Ubud is one of famous place in Bali, beside Kuta, Sanur and Seminyak. This place doesn’t has amazing panorama of the nature and it also offers unique cultures which maintained by local people. If you want to spend your holiday in Ubud, you should try these activities;
1. Enjoying the Heron’s Village
The heron’s village or Kokokan Village is the name of Petulu Village because in there you will find a thousand of herons. This village located in north west of Ubud District or 1, 5 hours from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. The Petulu’s horen has white color and brown in back and face. They live on the trees which along of road till in front of Desa Temple. You will find them in sasih kelima until sasih kesanga (Balinese mouth) or October-March. The herons will nest and keep their children on that period. On April-September, you also find them, but the population less than October-March. I suggest you to visit this unique place at 5 pm, because they come back from finding food. Don’t forget to wear hat, to cover your head from the heron’s feces. If you are lucky, you will see 2 black herons. According the local people they are the leader of thousand of herons.
2. Exploring the Ubud Palace
Puri Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from year 1800 – 1823. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a Wantilan/auditorium that is a large building of meeting room and a banyan tree as shelter place at the daytime. The traditional market is the place of society economics and its existence is always border on palace as artistic cultural life center. It means that the both pole meeting is describing the dynamics of society and kingdom life.
3. Enjoying the Balinese Food or Modern Food in Ubud Food Festival
Ubud Food Festival is world-class culinary event that showcases Indonesia’s diverse cuisine, innovative chefs and extraordinary local produce. Uniting some of Indonesia’s leading culinary figures leading, international restaurateurs helping to shape the archipelago’s foodie landscape and industry heavyweights, Ubud Food Festival is rich in food mythology, authenticity and of course, taste. The program spans a range of ticketed and free events, including Cooking Demonstrations, Workshops and Master classes, Special Events, Food Forums, Film Screenings, Markets, Food Tours, and much more. Ubud Food Festival is a major annual project of the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, with a vision of enriching the lives of Indonesians through community-building and cultural programs. It is the sibling event of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Bali Emerging Writers Festival. Ubud Food Festival will return from 27-29 May 2016.
4. Visiting Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest located in Monkey Forest Street, Ubud , Gianyar. The Ubud Monkey Forest or The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is not just a tourist attractions or important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, but also an important spot for research and conservation programs. The presence of sacred forest is a demonstration of the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. In Bali, sanctuaries such as the Monkey Forest are usually in sacred village areas, often surrounded by temples. These cultural sanctuaries are not only an important part of Balinese heritage, but also an important part of everyday live. Temple festivals are regularly held for the villagers and the gods in such areas. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, in conjunction with Udayana Univeristy in Denpasar has identified 115 separate species of trees.
5. Shopping the Balinese Handicraft in Ubud Art Market
Ubud Traditional Art Market where the existence is not far different from other markets available in the tourism area. This market as a society economics center of Ubud and it is apposite to the existence of Ubud Empire that is called Puri Saren. The market is unfolding from west to easterly divided become two group with different purpose. There are two markets available at the same area those are one block at the Westside is for a traditional artistic market and another block located in the east as an everyday traditional fundamental market requirement. This market is opened every day about at 08:00 until 18:00, even some from them still open until nighttime. While the traditional market for the fundamental requirement is opened everyday at 06:00 – even before that there is morning market started at 04:00 morning. The art crafting are sold in this art market consisted of various crafting, from traditional until contemporary crafting which its price is relatively cheap. You can do the transaction directly to the merchant which generally can be bargained. All the crafting sold in this place you can bring home as souvenir like slipper, wood idol, bag, clothes, matting, painting and a lot of more.
It is recommended activities to enjoy in Paradise Island when you get holiday, where you just book your trip through a reliable travel agency. I believe your trip will be awesome and unforgettable experience