25 Offbeat Things to Do in Ubud That You Simply Cannot Miss
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Offbeat Things to Do in Ubud

Visit Monkey Forest, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Pura Tamam Saraswati, Dive in Tegenungan waterfall, Mount Batur Trek, Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe, John Hardy Workshop and Showroom and many more.

While the small island of Bali in Indonesia has several world-class traditional tourist attractions to offer, there are several offbeat things to do in Ubud which can make your experience truly memorable. This town is located in the uplands of Bali and is a renowned cultural and agricultural center.

While the terrain itself is a treasure-trove of rice paddies, agricultural fields, caves, and lush green mountains, there are also several tourist attractions of historical and artistic value.

Some of the more unique things to do in Ubud include a trek through Mount Batur from where you can enjoy an unparalleled sunrise or a luxurious stay at places like the Bambu Indah and the Mandala. You can also visit the unique cultural hotspots such as Threads of Life or the Ubud Art Market for an insight into Balinese life, society and history.

Here are some amazing experiences you can enjoy in Ubud:

01

Visit Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest is one of the biggest natural conservation centres and wildlife reserve, located in Padangtegal. The residents of this area actively work towards the protection and sustenance of the animals and the ecosystem within the forest, which has become a natural treasure for the area.

The forest is home to over 700 monkeys, specifically the long-tailed macaques, along with over 186 species of unique trees and shrubs. You can also wander through 12.3 hectares of natural foliage consisting mostly of nutmeg trees interspersed with several ancient temples.

Location:
 Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80571.

Timings: 
Monday to Sunday (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)

Price:
 80,000 IDR (400 INR)

02

Campuhan Ridge Walk

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If you want to spend some quality and quiet time in Bali, then going to Campuhan Ridge Walk is a good idea. Covered with the pristine outback of terraced rice fields, the Campuhan Ridge walk is around 9 km trail, which takes approximately two hours cover two ways.

The starting point is near the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and spas. Hence, if you are staying there, it is a benefit for you.

Location: The Campuhan Ridge Walk is located at Campuhan in Ubud, Giyanyar

Timings: The best time to go for Campuhan Ridge walk is either early morning or late afternoon for obvious reasons - protection from sunlight and heat.
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03

Pura Tamam Saraswati

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Dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (Goddes of knowledge), the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple is one of the most famous temples in Ubud and is visited by thousands of Balinese Hindu every year. One of the major attractions of Saraswati Temple is the pond, full of many lotus flowers.

The walls of the temple have extremely beautiful carvings from the Ubud artists. Moreover, the Kecak Dance Performance is done inside the temple every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 PM and the price is around IDR 100,000 per person and is performed by Sandhi Suara Dance Group.

Location: The temple is located at Jalan Kajeng in Ubud, Gianyar.
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04

Dive in Tegenungan waterfall

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Swimming under the Tegenungan Waterfall is definitely one of the most offbeat things to do in Ubud. The waterfall itself is a natural enclave surrounded by steep stone hills and dense green foliage. When the weather is pleasant (which is through most of the year), you can swim in the waters.

You can also make rock mountains with stone pebbles that line the beach, which is a tradition for those who visit. There are also numerous viewpoints and photo centres along the trail leading to the waterfall.

Location:
 Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80581.

Timings:
 Monday to Sunday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)

Price: 
15,000 IDR (75 INR)

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05

Mount Batur Trek

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Mount Batur is an active volcano in Bali and trekking to this thrilling mountaintop is one of the most offbeat things to do in Ubud. If you are a lover of adventures, a trek to this summit is a must. One of the reasons trekking in Mount Batur is so popular is because it offers one of the best views in all of Bali from the top.

Whether you are travelling solo or in groups, this adventure has all the provisions to cater to everyone. Different tour and trek packages offer different features such as unique trails, lunches, hotel pickups and drops, etc. 

Location:
 Kintamani, Indonesia

Timings:
 Monday to Sunday (3:30 am – 3:00 pm)

Price:
 697,135 IDR (3,500 INR)

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06

Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

If you are a chocoholic, then Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe is a perfect place to visit for you. Visiting to the factory will allow you to acquaint yourself with some of the most unique methods of pod chocolate making. You can even try your hands in chocolate making and taste them.

