Thursday, December 8, 2016

The hidden beauty that reaches your deepest soul

Water is the most perfect traveller because it becomes the path itself when it travels. Sometimes we need to follow the path to undertake the most beautiful journey of our life. There are innumerable paths in Bali that will lead you to the untouched place, and if you push yourself a bit harder to really explore the secrets that Bali has hidden far away from the commercial tourists, you will discover these places. Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one such place that you might want to consider on your checklist.

Located 30 kilometres north-west of Ubud, you will witness a rare view of a waterfall that should not be missed. Though there are plenty of waterfalls worth visiting in Bali, Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one of its kind. If you are coming from Denpasar, you can reach Dusun Penida Kelod in Bangli by car or motorbike in about two hours. Local buses leaving from Denpasar can also drop you at Bangli, and then you can trek your way to Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Alternatively, you can book a one-day tour with one of travel agencies or hire an advance driver who is familiar with roads in Bali.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall still remains as the best virgin waterfall of Bali. The fact that this spot is not known to a lot of people and still not under the commercial tourist spots, you are not under any obligations to pay anything to enter the place. However, since the area is well-maintained by the local villagers and some of them contribute in showing and/or explaining the waterfall to the visitors, it would be kind enough if you tip them some amount so they can continue to maintain this hidden spot.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall by far has mesmerized anyone who have managed to spot it. Well-guarded by the cliffs, this waterfall is difficult to be spotted by a regular visitor. A few hundred stairs down the cliff is worth the effort once you arrive at the destination. The circular cliffs give you the feeling of being in a cave, while the open sky right from where the waterfall emerges, gives you the most enchanting view you have ever seen. The sunlight falls on the glistering waterfall creating a rainbow, and you will feel like the rainbow is flowing right up to you. If you have never seen water flowing from the sky, then this would be your chance. Unlike any other waterfalls in Bali, Tukad Cepung Waterfall does not flow into a river, stream or jungle, but it flows gently down the cliffs. The river can be seen from up above, meanwhile the waterfall can only be viewed once you walk down the stairs and into the cliff.

Since the water gets accumulated within the cliffs, it gets really deep in rainy seasons. For that reason, it is not recommended to visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall in monsoons. In other seasons, you can just stand and observe the water neatly flowing down and making a narrow stream inside the cliff. This place is comparatively cooler and offers an immense sense of peace and tranquillity.

Bring your bath suits when you visit this place because once you see this magical waterfall, you would definitely like to go in and embrace it. You will find some of the visitors standing under the waterfall and having a good time splashing water. Since the place is well-maintained, you won’t be surprised to see how clean and hygienic the area surrounding. Try to live in the moment by relaxing near the waterfall, listening to the water flowing and seeing the amazing rainbow of colours created by the sunlight. As a quote says, “Many quiet rivers start from noisy waterfalls, but none of them jumps and does not foam up to the sea. But it is often a sign of great peace of mind, and hidden forces.” You will feel every inch of this saying once you see or rather absorb the beauty of Tukad Cepung Waterfall.

After several hours being in total relaxation, on your way back home you can make a few stops around the area. Tukad Cepung Waterfall is close to Pura Dalem Penida Kelod, which also known as the Temple of Death. It is a place of pilgrimage for those seeking protection from sickness and evil. You can also pay a visit to the old temple of Ratu Gede Pancering Jagat in Trunyan, which is famous for its megalithic 4-meter high statue and the “Barong Brutuk” dance performance. If you wish to take away some local souvenirs, the roads around Kintamani offer you a good local shopping experience as well as eating spots. You may need this after a day-long trek in Bangli.
 
Waterfalls nearby
Two more waterfalls in this area are Tibumana Waterfall and Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Tibumana Waterfall is a 20-meter high twin waterfall with a calm pond and not too deep, while Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a new born waterfall which flows through the lush forests of Bangli. You can follow the forest trail not only to enjoy the waterfalls but to stop and fish for eels and other small fish. You can also view a cave which is normally used for meditation by local people. This is an interesting trek for family with little kids.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Dusun Penida Kelod, Bangli
 
This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wind along the less-travelled road of Nusa Penida

There’s a quote says, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” There are few experiences that open up not just your heart but also your mind, and travelling to Nusa Penida does that. The island offers so many awesome beaches that are still pure and untouched, such a perfect getaway for those looking to escape from the crowd and chaos.

