Walking in the midst of nature is one of the most desired things for so many people, but in this age of technology, nature is far away and walking among the same is a dream. However, dreams can come true always, and that is the Tjampuhan sacred hills in Bali. If you love to engage yourself in small treks then Tjampuhan scared hills are the best option for you. You will get the peace and finally, the alone feeling will grasp you like an addiction, and suddenly you will not want to leave the atmosphere. Take long walks at the old Tjampuhan sacred hills in Gianyar Bali and get to experience the walking roads which were used by the villagers before vehicles started to run in this place.
Location Of Tjampuhan Sacred Hill
The very place is located at the Jalan Bangkiang Sidem, Kelusa, Payangan, Ubud, Kelusa, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia. If you are taking a private car you can enjoy the surroundings all the time.
How to Reach
Reaching Tjampuhan Sacred Hills is easy as you have contracted a package tour, the tour guide will take you to the ridges and from there you can start the small yet fun-filled trekking. The place is very near the Ubud villages, thus if you want, you can always visit the villages and experience the rich culture of the place as well.
Best Time to Visit Tjampuhan Sacred Hill
The best time to visit this place is from July to August, but you can also be there in months, like, September, May, and April. You need to take care of the afternoon heat if you are visiting in May or July. The 2 pm sun can be harsh on your head when you are having a walk.
Places To Visit Near Tjampuhan Sacred Hill
One of the highlights of a trip to Bali, Tjampuhan Sacred Hill is very close to the hearts of Balinese people. While it offers a lot in terms of eco-tourism, there are a couple of places that you should visit as well
1.Lotus Pond Cafe
Feeling like to take a rest and have a hot cup of coffee or a cold burst- Do visit the Lotus pond cafe in Ubud. Its at the back of the local temple and on the main street. You can enjoy the coffee sitting at the cafe and enjoy the rich culture of Balinese people. Also, if you want to treat yourself to a fancy fare in a well-decorated joint, this you will find all that you like here. The food is decent and the prices are affordable!
2. Casa Luna Restaurant
This restaurant is a must whenever you visit Ubud. If you love to cook or want to try out the same, do look for the cooking school here and also enjoy the stay in the guesthouse. The ambience is lovely and the waiting staff more so. The service is quick and the food is as affordable as it can get. After your trek, it will be a great thing to grab a bite here.
Things To Do
While those above were places to visit in Tjampuhan Sacred Hill, there are many more things to do here. Once you are done with the trip of the hills, you can try these:
1. Witness The Sunset
You can take the way to North Ubud to the hills, and you must know that this way was used by people in the past to reach the shops at Pasar Ubud. In recent days, people generally use this way for jogging and to walk their pets. The air in here is so fresh, and you might get to see local people are cutting the long grasses to use it as animal feed. You will be walking along the riverside and experience the mesmerizing sunset, thus the name comes, Sunset hill.
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2. Take a walk along the village
If you are thinking you will find a motorway in this place, there is none. If you are tired of walking you must walk to the village of Jalan lungsiakan for rest. Along the village when you are walking, you will pass by the home gardens, residential area, and rice fields as well. You will see that the entire path is relatively narrow and occasionally one or two vehicles passes through and local children as well.
3. Visiting Tjampuhan Temple
So what to do with enough time you have in hand while you are in Tjampuhan hills- Why dont you cherish your eyes by visiting the Tjampuhan temple where the people of Bali offer their prayers to the divine beings- Take a walk at the ridge of the hill and you will come closer to the River Oos. Keep your legs some rest and experience the serene beauty of the rice fields and get to see the abundance of coconut trees surrounding the area.
The trek in Tjampuhan starts from the resort of Ibah Warwick and then down to the town of Ubud and then all along to the way of Kedewatan. The downward pass you will take, it will bring you to the Oos River and then the following bridge will lead to the famous Gunung Lebah temple. This is one of the highlights of these hills, and it was built by Rishi Markandeya. Thus, this very thing makes the place a sacred one as so many pilgrims each year visits this place to offer their prayers to the divinity. The temple has a towering pagoda-like style, which resembles Mount Meru, and according to Hindu mythology, the walls are holy.
5. Stay At Resorts Or Private Houses
If you are looking for the beautiful hills, find them just behind the temple. As an infamous tourist spot, you will also get hotels, private houses and glittering rivers at the bottom of the sacred hills. Take a slow walk on the tracks that pass through the hills and make sure of the tall grasses you might get lost watching the scenic beauty. At the end of the village, you will find the small and aesthetic villages adorning the ridges, if you want some refreshments, and get the same from the cafes and resorts to for a staying place.
6. Karsa Cafe
Look for the infamous Karsa cafe and grab the seat from where you can enjoy the elegant rice terraces. This cafe provides all kind of international food and they are certainly of decent quality. When you leave the place the walk will become a little morose, and this is the path to Keliki, Kedewatan and from there again back in the town. If you are too tired to walk back down you can get a shuttle from Karsa to Ubud town, but if you want a taxi, that will be a little problematic to get. There is another way you can finish this trek and that is by a bicycle.
7. Appreciating Balinese Arts
While you are riding a bicycle or taking your ride in a shuttle stop in front of the Balinese art shops, you will get to experience the Balinese paintings, wood carvings and egg paintings in the lined shops. You will get high-quality painting at such a lower price from here near the Monkey forest.
Tips To Remember
- Take the walk of your dream and forget every stress that you have had previously. Do take care of your legs from beforehand, as it might get strained by the long walk.
- Bring a stick with you, because while walking the stick will help you keep your balance. With a stick, you will never look like an old person but you will be in full gear for only trekking purpose.
- Don’t forget to carry a bottle of water and some snacks with you. Although you will get many refreshment centers around but that also until you reach the villages. The water and the snacks will give you the energy to finish the entire trail.
Thus, make the most of it in your Tjampuhan hills visit, and enjoy the exquisite culture of Bali from the traditional center itself, and that is Ubud. So, what are you waiting after all? Pack your bags and head out for that much-awaited Bali vacation and don’t miss out this paradise place on the island.
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