Moreover, you will also get a chance to taste cocoa nibs, raw cacao and many more. In short, you will witness whatever happens inside a chocolate factory. If you want you can also take home some chocolate, made by you, to your home as a souvenir.

Location: The Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe is located at Jalan Tukad Ayung, Carangsari, Petang, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM

Price: The approximate price is IDR 782,500 per person.

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Experience the Thrill of White Water Rafting at Ayung River

If you are in search of some real adventure in Bali, indulging in the river rafting activity at Ayung River will be a great idea. From beginners to the professionals, the Ayung River has rapids of grade I, II and III, and streams to challenge and pump up your adrenaline, and is also known as family friendly white water river rafting.

During your rafting journey, you can also get a chance to witness the wildlife amidst the rainforest, which include Blue Javan Kinghfisher, and many more. The total distance of river rafting comes to approximately 12 km and you face the rapids from grade 1 to 3.

Timings:
The duration of rafting activity comes to around 2.5 hours.

Price: The approximate price is IDR 456,500 per adult.
08

John Hardy Workshop and Showroom

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Established in 1975, the John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showrooms is the home to some of the most beautiful handcrafted jewelry in whole of Bali. The showroom offers plethora of choices to its visitors for everyone.

These are a perfect gift to your family or your friend and you can also take them as a souvenir to your home from Bali. From beads, bracelets, earrings, necklaces to classic chains, coils and cuffs, you can find everything in the John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showroom.


Location: The John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showroom is located at Jalan Raya Mambal, Br. Baturning, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
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09

Petulu

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Petulu, around 3.5 km north of Jalan Raya Ubud, is one of the places where you can have the sight of some of the most beautiful and unique birds. Every evening at around 6 PM, you can see thousands of large herons passing through Petulu.

According to an old tradition, the villages believe that these herons bring good luck with them. While visiting Petulu, apart from this great scene, you can also try some authentic local cuisine from the footstalls.

Location: The Petulu is a small village near Ubud
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10

Studio Perak

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Studio Perak is one of the most famous silver and jewelry workshop in Ubud, which offers the unique and original designs of sterling silver jewelry. Having three shops in central Ubud, viz. Jalan Hanoman, Jalan Dewi Sita and Jalana Raya Ubud Main Road, the Studio Perak was founded by Ketut Darmawan.

You can even indulge in the jewelry making classes and workshops if you want to, and can learn various techniques making these beautiful silver jewelry.

Location: The Studio Perak is located at Jalan Hanoman, Jalan Dewi Sita and Jalan Raya Ubud

Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM, Course Timings: 9 AM to 12 PM

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11

Yoga Barn

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Bali is extremely famous for its authentic yoga classes. One such famous yoga class is the Yoga Barn. Located in Ubud, the Yoga Barn offers daily classes and workshops on yoga. Apart from the yoga classes, the Yoga Barn also specializes in the holistic healing, which include cleansing and detox retreats, chinese medicine, acupuncture, naturopathy, sound medicine, ayurvedic rejuvenation and many more.

The Yoga Barn is a retreat center with nine guest rooms and around 10-11 yoga sessions are done in a single day, bringing it to 75+ classes in a week.

Location: The Yoga Barn is located at Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten, Bali.

Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM

Price: The approximate price per class is around IDR 130,000 per adult and for 30 days of unlimited classes it is around IDR 2,600,000.
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12

Gardening Course at Har’s Garden

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If you are looking for some organic farming classes, where you can acquaint yourself with the insights of the same, the Har's Garden is the place for you. Filled with whole lot of leafy green vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, pumpkins, eggplant, cucumbers and many more the Har's Garden was started by Har and his brother.

Here you can learn the various ways of organic farming and its procedures. You can also taste these fresh veggies here.

Location: The Har's Garden is located at Jalan Sri Wedari, Tegallantang in Ubud.