Among a few beaches in a treasure island of Nusa Penida, Atuh Beach remains on top of the list as the most beautiful beach with killer views. The view is replenishing your soul from the core. The glistening turquoise ocean well-guarded by craggy mountain peaks, and the stretches of white sands perfectly laid out is indeed a treat for the eyes. This beach is called the “Hidden Beach” owing to the fact that it is so closely guarded by the cliffs that it is quite difficult to spot it. The fact that many visitors to Nusa Penida are still unaware of its existence makes it all the more intriguing for the those seeking either privacy or solace. This beach still away from the clutches of commercialization, making it an ideal spot to spend with your loved one.

To reach the beach, it is recommended to rent scooter, which can be arranged at the harbour when you arrive. After half-an-hour-drive in the coastal road, you can start your adventure right after your vehicle parked on the cliff. As you walk nearer to the cliff and get ready for your hiking pursuit down the cliff, you will notice a concrete staircase at the back-side. This staircase was built for local villagers who come to visit the temple nearby to worship the God of the sea. You need to use this staircase to walk up the cliff and at the end of the staircase you need to jump off the cliff, a mere height of 1 metre. And there you are, on the pristine white sands, and right in front of you the vast blue ocean waiting to be explored.

The stunning coral reefs are what brings Atuh to life, especially during low tide where you can see the rainbow of corals on the ocean floor. Suit up into your snorkelling gears and explore the ocean where you will find hundreds of colourful fish swimming all around you. The sunrays make the ocean sparkle no less than a prism. There are small caves in and around the cliffs where you can swim into and explore the rock structures. But do not swim away far from the shore since the currents can get strong. Alternatively, for those who are not keen to get into the water, they can lay back and watch the day go by.

If you are on a guided tour, they will provide you tents to set up at night, or you can also go by your own. Set the tents up away from the ocean nearer to the rocks to ensure your safety. You will be awestruck by the view at night. The sky is illuminated with thousands of sparkling stars. You can hear the soft splashes of the ocean waves against the cliffs and feel the cool breeze on your face. Light a bonfire and enjoy your time by the ocean with your friends. Eat, sing, dance and have all the fun you want. You just want the time to pause so that you can be in the euphoric mood forever. If you are a single trekker, you are bound to become a poet overnight owing to all the natural beauty around you. Do wake up early in the morning to view the sunrise from the cliffs. Be rest assured that this is one scene which you will never forget.

May to September is a good time to camp, since there are no chances of rainfall. It is recommended to put on your running/hiking shoes to make your trek faster and less painful. Be sure to carry a swimsuit, one extra pair of clothes, headlamp/torch, enough mineral water/juices, few food items and cash.

Apart from the Atuh Beach, while you are in Nusa Penida, you might want to make a visit to Peguyangan Waterfall. This incredible beauty is placed in a backdrop of a water temple. Therefore, there will be a bit of an adventure involved in getting to the waterfall as you have to traverse a path made of staircase literally hanging off the cliff edge.

You might also like to visit “Rumah Pohon Batu Molentang”, which situated on the cliffs on Tanglad village. You need to use the wooden staircase guarded by ropes to reach the top of the treehouse. Up there, you have a million-dollar view of the beaches and island around you. This is a good trekking spot where you need to ask the local villagers to find you way to the treehouse.

Visiting these places will let you enjoy peacefully without rush and give you enough time to contemplate about life, which is exactly what is needed to take a break from the mundane life. So, why wait? Mark your calendar and schedule your next trip to Nusa Penida.
 
This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Learning a new skills & knowledge every day

There is a quote says, “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.” Indeed, reading offers us the pleasures of wisdom, knowledge and simply a way for us to spend our spare time. Ubud may be known as the cultural heart of Bali, but few people know of this little gem nestled in a quiet area in the central Ubud. With a well-signposted path leading to it, Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre is open daily from 9AM to 5PM. It is relatively easy to get there, either by car or motorbike, unless you stay in central Ubud, which affords you the option of walking. To avoid the crowds, it is advisable for one to arrive in the morning when the library is just open. You can easily spend up to 2 hours without participating in any of the classes or activities, and more so if you intend to do so.

The library was founded in 1995 by an American expatriate who was also an avid reader, and shocked to find the paucity of books in Bali. Originally, the library was designed primarily as a place for expats' children to study, and hence frequented by expats. However, the founder mission was to raise the literacy rate of the local children by making reading and books more accessible to them. With some support and funding, a bilingual children’s library was eventually constructed in 2001, separate from the adults’ library.

