Best of Central Bali: Waterfall, Elephant Cave & Rice Fields in Bali
Are you looking to escape the bustling bustle of the rest of Bali and explore its more serene, natural beauty? If so, you would do well to consider a trip to Central Bali. Home to the majestic Tegalalang Rice Terraces, the classic Elephant Cave, and numerous stunning waterfalls, there’s plenty to do in this area of Bali. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or to take in the sunset over a tranquil landscape, Central Bali has something to offer everyone
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a Bali must see. Carved along a stunning stretch of land just north of Ubud, these terraced paddies are sure to take your breath away. Every terrace has been skillfully crafted and tended to by local Balinese farmers, who rely on the terraces to support their livelihood. Most tourists visit later in the day, when the sun is setting and the terraces glimmer in the golden light. It’s also a popular spot for photos; make sure to bring your camera and dress nicely if you want the best shots of the terraces!
Nearby is Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave. Just outside Ubud, the cave was rediscovered in the 1920s, when an inscription was found with a note claiming that it was used as a water shrine. Today, the cave is still seen as a sacred site by locals. Inside you’ll find statues of Ganesha and Buddha, as well as other carvings and paintings. It’s an interesting place to explore and offers a unique insight into Balinese history and mythology
Central Bali is teeming with cascades and streams; its rugged mountains are ideal for creating dramatic waterfalls. One of the most popular is Tegenungan Waterfall located just south of Ubud. The waterfall is fed by the river Ayung and cascades down steps and cliffs for about 25m (82ft). It’s especially beautiful during wet season, when water churns through it with great fervor.
Kanto Lampo is another great option just outside Ubud. The river plunges off several steps and then passes under a traditional thatched hut. The crystal-clear pool created by the falls is especially popular in the heat of the day. You can take a dip and marvel at how the mist sparkles in the sunlight.
One of the most bizarre waterfalls near Central Bali is Gitgit Waterfall. It’s hidden deep in the jungle and best reached with a guide. The 40-meter (130-foot) fall is set against rocks carved with ancient Balinese carvings, making it one of the most unique waterfalls. From there, it’s mere minutes to Banjar Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a hot poolside massage after your hike.
From Tegalalang Rice Terraces to the many smaller fields scattered throughout Central Bali, rice fields are one of its defining features. If you’re looking for something a bit more off-the-beaten-path, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Coldayangipat Rice Field Walk. Located close to Ubud town centre, this relaxing stroll takes you through bamboo forests and traditional Balinese villages before reaching a peaceful plateau overlooking lush tropical paddy fields.
Another great option is Malalan Rice Fields in Kintamani district. This is one of Bali’s oldest and biggest rice fields, and you can opt to walk through it or take an ATV tour through its winding pathways. Along your walk, you’ll pass traditional temples, see locals tending to their crops, and explore caves that are still used as shrines by Balinese Hindus.
Whether You’re an Adrenaline Junkie or Nature Lover
Central Bali has something for everyone; there are activities for both adrenaline junkies and nature lovers alike. If you’re looking for more than just trekking through the rice fields, you can head down south to Ungasan for amazing rock climbing opportunities. And if you’re looking for nightlife, Seminyak is just a short drive away; it’s closer than Ubud but still remains far away from its hustle and bustle.
The Central Bali area is truly one of a kind when it comes to its breath-taking natural beauty and diverse range of activities available for all kinds of travelers. Whether you’re after an adventure or simply want to relax among nature- there’s something here suited to anyone’s tastes. As well as exploring Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Elephant Cave, and numerous waterfalls in the area; there’s also rappelling, ATV tours and rock climbing opportunities too. So get out there and check out all the incredible sights that Central Bali has to offer!
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