Ubud- The Tropical Paradise
Like a sleeping dragon, Ubud, a tiny town in Bali, rests amongst fields of paddies and spellbinding ravines, ready to enthral you with the riches she has to offer. Ubud has so much attractions to visit, that it can quite be a visual assault on your senses, so a little preparation before you visit her always helps. Let’s have a quick glance at the historical sites in Ubud.
Gunung Kawi is an ancient rock cut Hindu temple that comprises of 10 shrines carved in to the cliff face. Located near the ancient river of Pakrisan, this is understood to be the burial site of the King Anak Wungsu and his several partners. Located at the bottom of a steep valley lined with the greenery of paddy fields, it’s quite a visual spectacle for the unaware traveller. Of the two complexes in the building, the smaller one is presumed to be for the king’s wives, while the larger complex was the residence for the king.
A tranquil and serene temple, Pura Kehen transports one into another world of mystique and spirituality. Pura Kehen is easily one of the best attractions in the whole of Bali, and the beauty of the place is compounded by the relative solitude at Pura Kehen. Since it’s off the beaten path, Pura Kehen receives far less tourists than other places in Bali. Legend has it that sometimes, one can almost hear the whispered wisdom of the 700 year old Banyan tree at Pura Kehen.
Tirta Empul is a Hindu temple built around a bubbling spring, which is said to have mystical abilities to cure the soul and self of impurities. On a full moon day, it is said that the water cleanses one’s spirit of all evils. An important temple for Hindu devotees, this site offers a wonderful view to the culture of the Balinese people. It is definitely a should-not-miss on any trip to Bali.
Set in a lush green paddy field, Yeh Pulu is another oft-unnoticed gem in Ubud, consisting of a bas relief from 14th century. A picturesque 45 minute walk around the complex is well rewarding, especially if you know the stories behind the stone carvings. The relief is believed to depict lives of the people from 14th century, depicting scenes such as hunters facing a beast, horsemen journeying across the land among others.