Bali Highlights: Ubud Village & Uluwatu

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The word ‘Bali‘ evokes thoughts of a paradise for a lot of travellers. If you only have the chance to go there once in your life, you want to make sure that you get the best from your experience.

Ubud Village

Ubud is regarded as one of the most beautiful traditional Balinese towns. The area surrounding the town is made up of rice paddies, farms, and tropical forest. Since the early 1920s, when celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, HG Wells, and Vicki Baum visited, the town has been the artistic and cultural heart of Bali.

The Bali tourist boom started in the late 1960s and brought much development to the town. Its fame spread even further after some of Julia Roberts’ Bali scenes from Eat, Pray, Love were filmed there in 2013.

Located near the town is the Ubud Monkey Forest. The area covers around 10 hectares (or 27 acres) and is home to at least 115 different species of trees and 605 crab-eating macaques. Three Hindu temples built around 1350 can also be visited.

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Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud) Photo Nepomuk

Uluwatu

Uluwatu is on the south-western tip of Bali. The location is famous for the Uluwatu Temple (“Pura (Luhur) Uluwatu” in Indonesian), which sits on a 70-meter-high cliff overlooking the sea. Be aware that the temple is inhabited by monkeys who are famous for stealing visitors’ belongings in order to exchange them for food.

In 1971, the classic surf film Morning of the Earth turned a spotlight on Uluwatu, and the location was rediscovered as a surfing destination. Nowadays, surfers from around the globe come to surf the fives breaks of Uluwatu, which have been named The Bombie, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks, and The Peak.

In order to reach the beach of Uluwatu and its cave, the surfers need to descend down the temple and the base of the cave.

Because of the perfection of the waves, the locals believe that the surfers who ride the Uluwatu waves are blessed by the gods.


Surfing Uluwatu
 

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