Things To Do Around Ubud

Balinese Painting In Ubud

Most of the original Balinese painters came from Ubud. In the 1970s Ubud was at the centre of Balinese painting. The so-called “young artists” follow traditional and modern styles, and their paintings are much cheaper than those by the Masters.

To get an idea of Balinese art and wood carving before buying, visit the Art Gallery “Puri Lukisan Ratna Warta”. The gallery consists of three buildings set in beautiful gardens and rice fields near the centre of Ubud. Two house permanent exhibitions, and one is run by the local Painters Co-­operative. The works at the Co-operative hall are for sale, and prices are negotiable. Each month a different local group shows their work, and each painter can show only one painting.

However, if you like a particular painter’s style, make a note of his name and village and track him down later. The biggest group is from the village of Padangtegal which is between Ubud proper and the monkey forest. Museum Puri Lukisan was set up with money donated by Europeans and a local prince.

At Lempad’s house on Jalan Raya, his grandsons carry on the tradition and put out some good work. Lempad, who died in 1978 aged 97, had a very distinctive sketching style. Some of his sketches are on show at his house.

Jalan Monkey Forest has many galleries with reasonably priced traditional and modern art. One of the modern forms is the Japanese-influenced screens. There are also quite a few galleries on the main street, some of which do not offer value for money.

Balinese Dance and Drama in Ubud

The growth of tourism in Ubud has promoted a resurgence of local interest in studying painting, dance and drama. As a result, it is now possible to watch cultural performances each night at one of the local community centres. As well as these arranged shows, which consist of a medley of dances normally restricted to special religious occasions, the traditional arts of dance and drama with gamelan music still plays an integral part of any religious holiday or ceremony.

Traditional Dance Venues in Ubud

Gabor                                      Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud Kelod

Legong                                    Opp. Mandala, Jln Cok Gede Rai, Peliatan

Legong                                    Puri Saren, Jln Raya, Ubud

Legong                                    Banjar Kawan, Jln Raya, Teges

Rajapala                                  Menara Hotel, Jln Raya, Ubud

Wayang Kulit                         Oka Kartini Bungalows, Jln Raya Ubud, Terbesaya (Wed 8pm)


Temples in Ubud

‘Pura’ means temple in Balinese, and each village has at least three. You may not enter without a sash around your waist and your knees covered. The best in Ubud are :

Pura Campuan                         Under bridge, Campuan

Pura Dalem                             Jln Raya, Ubud

Pura Desa                                Jln Kajeng. Ubud

Pura Sakenan                          Jln Raya, Ubud

Pura Merajan                           Jln Suweta, Ubud

Pura Batur Sari                        Jln Suweta, Ubud

Pura Dalam                             Past Monkey Forest, Padangtegal

Pura Dadya Pasek Gelgel     Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Ubud Royal Cremation


 Antiques and Tribal Art

Kerta Antiques                        Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud

Rena Antiques                        Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud

Suwasta Antiques                   Jln Cok Cede Rai, Terbesaya

Artist’s Supplies

Seni Warna                              Jln Cok Cede Rai, Terbesaya


Mirah Silver                            Jln Raya, Ubud

Purpa Silver                            Jln Raya. Ubud

Purpa Gallery                          Jln Monkey Forest. Padangtegal

Puta Silver                               Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud Kelod

Wood Carvers

I Made Mawa                          Past Monkey Forest Temple, Padangtegal

Sudarma                                  Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal

 Galleries and Studios

Adipat Soeryo                         Jln Raya, Ubud

Better Studio                           Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Cameng Gallery                      Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Gunung Sari                            Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Lempad’s House                      Jln Raya, Ubud

Mahardhika                             Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal

Mawar Studio                         Kampung Aman, Ubud

Miasa Studio                           Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Mulyono Painter                     Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud Kelod

Munut Gallery                         Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Museum Neka                         Jln Raya. Campuan Kaja

Neka Gallery                           Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Nirwana                                  behind Nomads, Padangtegal

I Nyoman Gallery                   Jln Raya. Ubud

Oka Kartini                             Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Pratono Gallery                       Jln Raya. Ubud

Puri Lukisan                            Jln Raya. Ubud

Realistic                                  Jln Raya. Ubud

Tunggeh                                  Jln Raya Padangtegal

Picture Framers

Dolik                                        Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Made Tangup                         behind Nomads, Padangtegal

Putu Gati                                 Jln Raya. Ubud

I Wayan Kandha                   Old Denpasar Rd. Padangtegal

Warsa                                       Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Places to Visit near Ubud


The atmosphere of Peliatan is reminiscent of Ubud in the early 1980’s. Just a few places to stay, not many shops or hawkers, limited Western food outlets, and a colony of artists nearby. Peliatan is 2km on the Denpasar side of Ubud, so it is easy to travel or walk between the two towns. Peliatan was one of the old kingdoms of Bali.
There are plenty of wood carvers’ and other artisans’ shops in Peliatan. In Peliatan proper there are a few places to eat, and half-way to Ubud at Terbesaya there are good warungs and the Ubud Raya Coffee Shop which serves Japanese and Western food.

