A short-distanced nature trail in Ubud featuring swing in the tree
Hiking in the Serenity of Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Your trip to Ubud is not complete without walking in the path of Campuhan Ridge. Famous for being an easy and relatively short nature trail, the Campuhan Ridge has been visited by many visitors, be it the regular or newbie hikers all around the world due to its scenic landscape with some uphill sections which is a total contrast from the public shops and restaurants located at Jalan Raya Ubud. For your information, the word 'Campuhan' in Balinese means the confluence of two rivers which is spiritually important as energy centers to Balinese Hindus. Campuhan Ridge Walk extends approximately nine kilometers in total whereas its trekking path is only two kilometers, including the valley of the Wos River. When the path ended, you still can resume your walk because there are paddies of Bangkiang Sidem village that will amaze you as well. Moreover, you will spot a swing at three-quarters of the walk where you can enjoy the wind breeze in the early morning or late afternoon.
After enjoying the relaxing walk in Campuhan Ridge, you may visit Karsa Cafe in Bangkiang Sidem village where you can fulfill your hunger and thirst by the local food and drinks offered, such as fried rice, mixed rice, sate, and fruit salad, as well as a variety of fresh juices and cold drinks while enjoying the landscape of rice terrace. Its owners, Wayan Karsa and his wife Nyoman established the cafe along with the spa after seeing the tourists who look over their rice paddy and take pictures of it. They realized that a rice paddy is a beautiful place that attracts the traveler, hence the establishment of the cafe and spa. Approximately, Karsa Cafe is located about 500 meters from the top of Campuhan Ridge and 30 minutes walk from the heart of Ubud.
Bali Bird Walks
Are you looking for different activities to do in Ubud other than walking and overlook the scenery? Then Bali Bird Walks may suit you as the tour offers fun birdwatching trip around the countryside of Ubud. Established by the ornithologist Victor Mason in the early 1990s, Bali Bird Walks will take you to some part of the most beautiful nature trails, such as the highlands of Mount Batukary, mangrove forests on Bali's south, and forested lakesides of central Bali, to learn all about tropical birds and butterflies in these areas, namely the Java kingfisher, scarlet-headed flowerpecker, Helena birdwing, the banded common sailor, and many more. It must be noted that the fee includes lunch and tour is held every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting from Murni's Warung on Jalan Campuhan.
Pura Gunung Lebah Temple
At last, the place that has to be included in your trip to Campuhan area is none other than Pura Gunung Lembah Temple. Recognized as one of Ubud's central landmark, the temple is located at the western end of the Jalan Raya Ubud main road and has a view over the eastern side of Campuhan valet. Set among the magnificent natural settings consist of bamboo forests and Campuhan River, Pura Gunung Lembah Temple dates to the times of the important Hindu priest Rsi Markandeya. Just like its original aim as the praying place, the temple is quiet and far from the traffic noise, hence a sense of calm is able to be achieved when the pilgrims do their prayers. Besides the main shrines, the temple also features pavilions that can be functioned as the resting spot for the devotees. It must be noted that you have to wear proper temple attire consisting of a sarong and sash around your waist when you come to the temple.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee applied at Campuhan Ridge Walk. However, other attractions near the site may charge the fee. Therefore, it is best to visit the websites that include information about these destinations before your visit.
How To Get Around?
Everyone is able to explore Campuhan Ride Walk and other attractions near the site comfortably, including people who have the walking impairment, disability, and wheelchair user as the pathways are wide to roam around. In addition, you can explore Campuhan Ridge Walk by renting a bike to see the whole of the area.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as the shirt, cardigan, and pants along with your choices of footwear, be it sneakers or sandals along with the camera to capture the moment and landscape in the site. Don't forget to use sunscreen and hat to avoid the sun, as well as bringing the raincoat and umbrella during the rainy season.
Best Time to Visit
It is best to visit Campuhan Ridge Wa;l in the morning and in the late evening as the weather is cool enough to roam around the site. Avoid the middle of the day because the temperature is hot and may be uncomfortable, as well as the stormy weather because you won't want to get wet in such a large open field.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you do not necessarily need a guided tour to explore Campuhan Ridge Walk and other attractions near the place as it is relatively easy to explore on your own.
How To Get There?
You can reach Campuhan Ridge Walk and other attractions near the side by driving from the Ubud Traditional Markets on the corner of Jl. Monkey Forest and Jl. Raya Ubud. You will see signs to the Warwick IBAH villas and spa just before the bridge. Turn into the driveway area to see another IBAH sign at a fork in the road which there will be another sign below that says 'Going to the Hill'. Park your vehicle at the school and resume your trip by walking to the left and you will get to a bridge and stairs, as well as the sign saying 'This Way Trekking Campuhan Ridge'. Then, go right down the stairs and turn right when you spot Pura Gunung Lebah Temple. Approximately, the walk lasts for 15 to 25 minutes