(*These side trips can be arranged yourself or with the assistance of The Shala staff)
Gunung Kawi – This 11th-century Temple complex lies among rice paddies and thick jungle in Tampaksiring, north east of Ubud. To get there you need to conquer some 270 steps, but it’s a special place well worth the effort! The beautiful huge shrines are carved into the cliffs at both sides of Pakrisan river connected by a stone bridge. It is a stunning place to stroll, or sit in the shade and enjoy some quiet time. Be sure to bring a sarong to wear around your waist. Small entry fee applies.
Tirta Empul – This is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring. The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. The temple pond has a spring which gives out fresh water regularly, which Balinese Hindus consider to be holy or amritha. Tirta Empul Temple was founded around a large water spring in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty. The spring is the source of the Pakerisan river. The temple is divided into three sections: Jaba Pura (front yard), Jaba Tengah (central yard) and Jeroan (inner yard). Jaba Tengah contains 2 pools with 30 showers, and is dedicated to Vishnu, a Hindu god name for the supreme consciousness Narayana. Small entry fee applies. Bring a change of clothing should you wish to bathe in the spring.
Campuhan Ridge Walk – This is a free and fairly easy nature trek, popular among repeat visitors to Ubud. The trail presents a pristine outback to escape from the contemporary boutique, guesthouse, and restaurant-lined main town centre of Ubud. While the hike lets you enjoy cool fresh air, a lot of sunhsine, and probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some of your delicious meals with its ninekilometre hill track! On clear mornings or afternoons, you can enjoy a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Agung and outlying small village houses girt by rice fields. Continuing north along the ridge the tall grass transforms into the paddies of the small village of Bangkiang Sidem. Karsa Café of the Bali Rice Terrace Villas resides here, providing a convenient pause for refreshments or a quick bite while admiring the view.