Jero Arso                   Jln Cok Gede Rai
Mandala Coffee Shop       Jln Cok Gede Rai
Warung Jawa Mini     Jln Cok Gede Rai, Teges
Warung Nasi      Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya

Art Galleries in Peliatan

Agung Rai Gallery      Jln Cok Gede Rai
Rais Painter      Jln Cok Gede Rai

Wood Carvers in Peliatan

M.D. Geriya    Jln Cok Gede Rai
Jero Laba    Jln Cok Gede Rai
Kerti   Jln Cok Gede Rai
Murni Wood    Jln Pengesokan, Teges
(Community of Artists)

Temples in Peliatan

Pura Panetaran Pande    Jln Cok Gede Rai
Pura Merajan    Jln Cok Gede Rai
Pura Desa Gede    Jln Cok Gede Rai, Teges

Balinese Dance Venues in Peliatan

Legong Dance Mandala   Jln Cok Gede Rai
Legong Dance Banjar Kawan   Jln Raya Teges


Budget-Priced Places to Stay in Peliatan

Mandala Bungalows      Jln Cok Gede Rai
Mudita Inn      Jln Cok Gede Rai

Arsa Homestay      Jln Cok Gede Rai
Bali Breeze      Old Denpasar Rd, Peng.
Beringin      off Jln Cok Gede Rai
Detri      old Denpasar Rd, Peng.
Harja      Jln Denpasar, Teges
Madra      behind cinema, Teges
Mandala Homestay      Jln Sumerta
Negara      off Jln Cok Gede Rai
Oka      old Denpasar Rd, Peng.
Pande Homestay      Jln Cok Gede Rai
Putu      Jln Pengesokan, Teges
Sari Bungalows      behind cinema, Teges

Goa Gajah

This ancient site is named after a cave used for meditation by Buddhist monks near the Gajah River. It dates from around 1000 AD and was first mentioned in a royal chronicle of Kertagama in 1365. Like other sites in the area it has a Buddhist and Shivaist background. Beside the T-shaped cave there are three large water spouts and pools.

Follow the path down towards the river past a waterfall and fallen rock carvings. Goa Gajah is in a very tranquil setting only 4km from Ubud. If you are feeling energetic early in the morning it makes a nice walk through Peliatan, Teges and 2km of rice-fields. At Teges intersection take the road to Tampaksiring and Gianyar, not Denpasar. Stalls selling handicrafts and fruit at Goa Gajah can be a bit of a ripoff.

Yeh Pulu

Not far from Goa Gajah, on the steep bank of a small river, is this 14th Century stone sculpture measuring 14 metres long and 3 metres high. The sculpture shows peasants at work, and is one of the oldest to deal with non-religious themes. To get there, take the next road to the right after Goa Gajah and follow it until it turns left at the school building. There you turn right and follow it to its end. Cross the ditch, through the rice paddies, cross another small stream and you are there.


One km from Goa Gajah and left at the intersection is the Purba Kala Archaeological Museum, also known as the Gedong Area. Built in 1960, it is a small but well laid-out museum with lines of sasophragus (stone coffins) in a garden setting. In the fields opposite the museum is the Buddhist Pura Kebo Edan (crazy buffalo temple) with a 3.6 metre statue of Dancing Bima. Another km up the road is the Pura Panataran Sasih temple at Pejeng where the famous gong was found.

Candi Tebing

This is an ancient Buddhist hermitage in the Pakerisan Valley near Desa Tegal-lingah village which is half-way between Goa Gajah and Gianyar.


The second largest town in Bali and a centre for weaving and textiles. Opposite the open field on the main street is the old palace. 4km from Gianyar on the road to Bangli is Pura Dalem Sidan temple which looks back over the ricefields to the coast. Another 1km up the road in the village is Pura Puseh.


Another former capital past Gianyar on the way to Lake Batur and Kintamani. The road from Gianyar climbs slowly as corn and oranges replace rice, and the air becomes cooler. The market street is a bit run-down, but Pura Kehen temple 2km out of town is a major attraction. Follow the road to Batur to the T-junction and turn right. The temple is 300 metres away. Artha Sastra Inn in the grounds of the former palace offers rooms with inside and outside bathrooms. One of the buildings in the private section is intricately carved and painted. There are many outstanding houses and smaller temples between the market and Pura Kehen. There is a waterfall 300 metres to the left of the T-junction. Bangli is 42km from Denpasar.