The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. Ancient holy sites include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi, with its rock-cut shrines.
Ubud is popular in part today because it is the best place in Bali to break out of the tourist mode and get off the beaten path, although far from undiscovered. Hotels are plentiful; home stays and Indonesian guesthouses (losmen) are easily available to the foreign tourist. Many tourists simply base their entire stay in the city and travel to other destinations from Ubud.
Ubud Bali, is fast becoming a cultural icon. Popularised by Elizabeth Gilberts book 'Eat, Pray, Love' and even more so by the movie version starring Julia Roberts, Ubud has become a hub for Yogis, Raw foodies, and spiritual seekers alike. The town boasts an ever increasing array of health-food and raw food eateries, yoga studios, juice bars and innumerable healing modalities.