Strange Facts About Ubud

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Ubud is a great area to explore when you are planning to visit Bali. You can see here the beautiful rice terraces, swings, and Hindu temples. We visited Aloha Ubud, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul, and Tegenungan Waterfall.

We love you Aloha!

Joanna and Nathaniel at Aloha Ubud Swing
Joanna and Nathaniel at Aloha Ubud Swing

ALOHA UBUD SWING the best swing in the Tegallalang area, it is a theme and amusement park with spectacular views of rice fields, agricultural activities. If you want to go here you can book on the spot or book a reservation. The best time you can go is in the morning between 9 am till 11 am. So the area was not crowded and to avoid the long queues. Well, it depends if your scheduled tour is PEAK Season or not. You can take advantage of facilities for taking pictures and drone shots as well. Honestly, you will love this place. They’re lots of friendly and helpful Balinese staff welcome you. You can also hear their voice loud and clear once you entered the place. “ALOHA, ALOHA” 🙂 In Hawaii and Bali, it means greetings or hello for each visitor pass moreover its means love, affection, and peace. If you have your gadgets like DSLR, camera, mobile phones it’s better to use them. But in ALOHA they provide also there very talented photographers but you need to pay them at the counter first if you want. The reservation for photographers is not compulsory. After your tour in the park, you will easily get the pictures (soft copy) on the counter. And before you do the activities, a reminder the staff will give you the waiver that you need to fill out. This form provides park rules and regulations. The price depends on the package you obtain or choose. This place is highly recommended for your friends, family, and also group tours to experience the warm and magical moments in the swing.

Nathaniel and Joanna at Aloha Ubud Swing
Nathaniel and Joanna at Aloha Ubud Swing

You can try all the swings you want. There are 5 types of unique swings. But the swings are different varying heights to 5 meters away, 10 meters, and 15 meters away. Here there is also a swing that is for a couple or group. Just a friendly reminder, don’t forget to bring a towel, sunblock, sunglasses, and change of clothes, your gadgets like drone and mobile phones, slippers to be comfortable, and also currency rupiah. You need to wear your perfect outfit so you can make stunning posts in your photos.

Joanna at Aloha Ubud Swing
Joanna at Aloha Ubud Swing

The Rice Terraces in Tegallalang

Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terraces

After the Fun and enjoyment in Aloha Park. We took our lunch in Teba Sari, a Resto-Bar Lounge, located in Tegallalang. The place is relaxing and beautiful. It’s a good experience. The food is tasty with the live band. There are refreshing cocktails with the perfect time to enjoy them. If you want to have a reservation, you can book online or simply go there. The restaurant is impressive, our seating is outdoor you can see the small fish pond with a sunny sky. Then after lunch, our next destination spot is the Rice Terraces in Tegallalang. The best way to get along on this zone is via taxi (but you need to ask first the driver how much it’s the cost before you go to that place, sometimes they want higher payment so better to make a deal with the driver.), you can also rent a scooter and a private Bali car. We would recommend you to visit this place in the morning to avoid crowds from 8 am till 11 am. Honestly, they are open 24 hours. We’re surprised by this place? Why? Because of the greenery landscape. There is a common and a similar area in the Philippines that you will see and found in the province of Ifugao. We called it the Banaue Rice Terraces. It is the same thing to draw water from the irrigation canal above the terrace clusters. If you were a nature lover, the Rice Terraces in Tegallalang are the most awaited bucket list if you’re visiting Bali. This is also the traditional irrigation with the Balinese. The entrance fee is considered the donations for them.

The rice terraces are one of the best things to do in Ubud and you can certainly spend a good few hours at this top attraction. You can also bring some snacks and water so you can avoid dehydration if want to stay there for long hours. You can also bring the your cameras, mobile phones and drown. So you can capture the nicest spot in greenery.

