Happy Monday Everyone 🙂
We are back from Bali and it was an amazing vacation. I have brought tons of beautiful memories from one of the beautiful places I have ever visited. I feel so lazy right now but I could not wait any longer to show you as many pictures as possible from the trip.
During my stay at Ubud, it rained heavily most of the times. During the planning phase, I listed a few places to visit near Ubud. Campuhan Ridge Walk was one of them. It rained heavily that day but I had to go out there and see the place by myself. I borrowed a raincoat from my extremely accommodating host (Komang) and decided to head out. Komang even decided to drop me to the starting point and pick me up after 5 hours. I am so thankful to him for that.
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy nature trek located at the heart of Ubud. It is nearly impossible to believe that the small turn leading to this pristine outback is located right in the area loaded with boutiques, restaurants and several guesthouses. Staying on the trail is extremely easy as the directions are laid out all along the trail as soon as you start off (nearby Warwick Ibah Villas). After a few minutes, the scenery rapidly changes and brings you to the middle of the green wonderland, lined by tropical dense foliage.
I stopped several times to absorb everything this beautiful place had to offer and take pictures along the way. I came across several art galleries, egg painting workshops and stores selling artefacts. I walked for around 2 hours to reach Karsa Café, refueled myself, and started my way back to the market.
I had stopped raining by then and the entire place lit up in colors. Overall, this trail is a great escape for nature lovers and I am glad I did it.
Though I went for the walk at around 11 AM due to heavy rains, it is said that the best time to enjoy the Campuhan Ridge Walk is early morning and late afternoon, when the temperature is cool and when the skies show their best hues during sunrise and sunset. Plus, do not forget to carry water bottles.
Another day, I decided to walk to Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave. I walked for hours to reach this place which is swarmed by tourists. Again, it was raining cats and dogs that day but somehow, I thoroughly enjoyed my walk in the rain.
Sometimes, I would walk past nurseries decorated in flowers of all colors and sometimes, with lush green fields on both sides of the road.
Far away, the valley would glow is different shades of green while a local would smile at me while answering my queries about the road leading to Goa Gajah. After walking for a few more minutes, I reached the entrance of Goa Gajah. The parking area and the main grounds nearby the ticket counter were filled with various art and souvenir shops. It sure was a lively area. I got my ticket for 15000 IDR. It is mandatory to wear a sarong if legs are not covered and sarongs are provided for no charge at all, at the entrance. Once done with this part, there are several stairs that you need to descend to reach the Goa Gajah grounds. Upon reaching the base, you will see a large meeting hall, large stone carvings, a pool and a cave amongst many other things.
Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you enter through the huge mouth of a demon. Inside the T-shaped cave you can see fragmentary remains of the lingam, the phallic symbol of the Hindu god Shiva, and its female counterpart the yoni, plus a statue of Shiva’s son, the elephant-headed god Ganesha. In front of the cave are two square bathing pools with waterspouts held by six female figures.
The complex is open daily 08:00 – 16.00.
This complex is good for a short visit if interested in the history of the place. To me, it didn’t quite make the cut. Maybe because I could not explore the other areas of the complex as the rain led to slippery path or maybe because I am not such an archaeology enthusiast. Nevertheless, I was happy once I found a restaurant by the river and feasted on some amazing Chicken Satay and fresh watermelon juice.
On the way back, I also noticed a beautiful restaurant in the middle of the rice fields. I knew for sure, I would visit this place as soon as Prateek joins me in Ubud.
And so it happened. We went to this super cool restaurant located right in the middle of the beautiful rice fields.
Very soon, we were joined by a cat, that wouldn’t leave Prateek’s side and ended up winning an hour long scratching session from him haha.
I am wearing a beautiful floral and flowy palazzo from www.trendarrest.com . I love how the colors stood out against the beautiful background. It looks like a maxi skirt but being a palazzo, it made a wonderful choice (keeping in mind the comfort) for moving around the countryside in scooter. The pink top I am wearing is a local buy from Ubud. Since I do not carry a lot of clothes, I play around with the available ones. I twisted the top into a front crop to add variety to the look. Hope you like the pictures.
Time to show you the beaches of Bali, stay tuned for the next post 🙂
Have a wonderful day everyone <3
Top: Bought it from Ubud Market