Information before you go
Campuhan Ubud is the perfect village hamlet to escape the heavy traffic jams at Monkey Forest Road. Campuhan (pronounced as Tjam-pu-han) is a village hamlet on the western part of Ubud and once you pass the road that runs between ancient trees, then you know you have reached it
Despite the choice of hotels and restaurants this beautiful part of town hardly attracts a crowd.
The road that takes you straight to Campuhan
The two rivers that cross Campuhan have created a lush green river gorge and together with the ancient trees, bridge and temple this hamlet looks like a scene from Indiana Jones. After erasing the modern shops, cars and restaurants from your vision that is... ;-)
Campuhan which means 'where two rivers meet' is considered a sacred area that contains inspirational and healing powers. Centuries ago a holey man from India discovered these powers when he meditated at the location where the rivers meet.
Here he received visions to create the mother temple of Bali, Pura Besakih. Since then Campuhan is believed to be a holey place and the Balinese have built the temple Pura Gunung Lebah on this exact location.
Pura Gunung Lebah, located at Campuhan ridge
Even if you don't know the story behind Campuhan you can tell that there is something special here. Especially if you see the Balinese visiting the temple and conducting ceremonies.
There are also characterful places to stay in this area. Our favorite is Ibah where you continue to have the ancient feeling around you. Another hotel that has the 'Campuhan feel' to it is Hotel Tjampuhan Bali. This hotel was one of the first hotels decades ago and this is where Walter Spies, an influential artist in Bali stayed.
The Ibah hotel blends in with the Campuhan area and has suites and villas
Besides a visit to the temple, the nearby rice fields are a great place to explore. It is easily accessible and you don't need a guide to find your way. You can also find Antonio Blanco's House here. This museum displays expressionist-romantic styled paintings and statues of the artist Antonio and his son. From here you also have a stunning view over the rice fields.
Bali Buddha is a great restaurant located in Ubud. It is not only the place to gather and enjoy food prepared with much thought but its also the place to hang out.Read more
Meet the famous cheeky monkeys in Ubud Monkey Forest. They can be mischief but cute at the same time. Wander around through the forest down to the river stream.Read more
Besides visiting Ubud try to explore the surrounding sights in the area. Beautiful sights such as Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul are not to be missed. Leave in the morning.Read more
Now and then people send us inspiring emails and this generates even more enthusiasm to share all of the things we know about this lovely island in the hope that you can plan your tropical holiday properly and have as such a great time as we always have. Hope to see you there!
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