Joanna at Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Joanna at Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The Outdoor Activities @ Rice Terraces

It’s good to hear that there is a place in Bali that you can do the ritual and worship God. Tirta Empul which means the Holy Water Spring that was located in the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. They opened from Sunday to Saturday from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm. The Holy Balinese Spring is the place where lots of Hinduism with these families to perform the act of prayers. This soul purification was reverenced by the visitors by bathing through the water drain of the pond. Before you enter you need also a sarong, you can rent a sarong for a small donation at the entrance to the temple. On request, you will escort to do a blessing ritual at holy water with including Sarong and offers. But there is a rule that once the woman has a period she is not allowed to enter the temple. The temple is pleasant, especially for tourism. You can explore it quickly. You can also sit down and do some unwind. The shrines are brightly decorated, which contrasts with the starched white clothing of the Balinese who come here to pray. There is a large Koi Fish Pond, This area of the temple is walled off on all four sides from the rest of the complex, which gives it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. You can also do some activities like to take some photos. On the other side, when we visited the temple there are two distillation pools. But that time there were overflowing people in the pools because of the peak season month of June. They believed that there are magical powers and local Balinese come here to purify themselves. I suggest if you have a plan to go to Tirta Empul, there are also highly recommended temple grounds near this area. The Pura Gunung KawiSebatu is located in Central Bali and the Pura Gunung Kawi is located in North East Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Nathaniel and Joanna at Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Nathaniel and Joanna at Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Visiting the Goa Gajah in Bali (Elephant Cave)

Joanna at Goa Gajah
Joanna at Goa Gajah

As we go thru, our next destination is Elephant Cave, a historical site and one of the top caves in Bali, which is located in Alan Raya Goa Gajah, Pejeng Kawan, Tampaksiring, and Gianyar, in Bali. The best time to go here is from 8 am to 4 pm they opened daily. Elephant Cave in Ubud is a sanctuary for Buddhist and Hindu people with tropical with quiet and calming ambiance. At the Elephant cave attraction, you can see the Kalamakara and Dwarpala Statue.

Joanna at Goa Gajah
Joanna at Goa Gajah

When you go to the entrance, it is mandatory to wear the traditional clothes of Balinese, they called it a sarong. This is the appropriate attire or dressing clothes in the temple. Once you enter the area there is a guide that gave you the clothes and it’s free, but once you finished it you will send them back to them. The entrance fee is about 1.20 $ you can try to check it and converted it into Rupees currency.

Joanna and Nathaniel at Goa Gajah
Joanna and Nathaniel at Goa Gajah

You will see the demon face carved into the entrance of the cave mouth into the stone, the reason behind this is too assumed to be the warding off evil spirits. When you go inside it looks like T- shaped prayer room. You will appreciate the designs because it gives mouth to its interior has been interpreted as an elephant, although some believe it is to do with the statue inside of the Hindu God Ganesh (who has the head of an elephant). Ganesha’s form is highly charming and mesmerizing. The cute little chubby boy-like body with an elephant head has been inspiring devotion and love in the hearts, it symbolizes also wisdom, understanding.

Nathaniel and Joanna at Goa Gajah
Nathaniel and Joanna at Goa Gajah

Around the area, when you step down you will see the sacred or ceremonial bathing site, but I think this site is no longer used they preserve the area as a historical site. This is a good overview because it surrounded the statues and fountains carve. And also I tried to take some water to wash my face because the water is sacred for them. You can also take some photos and videos down.

Joanna at Goa Gajah
Joanna at Goa Gajah

The Holy Water Spring – Tirta Empul

Joanna at Tirta Empul
Joanna at Tirta Empul

It’s good to hear that there is a place in Bali that you can do the ritual and worship God. Tirta Empul which means the Holy Water Spring that was located in the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. They opened from Sunday to Saturday from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm. The Holy Balinese Spring is the place where lots of Hinduism with these families to perform the act of prayers. This soul purification was reverenced by the visitors by bathing through the water drain of the pond. Before you enter you need also a sarong, you can rent a sarong for a small donation at the entrance to the temple. On request, you will escort to do a blessing ritual at holy water with including Sarong and offers. But there is a rule that once the woman has a period she is not allowed to enter the temple. The temple is pleasant, especially for tourism. You can explore it quickly. You can also sit down and do some unwind. The shrines are brightly decorated, which contrasts with the starched white clothing of the Balinese who come here to pray. There is a large Koi Fish Pond, This area of the temple is walled off on all four sides from the rest of the complex, which gives it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. You can also do some activities like to take some photos. On the other side, when we visited the temple there are two distillation pools. But that time there were overflowing people in the pools because of the peak season month of June. They believed that there are magical powers and local Balinese come here to purify themselves. I suggest if you have a plan to go to Tirta Empul, there are also highly recommended temple grounds near this area. The Pura Gunung KawiSebatu is located in Central Bali and the Pura Gunung Kawi is located in North East Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Joanna at Tirta Empul
Joanna at Tirta Empul
Joanna at Tirta Empul
Joanna at Tirta Empul

