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Best 3 Day Ubud Itinerary, Bali (2024)

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Looking for the perfect 3-day Ubud itinerary? In the heart of the island, this jungle paradise is an amazing place to visit and is personally one of my favourite spots in Bali!

I stayed in Ubud during my trip to Bali and recommend having at least 3 days here to see as much as possible. This will give you enough time to enjoy the main attractions and soak up the magic of this destination. 

So, if you’re heading to Bali and wondering what to do in Ubud, here are some ideas for 3 days in Ubud. This 3-day Ubud itinerary can obviously be adjusted, but it covers all the best bits that you won’t want to miss!

Why visit Ubud

Ubud is a picture-perfect haven. You’ll find lots of Bali’s cultural gems in and around Ubud, as well as some of the most beautiful scenery – think lush forests, rice paddies and gorgeous waterfalls.

There’s a tranquillity to Ubud away from the main tourist sites. And if you’re planning a honeymoon or a romantic break, Ubud is the place to be! You’ll find loads of amazing resorts with breathtaking natural views. It’s a beautiful setting for a couple’s getaway.

The town is a lot busier now than when I first visited, but Ubud is still a wonderful place for grounding into nature and taking time out to appreciate another way of life. 

How to get to Ubud

Ubud is located in Bali’s Gianyar Regency. It’s easy to reach from Denpasar (where the airport is), as well as Canggu, which is one of the island’s most popular beach areas. 

It takes 1-2 hours to get to Ubud from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) and I recommend getting a private transfer or taxi to take you to your hotel. If you want to make your own way there, you can also rent scooters – but be aware that the roads in Bali aren’t great and traffic can be crazy!

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How to get around Ubud

Scooter hire: This is the preferred way for most people to get around Ubud. It’s a great option for having more freedom and exploring the area independently. However, I don’t recommend it if you’re not confident on the roads.

Taxis: Rideshare apps like Grab don’t generally work well in Ubud, but there are loads of taxis around Ubud that you can pick from. You’ll want to negotiate fares before getting into the car. 

Hotel shuttle: Depending on where you’re staying, your hotel might have a paid or free shuttle service to the centre of Ubud or the main attractions.

Private driver: Hiring a private driver is super affordable in Ubud and a good option if you want to go further from the centre. This is also one of the best options for day trips.

A view across lush rural scenery looking towards a volcano in Bali

I’ve listed the most popular attractions for this itinerary, but it can be adapted depending on your preferences. I’ve also included extra ideas and alternative spots that you could visit instead towards the end of this post.

At a glance:

  • DAY 1 –  Campuhan Ridge Walk, Floating Brunch, Ubud Palace, Saraswati Temple, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

  • DAY 2 – Mount Batur Sunrise Trek, Ubud Art Market, Spa and/or Yoga 

  • DAY 3 –  Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Pura Gunung Kawi, Tirta Empul Water Temple, Waterfalls (Tegenungan, Tukad Cepung, Tibumana)

There are a ton of things you can see and do in Ubud so you’ll want to maximise your stay. If you can, arrive the night before so you have the whole day today to explore and make the most of your 3 days in Ubud.

1) Trek the Campuhan Ridge Walk

Green expanse surrounding the rural Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is one of the best things to do in Ubud

My first recommendation on this Bali Ubud itinerary is to do the Campuhan Ridge Walk. This is a really picturesque walking trail and is a lovely place to spend a few hours in nature on your first day in Ubud.

The path is central in the heart of Ubud town – you can walk there easily from the main street. Even though it’s so close to the centre, the route is serene and full of natural beauty.

It winds through lush greenery and is absolutely gorgeous – and encompasses a lot of what Ubud is about!

The trek is easy and only around 2km, so it’s perfect for a leisurely stroll. However, it’s best to do it in the morning before the heat of the day. If you can, get there for sunrise for the best experience.

2) Enjoy a floating brunch 

If you’re in Bali, I recommend having a floating brunch and Ubud is the perfect place for it! Especially if you’re travelling to Bali for a couple’s vacation or honeymoon, this is definitely something you’ll want to do next!

Because it’s a renowned Balinese experience, there are a few places that offer it in Ubud, including the beautiful Kamandula Resort and Padma Resort Ubud

Padma Resort is further from the centre but it has options for floating afternoon tea if you want to go later in the day instead. 

