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5 Fun Destinations to Visit around Ubud, Bali


While you’re still staying at home, it’s probably an ideal time to set up a future trip plan so you will be prepared with a comprehensive list of the destinations you are able to visit when the time comes. Still looking for another destination to add? Don’t sweat it! Here, we have brought you several exciting places in Ubud, Bali, that you can put in your future trip plan while you’re patiently waiting for a perfect time to travel. Surely, you’ll be intrigued, especially if you’re looking for extraordinary photo spots or new cultural experiences. These places are situated not too far from each other so you can visit each of them at one go if you’d like. In addition, these places also have been certified with CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability) certification from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, so you’ll feel more comfortable exploring in the future.

1. Bali Safari

two lions on a rock at Bali Safari and Marine Park

Embark on a wildlife tour at Bali Safari! Located in the southeast of Ubud, Bali, the zoo can be an excellent choice for a family. Get to know about more than 100 species of wild animals, such as the Komodo dragons, orangutans, and Balinese starling birds. Moreover, Bali Safari also offers various tour packages to choose from. You can start your safari trip by having breakfast with the lions or doing a safari trip at night.

2. Lotus Ubud Swing

On a hunt for gorgeous photo spots that are worthy to be shared on social media? Come over by Lotus Ubud Swing! Located in Tegallalang, in the north of Ubud, the place offers various swings placed perfectly before a backdrop of charming sceneries of Tegallalang’s green lush hills and rice terraces, which has become renowned among international travelers since it has been listed within UNESCO World Heritage site. Be prepared to put on your favorite outfit so you’ll get some of the best pictures of your journey.

3. Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring

Gunung Kawi temple main complex

Are you looking for some new ancient monuments to visit? Or are you looking for another natural scenery to enjoy? Experince both by heading over to Gunung Kawi Temple in Tampaksiring, located only a short distance from Tegallalang, Bali. Tucked beautifully around abundant greeneries, the humble yet majestic temple is dominated by beautifully carved shrine reliefs on its walls. If you want to reach this temple, be prepared to descend hundreds of steps beforehand. However, your efforts will not be in vain, because when you have reached the main complex you’ll be astonished by the scenery around the temple. Furthermore, during the celebration of the 'piodalan' anniversary, the temple will be decorated splendidly allowing for a most exotic and festive setting for photoshoots.

4. Tirta Empul

a row of waterspouts in Tirta Empul

If you’re curious about the local traditions of Bali, feel free to visit the holy springs of Tirta Empul to have a glance at them. Believed to have been created by The God Indra and possess healing properties, the sacred temple is located just about a half-mile from Gunung Kawi temple and situated just below the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring. When you have reached the place, you’ll be presented with fascinating views around the temple. You’ll also be given a chance to witness a purification ritual called the ‘melukat’ inside the crystal clear pools of the temple. Along with Gunung Kawi temple, Tirta Empul was also visited by the 44th US President Barack Obama and his family back in 2017.

5. Manuaba Waterfall

a girl standing near Manuaba Waterfall
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Going back to Tegallalang, there is another fascinating spot you can explore here. Set your eyes on the pristine Manuaba Waterfall. You can find this hidden gem by going northeast about a kilometer from Lotus Ubud Swing. Rarely ever visited by travelers, the secluded waterfall offers a serene atmosphere suitable for those who wish to chill after enduring a long exhausting day.

Are you excited to explore Ubud, Bali, and pay these awesome places a visit? If you do, you’ll definitely love other spectacular places such as Monkey Forest, Bali Zoo, and Aloha Swing as well! Stay alert on any latest updates about Bali travel regulations and remember to always follow the safety health protocols such as wearing your mask in public, keeping your distance from others, washing your hands regularly, avoiding crowded places, as well as minimizing your mobility whenever you can.