Bali’s famous Ubud offers endless destinations for those who want to explore it. Try one of the Ubud cycling tours to enjoy the town in a unique way.
Art, nature, and heritage - those might be the best three words to describe Ubud. As the heart of Bali culture, Ubud never ceases to amuse us with its beauty. While most people prefer to stroll around the famous Ubud’s rice field, it’s now time to experience the area from a different point of view.
It is what offered by Infinity Mountain Biking. With more than 6 years of practice in delivering the best cycling tour for guests, Infinity would take you on and off the road around Ubud’s most amazing views. By going on an Ubud cycling tour, you would definitely have a more intimate sight into Bali’s traditional town.
Ubud cycling Tours: Where to Go?
Located on the plateau of Bali, you can have an amazing adventure on Ubud downhill cycling tour. Along the track, there are places that are certainly worth a visit. Here are some of the destinations and what is there to see.
Tegalalang Rice Paddy Field
Ubud is popular for its remarkable rice paddy fields especially in Tegalalang part of the area. The rice paddy fields were built in picturesque terraces called “subak” in the Balinese language. Besides Tegalalang, Ubud has other two similar paddy fields located in Pejeng and Campuhan.
Near the ridge of the paddy fields, you can rest in local kiosks and cafes for a while after riding down the Ubud cycling track. Most of the visitors love to feel the breeze, enjoying the natural scene while sipping on a refreshing drink.
Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta in Sanskrit means “water”. The name of this area refers to the sacred spring inside the Tirta Empul Temple complex which has been known for having healing powers. As one of the largest and oldest temple complexes, Tirta Empul is located in Manukaya village and served as a national heritage site.
It was built back in 960 AD and is related to some of the area’s popular legends and myths. The Tirta Empul spring got its water flowing from the Pakerasan River, which also flows down to Gunung Kawi Temple, about a kilometer down the hill. The beautiful scenery is an amazing spot for you to take a quick rest from your Ubud cycling tour.
Gunung Kawi Temple
Known locally as Pura Gunung Kawi, this ancient temple made of rock located just by the side of the Pakerisan River. If you ride down on an Ubud downhill cycling tour from Tirta Empul, you will find the site of Gunung Kawi Temple. It is actually easy to find because it is just a few hundred meters from the main road of Tampaksiring.
If you come in the right time at one of its ceremonial anniversaries, you would get the chance to see the pilgrims during the “piodalan” event. Aside from that, the antique reliefs on the shrines are always waiting to be explored.
Goa Gajah Temple
The discovery of Goa Gajah Temple or the Elephant Cave dated back to 1923. It is believed that the Goa Gajah was built on the 11th century as a meditation place and a sanctuary. The place got its name from a huge statue of Ganesh’s head—the Hindu God—inside the cave.
Besides the temple, the Goa Gajah also has a royal bathing pool that is guarded by 7 statues which depict the seven sacred rivers of India. Though you can cycle up to the area, you might have to walk down a trail of stairs to get to the temple courtyard. Indeed, it’s all worth the sweat when you see the stunning relicts of the Goa Gajah Temple.
One of the Ubud cycling destinations that you have to visit is the Tegenungan Waterfall. Not only serve excellent photo spots, but Tegenungan also offers a refreshing dip, though it is not advisable to go far the waterfall pool.
Tegenungan Waterfall offers a scenic cascading waterfall, surrounded by the valley. Though the beauty of its nature remains untouched, you can easily find kiosks and souvenir shops outside of the waterfall site. In Infinity Mountain Biking’s Cultural Ubud Ride, Tegenungan Waterfall is the final destination after a long day of Ubud downhill cycling tour.
Cycling On and Off the Road of Ubud
Ubud is one of the best places to visit if you want to see the true nature of Bali and Indonesia. Most of the people still hold on to their cultural heritage and tradition, giving you an unforgettable experience on the other side of human history.
Some parts of the town have already developed and have modern facilities like resorts, restaurants, and galleries. It is located harmonically with Ubud’s nature and ancient sites. With those types of characters, you can enjoy the area by cycling both on and of the Ubud’s road.
By joining one of Infinity Mountain Biking’s Ubud cycling tours, it is possible for you to explore the town in a different way. You can also suit the track with your level of bicycle-riding skills. Though some group of guests may prefer a soft adventure with easy tracks, some other may like it a bit challenging by taking the off-road tracks.
Whatever your preferences are, Infinity Mountain Biking is sure to serve you with the best cycling adventure in Ubud.