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Top 5 Things to Do in Ubud – Captivating & Thrilling Bali Adventures

If you happen to be planning a holiday to Ubud, Bali then you are in for a treat; this enchanting part of the Island of the Gods offers both cultural discoveries and action packed excitement.


Visit Goa Gajah

Also known as the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah is an ancient and historical site that can be found near the Bedulu village. The main cave dates back to the 11th century and features a unique entrance of a giant face carved into the rock with the opening where one enters serving as the mouth. Inside one will find carvings on the rock along with three stone idols. Apart from the cave, those exploring the surrounding courtyard can see other interesting relics and remnants, stone carvings and bathing pools that feature fountains.


Explore the Ubud Monkey Forest

An experience that should be part of your tours and adventures in Ubud, the Ubud Monkey Forest offers a unique chance to not only explore an ancient forest but to also get up close with its famous monkey residents! Located near the Padangtegal village this enchanting forest provides a truly wonderful perspective of Bali's rich natural and cultural heritage. On a visit here you can enjoy the sight of monkeys getting up to their usual playful and mischievous habits, though do be mindful of your belongings. While you venture deeper into the forest you will come across ancient relics and temples as well as statues covered in moss that add to the sites enigmatic charm.


Try White Water Rafting

Adding some adrenaline pumping thrills to your visit to Ubud is the chance to enjoy some white water rafting along the famed Ayung River. Accommodation providers in the area such as COMO Uma Ubud organise such excursions so you do not have to worry about trying to organise it yourself. The rapids offer a fun-filled ride that can be enjoyed by younger kids as well. Apart from the wet and wild journey on the Ayung River, you will also get a chance to take in the breathtaking natural landscapes that surround the waters.


Shop at the Ubud Art Market

One of the not to be missed highlights is a chance to do a bit of shopping (and bargaining!) at the Ubud Art Market. A popular tourist attraction, this lively market can be found across from Puri Saren Agung (a famous palace). It features a fascinating array of locally made products and handicrafts including shirts, silk scarves, statues, hand woven baskets and hats and more. The items include those made at nearby villages such as Payangan, Pengosekan and Tegallalang and offer one a chance to purchase a truly unique keepsake or memento.


Watch Traditional Dance at Puri Saren Agung

Puri Saren Agung is a royal palace that can be found close to the Ubud Art Market. A well known landmark, this striking palace features ornate design and architecture and is set amidst picturesque gardens. It provides the perfect backdrop in which to witness the captivating intricacies and movements of traditional Balinese dance which can be witnessed as part of its daily evening shows.

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