Top 5 Ubud Temples to Visit in Bali

Spirituality is the main vibe in Bali, and Ubud, as the center of Bali, came with few of the best temples in Bali. Visiting temples in one of the things to do in Ubud besides the museums, spa, massages, and shopping.

The main religions here is Balinese Hinduism and its temple is known as pura. The term pura is originated from the Sansrkit word that means “walled city” or “palace” and has now evolved aptly to mean temple complex in the Balinese language.

Pura Taman Saraswati temple, Ubud

This temple is built 60 years ago and dedicated to the Goddess of Arts. It is well known for its lotus-filled pond, which is often called the “Lotus Open Pond Stage”. The gardens and pond can be visited during the day but only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. There is also a Cafe Lotus attached where you can slowly soaked in the serenity. This temple hosts a variety of traditional dances on different days and is touted to be one of the best in Bali.

How to get there:
Located in Ubud, this temple can be found at Jl. Kajeng.

Pura Taman Saraswati
Pura Taman Saraswati. Photo by Phil Whitehouse

Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, Ubud

Well-known for its kecak dance, it is touted to be the best place to enjoy this popular dance in Bali. You can find the shows on Mondays and Wednesdays. This temple is located beneath a huge banyan tree and the stairs leading up to it are lit by oil lamps. A truly magical experience going into the temple.

How to get there:
Located in Ubud, this temple can be found at Jl. Raya Ubud.

Forest Temple, Ubud, Indonesia
Forest Temple, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by McKay Savage

Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah temple is a temple dated back to the 10th century and is known as the Elephant cave. One of its main attractions is its carved entrance of menacing creatures and demons. Inside the cave, you will find statues of the Lord Ganesha (the God with the elephant head). Also within the site are an extensive bathing pools, which are not only excavated until the 1950s.

How to get there:
It takes only 10 minutes drive from Ubud city center.

Goa Gajah Temple, Ubud, Indonesia
Goa Gajah Temple, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by Kohei

Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Also known as the water temple in Ubud, Pura Tirta Empul has its own sacred spring water with healing properties. This temple dates back to 926 AD and is well revered by the locals. Many will come and climb up to the temple for a bath and meditation in the long main pool. It is believed to bring good fortune and health. Base on a legend, this spring us created by the God Indra as an antidote to the poisonous spring of an evil demon King.

How to get there:
To get to Pura Tirta Empul would take 30 minutes drive from Ubud

Pura Tirta Empul, Ubud, Indonesia
Pura Tirta Empul, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by Christ06

Pura Gunung Kawi Temple

This temple, known as the “valley of the Kings’ is located in the cliffs between rice fields at the south of Tampaksiring, Bali. The Pakerisan river flows through the ravine and flanking the river is the shrines and carved stones that are meant to commemorate the 11th-century kings and queens. Though technically not a temple, it is still revered as a holy place by the locals. This site is more of an actual tomb for the royalties that are cremated here base on Balinese customs.

How to get there:
This also takes 30 minutes drive north from Ubud

Gunung Kawi, Ubud, Indonesia
Gunung Kawi, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by @yb_woodstock

As you can see, Ubud is a strong spiritual center of Bali with its variety of temples worth a visit. Along with the temples, you will also find shows and festivals that are bound to entertain. When I visited here, I have also chose Ubud as my central place to explore Bali, especially with so many good places to stay.


Where to stay in Ubud

Stay in Ubud for culture, nature, arts and markets. Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate *, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud *, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa * is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO *, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

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Best Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali

If you are looking for Uluwatu beach, then you are looking at this beautiful corner of southwest Bali, with some of the best beaches around. This area is well known for one of the best temples in Bali, Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple. This temple perched at the edge of the rock overlooking the sea, leaving a deep impression to those who visit it.

Besides visiting this majestic temple, there are actually a lot of places to discover in Uluwatu. One of the activities if of course checking out many beautiful beaches around here. Many of the spots are popular with the surfers, but some of the beaches are also great for swimming and just lying under the sun.

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Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Balangan Beach

This beach top the list of best beaches in Bali for its secrecy. This small and quiet beach need to be accessed through local villages, where cattle graze the fields and local people go about their daily lives. The currents here are strong and the waves are high, therefore it is usually not recommended for swimming. But when the tide is low, it is a perfect beach for strolling, with waves lapping your feet as you enjoy the sun. One of the famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Geger Beach, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to Uluwatu temple, this is a beautiful beach with big rock, overgrown plants and monkeys. To get here, you would need to pass a narrow passage and steep steps. Becuase of this, this beach is still somewhat of a hidden paradise. When the tide is high, it is good for swimming but beware of sharp corals and sea urchings. A luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Lovina Beach, Bali. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Nyang Nyang Beach

Yet another relatively unknown beach in Bali, Uluwatu seems to keep all of them. This beach also requires some effort to get to, with going uphill and downhill a winding street and through a small forest. As there is quite a slippery 550 steps down, it is not recommended for children. The effort is well worth it though when you find yourself on white sandy beach with crystal blue sea. There are not many tourists here usually and instead, you will find the locals harvesting seaweed. You may swim when the tide is low. Being such a secluded beach, it is not surprising to find that the only few places to stay around here, with top options are the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach and the further afield Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Photo by Bart Speelman

Bingin Beach

Well known to the locals, this beach provides good waves for surfers while also provide an opportunity to swim. There are many local bars, warungs and cafes here along with the many homestays to choose from. Though not the most beautiful beach, it still provides a good enough sun and sea experience. There are also big slippery rocks around here when the tide is out, so be careful. A good luxurious option here would be Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort * while Sal Secret Spot is an excellent mid-range option that is walking distance from the beach.