As its name suggests, you can read and borrow books for a fee. The two libraries combined hold over 30,000 fiction and non-fiction books in about ten languages including English, Indonesian and German. The books also cater to different readers from beginners to avid readers. And you are blessed with a conducive reading environment at the terrace upstairs where you can enjoy views of the football field and lush greenery. Free Wi-Fi serves to augment the experience. Children are of course, not neglected. The children's library is made a very comfortable place with soft pillows for the young ones to cuddle while reading. Educational games are also available for children who need a break from reading and wish to exercise their minds.

Of course, as the place is also a learning centre, classes are also conducted, and one popular one for foreigners or expatriates is the Indonesian language class. Specifically tailored towards beginners of the language, lessons are either conducted privately or in a group of between 3 and 8. A private lesson for one person costs IDR 175,000 for one lesson of 1.5 hour and the per lesson cost declines if you sign up for more lessons. A full four-week intensive group course costs IDR 1,000,000 per person for a total of 12 lessons of 2 hours each. All lessons are only conducted by qualified, patient and dedicated instructors. It is, however, important to note that advanced payment is required for the registration of these classes and no refund is offered after payment should you cancel them.

As a place active in promoting local cultural awareness and understanding, many other cultural activities are also conducted there in the form of classes. Those into music and dance will like either the Gamelan or Balinese dance classes held for people of all ages. If you prefer arts and crafts, you would enjoy a class of Balinese offering making, woodcarving, Balinese painting or fruit carving. Woodcarving and fruit carving are two forms of art unique to Bali. You will be amazed in particular when you see how beautiful figures can be carved out of fruits like watermelons, not to mention the opportunity to taste the sweet fruits while you work on your pieces. Fees are reasonable at below IDR 300,000 for a one to three-hour lesson.

Finally, you will also be glad that by signing up for the classes, you are also doing your part to support the centre financially in its mission to raise literacy and cultural awareness. Besides participating in lessons and getting to learn something new, you are also welcome to purchase or donate books for their good cause. Other resources or funds can be donated too. So if you have some extra time while in Ubud, consider visiting this small place where you can spend away your time easily while gleaning knowledge and helping to serve a good cause.

Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre
Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
+62 361 976194

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wellbeing Holiday for a Healthy Soul

Being responsible for your health is the biggest commitment you will ever make in life, and taking a wellbeing holiday can mark a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Different people have different personal wellbeing goals, and the diversity of one wellbeing holidays reflects that. A spa vacation may offer pampering and indulgence, meanwhile wellbeing holidays focus on your health and the kind of treatments to heal you inside out.

The outcome of practicing a wellbeing holiday on a regular basis is the fact that you will not only feel rejuvenated, rebalanced and de-stressed, but you will also get the benefit from having a glower or younger-looking skin, a leaner body and loads of energy. Just a few simple changes to your lifestyle can make a huge impact to your health and wellbeing.

There are a lot of treatment you can practice to achieve your wellness aims. You can do detox break to purify your system, join on a weight-loss holiday to slim down your body, satisfy yourself with a restorative spa treatment, start to do yoga regularly to strengthen your mind and body, eat all-you-want-raw-food retreat, and so many more. Whether you are looking for a mindfulness retreat, a stress-management and stress-reduction program, or a complete health reboot, you need to choose the programs to suit your needs.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Breach the sea of Bali

Bali is surrounded by crystal blue sea water, and therefore, water activities in Bali become an important part of the island experience. If you are a thrill seeker, Bali offers such daunting, stimulating and mind boggling adventure rides on water. Seabreacher is one of the activities that you should add on your bucket list. This exciting water activity has gained much popularity in Bali and still rare to find in Asia, and is highly recommended for everyone who wants to get high on life.
The Seabreacher is going to make you glide in the depths of Bali ocean. Riding the Seabreacher is pretty complicated, and it is advised that only the appointed pilots do that. All you need to do is sit back in the cockpit of the semi-submersible and watch the sky disappear through F-16 fighter grade glass as the Seabreacher descends into a dive underwater for about 5 seconds and then launches the entire 18 feet of the shark into the air. You can choose what you want your Seabreacher to do for you, and the pilot delivers it like a Hollywood action flick to create an exclusive experience personally designed to suit your adventure level. You can roll on a 90-degree angle, do tight doughnut turns, dive 5 feet or even 18 feet under water. With top speeds of 80 km/h on water, this ride is guaranteed to make your heart skips a beat.
For the sake of your own safety, please follow all instructions given before you take the ride. Keep in mind that it is not going to be a smooth ride. Never remove your helmet during the ride as you will be bounced extremely hard inside the vessel. You will have a very limited space behind the pilot’s seat, even just to move your legs a little bit, and therefore this activity is not recommended for those who suffer from Claustrophobia. Make sure to inform the pilot whenever you need to take picture inside the vessel or any reason to slow down the speed.
Seabreacher is suitable for ages 6 years and above. There is also a height restriction of 193cm and weight restriction of 110kg to ensure utmost safety. With no worries about the safety factor and full assurance that you will be under professional training and supervision, there is absolutely no reason to not give it a try. After all, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.

