The Arts and Backroads
Cooking Classes, Cultural Workshops, Yoga and Wellness
and Exploring more of Bali…
Ubud as a home-base offers many activities including just relaxing and watching the rice grow. And thanks to the Monkeys around us, Nyuhkuning Village is protected from thru car-traffic! There are many options for activities within comfortable walking distance right in Nyuhkuning- to join a Cooking Class or Cultural workshop, see Dance and Music performances, endulge in spa treatments, ayurveda or yoga. And a walk or drive just off the main roads surrounding Ubud brings you to villages where the heart of Balinese culture is still very much alive.
Rice Walks or Back-road cycling
Our staff can help recommend guided rice walks or back-road cycling trips.
Artists and Crafts
Ketut Krinting Studio is above our Alam Wangi Spa.
Come and see traditional Balinese paintings on exhibit by Pak Ketut and other local artists.
10% of sales are donated to The Bali Smile Foundation facilitating operations for children with cranio-facial disabilities.
Yayasan Senyum: www.senyumbali.org
Alam Asia Crafts
presenting beautiful items by artisans with different abilities in Asia. Fine Batik, Bali Ikat, Textiles from Laos and Cambodia.
Crafts and accessories by disabled artisans and by women support groups.
Also items supporting SOS- Sumatran Orangutan Survival and BOS- Borneo Orangutan Society.
Located at the entry to Alam Indah, Kebun Indah and at Café Wayan.
Surrounding villages of Ubud are dedicated to traditional arts. Artist compounds of painters can be visited in the villages of Penestanan or Pengosekan.
Wood and mask-carvers are found in the village of Mas, and stone-carvers are concentrated in the area of Singapadu and Batubulan.
Ubud is also home to some fine museums :
Museum Puri Lukisan - in the centre of Ubud is set in lovely gardens. This was the first museum founded under the Pita Maha artist cooperative. http://museumpurilukisan.com
Neka Museum is located just outside of town in Sanginggan offering an introduction to the various styles of Balinese art, including paintings by foreign resident artists of Ubud. http://www.museumneka.com
Setia Darma Mask and Puppet Museum
Traditional Masks of Bali and from throughout Indonesia displayed in a fabulous private exhibit in Mas.
Threads of Life Gallery Learn about the traditional weaving arts of Indonesia.
Enjoy a talk on the History of Trade in Textiles or a workshop with natural dyes.
Located on Jalan Kajeng at Darta’s Rumah Roda Family House.
A family-run Cafe with Balinese home-cooking is also above the gallery.
Ganesha Bookstore opposite the Post office in Ubud including Music and DVD's
Yoga and Wellness:
http://www.amrtasiddhi.com Ayurveda Health Centre in Nyuh Kuning
https://ubudashram.org/ Centre for Wellbeing founded by Anand Krishna
https://usadabali.com/ Food and Cultural Programs
Dance and Music: Each evening traditional dance and gamelan music groups
perform in and around Ubud. Our staff can advise the schedule.
Dance performances are also offered at Laka Leke- see more below:
Cafe Wayan Cooking Classes
Learn about traditional Balinese and Indonesian Cooking
Café Wayan loves to share their love for food!
Cooking Classes are held in our new space in the gardens of Café Wayan on Monkey Forest Road.
Also for special groups at our sister restaurant Laka Leke close to Alam Indah in Nyuhkuning.
For reservations or more information, phone Cafe Wayan direct: (0361) 975-447, or email: email@example.com
Click here for Cooking Class Page
Cultural Workshops at Lake Leke
These activities are also especially nice for children in a beautiful setting with skilled artisans.
Balinese Dance Classes, Wood-carving, Painting on Paper, on Eggs or on Bali Kites.
Click here for: Cultural Workshop Menu
Dance performances at Laka Leke
While having dinner, enjoy dance performances five times a week:
Buffet or ala carte dinner as of 6:30pm Dance begins at 8pm:
Monday: Kecak Dance (Ramayana story choreographed to mens chanting) with a great Hanoman!
Wednesday: Barong and Keris Dance
Thursday: Joged and Children's Dance performance
Friday: Ramayana Dance performance.
Saturday: Frog Dance - with Rangda helping the frog reunite with his beloved princess.
More on: www.lakaleke.com
Exploring the island…
We are happy to assist you with a reliable car and driver, self-drive rental cars, bicycles or motorbikes. Traffic can be a very chaotic experience for a first time visitor, so we do suggest you set off with a reliable driver.
Suggestions for Exploring:
The countryside and backroads just north of Ubud brings you through beautiful rice fields and terraces of Sebatu.
Visit the Holy Springs at Gunung Kawi Sebatu or Tampaksiring. Late afternoon coming through the village of Petulu,
you can see hundreds of herons returning to nest. This pleasant half day could be combined with a visit to the wood-
carving village of Mas.
For a FULL DAY, include the half day above with a visit to Mt.Batur and the volcanic lake at Kintamani.
Visit the weaving village and beautiful valley of Sidemen and enroute, browse through the textiles at Klungkung market.
You may also wish to include Besakih, the Mother Temple of Bali. From Sidemen, upcountry roads can loop you down
to the east coast. There is a nice hidden white-sand beach at BugBug- beyond Candi Dasa. Look for the sign that says
White Sand Virgin Beach- a bit of a rough road brings you to this beach where you can enjoy fresh seafood, lounge and swim.
A longer trip out East can take you to the Springs of Tirtagangga and beyond to Amed or Tulamben which is known for
diving and snorkeling. Returning to Ubud passing Candi Dasa, is the Bali-Aga village of Tenganan. Here you can learn about
traditional double-ikat weaving.
Padang Bai Harbour is where the fast boats depart for the Gilis off Lombok. ( approx one hour drive from Ubud)
Drive up to Bedugul and Lake Bratan with Ulu-Danu Temple, passing the Candikuning market.
The area around the village of Munduk is a beautiful area for walks and hikes to waterfalls and lakes.
RICE TERRACES of Jatiluwih:
Located further west in the highlands, a drive to these beautiful expanse of rice terraces makes a lovely day-trip.
You may also wish to combine a visit to the peaceful Batukaru Temple.
More time for exploring beyond Ubud?
Northwest Bali and the area of Pemuteran offers the best scuba diving and snorkeling of Bali off Pulau Menjangan.