3) Visit Ubud Palace + Saraswati Temple

A path leading to the Saraswati Temple in Ubud
There are so many gorgeous temples like Saraswati to visit on a 3 day Bali itinerary

From brunch, the next part of the itinerary is all about immersing yourself in local culture with stops at Ubud Palace and Saraswati Temple

These sites are both in the centre of the town (close to the Ubud Monkey Forest) so you’ll be able to visit one after the other. 

You won’t need long for a visit, but they’re great places to learn more about Balinese culture and to take in the traditional art and architecture. 

Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung) is the residence of the local royal family and Saraswati Temple (also known as the Ubud Water Palace) is a sacred place that’s dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Saraswati. 

They’re both really pretty and have good spots for photos.

4) Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

One of Ubud’s main attractions is the Monkey Forest, which is a nature reserve and temple complex that’s home to hundreds of Balinese long-tailed monkeys. 

The area is big and there are three Hindu temples within the forest, so you’ll want a few hours to explore.

The forest is a lovely natural setting where monkeys roam free, so you’ll need to be careful with your belongings. They’ll snatch phones, food and water bottles etc!

This made me realise I’m terrified of monkeys (lol). But the scenery is gorgeous so it’s still worth considering for your Ubud travel itinerary. It’s an iconic Bali experience with so much cultural and spiritual significance.

1) Take the Mount Batur sunrise trek 

Mount Batur through the clouds at sunrise

The second day of your itinerary should start early because trekking Mount Batur at sunrise is one of the best and most popular things to do when you’re staying in Ubud!

Usually the hike starts at around 2am, so you’ll climb in the dark, but it’s worth it for the views and the gorgeous sunrise when you finish.

As an active volcano, 1,717 metres above sea level, this is an amazing, bucket list experience. It’s also so rewarding when you get to the summit!

You can book a private tour or group hike for Mount Batur, which usually includes pickup and drop off, as well as a guide and breakfast. The hike takes around 2 hours to the top.

2) Visit Ubud Art Market 

If you’ve hiked Mount Batur in the morning, you’ll probably want a leisurely afternoon. If you have the energy to head out, Ubud Art Market is a fun place to spend some time later in the day.

This market is one of the most famous in Bali and is filled with souvenirs, clothes and handmade items. You’ll find loads of treasures so it’s great for buying gifts to take home.

3) Treat yourself to a massage + yoga

Another thing I highly recommend in Ubud is visiting its amazing spas and yoga studios. These will give you the perfect space to relax after an active and early morning!

Treating myself to spa treatments is one of my absolute favourite things to do in Bali. They’re always so good and SO affordable!

There are loads of options for spa treatments in Ubud. The best include traditional Balinese massages or luxury flower bath experiences. You could also get your nails done or have a facial. (Or – do it all because, why not?!)

There are also some brilliant wellness centres like The Yoga Barn in Ubud where you can take part in yoga classes, meditation and relaxing energy rituals.

There’s a big spiritual community in Ubud so you’ll love it if you’re into personal development and holistic health. It’s also perfect for unwinding and finding some zen during an otherwise busy trip.

1) Roam the Tegalalang Rice Terraces 

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most famous places in Bali and there’s a good reason for it. It’s a super pretty location!

Unfortunately, it’s one of the parts of Ubud that’s lost some of its authenticity and charm in recent years. BUT, it’s an iconic setting and definitely still worth experiencing.

I really loved exploring the rice terraces when I visited Bali – it was one of the highlights of my trip for me.

But, because it gets busy here, my recommendation is to visit as early in the day as you can to avoid the worst of the crowds. 

If you go in the morning around sunrise, you’ll also get dreamy soft lighting for your photos.

2) Visit Pura Gunung Kawi + Pura Tirta Empul

Ancient shrines built into a cliff at Pura Gunung Kawi
Pura Gunung Kawi is a mystical setting that’s amazing to visit from Ubud

From the rice fields, the next stop on your 3-day Ubud itinerary is Pura Gunung Kawi, followed by Pura Tirta Empul Water Temple

These two sacred sites are about 20 minutes from the Tegalalang Rice Terrace and relatively close to each other so they’re good to combine.

Pura Gunung Kawi is one of Bali’s oldest monuments and is a gorgeous setting. It’s set in the jungle at the bottom of a lush river valley and is a mystical temple complex with ten shrines dedicated to members of the ancient Balinese royal family. 

People worshipping in a sacred pool at Tirta Empul Temple
Pura Tirta Empul is a must-see temple near Ubud

 Tirta Empul Temple is another famous temple in Ubud that’s known for its holy springs. The temple’s main attraction is the Jaba Tengah area where you’ll find two sacred pools that are used for purification. 