Courtesy of Serangan Water Sports
Jalan Tukad Punggawa Pantai Melasti Serangan Denpasar
www.serangan-watersports.com 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Ultimate Uluwatu Trekking

Uluwatu has an actual twilight buzz. Many surfers from all over the world flock here every calendar year merely to have a go in the waves. When it comes to discovering hidden beaches, Uluwatu provides more than enough unique spots in Bali, ranging from limestone beaches to calm and remote beaches. In fact, the beaches are the strongest magnet that pulls people to visit Uluwatu area. Trekking across the route into these secluded beaches is indeed a true adventure.
Nyang Nyang Beach is well deserving of the title ‘hidden beach’, and therefore trekking is a must to access this beach. You will need to check out a dirt road near to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for an indicator stating “Nyang Surfing Beach”. Next, you cross a field where you will see a beverages stall before alighting the 500 steps over the cliff that covers the beach to finally see it with naked eyes. The cliff itself is covered with forests and will take about 15 minutes to go down. Now, here comes the difficult part, involving walking down a narrow and sometimes steep flight of stairs that leads to the beach. Bear in mind to make your way back to the top of the cliff before dark as the journey back over the steps and the field will become difficult in the dark.
 
About 15 minutes south of Nyang Nyang Beach, Green Bowl Beach is relatively easy to locate, but quite remote and off the tourists’ radar. The road is quite straight forward and signboards are everywhere. You will need to follow a convoluted path towards the entrance of the beach. A small fee is required either for the entrance or parking space. You will be directed to a derelict staircase surrounded by trees filled with monkeys. The trekking comes in this part, to conquer the hundreds of steps down to the beach before you reach at a very clean, rocky beach. You can continue the exploration at the cave nearby, but keep alert from the bats.
 
You can also explore the abandoned plane at Gunung Payung. It is a 30-minute walk from Pandawa Beach where you will find this massive Boing 737 abandoned plane lies in the sideway of the main street of Gunung Payung, hidden behind a huge fence of steel. Please bear in mind that this is not an official tourist spot, and therefore to get inside is a bit tricky, involving climbing and jumping off the fence. Once inside, you can get on the plane, and even climb on top of it. 

Still located in Ungasan Village, Balangan Beach has a different irresistible charm. Peace and quiet, this beach offers secret access to the more secluded part of the beach. You can trek along the beach to discover these spots, but be sure to leave the beach before the sunset, or otherwise the high tide will trap you until the next morning. 

All the way down until you reach Jimbaran, Jimbaran Bay Beach delivers the most romantic trekking experience in the southern part of the island. You can walk along the shore, while enjoy the calming sounds of the ocean caressing the shore. If you go for a sunset treat, you can witness the last rays of the day’s sunshine disappear into the horizon. 

Along the seaside road that goes from Jimbaran to Uluwatu, you can find Bingin Beach. The beach is not easy to spot on for first time trekker, and therefore bringing a friend who knows the area would be beneficial. The road distance is about 15 minutes after which you reach a cliff with steep stairs that will take you down to the beach. Finding the stairs is a bit of a challenge as you need to walk and make a few turns around houses and local establishments. The stairs itself are very steep, and can be a bit tiring climbing down. However, once you are on the beach, you will thoroughly enjoy the breathtaking view. It is recommended to visit Bingin Beach during low tide as during high tides the beach gets subdued in water.

Suluban Beach is a home to surfers, and you'll find almost everyone surfing around here. To reach the beach is quite a hard work, as you need to make a long walk passing through local eateries and surf shops. After that, you need to hike down via stone stairs, passing through the bridge into the cave before finding a small beach that will lead to the heaven of the surfers. 

