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From Ubud to Uluwatu – A Scenic Guide

Embark on a road trip from the cultural heartland of Ubud to the captivating cliffs of Uluwatu. Immerse yourself in the island’s diverse landscapes and experience Bali’s range of natural splendour. This journey will take you through lush rainforests, terraced rice fields, and vibrant coastal panoramas, for one unforgettable experience.

Departing Ubud

Bid farewell to the serene rice terraces, bustling markets, and artistic flair of Ubud as you begin your road trip adventure. Best seen by scooter or motorcycle, exit the city centre and head south, crossing the scenic landscapes of Gianyar and Bangli regencies. As you navigate the winding roads, immerse yourself in the verdant surroundings, catching glimpses of traditional Balinese villages and glimpses of the Ayung River.

First Stop: Tegenungan Waterfall

Approximately 16 kilometres from Ubud, witness the breathtaking cascade of Tegenungan Waterfall. Park your vehicle or motorcycle in the available parking area and embark on a short walk to the waterfall. Stand at the bottom of thundering waters amidst lush greenery create a mesmerising sight. Take a refreshing dip in the cool pools, or simply revel in the soothing ambience of this natural wonder before continuing your journey.

Exploring Traditional Craft Villages

En route to Uluwatu, make sure to stop by the traditional craft villages nestled along the way. Mas Village, known for its intricate woodcarvings, and Batuan Village, famous for its traditional Balinese paintings, are captivating destinations worth exploring. Navigate through the villages by following the main roads or utilising a GPS navigation app. Immerse yourself in the vibrant artisanal culture, witness skilled craftsmen at work, and bring home unique Balinese artworks as cherished souvenirs.

Picturesque Rice Terraces at Jatiluwih

As you journey further south, the captivating rice terraces of Jatiluwih await. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jatiluwih is renowned for its sublime terraced rice fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Park your vehicle near the entrance and embark on a leisurely stroll through the emerald-green landscapes. Capture awe-inspiring photographs, engage with local farmers, and learn about Bali’s traditional irrigation system, known as subak, which has sustained these terraces for centuries.

Scenic Coastal Views at Padang Padang Beach

As the road winds toward the southwestern coast, be prepared for the magnificent coastal vistas that await you. Padang Padang Beach, situated near Uluwatu, is a hidden gem nestled between towering cliffs. Park your vehicle in the designated parking area and descend the steps that lead to the pristine white sands below. Relax on the beach, take a dip in the azure waters, and witness the surfers catching waves in this idyllic setting. This is just one of the many beautiful beaches that Uluwatu is blessed with.

Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance

Arriving at Uluwatu, you’ll encounter the majestic Uluwatu Temple perched dramatically on sheer cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Follow the signs to the temple entrance and park your vehicle in the designated parking area. Embark on a memorable journey through the temple complex, adorned with ancient stone sculptures and intricate carvings. Witness the mesmerizing Kecak dance performance at the open-air amphitheatre, where traditional Balinese dance and chanting combine to create a captivating spectacle.

Sunset Delight at Sundays Beach Club

Conclude your road trip adventure by unwinding at Sundays Beach Club, nestled along the coast of Uluwatu. From Uluwatu Temple, drive south until you reach The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, where Sundays Beach Club is located. Follow the signs and park your vehicle in the provided parking area. Take the inclinator down to the beach club, where live music, a beachside bar, and watersports await. Enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean and stay for the sunset views it’s renowned for. The perfect beginning deserves the perfect ending.  Stay at The Ungasan and experience Balinese hospitality at its most uncompromising.

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