You’ll need about an hour to look around the whole Pura Tirta Empul complex, or longer if you want to go in the holy waters.

3) Chase Bali’s waterfalls

You’ll know by now that one of the best things about Bali is its spectacular natural scenery. So, the final part of your 3 day Ubud itinerary is all about chasing the best waterfalls! 

Some of the waterfalls you’ll want to consider near Ubud are Tegenungan, Tibumana and Tukad Cepung Waterfall. (I’ve also listed some more at the end of this post if you want extra options).

Tegenungan Waterfall is about 30 mins from Ubud and is one of the busiest. You probably won’t have the place to yourself, but I still really liked visiting this waterfall.

There’s a hike down to the water (it takes about 15 minutes) and you can then swim in the pool, surrounded by jungle. It’s a pretty spot, even though it can get crowded.

Another waterfall that’s becoming one of the most famous in Bali is Tukad Cepung. You’ve probably seen the pictures on Instagram – it’s a magical setting with the sun streaming in!

Morning is supposed to be the best time to see the sun’s rays through the canyon, so you might want to shift your day around if that’s a priority for you.

Tibumana is another picturesque waterfall that’s (currently) less touristy than the other two. It’s a paradise setting with a gorgeous backdrop for photos and a lovely spot for a swim.

🌅 TIP: The sun sets around 6pm year-round in Bali so keep this in mind for photos and to plan your day accordingly.

Other options near Ubud

Ubud isn’t short of amazing things to see and do. If you want more options for your 3 days in Ubud, here are some extra Ubud attractions and experiences to consider:

Balinese cooking class: This is a fun way to immerse yourself in the local culture. There are lots of cooking classes to choose from in Ubud.

Famous Bali Swing: So many swings have popped up across Bali, but the original Bali Swing is in Ubud! It’s also here that you’ll find the Bali Nest that you’ve probably seen all over Instagram.

Goa Gajah: Known as the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah is a unique and pretty temple, just outside Ubud centre.

Lempuyang Temple: This is one of Bali’s oldest temples and home to one of the most famous photo spots. It’s a really picturesque setting – with so much more to explore than just the Gates of Heaven site. It’s about 2 hours from Ubud.

Ancient stone 'Gates of Heaven' structure at Lempuyang Temple with a sunset backdrop

Tirta Gangga: A former royal palace, Tirta Gangga is a gorgeous setting known for its stepping-stoned water pools, fountains and lush gardens. It’s good to combine with a visit to Lempuyang.

Ayung River: If you want adventure, this is where you can go white water rafting through beautiful scenery.

Bali Coffee plantations: There are several coffee plantations in Bali where you can learn about the production of coffee and sample some drinks. Bali Pulina is a popular coffee plantation near Ubud with gorgeous rice paddy views. 

The coffee plantations are one of the top tourist experiences in Bali. BUT, there are ethical issues to consider because some keep civets in captivity to produce kopi luwak coffee. You’ll want to research ethical options if this is a concern for you. 

Pura Taman Ayun: This is a beautiful water temple with a rich history and beautiful meru (pagoda) towers. It’s a top temple complex in Bali and is set in a peaceful location.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: If you want to visit beautiful rice terraces that are less crowded than Tegalalang, Jatiluwih is an amazing option to the north of Ubud. I’d highly recommend visiting if you want a more authentic experience and the chance to see the best of rural Bali!

A far reaching view across rice terraces in rural Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan: This is the iconic temple that you’ve probably seen everywhere online. It’s set amongst lush highlands on the shores of Lake Beratan and is dedicated to Dewi Danu – the water goddess. It’s absolutely stunning and is about an hour and a half away from Ubud.

Twin Lake View: This is a stunning tropical viewpoint where you can take in the scenery across both Buyan and Tamblingan lakes.

More waterfalls: There are loads more waterfalls that can be visited from Ubud. Some of the most beautiful include Layana Waterfall, Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Leke Leke Waterfall and Manuaba Waterfall.

Ubud 3 day itinerary map

Best tours to experience Ubud

If you want the easiest way to explore Ubud, a guided tour is an amazing option. Here are some of the best-rated tours to check out from Ubud:

⭐️ This all-inclusive Best of Ubud tour takes in all the top spots including the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Tegenungan Waterfall & Monkey Forest
⭐️ Get the best photos with this Best of Bali Waterfalls tour
⭐️ See Lempuyang Temple as well as Tirta Gangga Water Palace on this East Bali Tour

Where to eat in Ubud 

Bali isn’t just a great place for nature and culture, foodies will be in heaven here, too. As a destination that’s focused on a slower pace of life, downtime at some of the many amazing restaurants and cafes is a big highlight!

