Planning a trip to the beautiful country of Indonesia? We’re so excited for you! Indonesia is an awesome destination with lots to offer. From beautiful beaches to amazing temples and unique cultural sights, Indonesia has it all. But even among all the beautiful places in this archipelago’s islands, one stands out.
The town of Ubud in Bali is one of Indonesia’s most popular places. It is regarded as the center for traditional crafts and dance. That’s why there are many great cultural experiences here! Ubud also boasts jaw-dropping temples, awe-inspiring views, and natural wonders. Practically every corner of this town deserves to be posted on your Instagram!
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Here we have compiled just 20 of the most unique, inspiring, and must-see sights in Ubud. Get ready to wow your Instagram followers with this selection!
1. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
We’re starting things off with a staple in many Asian countries: rice terraces. Because rice is so important in Asian cultures, you’ll find rice fields pretty much everywhere. Aside from being important culturally, these rice fields are also amazing aesthetically! The Tegalalang Rice Terraces is definitely one of the best photo spots in Ubud. This wide expanse of land is just begging to be photographed.
Have fun wandering the area. No matter where you point your camera, you’re sure to get a good shot! We recommend coming early to avoid the crowds. You should also pack an extra pair of sneakers or boots since the area can get pretty muddy. Entrance fees cost only Rp 25,000 ($1.60)!
Exact Location: Tegalalang Rice Terraces
2. Ubud Art Market
Remember when we said Ubud is the center for traditional crafts? Well, nowhere is it more evident than here! The Ubud Art Market sells all kinds of unique handicrafts and artworks you won’t get anywhere else. They source their wares from the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegalalang, Payangan, and Peliatan. You’re guaranteed to get something 100% Indonesian-made!
Ubud Art Market’s vibrant bohemian vibe looks great on film. In fact, a very famous movie was actually shot here! Eagle-eyed cinephiles will recognize this market in the worldwide hit Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. If you come here, you should definitely recreate that scene!
Exact Location: Ubud Art Market
3. The Holy Spring Water of Pura Tirta Empul
Of course, you can’t miss visiting the temples when you arrive at Ubud. After all, this town has some of the most breathtaking temples you’ll ever see! The Tirta Empul Temple, also known as Pura Tirta Empul, is a must-visit. It’s a revered Hindu water temple that you can find in the Tampaksiring Village.
The first thing you will notice is the temple’s natural spring water pools. Aside from being visually striking, these are believed to have purifying and healing properties! These springs flow from a nearby holy mountain. Visitors can even experience a spiritual cleansing ritual known as “melukat.” This ritual is known to cleanse one’s mind, body, and soul!
The entrance fee is just Rp 50,000 ($3.18). It’s a small price to pay for such a unique and beautiful place!
Exact Location: Pura Tirta Empul
4. Tegenungan Waterfall
Our next spot is perfect for those not used to Indonesia’s climate. Tropical countries can get some getting used to. Good thing these kinds of countries also have a lot of amazing bodies of water for you to relax in! The Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the most popular ones in Bali. It’s known for being one of the few waterfalls on the island that’s not in a mountainous area. That makes it easier to access!
The Tegenungan Waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery that just oozes that “relaxation” vibe. Swim in the clear fresh water and refresh yourself during a hot day! There are also plenty of cool cafes nearby that will complete your trip.
Exact Location: Tegenungan Waterfall
5. Ubud Palace
Of course, no list about Ubud is complete without mention of its palace! One of the most recognizable places in Bali, the Ubud Palace is just breathtaking to see. This historical and cultural landmark has been around for centuries. Also known as Puri Saren Agung, the Ubud palace used to be the official residence of the royal family of Ubud.
It’s not hard to imagine royalty loving this place. The majestic structures paired with the vibrant surroundings look almost too good to be true. You can visit during the morning to get some amazing shots of the palace. If you choose to visit at night, you can also watch amazing performances that showcase Balinese culture. Through intricate dances and eye-catching costumes, you’ll get to see more of this unique culture!
Entrance fee is completely free while tickets to the show cost around Rp 113,000 ($7).
Exact Location: Ubud Palace
6. La View Restaurant
Because Ubud is such an artsy town, you can also find tons of trendy places here! La View Restaurant is one of the most popular spots for a reason. It offers immaculate fine dining that will make you feel like royalty. Using local ingredients prepared through a combination of Eastern and Western methods, La View promises only the best.
And of course, this restaurant is best known for its views. Sit under a canopy of stars while listening to the gentle Ayung River Valley flow. The unique architecture of the place is inspired by natural bird’s nests. The awesome decor paired with the glorious natural surroundings make for the perfect dinner experience. Every part of this will be memorable — from the incredible photos you will take to the mouthwatering food you’ll dine on!