Let’s Explore the Water fall @ Bali

Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall

Tenegungan Waterfall is one of the great places, an attraction that you spend some time to relax by refreshing nature waterfalls, this is a huge and famous place while visiting in Bali. It is located at Tenegungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, North from the capital Denpasar and close to the artist village of Ubud. The waterfalls open from Monday to Sunday. From 06:30 in the morning till 06:30 in the evening Bali time. There is an Entrance Free- Charge. The waterfall includes varying highs that can be climbed after the descent hundred downstairs to reach it. But when you reach the bottom of the falls, just take a deep breath and surprising the beauty of the waterfalls and blooming trees that you dream of.

At the time since its peak season in Bali, We expect a high volume of tourists. And this attraction also features a viewing point to the jungle and waterfall at the main entrance. Most of the drivers are known in this place. You can do it by private cars because there is no public transportation that you can avail of. You can also hire a scooter or motorbike. For some of the Bali motorbike rentals, there is a 24/7 hotline for roadside assistance. So you don’t have any worries. If you will encounter some problems at the lane. But make sure to check and read first the guide on how renting the scooter in Bali beforehand. The most fascinating you can do in these attractive falls is the picturesque view and the amazing natural scenery. On the other hand, this is your chance that you can do also droning shots, take some photos because of the extensive area.

You can do some activities in the falls, such as swimming even the water is flowing fast. But most of the tourists do this and have fun. Were not able to try to swim because we forget to bring additional clothes at that time. Some of the tourists do bravely jump on the top of the falls. This also the best spot on the Island.

Joanna and Nathaniel at Tegenungan Waterfall
Joanna and Nathaniel at Tegenungan Waterfall

On the road or near the parking areas, there are lots of shops that you can buy the cheaper souvenirs that you can bring the home country. The public facilities like public toilets, food, and drink install here.

Nathaniel and Joanna at Tegenungan Waterfall
Nathaniel and Joanna at Tegenungan Waterfall

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 11:24

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Joanna Amoyen

Simple, adventurous, try new things, travel new places, reading inspirational and entrepreneurship books, sports-minded, love to draw, cook, and baking.

12 thoughts on “Strange Facts About Ubud

  1. This is helpful since we’re planning to spend our Christmas there. if you don’t mind me asking is there a possibility that camping is allow in Ubud? But do you think it’s currently open for travellers?

  2. okay, so akala ko talaga it was mount Balur, batur pala hehehe! Anyway, was wondering when did you come here in Bali? Bali seems to be kinda similar to the PH, with that awesome view and their Tegallalang rice terraces 🙂

  3. Oh, I don’t remember much of my lessons on different religions, but I do remember that some cultures use demon heads nga to ward off bad spirits.

    Tagalallang looks fantastic! One day, hubby and I can take a vacation there without the kiddos.

  4. Aww shucks.. this makes me wish I can visit Bali soon! It has been on my bucket list forever! Haha! I want to go try that ALOHA swing and see the rice terraces! 🙂

  5. Nasa Bali dapat ako last July pero due to the pandemic, na cancel. I’m so excited to explore Ubud pa naman. Anyway, I’m saving this blog post for future reference. Hopefully, next year, pwede na ulit mag travel!

  6. such a beautiful place.. bali! one of the places i like to bring my son! lam ko di sya gaano pang kids pero my son loves to explore kasi talaga!:) san kayo naka base? sarap niyo nakapag travel! stay safe always!

  7. I haven’t been to Bali and so excited to read about your travel experience. That koi pond is so gorgeous! I can sit and watch them for hours. Sana next year we can visit kapag we are allowed to travel na.

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