The city of Ubud is located in the central part of the island of Bali, south of the mountains to the north. Known as Bali’s cultural center, Ubud has a rich history in the arts. With a variety of cultural dance, fine art, historic markets, and hindu customs, this popular city is truest to the local lifestyle of the Balinese.
The wonderful thing about Ubud is that is hasn’t been totally “white-washed,” or in other words, westernized. When you come here, you really can immerse yourself in the culture of the Balinese people and get to know them for who they are, not who we want them to be. Sure, it is a bit more tourist friendly then the everyday village on Bali, but its not westernized to the point where you could be on any tropical island in the world (i.e. Nusa Dua, the southern five star hotel strip of Bali, you might as well be in the Caribbean!).
Ubud is aligned along a main street named Jalan Raya, with two main off streets called Monkey Forest Road and Jalan Hanoman, which connect to make a loop. Along these streets in this small area of town, you will find a rich cultural hub filled with amazing restaurants, temples, dance, art, markets, and yoga studios. The strong hindu religion that the Balinese follow has made Ubud somewhat of a haven for the travelling yogi.
Being further up in the mountains and away from the beach gives Ubud a somewhat cooler (71-79° F)and rainier climate. The days are often filled with periods of warm, humid sunshine and periods of cool rain, which you will be thankful for after the heat of the sun! This climate is perfectly suitable for the main crop of Bali, rice, and you will see gorgeous rice terraces surrounding you at every turn. The cool season (March-Oct) is much more mild and the hot season (Nov-Feb) is more severe with heavy rain and heat combined.