A two hour journey from the heart of Bali, where the streets are bustling with tourists and the sound of traffic fills the air. Ubud is what one expects Bali to be like. The sound of crickets and birds welcome you and lush greenery is in abundance. Locals go about their day to day life, outweighing the number of tourists. Calm, secluded and where one can be surrounded by nature – This is a day in Ubud.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The scenic terraced fields that stretch over Ubud and the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan create what is known as Tegalalang Rice Terrace. With the ever green paddies expanding far and wide and the palm trees casting shadows against them. It is a sight to behold. Walking down the muddy paths and across bridges with trickling streams beneath, is when you realise the sheer expanse of the terraces that surround you. Some parts offer a steep climb up the valley and there before you is another outlook to marvel at.
How to get there:
From the main Ubud art market, head east to the large statue intersection and continue north. Tegalalang Rice Terraces are a half an hour drive out of Ubud.
Tip: To explore the different farmers rice terraces you need to pay a fee of $1.
Tip: Enclosed shoes are best, especially after it has been raining as the paths can be very muddy.
Situated 5 kilometres south east of Ubud, in the small village of Tengenungan lays the picturesque and serene Tengenungan Waterfall. Arriving, you weave your way through numerous stalls where you are greeted by a observation platform and here you can soak up the view from above taking in the sheer size of the waterfall. Descending down numerous stairs, the rumble of the cascading falls starts to echo and the path opens up to where the waterfall stands tall before you. Balancing over the rocks as you make your way closer, the spray of the water starts to fall onto your skin and along with it a wave of calm.
How to get there: A ten minute drive out of Ubud’s centre, easily found via Google maps. Once there pay 10,000 Rupiah for entry and follow the path down the stairs. Once at the bottom, turn left to get access to the waterfall.
Tips: It can get very busy, so to beat the rush of tourists get there early to get those perfect Instagram worthy shots!
Bikini: Crochet Bikini purchased at market stall near Tegalalang Rice Terrace.