Finally, the last area you can trek is the clifftop views of Uluwatu Temple. Situated on top of a very tall ocean cliff, the trek offers relaxation and peace as you ascend the stairway. The stairway showcases Bali’s crafty and unique handiwork which was built by its ancient dwellers. It is caressed by trees at both ends so you are adequately shaded the entire way. While you are walking along the stairway, you will definitely notice monkeys around you, which are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. Uluwatu Temple offers visitors an unforgettable stunning view of the horizon that you will not want to miss. Once here, do stay for a bit longer to watch Kecak Fire dance performance arranged against a backdrop of Uluwatu’s breathtaking cliff advantage views. 

The most important thing to note before you start trekking to these places is you need to have a good pair of walking shoes. Climbing the 500 odd stairs down and back forth will put some strain on your feet, and you need to get used to that. Don’t waste your time using GPS to find the place, better to stop every once in a while to ask local people. It is also recommended to drive a scooter instead of a car or big bike, as the access road to some of these places are not friendly for big vehicle. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Nusa Bay Lembongan

Nusa Bay Lembongan is a stunning island in Waka-style. Enclosed by four famous surf breaks and a number of Bali’s most famed dive sites, Nusa Lembongan is Bali’s
concourse. Daily breakfasts are prepared using fresh and simple ingredients. From freshly baked pasties, a variety of tropical fruits, eggs and cereals, herbal teas and the typical much wanted cold coffees, guests enjoy the views of the blue bay while indulging in the freshly prepared continental breakfasts. The lunch is famous for its barbeque menu prepared with a wide range of salads and sides, home-made breads and fruit and sweets to finish. Dinner is served at cozy, beautifully decorated candle-lit tables overlooking the bay in the sparkling moonlight. You can choose from an a la carte menu of Indonesian and Western dishes, all prepared fresh in the adjoining kitchen. The bar operates throughout the day preparing fresh juices, alcoholic beverages and a range of cocktails.

Formerly known as Shorea Beach Resort, NusaBay Menjangan is famous for its classic blend contemporary, rustic style with warm and friendly Balinese hospitality. It is strategically located on the shores of “Tanjung Kotal Bay”, to bring the best natural beauty of West Bali National Park to the tourists who dine in this restaurant. More than just a restaurant the Waka Beach Club Bar and Restaurant is a sanctuary which is surrounded by nature and offers fresh food and refreshments throughout the day. Tourists visit the restaurants to experience the Bar and Restaurant which is housed within a renovated ‘Joglo’ where beautifully presented dishes sparkle with freshness and highlights a local approach to dining. An international menu is offered during the day with a selection of signature mocktails, cocktails, fresh juices and local favorites while fresh seafood is the focus for dinner. This is a space designed to unwind as well as enjoy local dining served with warm hospitality. Authenticity and home cooking along with the spectacular view of the unspoiled white sand beaches, crystal clear water and nature at its most virgin state is the philosophy that guides Waka’s dining experiences.

By John Grotti (Guest Writer)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Best Modern Modular Kitchen Designs 2016

Modular Kitchen refers to the kitchen that is constructed by using pre-created cabinets or cabinet parts. Apart from being able to choose from already prepared designs, the modular kitchen design sets cost a lot less than customized kitchens as everything is already fabricated. Modular Kitchen Design is a success in terms of all types of families as they offer splendid designs at lesser rates. Modular Kitchen Designs are also space efficient due to a large number of compartments tailored with full efficiency. Here, we bring to you the top 5 Modern Modular Kitchen Designs of 2016.
ASAP House
This Modular Kitchen Design is produced by the company with the same name as the design. ASAP house is one the leading Modern Modular Kitchen Design companies and their designs are highly appreciated inside the United States of America. With their key business being refurbishing whole houses, their Modular Kitchen Designs prove to be their X factor. Sleek and efficient cabinets, with a simple yet classy marble look and elegant looking shelves, make it an appropriate design to bet on.

Celebrate Cooking Kitchen
Design in India Kitchen has been a very big name in terms of creating Modular Kitchen Designs in the subcontinent. Their out of the box thinking and reasonable prices are some of the few reasons people choose the firm over other leading Modular Kitchen Designers. Celebrate Cooking Kitchen is another simple yet sophisticated and stylish creation by the enterprise, which is a big affirmative among the people of the nation.

PEDINI MAGIKA
A foundation of the minds of the people from Pedini Kitchen USA, Pedini Magika stands out from a number of designs to be inducted in the list of best Modular Kitchen Designs. Pedini has been in the business of producing modern and elegant designs for kitchens for almost six decades. The Italy-based firm’s Magika creation is one of the highly appreciated ones. A soothing environment with simple designs that look nothing less than those which cost a fortune to make, what more can a person demand? Pedini is determined to create a name for them around the planet if such Modular Kitchen Designs keep popping out; they surely will hit their mark.