Timings: 8 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Sat)
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Seniman Coffee Studio

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Want to grab a cup of coffee in Ubud, the Seniman Coffee Studio in Ubud serve one of the tastiest coffees in Bali. Along with the cup of coffee, the Seniman Coffee Studio also gives you the taste of its authentic and traditional Balinese culture. The architecture is a perfect blend of modern and contemporary Balinese architecture.

The coffee beans used in Seniman Coffee is brought from the lands of Java, Papua and Sumatra. All the coffees in the Seniman Coffee Studio are prepared by hands by pouring it via a special syphon or hand pulling brew. If you are interested in knowing these techniques, the staff will always be happy to tell you.

Location: The Seniman Coffee Studio is located at Jalan Sriwedari, Banjar Taman Kelod, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM
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Tirta Empul Temple

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Built in 960 AD, the Tirta Empul Temple is one of the most important temples in Bali and consists of a holy mountain spring. The temple is primarily an example of a traditional tale about good versus evil and is the cultural heritage site of Bali.

The temple complex highlights the architecture of old Balinese Kingdoms from the time of Warmadewa Dynasty. Tirta Empul means 'a spring of holy water,' which is located inside the temple and is the source to plethora of pools, fish ponds and purification baths that flow into the Pakerisan river.

Location: The Tirta Empul Temple is located in Manukaya Village, district of Tampaksiring, gianyar, central Bali.

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM

Price: The approximate price is IDR 15,000 per adult and IDR 7,500 per child.
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Ubud Water Palace

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Ubud Water Palace is one of the most beautiful places in whole of Bali and is visited by thousands of visitors every year. One of the striking feature of Ubud Water Palace is the pond, which is full of many lotus flowers.

The walls of the palace have extremely beautiful carvings from the Ubud artists. The entrance to the palace is free, except the dance performance, which takes place every day, except Friday, at 7.30 PM and the cost is approximately IDR 80,000 per person for the show.

Location: The Ubud Water Palace is located at Jalan Raya Ubud.

Timings: 8 AM to 4 PM
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16

Symon's Art Zoo

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If you love art, then Symon's Art Zoo is your place. Situated in the Campuan region, the Symon's Art Zoo is a place where the wall, ceiling, surfaces inside and out are painted with myriads of loud colors, all hand painted by the American artist Symon.

Also, there are many paintings drawn by him, which you can buy right away. As the Art Zoo is also the home of artist, you can also get a chance to meet Symon while your visit. Hence, if you are in a mood to buy his great arts, bring some cash with you during your visit.

Location: The Symon's Art Zoo is located at Jalan Airsanih, Tejakula, Pacung, Kec Buleleng, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali.
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17

Ubud Celuk Village

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Known as the “Silver Village”, Celuk Village on your way to Ubud is definitely worth a visit. While it is picturesque and culturally significant, what is fascinating about this place is its metal craftsmanship. Workers and residents of the village make jewellery and other items out of gold and silver which is sold at unbelievably affordable prices.

All the items sold here are hand-crafted which make them unique and irreplaceable. While you’re stopping at the various shops selling silver and gold articles, you can also try the many eateries that serve delicious local food.

Location: Bali Province, Indonesia (8 kilometers from Denpasar)

Timings: Monday to Friday (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Price: Starting from 50,000 IDR (250 INR)

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Barong and Keris Dance performance

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Barong is a mythological character in Bali and is the leader of good, king of spirits and envy of Rangda. Also, the Barong is the magical protector of Balinese Villages. In short, the Barong and Kris dance performance highlights the war between good and evil spirit. The Barong and Kris dance performances are one of the most famous dance performances in Bali and is a must watch.

You can find these dance performances in various villages and the majority of village tours offered in Bali include this dance performance. Primarily the Barong and Kris dance performances narrates the story of battle between good and evil in the dance form and is a perfect example of the blend of myth and history.
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The Seeds of Life Cafe

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The Seeds of Life Cafe is yet another beautiful yoga studio in Ubud, which offers its services in teaching Mysore style yoga, which is the heart and backbone of Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. The classes takes place from Sunday to Friday in the morning from 06.30 AM to 09.30 AM.