Exact Location: La View Restaurant
7. Campuhan Ridge Walk
One of the most iconic places in Ubud is the Campuhan Ridge Walk. This trail has everything! Beautiful landscapes, rolling hills, and the gentle lull of the Campuhan River. It’s a picturesque place from every angle. We’re sure you’ll enjoy exploring the trail and discovering everything it has to offer!
Don’t worry if you’re not that athletic. Campuhan Ridge Walk is perfect for people of all fitness levels. It’s a relatively easy to navigate pathway. Besides, the views are definitely worth the effort! It’s especially breathtaking during sunset. The setting sun paints everything golden. If you happen to capture that “golden hour” at the perfect time, your photos will come out otherworldly.
There are also plenty of cafes at the end of the trail. Here you can relax, have a nice snack, and reinvigorate yourself for more adventures!
Exact Location: Campuhan Ridge Walk
8. Hidden Canyon of Beji Guwang
For those who are up for a little more of a challenge, this next spot is for you! If you want to experience a full-on trek with a beautiful payoff, check out the Hidden Canyon of Beji Guwang. This so-called “hidden” spot is located at the bottom of a river. To get there, you’d have to traverse some pretty large rocks. Of course, the local guides will make sure it’s completely safe. You don’t have anything to worry about!
Instead, you just have to enjoy the adventure and take in the view. We doubt you’ve ever seen any place like this! This amazing natural site is one of the most unique places in Bali. All your Instagram followers will be jealous you got to visit such a special place!
Exact Location: Hidden Canyon of Beji Guwang
9. Ubud Jungle Swing
On Instagram, you’ll regularly see a lot of picturesque swings in the most beautiful of places. In Bali especially, these swings have become a staple. But the swing in Ubud is the original one! This is where it all started. Located in the middle of a lush jungle, the Ubud Jungle Swing really is the perfect photoshoot spot.
Entrance fee costs Rp 500,000 ($32). This already includes access to all the swings in the area, plus a buffet lunch! If you’re planning to go, we recommend bringing your favorite outfit. Flowy dresses are a must! If you happen to forget, you can also rent a maxi dress on-site for an additional Rp 250,000 ($16).
Exact Location: Ubud Jungle Swing
10. Saraswati Temple
In Ubud, you won’t run out of unique and interesting temples to explore. The Saraswati Temple is also known as the Ubud Water Palace and the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple. It’s an old Hindu temple that was built by one of the Ubud princes himself. Once you see the beautiful lotus pond, you’ll immediately feel that you’re in a sacred place.
Saraswati Temple is famous for having some of the best stone carvings in the country. Check out the gorgeously crafted traditional Balinese architecture. Saraswati Temple’s beautiful walls and gates are simply extraordinary. A photoshoot here at this one-of-a-kind place would definitely make your trip memorable!
Exact Location: Saraswati Temple
11. Ubud Monkey Forest
Calling all animal lovers! Did you know that Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world? This archipelago is chock-full of all kinds of animals — many of which you won’t see anywhere else. But for this list, we’d like to focus on the wonderful Ubud Monkey Forest. Interact with playful long-tailed macaques and get ready to be entertained! These monkeys are known for being mischievous. Check them out swinging from tree to tree or playfully interacting with the visitors.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is not just a wonderful place to interact with monkeys. It’s also a conservation area that aims to protect the natural habitat and biodiversity of the region. Supporting them also means supporting the natural beauty of Ubud! Check this place out and try to get a selfie with one of the monkeys. Now that’s guaranteed to be viral!
Entrance fee costs just Rp 80,000 ($5).
Exact Location: Ubud Monkey Forest
12. Sweet Orange Walk Trail
While we love featuring iconic Ubud spots on this list, we also want to include some of the town’s hidden gems! The Sweet Orange Walk Trail may go a little unnoticed by other travelers, but we argue that it is a must-see spot when you go here. This peaceful little trail offers picture-perfect views of rice fields and other natural beauties.
This trail offers a serene ambiance which makes it the perfect reprieve from bustling Ubud. It’s a great place to get some amazing photos while also taking a break from the crowds.
Exact Location: Sweet Orange Walk Trail
13. Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Going back to some of Ubud’s iconic waterfalls, we have Kanto Lampo! Located in Beng Village, this waterfall may be lesser known than its neighbors, but it’s no less beautiful. In fact, it’s a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered! The quieter ambiance lends an enchanting atmosphere to the area that you just have to experience.
Capture the light filtering through the surrounding greenery and you’ve got yourself a winning photo. Kanto Lampo is an underrated spot — but that’s also what makes it good! You won’t have to worry about crowds of people blocking the view or your source of light. Entrance fee is just Rp 10,000 ($0.65). Now that’s a steal!
Exact Location: Kanto Lampo Waterfall
14. Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Up next we have another waterfall! Located in Tembuku Village, the Tukad Cepung waterfall is definitely worth the visit. Going to this area requires a little bit more of an adventure, but it’s really worth it. To reach this gorgeous waterfall, you’d have to trek through a narrow canyon. It’s in a pretty unique and secluded spot, which also adds to the atmosphere.
