A wealth of Bali’s cultural icons are close by Ubud Dedari Villas. The Goa Gajah temple complex (which is on UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage list) and the 13th Century Yeh Puluh Reliefs are both within walking distance…
Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) is just a 20 minutes walk along the forest paths, or a 5 minute ride from Ubud Dedari Villas.
Founded in the 9th Century, the sanctuary complex includes the cave temple, beautiful bathing pools still in use for ceremonial purposes today, sacred trees, tiny waterfalls and massive stone sculptures crumbling into the streams.
You can explore the complex yourself or let the wonderfully characterful caretaker show you around and take your picture in front of some of the more impressive sights.
Places where two or more rivers meet are extremely sacred in the Balinese Hindu culture. The temple is actively maintained and it can be crowded, but a wonderful experience to arrive on a full moon day when locals flock here to perform cleansing ceremonies.
The beautiful manicured gardens at the temple are also perfect for lounging about and soaking up the atmosphere.
Yeh Puluh Reliefs
Brought to the attention of European archaeologists in 1925, the 13th century Yeh Pulu reliefs were uncovered along a small cliff area just 5 minutes walk through the village and rice fields from Ubud Dedari Villas.
Special because it represented an artistic revolution for its time, the carved cliff shows scenes from every day life (including hunting, horse riding and drinking alcoholic beverages) as well as mythological and princely figures, a new style from the Majapahit of Java.
The local council or “banjar” may charge a very small fee for entrance to the rice field walk which leads to the ravine, but it is well worth the price to see the 25m stretch of intricately carved rock face. The intrepid (or anyone willing to hire a guide) can also follow the path through to the centuries old statue of Ganesh that rises from the fields.
If the priest caretaker is present when you arrive, he will offer to bless you with holy water – and why not accept the blessings of Bali, Island of the Gods?
Tegunungan waterfall is located in Tegenungan village. It is 8,5 km distance from Ubud Dedari Villas (15 minutes drive by car). The waterfall surrounded by lush green and nature plantation. Ubud Dedari Villas offer half day tour by car or bicycle.
Bedulu Village Exploration
Ubud Dedari Villas are part of the traditional Banjar of Lebah in the village of Bedulu. You are welcome to enjoy a leisurely exploration of the village and meet the warm-hearted people who live there. The Balinese calendar is rich in ceremonial days when you’ll see – and may be invited to join – local banjar life. The village lifestyle is a world away from the shops, restaurants and activity of Kuta and Legian. The pace of life is slow and gentle and children, chickens and dogs play in the quiet streets – welcome to the “real Bali”!
Forest, River & Ricefield Walks
A network of river valley and ricefield trails extend from the villas into the surrounding countryside. Whether you want a leisurely walk or some serious trekking, you’ll find it not far from your door.