DODD KITCHEN 
Some designers come up with such creations that dazzle the witness, and create an impression in their mind which takes a long time to fade away. Mal Corboy, the creator of DODD Kitchen, a Modular Kitchen Design appreciated by numerous people all over New Zealand. Mal has been awarded numerous times for his designs and is believed to be one of the top kitchen designers in the country. DODD design embarks the phenomenon of high-class equipment and top class materials with a pinch of fashionable lights all around the design to keep the kitchen, as well as the person in it enlightened.

Passive House Retreat 
Zero Energy DESIGN, unlike their name is a source of immense energy to hundreds of people who have implemented their designs in their homes. When a firm provides you with beautiful looking and energy saving designs for your kitchens, why go somewhere else? The Passive House Retreat has an efficient and voguish design makes the owner spends more time in the kitchen than someplace else. This beauty is present on the coast of New England, and a number of people have paid the firm to recreate this Modular Kitchen Design in their homes.

By Sue Ann Klosterman Becker (Guest Writer)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Discovering Yourself in Trekking

Ubud is one such place in Bali offering umpteen beautiful places waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Not only the tourists, but also the local people of the island are still on this never-ending journey of discovering exquisite spots and soaking in its serenity. Though it is popularly known as the “Town of the Artists,” Ubud is also famous for its trekking trips through the rice fields and deep – dense forest. It is a highly recommended activity owing to the fact that there are amazing journeys to undertake and unbelievable destinations to reach.

The famous trekking spot is the Campuhan Hill Ridge. To be on the safe side, start your morning or afternoon walk at the temple near Warwick Ibah Hotel. You will be entertained by tropical forests, charming houses and villas perched on the steep embankments of the river gorges. The trail surges along the open ridge line for about 2 kilometres before leading to a wide, broken road. The road then passes through a housing area and small art galleries, before finally emerges into few stunning terraced rice fields. The road continues on until meeting a main country road, and from there you can make a circle by turning left and following the main road back down into Ubud or else backtracking along Bukit Campuhan. Backtracking is the discreet, most charming route. You just need to stick to the path and you will be just fine.
 
Elephant treks are also arranged around Ubud. You can experience the feeling like a king atop an elephant trampling its way through the tropical, dense jungles. The jungle trails are steep in some places so you need to hold on to your seats tight. You can get off the elephants near the streams, lakes and take a quick dip. The same trek can also be experienced at night. This is a completely enchanted elephant experience through the dimly lit forest.
Taman Sari Temple is another trekking spot you may want to consider if you are up for rice fields view. Go for a short walk in the lush, green, terraced rice paddies to see villagers planting and harvesting rice as well as the traditional Balinese irrigation system. As you hear a numerous little birds chirping, you can absorb the greenery and freshness of the paddy fields. Continue your walk through the lush forested areas, plantations full of Balinese staples and cash crops like cloves, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, tapioca, taro, local vegetables and exotic tropical fruits. You will definitely come across some traditional craftsmen at work producing exquisite craft items tirelessly.
 
Tegallalang Rice Terraces can also be your trekking spot. Internationally well-known for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies, involving the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system called Subak, Tegallalang is one of the most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud region. The roadside location is cool and breezy, perfect combination for trekking. However, if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful surrounding, this is not the place to be as you will see tourists taking photos as well as numerous art kiosks and cafes near the ledge offering their ware.
 
The best time to trek in Ubud is the dry season. Rainy seasons make the mountains as well as the forests a dangerous place, and trekking is not recommended. Always aim to start a trek very early in the morning so that you can complete it by noon before the sun is up. Sunrise treks require you to be up all night, so a good sleep is recommended before it. You definitely need to carry sum woollen clothes since the mountains can get really windy and chilly. The sunset treks are also equally beautiful, but it is better that you come back in a car and not by walk for your safety in the dark. Ensure that you stay hydrated at all times to fight fatigue. Try the Balinese sweet coconut water to hydrate yourself.
 
Alternatively, you can always create your own trekking spot. Simply put on your walking shoes and start exploring the area. As a quote says, “Not all those who wander are lost”, the idea of walking around Ubud is to meet a lot of villagers, farmers, craftsmen who are very friendly and ready to interact with you. This way you can explore the Balinese lifestyle and culture very closely. At the end of the day, trekking is all about discovering places and yourself. So, be a traveller! Bring out the kid in you and plunge into trekking to see a new side of the island.