Ubud is the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali: the heart is the inner temple of Spirit, the creative source of Beauty, and the place of limitless Love. Spirit, Beauty, and Love. That is Ubud. Rated the Best City in Asia 2010,
Ubud is a peaceful village surrounded by emerald green rice fields, deep jungles and villages.
Ubud is Bali’s centre for fine arts, dance and music; while the surrounding villages are home to Bali’s most accomplished painters, dancers, musicians and carvers.
This remarkable town of Ubud encompassed by magnificent terraced rice fields, rivers, traditional villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces. It is located 300 metres above sea level in the foothills of the central mountain range; this gives it a fresher, more pleasant climate than the southern coastal regions.
The numerous art galleries in Ubud feature traditional and modern work; the museums showcase the island’s rich history, and the shops and the market stalls sell handicrafts, jewelery, woodcarvings, textiles, paintings and antiques.
There are many, well-presented, cultural performances staged in the town, in particular the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The Kecak dance, and the monkey dance are other popular showings. The countryside around Ubud is particularly beautiful, with an abundance of trails offering memorable walks through the peaceful rice fields.
The location is convenient for tours all over the island and is only a forty-minute drive from the coast.
During your visit in Bali , you will undoubtedly step on a basket filled with rice and flowers or two. These are small offering baskets called ‘canang sari ‘ that Balinese offer to their Gods three times a day. What are these baskets for, and why do people place them on the sidewalks?
It is basically a ritual of giving back what has been given to you by the Gods. It is a sharing that is not based upon fear, but on gratitude to the richness of life. Offering appeases the spirits and brings prosperity and good health to the family. It is a duty and an honour at the same time, and in Balinese perspective a very natural and almost logical thing to maintain a good relationship between people and spirits.
The Bali dance is religious in nature and full of drama where the dancers move their bodies on the pace of gamelan music. Every movement of fingers, hands, head, body and feet is important and tells the story of the Balinese vision of life. The Bali dance is part of many religious rituals and takes place during numerous festivals and ceremonies on the temple grounds. Today these dances are also performed for tourists.