas. Along with this route is a bevvy of souvenir stalls from which wooden handicrafts and other locally made artefacts can be purchased. Head over to the Village of Pakudui just close by and check out the ornamental wooden carvings of mythological gods and other objects.

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Head Into Town

Ubud City Centre just 5kms from Alila Ubud Bali is a fantastic scout. There you can explore the Puri Saren Royal Palace, browse the many art galleries and watch artisans hard at work. The city centre is chock full of boutique cafes offering organic meals and loads of holistic environs to relax in; the traditional Ubud Market will be your one-stop shopping paradise for acquiring unique gifts and other handy crafts. The market is for the serious shopper boasting a double story network of stalls that deal in woodwork, sarongs, souvenirs and colourful batik creations.

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Relish the Blanco Renaissance Museum

This is the home of Filipino-born artist Don Antonio Blanco known for his flamboyant character. The museum is an unofficial landmark and must visit. It sits on the summit of a beautiful hill in the Campuhan Valley and holds within its folds a marvellous collection of paintings, poetry and other artwork of the illustrious artist. Enjoy the landscaped gardens and a stopover at the fine dining restaurant while there.

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