Beside its reputation as a center of art and culture in Bali, Ubud also known by its unique landscape. The area around Ubud is characterised by gently rolling rice paddies, and these create an impression of greenness which can be quite startlingly beautiful. This is especially true to the south and southeast of the town. Any visitor approaching from the south will appreciate this and it is worth a stop just to absorb the gentle beauty of it all.
Northeast of Ubud town centre the land starts to become more undulating, and this is a good place to view Bali’s classic rice terraces. The village of Tegallalang is very much a tourist trap, but it is worth braving the hordes of trinket peddlers to view the stunning terraces there. From the town centre, take Jalan Raya as far east as you can go, and then turn north and continue about nine km until you reach Tegallalang. For those moving on north to the Kintamani area, this is on route and makes for an easy stop.
Far more off the beaten path is to explore the rice fields immediately north of town. A good route is to take Jalan Raya eastwards from the town centre and turn north up the small road immediately adjacent to the BCA Bank building. Proceed up this road through the village of Kutuh and just keep going, turning where you feel like it. This is a very gentle, rural area with some lovely landscape. A great way to explore is by bicycle as there are no steep hills to negotiate here.
On the opposite side of town in the Campuhan, Sanggingan, and Kedewatan areas, the landscape changes dramatically as great gorges have been carved out of the limestone land base by the Ayung and Wos rivers. It’s no surprise that so many five star hotels have made their home in these lush, dramatic valleys. Opportunities for viewing these gorges are many. You can just find your own way and explore by motorbike (it is very hard work by bicycle as the hills are steep). Head west out of town over the Campuhan Bridge and just start exploring. The main road here is Jalan Raya Sanggingan, and if you continue heading away from town you will reach the junction with Jalan Raya Kedewatan. From that point you can turn in either direction and just keep exploring. Alternatively, you can stop into a hotel or restaurant, have a drink or lunch, and gaze out in very civilised surroundings. If your pockets are deep, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in Sayan probably has the best views of all of the Ayung Gorge. A more budget conscious option is the lovely Indus restaurant in Sanginngan, with tables facing out to the Wos River.
If you’re seeking a natural looking place to spend your holiday in Bali, Ubud is what you need, especially if you stay in Dara Ayu Villas and Spa. Dara Ayu Villas located in the middle of beautifully manicured rice paddies with the bush clad countryside. For further information about Dara Ayu Villas and Spa, please contact Dara Ayu’s staff by phone: 62 361 9000 797 or by email: email@example.com.