Bali is also becoming one of the world’s top vegan destinations so you’ll find loads of fab places to eat if you’re veggie or vegan like me. Some of the best plant-based restaurants in Ubud include Moksa, Bella by Sage, Plant Bistro and Wild Vegan.

Where to stay for 3 days in Ubud 

An aerial view of a villa with a private pool set amongst dense jungle

There are so many accommodation options in Ubud covering different price points, but it’s the luxury hotels that often have the dreamiest and most iconic views. 

As such a beautiful destination, these are well worth it if you’re wanting a more intimate and peaceful setting!

Como Shambhala Estate ⭐️ 9.6 / 10

Como Shambhala Estate is one of Bali’s leading luxury spa retreats. 20 minutes from Ubud centre, this hotel is a gorgeous back-to-nature spot. 

It’s a top hotel for a couples holiday or honeymoon. There’s a lovely choice of rooms, suites and villas, each with idyllic jungle views. Plus, there’s a big focus on wellness, so it’s amazing if you want a relaxing break!

>> Check prices & book Como Shambhala Estate <<

The Purist Villas & Spa ⭐️ 9.2 / 10

The Purist Villas is perfect if you’re after an intimate stay in the heart of Ubud. Even though it’s close to the centre, this hotel is idyllic and beautiful.

You also have a choice of dreamy villas with private pools and suites overlooking lush tropical gardens.

>> Check prices & book The Purist Villas & Spa <<

Fivelements ⭐️ 9.1 / 10

Fivelements is a gorgeous eco retreat focused on authentic Balinese healing and wellness. Like most hotels in Ubud, you’ll be able to treat yourself to amazing spa treatments, plus they offer morning yoga classes and healthy plant-based foods. 

>> Check prices & book Fivelements <<

Udaya Resorts and Spa ⭐️ 9.3 / 10

Udaya Resorts and Spa is a luxury hotel set in a lush tropical setting. It’s perfect for a peaceful stay and is also really close to the centre of Ubud.

This is an award-winning resort with romantic suites and villas, as well as a dreamy spa and great service. The decor is also beautiful with traditional bamboo and rattan detailing. 

>> Check prices & book Udaya Resorts and Spa <<

Other well-rated hotels to check out:

When is the best time to visit Ubud?

The best time to visit Bali and Ubud is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. That said, I visited in March, and even though it was humid with some heavy rain, it was still beautiful and we managed to do everything we had planned.

Is 3 days in Ubud enough?

3 days is enough to see the main sites of Ubud and to get a taste of all its beauty. It might be a good idea to stay longer in Bali if you want to do day trips from Ubud to some of the more remote areas nearby.

Is it worth staying in Ubud?

I absolutely recommend staying in Ubud if you’re visiting Bali. It’s a seriously beautiful place and you’ll find some of the dreamiest resorts and hotels in the area.

What is so special about Ubud?

Ubud has a magical energy. It’s full of nature, temples and culture with so much for visitors to see, do and experience. It’s a really beautiful and vibrant place that everyone needs to experience at least once!

A traditional, colourful and ornate temple structure with a gate in Ubud
Ubud is absolutely gorgeous with so much for visitors to see, do and experience

Is there a lot to do in Ubud?

Yes! There’s loads to fill your time so a trip to Ubud can be as busy or relaxed as you’d like. It’s also a great base for exploring other destinations in Bali.

Is Ubud walkable?

Ubud has a walkable town centre, but you’ll need transport to visit a lot of the nearby rural attractions.

Is it safe to go out at night in Ubud?

Yes, Ubud is generally safe, especially in the busy centre. Just stay aware of your surroundings and take precautions as you would in any destination.

Are mosquitoes a problem in Ubud?

Mosquitos can be a problem in Bali – particularly in the wet season and in more rural areas like Ubud. However, it’s not something that should put you off your trip. Just pack some bug spray and loose clothing!

3 days in Ubud itinerary: Final thoughts

There’s so much to love about Ubud. It’s one of Bali’s biggest draws and is definitely a highlight – its jaw-dropping scenery and colourful culture have been attracting tourists for years. 

It’s easy to see why so many people want to visit. It’s an enchanting destination that’s overflowing with natural beauty, amazing cultural sites and so much to experience.

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon to Bali or a dream tropical vacation, there’s something in Ubud for everyone. I hope this 3 day Ubud itinerary helps you plan an unforgettable trip!

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