The drive to Ubud from Kuta is more or less an hour and a half cruise northeastwards through around 12 miles of captivating scenery into the district of Gianyar, rising 200 meters above sea level. Called the heart of Bali, Ubud is an art haven nonpareil, reputedly engendered by the massive exodus of artists, dancers and musicians from Java upon the downfall of the Majapahit kingdom sometime in the 15th century.
Reinforced in the 1920’s by notable European artists that made Ubud their home, in tandem with Balinese royalty, the arts and culture exploded with kaleidoscopic fervor. Besides fine arts and crafts, there’s the cool, wet mountain air, the mystical mountain aura, the intriguing Monkey Forest, fervid cultural presentations nightly, satiating culinary adventures. Come to Ubud for an overdose of greenery, flora, fauna, and inspiration. You might never leave.
Indonesia is the fourth most populated country on earth and consists of more than 17,000 islands with the magical island of Bali situated at its heart between Java and Lombok. It is flanked by the Bali Sea to the North and Indian Ocean to the South and with a population of around 4 million people is the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia. Often described as The Land of the Gods, Bali has many attractions for the millions of visitors to its shores and is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia.
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