As you can see, Uluwatu beach would mean a myriad of beaches dotted around Uluwatu area. These beaches listed here are definitely worth a visit if you are in Bali. They are out off the usual beaten tracks of Bali despite their beauty.


Best Accommodations in Uluwatu Area

If you wish to stay in Uluwatu area, you will be spoilt for choices. There are a number of very good reviews hotel, bed & breakfasts and homestays around here.

Gravity
For those looking for a charming retreat or an alternative to their honeymoon, this is touted as the best accommodation in Uluwatu area with its chic and charming design. The view from the poolside here is also to die for. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

Yoga Searcher Bali
Another popular hotel here is the with yoga retreats, organic spas and cooking classes. The hotel also features a calming pool and delicious organic foods. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

Pandawa Beach Homestay
For a budget option in Uluwatu area, this is definitely the place. Located only 5 minutes drive from the Pandawa beach, this place is best value for your money, with air-conditioned rooms and personal terraces for chilling out. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

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Best Jakarta Airport Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel near Jakarta’s airport, here is our list of the best ones for you. Be it for a short layover or if you have a late arrival or early flight, these hotels would be your best pick.

Whenever you are looking for a hotel near an airport, always look out for shuttle services, best if they are complimentary. This will help a lot towards your peace, especially if you are going to catch a flight.

Here is our list of best hotels near Soekarno Airport in Jakarta:

Luxury Hotel (from 100 USD)

Bandara International Hotel managed by AccorHotels

Another one from the Accor group, this 5-star hotel is the nearest luxury you can find at the Jakarta airport. The hotel provides free airport transfer plus outdoor poo, relaxing spa treatments and gym facility. The are 4 dining options here and guests can also arrange day trips from here if you have some time to spare. The surrounding garden and lakes make this a retreat itself.
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Mid-range Hotel (50 – 100 USD)

FM7 Resort Hotel – Jakarta Airport

One of the best hotels near Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, it comes with a free aiport shuttle service. This 4-star hotel features swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massages. There’s also 24 hours restaurant to serve the late or early fliers. This would be a great choice if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
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Jakarta Airport Hotel managed by Topotels

What this hotel may lack from the other ones recommended here, it made it up with its location. Situated right inside Terminal 2 Jakarta Airport, this hotel has been serving many flyers for a long time and is well trusted by the locals.
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Budget Hotel (below 50 USD)

Ibis Styles Jakarta Airport

The trusted brand of Ibis comes to the rescue here with their budget hotel that’s situated just 7 minutes from the airport. You can be sure to find the standard Ibis quality here of clean and modern rooms with good facilities. Breakfast starts as early as 3 am for those who want to catch an early flight.
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Best Hotels in Jakarta

Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia and finding an accommodation here can be daunting. Here’s our list of the best hotels in Jakarta to help you out, if you are wondering where to stay.

As the main hub of Indonesia with its international airport, it serves many airlines to and from around the world. That is why despite it all Jakarta tourism is still rising and popular. Jakarta is famous for its buzzing nightlife and as a shopping haven.

The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be the north Jakarta * or central Jakarta *, having most of the tourist attractions here.


Luxury Hotels (from 150 USD)

The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta

A really beautiful refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also really strategic, being near a train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, luxurious lounge area and restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. This is the place you would want to impress and indulge your partner.
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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those who want a high security and well-known hotel with world-class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive outdoor pool and bar, featuring a view of the city skyline. Kuningan area is also well known for its upmarket, shopping malls and restaurants all well located with good sidewalks.
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Mid-range Hotels (50 – 150 USD)

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those looking for luxury and with comfort of a home. This hotel comes with apartment suites completed with kitchen, dining and washing facilities. Breakfast are also included and the location is also strategically located in Kuningan. This would also be a good fit for a family or a group.
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Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those who are looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack in between all the top must see things in Jakarta. Recommended for smart travelers who wants to cover everything in a short time. Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym and restaurant. This hotel has good reviews from many travelers.
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FM7 Resort Hotel – Jakarta Airport

One of the best hotels near Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, it comes with a free aiport shuttle service. This 4-star hotel features swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massages. There’s also 24 hours restaurant to serve the late or early fliers. This would be a great choice if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
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Budget Hotels (below 50 USD)

Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those on a budget but wants an alternative to a hostel. This place comes with private rooms set in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is great, just walking distance to the National Monument park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.
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Wonderloft hostel, North Jakarta

For those on a budget and still want to be in the city center. Located in the north, this hostel is right at the corner to the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money!
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