During the yoga sessions, the trainer offers one-on-one guidance to every student, giving physical adjustments in terms of posture as it is important to have correct alignment while practising yoga. No matter you are a beginner or professional, this class is for everyone.

Location: The Seeds of Life Cafe, No. 2 Jalan Goutama, Ubud, Bali

Classes: The Seeds of Life Cafe offers classes in Mysore style yoga.

Price: Approximate price for one class is IDR 200,000 and up to 2,800,000 for 30 days.
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20

Blanco Renaissance Museum

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Blended with the Balinese and European architecture, the Blanco Renaissance Museum highlights the work of the very famous artist Don Antonio Blanco. The museum is a five-acre property located at the banks of Campuhan River.

Once you enter, you will be welcomed with a welcome drink and can stroll through the galleries, grounds and studios where plethora of beautiful paintings are hanging from the 60s-era.

You can even buy books and lithographs of Don Antonio Blanco from the shops and enjoy some delicious cuisines from the restaurant inside the museum.

Location:
The Blanco Renaissance Museum is located at Jalan Campuhan in Ubud

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

How to reach: As the Blanco Renaissance Museum is not connected to any public transport; the only way to reach here is via hiring a car.

Price: The approximate price is IDR 80,000 per person.
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Swim in Infinity Pool

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One of the most unique and offbeat things to do in Ubud is to experience its natural beauty from an infinity pool. Most of the hotels in Ubud like Hanging Gardens, Padma Resort, Jungle Fish (which is a public access beach club), Komaneka, Amandari and Hoshinoya Bali, have gorgeous infinity pools for you to enjoy.

The construction of these pools gives the illusion of you levitating in pristine waters over the lush green jungle and makes for some stunning photos.

Location: Ubud, Bali Province, Indonesia

Timings: Most hotels have 24-hour pool access

Price: Starting from 1,693,480 IDR (8,500 INR)

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Shop at Ubud Art Market

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Ubud Art Market is a one-of-a-kind market where locals and residents from all over Bali come to sell their art. It is an amalgamation of the culture and history of Bali, supported by the Royal Princes who are great patrons of artists and their work.

At the art market, you can buy everything from silverware to homemade fragrances, portraits to hand-sewn scarves, kites, bags, baskets, jewellery, utensils, clothes and much more. Because the artists themselves sell their work, you are also likely to get beautiful souvenirs for yourself at very low prices.

Location: Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Timings: Monday to Sunday (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Price: 288,135 IDR (1,446 INR) avg.

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Eat in a Cocoon at Kubu Ubud

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Located on the banks of the Ayung River, the Kubu Ubud restaurant in Mandapa is a fine-dining experience you don’t want to miss when you are in Ubud. The restaurant consists of 9 private cocoons where guests can dine in peace and privacy.

The restaurant is known for its warm hospitality and the lip-smacking Mediterranean and European cuisine. Feasting on their multi-course meals while watching the waters of the Ayung River with your loved ones is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Ubud.

Location: Mandapa, Ritz Carlton, Jl. Raya Kedewatan No.Banjar, Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80571.

Timings: Monday to Sunday (6:30 pm – 11:00 pm)

Price: 2,000,000 IDR (10,000 INR) for two

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Stay in Tree House at Bambu Indah

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The Bambu Indah hotel is a hotel like none you have seen before. If you are looking for one of the most unique things to do in Ubud, make sure you book a stay at the Tree House in Bambu Indah, a hotel made entirely of bamboo.

The property is surrounded by lush greenery and the luxurious suites, like the Moon House, are open-air, which makes it feel as though you are in the treehouse of your dreams. Living in such a natural and serene circumstances is truly one of the most offbeat things to do in Ubud.

Location: Jl. Baung, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80571. 

Timings: Open 24 hours 

Price: 3,585,728 IDR (18,000 INR)
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Visit Threads of Life

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One of the most unique things to do in Ubud is a visit to Threads of Life, a hub for exotic textiles from Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries. This place is a gold-mine for textile connoisseurs who can find all kinds of rare and precious textiles that are hand-sewn, hand-embroidered and hand-woven by the locals.

