The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. With its tranquil atmosphere, Ubud could be the best area for a chilling and relaxing family trip. Here are the best things to do in Ubud with your family and kids.
1. Shop at Art Market
Art Market Ubud is the hippest spot to shop local crafts and clothing. Explore the area and you will find so many exciting stuff, from handmade rattan bags, silk scarves, light shirts, statues, kites, baskets or hats, and many other handicraft items. It’s better to come when the shops are just opened, usually every 10 am, to get better prices.
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No. 35, Ubud
2. Visit Ubud Palace
The Ubud Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud, Gianyar Regency of Bali, Indonesia. The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud. The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud and built around the year 1800. There also several festivals and events held in this palace where you and your family can learn about Balinese culture and history.
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud
3. Visit Taman Saraswati Temple
Taman Saraswati Temple is one of the most popular landmarks of Ubud. The most notable feature of the temple is its lotus pond and water garden, marking the outer area of the actual temple. Plumeria (frangipani) trees decorate the edges of the pond, while the straight bridge-like access is decorated with paras (volcanic tuff) sculptures of Hindu mythological figures. Many of these statues are the works of Lempad. Access to the inner sanctum is provided by three red-bricked kori agung gates. The central kori agung is the largest of these gates and is flanked with two tall plumeria trees.
Location: Jl. Kajeng, Ubud
4. Visit Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall is a waterfall in Bali, Indonesia. It is located at the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, North from the capital Denpasar and close to the artist village of Ubud. The waterfall is isolated but has become a popular tourist attraction and a perfect place to spend with your kids. It is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that is not situated in highlands or mountainous territory. The amount and clarity of the water at the site depend on rainfall but it contains green surroundings with fresh water that can be swum in. The waterfall includes varying highs that can be climbed after the descent downstairs to reach it. This attraction also features a viewing point to the jungle and waterfall at the main entrance.
Location: Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Gianyar
5. Visit Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built-in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary. The complex contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery which is the most attractive part of this place. The cave contains lingam and yoni, a symbol of Shiva, and the image of Ganesha, while by the river there are carved images of stupas and chattra, the imagery of Buddhism. The entrance of the cave is accessed only by walking down a long flight of stairs. The inside of the temple is small and usually has trails of white smoke from the incense burning. Visitors wearing shorts will be issued a sarong to tie around the waist before entering the courtyard.
Location: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Desa Bedulu
6. Cycling around the countryside
Ubud is filled with picturesque areas which perfect for walking and cycling with your family and kids. While enjoying the fresh air, you can also observe the local lifestyle. There are several trails perfect for cycling or walking, Campuhan Ridge Walk and Penglipuran Village Walk.
7. Visit Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi is not the name of a mountain as in Java, but one of the tourist attractions of cultural heritage with some ancient relics in the form of temples composed of carved stones. In addition to enjoying the scenery around attractions, there are many interesting historical values you and your family can learn here. On the east side, there are five temples that are dedicated, according to one theory, to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. The temples on the west side are dedicated, according to the same theory, to the king’s minor queens or concubines. The temple is not only an important sacred place for the Balinese culture but also an archaeological site quite popular amongst tourists.
Location: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar
8. Explore Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a scenic, terraced hillside offering rice paddies amid lush greenery. You can explore the area by walking and experience the zip lines and jungle swings provided by locals. Expect a stunning and soothing nature treasure with wonderful green scenery that will be ready to spoil your eyes.
Location: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang
9. Visit at Ulun Danu Beratan
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is one of nine “Kahyangan Jagat Temple” which is surrounding Bali Island, which makes it become one of the most important Temple for the Balinese, especially for Hindu. It consists of five compounds of temples and one Buddhist Stupa. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is located approximately 1200 meters high above sea level and is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the mountainous landscape with fresh air. This place has become one of the icons of travel in Bali and has been visited by many visitors from domestic or international. Some of the most favorite activities to do with family and kids are including explore the lake and taking a bath.
Location: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan
10. Visit Kemenuh Butterfly Park
The park is located strategically, only 10 minutes drive from Ubud. The background of the park is a spectacular rice field and a wonderful tropical environment. The park, as the habitat of the adult butterflies (imago), is designed in such a way based on the insects’ needs. The park collects some different colorful variety of butterflies. You can see and observe them feeding and flying all around. Occasionally some butterflies are resting on the leaves of the plants and it gives you taking a picture opportunity on them. On the way out, you can visit a pupa/chrysalis room hanging inside the room. If you are really lucky you can see and observe how the adult butterflies (imago) emerge from the pupa/chrysalis. Additionally, releasing the adult butterflies (imago) from inside the room to the park is absolutely unforgettable nature experience for you.
Location: Jl.Batukaru, Sesandan, Tabanan