Because of the way the waterfall is positioned, you’ll get to see a fascinating interplay of light and shadows! It’s the perfect spot to take some epic photos. And of course, relaxing in the water! It only costs just Rp 15,000 ($0.95) to get to this paradise.
Exact Location: Tukad Cepung Waterfall
15. Clear Cafe
It’s no surprise that such an artsy place like Ubud also has tons of trendy cafes for you to explore. Even among Ubud’s awesome views, Clear Cafe stands out as one of its most Instagrammable spots. The interior exudes a warm atmosphere. You will surely enjoy the earthy furniture paired with plenty of bamboo embellishments.
With two floors, Clear Cafe is a spacious place where you can do little photoshoots, get work done, or simply relax. This place is especially great for photography because it maximizes the use of natural light! Pair that with the lush greenery and the overall effect is like stepping into an enchanted garden.
Exact Location: Clear Cafe
16. Elephant Cave
Aside from being visually beautiful, the most Instagrammable spots are those that are completely unique. Elephant Cave in Ubud ticks all the boxes! Excavated by archaeologists in 1923, the Elephant Cave is a truly fascinating place. You’ll immediately notice the menacing faces carved into the stones. These are believed to ward off evil spirits from entering. One of the primary figures in the stone is in the shape of an elephant, hence the name.
It’s still unclear what the origins of this cave are. Some say it may have been a place for spiritual meditation. This cool complex contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery, making it a truly Balinese experience!
Exact Location: Elephant Cave
17. Gunung Lebah Temple
This gorgeous place deserves a spot on any list. The Gunung Lebah Temple traces its history back to the 8th Century. It is said that this was built by the Indian priest Rsi Markandeya because he felt a magical power in the area. This temple was then established as a place for meditation and healing.
The Gunung Lebah Temple holds an important place in Ubud’s history. Actually, the entire town of Ubud began as a settlement in a location near the temple! The temple is also close to the Campuhan River area which has a lot of medicinal plants. Pair that with the temple’s healing properties and you’ve got the origins of Ubud’s name. “Ubud” actually comes from “Ubad,” meaning medicine.
A trip to Ubud would be incomplete without visiting this incredible landmark. Aside from its amazing history, it’s also just stunning visually!
Exact Location: Gunung Lebah Temple
18. Museum Puri Lukisan
Up next we have another gorgeous Balinese museum located right in Ubud. In fact, the Puri Lukisan Museum is not just any regular museum. It’s the oldest art museum in Bali! Specializing in traditional Balinese paintings and wood carvings, this museum showcases the best of Balinese art. Their collection spans from pre-Independence War artworks up to the present era. This museum is the perfect place to learn more about incredible Balinese crafts and culture.
Entrance fee costs just Rp 50,000 ($3.20) for adults. Meanwhile, children under 15 years old are free of charge as long as they’re with an adult! Bring your whole family to explore the wonderful world of Indonesian art.
Exact Location: Museum Puri Lukisan
19. Pura Gunung Kawi
Our next spot has got to be one of the most gorgeous archaeological sites today. The Gunung Kawi Temple is also known as the Valley of the Balinese Kings. Built back in the 11th Century, it’s a temple and funerary complex on either side of the Pakerisan River. With 10 beautiful rock-cut shrines carved onto 7-meter-tall niches, the Gunung Kawi Temple is as intricate as it is imposing. Archaeologists believe that these funeral monuments were dedicated to King Anak Wungsu as well as his favored queens.
While it was an important spot for Balinese royalty in the past, today it stands as a testament to time. It’s not easy to have such beautiful structures survive in tropical Southeast Asia. That makes this place even more unique and worth the visit! Feel the presence of Balinese royalty as soon as you step onto these sacred grounds.
Exact Location: Gunung Kawi Temple
20. The Yoga Barn
And finally, what trip to beautiful Bali is complete without experiencing yoga? Bali attracts yogis from all over the world. It is known as a unique place that offers a lot of opportunities for one’s spirituality to grow. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or someone who’s never done yoga before, Ubud might just be the perfect place for you to tap in.
Located in the heart of bustling Ubud, The Yoga Barn welcomes people from all walks of life. It’s an oasis of a yoga studio that offers classes and workshops for people of all skill levels. In fact, this humble studio has grown to be known as the “global yoga epicenter.” The folks over here at The Yoga Barn will be more than happy to help you in your journey! Learn more about Indonesian culture and spirituality here at this gorgeous studio.
Exact Location: The Yoga Barn
We hope you loved our article on the most Instagrammable spots in Ubud! Which one are you most excited to explore? Tell us about it in the comments!
Ubud is one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia. It’s an amazing blend of rich culture and history, contemporary arts and practices, and gorgeous natural scenery. Anyone who visits Indonesia must make an effort to travel to this beautiful town. We guarantee that it will definitely be worth your time!