Of all the unique things to do in Ubud, this is one of the most popular activities amongst tourists because of the rich insight it offers into the colourful textile heritage of the area. Make sure you check out their expansive collection of natural dyes, hand-spun fabric, weaves and techniques when you are there.

Location: Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80571.

Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00 am – 7:00 pm)

Price: 1,910,518 IDR (9,590 INR) on average
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  1. Which are the best things to Do in Ubud?

    1. Take a glimpse of Bali’s modern art scene at Museum Puri Lukisan: Spark your imagination and creativity by visiting Museum Puri Lukisan, which gives a glimpse of Bali’s modern art scene. You will find a range of artwork on show at this museum which comes with English language explanations.

    2. Soak Into Divinity At Pura Taman Saraswati: Get ready for enlightenment and spiritual bliss by visiting Pura Taman Saraswati dedicated to the Hindu goddess Saraswati. You’ll witness beautiful carvings of the goddess all over the temple and fountains that gush from the temple’s front and fill a limpid pond area.

    3. Get acquainted with handicrafts traditions at Life Indonesian Textile Arts Center: One of the best things to do in Ubud is enjoying centuries of handicrafts traditions at Life Indonesian Textile Arts Center. If you want to learn handicraft art, you can also join the in-house textile appreciation course.

    4. Sample the traditional cuisines at Gianyar Night Market: Get ready for a gastronomic treat by visiting Gianyar Night Market, absolute heaven for the foodies. This night market features various stalls where you will find a range of Balinese snacks such as fried bananas, satay, and dainty little cakes.

  2. Which are the best things to Do in Ubud for couples?

    1. Enjoy Candle Light Dinner on the Ayung River banks: Make your sweetheart feel extra special by enjoying a candlelight dinner on the Ayung River banks. The Samaya Ubud provides various seating choices for romantic candlelight dinner, and the most famous is at table 19 with the Ayung river environment. 

    2. Ride an elephant with your partner: Get ready for a romantic retreat by enjoying an elephant ride with your partner at Taro Ubud. While sitting on the elephant’s back and riding through the forest, you can enjoy picturesque views and create some unforgettable moments with your partner.

    3. Picnic lunch on the boat: Take your romance to the next level by enjoying a picnic lunch on the boat along the lagoon amidst a tropical garden. As the boat drifts around the lagoon, you can also click some lovey-dovey pictures with your partner.

    4. Enjoy the Kecak Dance: If you’re looking for an unusual romantic experience, enjoy the Kecak Dance that is performed by skilled dancers from the Pekraman Taman Kaja without any musical instrument. The entire performance is based on epics from Ramayana that the performers recreate in front of the audience.

  3. Which are the best adventure things to do in Ubud?

    1. Mount Batur Trek: One of the most offbeat things to do in Ubud is trekking to the thrilling mountain top of Mount Batur. From the top of the mountain, you can have breathtaking views of the popular attractions of Ubud. You’ll get an insight into the wilderness of the regions and the fascinating flora and fauna while trekking here.

    2. White Water Rafting: If you’re looking for one of the best offbeat things to do in Ubud, you must try white-water rafting at Ayung River. Ayung River has grade I, II, and III rapids and streams to pump up your adrenaline level. During your white water rafting experience, you can get a chance to witness the wildlife, including Blue Javan Kingfisher, etc.

    3. Horse Riding: Whether you want to stroll along secluded tracks or gallop across the plains, Ubud has large options for horse riding to suit your experience and energy levels. You can ride on horseback for a thrilling 1.5 hour with some exotic displays of nature. This is one of the most offbeat things to do in Ubud for experienced horse riders as well as those getting in the saddle for the first time.

    4. Rock Climbing: One of the most offbeat things to do in Ubud is rock climbing at Songan Village, located nearby the Mt. Batur Volcano. You’ll have an awe-inspiring sensation of triumph once you have scaled a high cliff.