Ubud – Things to do

Ubud Attractions

Sacred monkey forest

The Sacred Monkey Forest

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is a nature reserve and temple complex that should be high on your must-see list when visiting Bali. It's home to approximately 600 cheeky long-tailed macaque monkeys who are believed to protect the area from evil spirits, as well being home to 115 different species of tree and three stunning temples. The forest is not just a tourist attraction; it's also an important research and conservation spot where experts study the behaviours of the monkeys and preserve their natural habitats. Get up close to the playful creatures, feed them and learn more about their lifestyle and meaning to local culture.

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Goa Gajah Temple

Also known as the 'Elephant Cave', Goa Gajah is situated in the small village of Bedulu a few miles from central Ubud. Dating back to the 11th Century, the temple was originally built as a place for meditation and is now a popular tourist attraction and place of historical significance. As you descend the steps of the temple to the main site, you'll find a large outdoor meeting hall along with an assortment of large old stone carvings, some of which have been resorted to their original beauty. The site is also home to a pool that features five stunning statues of Hindu angels. The southern end of Goa Gajah boasts beautiful rice fields and calming streams that lead to the Petanu River. Like most temples in Bali, sarongs and waist sashes must be worn when visiting Goa Gajah.

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Cooking Class

Take a cooking class

What better way to recreate your holiday when you return home than by learning how to make your favourite Indonesian dishes? Most hotels in Ubud offer cooking classes or you can also book to join a class at a restaurant in the town. Visit the market with your chef to select the freshest ingredients before returning to your kitchen and letting the culinary journey begin.